(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!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

...so I thought I was saving the lizard...

Health is great. Had a fun little experience with Doxy again. I didn't have my normal egg and sardine sandwich in the morning yesterday. I had a type of arabic top ramen. Well that wasn't enough solid food and I took my doxy. Almost threw up like I did the first day in Côte D'Ivoire. That was fun...

Can't believe Blake is already doing the papers and all that! He studied Spanish didn't he? And Jon will be home in like two weeks... That's just nuts. This month we might only have one baptism... Next month should be great! I can't believe that next month I'll be talking to you guys again too! Wow! The mission passes fast. And Dad! That motorcycle is so sweet! That looks like it would be so fun! And your trip sounded like a blast. That rock was really interesting and I showed Kakou the plates. All he said was L'Eglise est vraie." The church is true. Lol!

You've been keeping really busy and having loads of fun! The things you shared about your mission really interested me also. Where you a DL, ZL or Assistant? Where did you work? How was the work? Did you teach every day? Loads of questions and not enough time to ask on this side of the World. The Utah plan sounds cool. I was kind of hoping to spend a little time with Guillory in Washington and see the sights, but heck, we can do the same thing in Utah. Then I get a job right off the bat and start working to help pay for school in the Fall and... Uh.... I can start looking for a wife... Lol! That's just weird to say... Guillory wants to hit up Utah too for school so I think that what you think is best, then do it. I know you guys will make the right choice.

Well I just have really two stories this week. One's a service story gone wrong and the other is once again, Food.

We had a tiny little lizard run into the house. He was getting a lot of dust on his feet so he couldn't really run. (There is TOO much dust and dirt here...) So I pinned him in the corner, and got him. I picked him up by his tail and I went to go take him outside.

Now. You know the story about the boy who helped the butterfly out of his cocoon and he couldn't fly cause the butterfly didn't get out himself? Ya. Same thing. A couple seconds later I go back outside and see the tail of the little lizard hanging out of the mouth of a big lizard. I tried to chase the big one so that he'd drop the little one but he didn't. SO Elder Kakou gave a talk last sunday and he talked about service. He told the story of the butterfly and then MY story! The moral of the story was, when we serve, we have to serve with intelligence. Just after he said the story, half the branch turns around and just looks right at me and laughs. I turned so red... Lol! But it was really a great talk

And the food. You'll never guess what we bought today! So here I was thinking we were going to go back and buy the Water rat thingy. They call it Agouti. Type in Agouti into Google. Maybe it'll show a picture. Anyways, we get to the lady that sold it to us the last time and the price had almost doubled. We said no... But there was a leg of something there. Elder Dea said "What's that?" She said "It's a deer leg." This leg was the size of a dog. Apparently they don't get big here.

Then Dea took that and saw she sold... BABABABA! Snails. We bought escargo. Ten of them. I will take pictures and I will try it. It looks disgusting but they say it's good. The way the lady de-shelled it too was gross. She stuck a stick into and and turned the shell and SLOP out comes the snail with this gooey liquid.

BUT IT DOESN'T END THERE FOLKS! Elder Dea saw yet again another thing that caught his eye! It looked like a really small Agouti. He once again asked what it was. I didn't want to hear the response to this one, and yes we bought it and are going to eat it, but the lady announced that it was most definitely....... a Squirrel. Yes we bought a roasted squirrel. I think they're trying to kill me. I'm not sure yet. I'll let you know how it tastes though.

Well that's about it for this week. It went by really fast. I'm still with Kakou. Ou relationship has gotten so good! We've learned to let the stupid little problems fall to the side and just enjoy each other for who we are. We've laughed a ton, told stories of our lives and really clicked! He's become one of my favorite comapnions honestly. We both watch out for each other and look after one another. The mission really teaches you a lot. All we can do is thank God that he revealed His Love and Gospel to us through a boy of 14 years.

I love you all!

Elder Halvorsen

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