"You will be an official representative of the Church. . . . Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ . . . Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you." Thomas S. Monson

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year from Baguida!

Happy New Year!  2014 is here!!!  That's so crazy!  Just so you know, Baguida partied it up pretty hard.  Not that I would know anything about it (President called and asked that we be inside by 6 pm for safety reasons), but Elder Kunz and I did get a trip to the restaurant in on the 31st before heading inside.

However, the 1st was a fun day!  We had a bit of a lazy morning after not being able to fall asleep until early in the morning due to fireworks.  But at about 10:30, we made it to Philippe's house (the branch 2nd counselor) to party.  We were welcomed by sodas and lots of music.  After a few minutes, the food was ready and we had some fufu gnam with eggplant sauce and beef.  DELICIOUS!!!!  It's amazing what a few months in mission can do.  Before I probably would have hated that, but now it's SOOOOOO good.  
This is how we do it!
Helping out a bit after eating.
 After that we danced and were just enjoying life before heading to the beach at about 1:30.  The beach was deserted, so we just chilled, took some pictures, and had a randomly started push-up contest.  HAHA.  After that we went to the sports complex that I've walked by a couple times just to check it out.  It was pretty cool inside.  Saw a pool for the second time since I've been in Africa, but this time people were actually using it.  And the soccer field has grass!!!  It looks pretty nice!  Enjoyed the view from the stadium.
Who said missionaries can't go swimming?  Haha just kiddin', I didn't.
The soccer stadium.
View of East Lomé from the stadium

After hitting up the sports complex, some wanted to go to a beach about 10 minutes away, but Elder Kunz and I were exhausted so we just went home.  There's a white family across the street that let off some big colorful fireworks that Elder Kunz and I are used to, so we enjoyed that!

Other than that, this week has been good!  We got a surprise visit from the Zone Leaders on Friday morning, so it was fun to study with Elder Dagrou again!  They also came to work through our Weekly Planning with us as well.  After that, I made some steak, mashed potatoes, and green beans for lunch!  Elder Rybin (the Zone Leader), Elder Kunz and I were all very happy and satisfied.

Not terribly much this week, I'm sorry!  Just ran out of time at the cyber today!  I'll write more next week!  I love you all!

Avec amour,
Elder Jenkins

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