(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!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Oh, so you DON'T eat the shell!

Dad's got a sweet beard. Lol! I can't believe Blake is going to the Philippines! I'm still the only french speaker in the ward... I really think I want to get married with someone that has french as their mother language... Just a random thought...

I don't really have much time today so I'm going to try to bust this letter out.

I can't believe that RJ'sbeen out for a year... That's just weird... Dad has still got his job too! But in your letters I don't know if you want to lose it or not... Lol! It's kinda hard to read intentions in letters... Blake did email me, but Mom and Dad... You gotta talk him into giving me his Ipod... If I don't have music when I get home, I'll go insane... I need to get this traditional pounding music I hear on the roads all the time out of my head... You can tell Chandler that it's not bad to play on JV. He's just gotta beat really well all the other players and prove he rocks. then he'll be bumped up. He can do challenges against other people on the Varsity team and take their spot.

Health is great. Yes they put icing on cakes but she ripped us off good. We'll just baptise her so she can be forgiven of her sin. Lol! Just kidding.

We use most of the building. It's for two branches. the Herr's actually served in Kenya so they think Togo is cake. But now that they have to cover Benin too, that might tire them. They don't have an immediate replacement for the LEavitt"s... They're looking... We have 9 baptisms on schedule. 8 for this month. One for next month. We'll have more soon too. Supplies will last till the end of my mission. (If I calculated well) which I hope I did... I need new garments when I get home... Mine are getting thrashed... Actually I gave my dry lux all to the branch for the poor members that can't afford them. I just have the mesh I've had since the beginning and the three newer pairs I bought throught the couple Herr. It's been raining a lot lately but yes. It's still hot. Lol! Thank you Mom. Lol! That would be really nice to see Blake before he takes off too. I gotta give him the Bou bou I made for him. (I hope it's not too small..)

Jsut a few stories and then I gotta go..

So this was random. We were walking along the lagoon just... Well... Walking. and out of the blue this guy screams at us "BONJOUR!" So we turn around. he was wearing jeans and a wife beater. A little bit of an older man. The second I laid eyes on him, he raises his fist and screams, "I DON'T LIKE THE MORMONS!" And then he just kept walking. That's our greeting that we give to the others now when we get home. It reminded me of the Baptists at our BBQ. "WATER DRINKERS!"

So a gross eating experience. It's with crabs. If the crab is small enough, you go ahead and eat the whole thing. Yes. The whole thing. I'll show you when I get home. But they gave us a little bit bigger of a crab this time. So I tried biting it. Dang it was tough, but I did it. I even finished it and ate it's brains which left a SUPER bad aftertaste that almost made me throw up all over the sauce.... They all start laughing. "'That's for the small crabs!" My comp sticks his finger in the crab's butt and FLIP! The shell comes off. "now eat this part. that's the meat." Thanks Elder... You couldn't of told me that when I took the first bite... Lol!

Random. We walked into this house to do OVB. (Open your mouth I.E. Door to door.) and this lady was mixing what I thought was the stuff for la P√Ęte but she used beans. So I said I love that stuff! She said i'll give you some. I accepted. SHE MADE PANCAKES! LEGIT PANCAKES! I was just so shocked! It was super cool! Until she mixed oil and pepper powder toghether and put it on the pancake... That was weird... I wanted syrup. But now I can make pancakes in AFRICA! Woot woot!

This sunday was great. It was the first time that a recent convert blessed the sacrament. he starts off. It's perfect, then the loudspeaker... Goes OFF! It's like he was screaming in our ears and it started vibrating that shook you super bad... So instead of listening to the words of the prayer (yes, he continued until he was done, and made several mistakes) everyone had their ears plugged. So After that excrutiating ear drum pain, the president says, "Do it again, but turn the microphone off" Lol!

Also this is great. I'm famous in the Taxi world of Lome for getting the lowest price possible. We stopped a taxi when I was with Elder N'Dri and we told the guy the spot. He said 1000. I said Holy cow! Are you saying that because I'm white and you think I have a lot of money? And he starts going off, I'm not a racist! Blah blah blah. And then I said so it's 600 right? And he says get in.Lol! so On the OTHER side of Lome a couple weeks later, Elder Call stops a taxi. Tells the guy the spot and he says a high price. Elder Call says no no. That's way too high. And the guy says "wait. You're not that white guy from Be right? He said the EXACT same thing and he was wearing exactly the same thing! Africans pay better than you white people." Lol!

We had a great spiritual experience this last week too. We were talking to a lady that has had a lot of problems in her life. We were going through the Plan of Salvation with her. She was listening to every word. Just at the end, we asked again. Do you have any questions? "Ya In fact I do. Why don't other churches teach this stuff?" We just said... Uh... Cause they're false. "Oh okay... When can I be baptized?" Lol! She really is great. She poses great questions and she just sees the truth in all that we see. I LOVE investigators like that! She'll be baptized with her two kind of children in a couple weeks. She saved the life of two little girls and has taken care of them for years. One is twenty actually, but she looks like she's 14... She's just great! And we'll be baptizing a great little family that I love too!

Well We gotta go. We're going to go see the Herr's. They just got back from a voyage to Benin. I love you all very much and miss you tons!

Elder Halvorsen

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