(French for: "This is Africa") A common term used by the missionaries when they want to express "thats just the way it is because "THIS IS AFRICA"! ie..."the power went out..AGAIN... C'est Afrique...or sometimes denoted as TIA...This Is Africa!!)) Elder Halvorsen has been serving a full time mission since January of 2009 in the Ivory Coast, Abidjan West Africa Mission. This mission encompasses the countries of Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast. He loves it there and is enjoying his experiences serving the Lord and the people of West Africa!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Inquiring moms just want to know!!

That is way too many questions... i seriously don't have the the time to go back and answer every single one so please only send one email from both of you once a week. i have to pay for my internet here and i BARELY sent that email off to you last week cause i had one minute left. I'm really sorry, but we're not given a lot of money to run off in a week and i'd need about two hours to be able to answer everything.

alright well here's a couple of interesting things cause i really can't answer all of those questions. the food here is good. the only thing I dont like is casava. it literally tastes like throw up and i know this because i threw up three times my first morning here. i tasted the casava later that day and had a cruel reminder. well they make stuff out of this as well and all of that is good, like fotoo and atieke. I like baboa and bisaup. all good stuff.

i baptized three people on saturday. the family of Koffi and Armandine. their names are too hard to spell. that was crazy! My companion is good. it's been difficult understanding what he says cause it doesn't sound french at all. it's difficult to explain. i'm just teaching myself french in the mornings and studying throughout the day with random words. if they talk slow i can understand about half of what they say.

The corvette story with brother mcgraw was pretty funny. there are no mosquitos in my area. they are at the ward building but that's the only time i use the spray. it's been no big deal. i sweat all day' every day, except when i'm in the shower. i sweat at night a lot of the times too. not nearly as bad anymore. we have a fan that runs all night. well washing clothes by hand sucks. so does eating with your hands. i'm a firm believer of washing hands very hard now.

our water went out for two days. i cant explain how horrible that was... especially after sweating all day... the smell was absolutely terrible. the power went out on the last day of the wateroutage too. sleeping was not fun at all... I really enjoy the people here. everyone is incredibly nice. I'm so much taller and bigger then everyone here. the kids call me "le blanc" or "toobabu" it's pretty funny actually. they get surprised when i answer. well I'm running out of time. Sorry I can't answer all of your quesions. please only send a couple each time and one email a week.

I love you all and hope you had a good Easter!!!

Love Elder Halvorsen

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