This week has brought a lot of vaovao for us here in the southern hemisphere. On wednesdayour entire zone except for two elders (11 of us) got on a bus and drove all the way to the capitol city Antananarivo or Tana. It was an 8 hour bus ride on the curviest road on the entire planet!!! Luckily I managed not to get car sick.
Then I had the three weirdest days of my mission. We got to the mission office at about 4 on wednesday and just hung out in the office all night said goodbye to elder Bingham and didn't do much. Then that night we slept at the AP's house with all of the trainers and trainees.
The next morning (Thursday) I went with the AP's to take all of the trainees to the office and got roped into translating the meeting for new missionaries into malagasy for the new malagasy sisters. FUN... NOT!!!!! Translating is so hard! But it is a great opportunity and really helps you know what you need to work on. Then after that I was told to wait in the office for a couple of hours until we had a zone leader training meeting at like 4.
So after sitting in the office for 3 or 4 hours the meeting finally started. It was a great meeting, but I felt really humbled to sit in the room with all of the great missionaries that were there and with President Foote. It was a room full of incredible men. I hope that I can be as good of a missionary as they are and as good of a man as they are. We talked a lot about the goals for the mission and what we want to accomplish in the next few months and the year ahead.
Then after the meeting president crammed all 7 of us into his car and we drove up to the Rova which is the kings palace and looked over the whole city at night! It was gorgeous! Then we went to the Foote's house and Sister Foote fed us thanksgiving dinner! It was DELICIOUS!!! She mad us chicken pot pie!!! I was in heaven! I couldn't have asked for a better thanksgiving!
Then on Friday I got to go visit the bishop in my last area for a little bit. It was really fun to get to see him. Then Elder Rasmussen came in! His flight got in Friday afternoon and we left on a bus to Toamasina as soon as he got there. We have now had two days of work together and I'm super excited! We are going to work way hard and get this area going great! But overall I had a great week! A lot different than normal with very little work, but it was great!
Hope you all had a happy thanksgiving! Love you all!
It's been a great week! It was my last week with Elder Bingham so we worked extra hard to try to find some new investigators and do some good work! It has been way fun working with and training Elder Bingham. He is a great missionary. This week we were blessed to find a few way cool new families, but one of the coolest ones was a couple named Coco and Francia. We were walking down the path on thursday and this lady sitting on the side yelled at us and said she wanted us to come visit her and her husband so we made a time to go visit them on Saturday. Normally people like that are never home, but we went on saturday and they were there! So we taught them, and the lesson went way smooth and the spirit was there really strong. We were hot, tired, and hungry, but none of that mattered. It all just goes away and all that matters is the people in front of us. They asked us what they have to do to become members of the church and we challenged them to be baptized. They accepted and then said they wanted to come to church the next day but don't know where the church is so we told them we would come pick them up before church. They agreed again, and then on sunday they were there and ready to go when we got to their house. They seem way cool and I'm way excited to go back to them on Saturday!
We also got transfer news this week!!! I am freaking out about transfers! President called me on Saturday and told me that I was going to be staying up here in Tamatave as zone leader. I was excited because I love it up here! But then he told me the really big news... who my companion is! He said it's some kid from like American Fork, Utah that has red hair. I think his name is like Elder Rasmussen or something like that... Yep, that's right! I'M GETTING ELDER RASMUSSEN!!!!! We are going to be companions and zone leaders up here together!!! I am SO SO SO excited! I was screaming into the phone when president told me! We are going to have so much fun together and work way hard! I should get him on about friday because he has to fly in from Fort Dauphin and then we will take a bus from Tana up here to Tamatave. It's going to be great!
I can't believe it's already time for thanksgiving! Time is going so fast! But because it's thanksgiving this week I want to take a chance to thank everyone that has made a difference in my life. Starting with my amazing parents. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for them. So thanks mom and dad for having me. haha and even more than that thanks for raising me the way you did and showing me what it means to be a true deciple of Christ. Thanks to all of my older brothers and sister and their spouses and families for the great examples you have all given me. I look up to all of you more than you will ever know and want to be just like you. Thanks to all of my church leaders and others who have taught me so much. Thanks to all of my friends who have helped me make good choices through high school. And thanks to everyone else who has had any kind of influence on me. You all have helped make me the person I am today and I am forever grateful for all you have done and all that you do!
Have a great week everyone! And happy thanksgiving!!!
Love, Elder Glazier
P.S. Sorry there are still no pics... my card got a virus so I'm going to try to get it fixed today hopefully.
Hey family! It has been yet another great week here in Tamatave/Toamasina.
This week was good. We had a ton of our investigators not home when we went to teach them, and a lot of people we had tracted into the week before that bailed on us, but it's okay, because that meant that we got to meet some really cool new people! But definitely the highlight of the week for me was on sunday. So on tuesday we tracted into this really really cool guy named Prise and his family. We taught him tuesday and thursday (his wife was busy both times) and he said that he wants to come to our church and that we were sent to him from God. We told him we would come pick him up for church on sunday and he was really excited. So then on sunday we left like a half hour early to go pick him up. I wasn't really expecting him to be there, or to tell us he wasn't coming because that's usually what happens, but when we got to his house he had a white shirt and slacks on and was all ready to go. He handed me his tie and asked me to tie it for him. He looked way good in his church clothes and he stayed for all three hours! He participated in both of the classes and asked lots of questions. At the end of church he said he loved it and will be back next week! He is a way cool guy and we are hoping he will continue to progress and that he will lead his family to the truth as well!
Today for P-day we went to this way cool beach that is like an hour and a half north of here. It is a really really pretty beach that is super shallow. We played soccer on the harder wet sand for a couple hours and just walked up and down the beach. To end our little trip we all bought lobster! It was so good and way fun! Sorry there are no pictures... I took a bunch, but when I went to upload them my card got a virus and deleted a bunch of my pictures! I'll try to get it fixed and send some next week. Hope you all have a great week! Love you all!
The Book of Mormon is the word of God and no matter what anyone says it is the book that will bring us salvation! We owe a lot to a lot of prophets that gave everything up including their lives so that we can have the Book of Mormon. I think too often we take it for granted and just think that when we have a little time we will read it, but it should be one of top priorities to read a little bit everyday.
Well I'll just start by saying it was an amazing week! There was a ton that happened, but the two biggest things, were first we had zone conference, and second we had a baptism!!! I was so great!!!
I'll start with zone conference. The AP's(assistants to the president) came down last saturday like I said last week and they stayed here for the whole weekend. Then on Tuesday we had zone conference with them, and with President Foote! It was so good! We talked a lot about studies, and the importance of studies and how to have a more effective study. We also talked a lot about finding and teaching those people who are ready to change their lives and ready to live the gospel and become deciples of Christ. It was great! I think it was exactly what the zone needed and it really gave us all a great boost.
Then, Saturday!!! Saturday was great! We had one of our way cool investigators get baptized! His name is Delphin. He is so so so cool and was so ready for the gospel. I know that he is going to be a great addition to the ward. He is about 22 and not married. He had been taught by the missionaries for a little bit before we got here and was coming to church consistently. He hasn't missed once since I've been here. I am pretty sure he wants to go on a mission in a year. But it was just so fun to teach him because he knows everything and is always prepared for the lessons and always follows through on his commitments. I got the chance to baptize him and it was a really amazing opportunity. I could just feel his spirit when he came up out of the water and he was just smiling so big. I saw him the next day at church and he came up to me and said, Elder Glazier, I'm trying my best not to sin. I just got baptized. And then,
on Sunday Elder Bingham got to give him the gift of the Holy Ghost. He was pretty nervous, but he did a great job. I was so proud of him. I feel like he is my little boy and he is growing up. haha in about 2 weeks it will be transfers and we won't be together anymore and he will be a big boy with nobody to lean on. Sometimes I feel like I feel just a piece of what a parent feels when their child is about to leave the house and become their own person. You just have to hope you taught him everything he will need and let him go. He will probably crash and fall a few times, but he will learn from it and become better.
Also, on sunday I walked into elders' quorum and the clerk comes up to me and asks, "Hey, missionaries, can you give the lesson?" So yes... I got about 2 minutes to put together a lesson while they did opening exercises. I taught about the Plan of Salvation and the ordinances we must do to receive salvation. It ended up being a pretty good lesson. Fun experiences of the mission. Anyway, Everything is going great! Have a great week everyone!
This week was great! We were able to teach a lot of great times and way cool familes. But the real thing that stood out to me this week was this weekend. There were two things that really made an impression on me. We finally got to watch conference! and we had the Assistants to the president up here so we got to go on splits with them on saturday.
I'll start with Conference. My two favorite talks were first, one on saturday about praying to find out what your weaknesses are and then being ready to change based on the answer you get. He talked about how the answers don't always come the way we expect. So I decided to try it and see what God would tell me I needed to change. Sure enough, I got an answer, and it wasn't what I was expecting at all. The overwhelming feeling I had when I prayed was, "You need to get in shape." I was really confused because I had no clue how that was going to help me spiritually. then it clicked. I need to learn greater self control. And then I heard or read this talk, I don't remember if it was conference or just something I read, that said, "self control is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it gets." So I guess getting in shape is the boost I need to get started on having better self control, so decided I'm going to start eating healthy and really trying hard to get in good shape.
The second one was about ponderizing. It was by Devin G. Durrant. He talked all about we need to continually treasure up the words of Christ and ponder them. He made up a new word called "ponderize." He challenged us to take one scripture a week and put it in a place where we frequently see it and to ponder it constantly throughout the week. At the end of the week if you did it right you will know where the scripture is, and the main doctrine in it. You will then have that scripture as a constant friend when you need help/comfort. I really want to try to start ponderizing one scripture a week and want to challenge all of you to do it too. I know that if we will follow the guidance of the leaders that God has called for us we will see God's hand more fully in our lives. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes. I'd love to hear stories.
Overall I loved conference! It was so good! I feel like the brethren are really trying to help us step it up to the next level. Just going through the motions isn't enough anymore. The world is getting worse and worse and that means that we have to get better and better. we HAVE TO stand out as a peculiar people. We can't just try to blend into the croud anymore. Now is the time. What we have previously done is not enough anymore. God is hastening His work and we have to decide if we are going to keep up with Him or get left behind. Decide now.
Have a great week everyone! Love you all! Love, Elder Glazier