Sunday, July 17, 2016

Split week!!!

This week has been great! President was out of town for the first half of the week so Elder Wiscombe and I did splits and worked with some of the missionaries is tana which was great. They are all doing great! Then we had two days that we spent in the office working with president while he was in town which is always great to get to work with him and try to take as much wisdom from him as you can. It's weird though, we are starting to plan for next transfer and to talk all about things happening next transfer and none of it has any meaning to me because I will be home. But it's good. It's good to know that the mission keeps going and the Lord's work here doesn't stop just because I leave. 
Then on saturday we left really early in the morning and drove to Tamatave. This is going to be my last time in tamatave which is really sad, but I planned a little bit of time to say goodbye to people I really liked while I was here. And the missionaries here are working really really hard and the work is going incredible, so it's a good last visit here. We are staying until saturday and going on splits with all of the elders here. It's going to be great! Here is a picture of me with my favorite Malagasy ever! This is the only guy I baptized in Tamatave and he is by far one of my favorite people ever! Other than that everything is going great! Today for p-day we went to this really nice beach called foulepointe. I'll attach some pics. Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! Love you all!
Love, Elder Glazier

Anjanahary week betsaka

Well the last couple weeks have been good. Sorry it's been a while since I've written. It's been a combination of me being sick and lazy and being really busy. But everything here is going great. I've had a little bit of a cold the last week and a half which makes missionary work a little hard, especially when you lose your voice. But it's all good. I'm on the upside of the cold now. 
The past two weeks a lot has happened, but I'll try to keep it to the most interesting things. I already wrote about taking Nate's group to the airport which was super weird. Then the day after we dropped them off we left with president to go to Mahajanga. That is a beach city about 11 hours north west of the capital city. It's a really pretty town. While we were there we got to go on splits with all four of the missionaries there which was fun. We also got to attend their baptism in the ocean which is always a privledge! I got to go into the ocean and take pictures for sister Foote which was fun. It is still really really hot there! But when we came back to Tana it was freezing cold! All of the missionaries are wearing sweaters and warm socks to try and stay warm! It gets really cold especially at night. It's not too bad in the daytime if the sun is out, but as soon as you go into the shade it's really cold. Then this last week President Foote has been in Mauritus so Elder Wiscombe and I have taken advantage of it and avoided the office like the plague! We have gone on splits pretty much everyday. It's been so much fun! I love getting to go and work with so many different missionaries and meet their investigators and members. The church is so cool! No matter where you go it's exactly the same!
The missionary work here is going great! We have a family that we have been teaching lately named Christian and Haja. They are super cool and always do the reading we give them. They hadn't come to church yet, but they were progressing well. This week they said they were going to try to make it to church, but they didn't sound so sure so we didn't think much of it. But on sunday we walked out of sacrament, and guess who was sitting there in the hallway! Christian!!!! We were so excited!!! Sadly he missed sacrament meeting, but he stayed for the other two hours and loved it! He was answering all of the questions about the plan of salvation in the investigator class and making us proud! He is a great guy! His wife didn't make it, but we're going to try to get her to come next week. They have a baptismal date for July 30 and we are really hoping they will be able to catch it! I'll keep you posted.
 Anyway, I hope you all have a great week! Oh, I almost forgot...
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!! 
We aren't really doing anything fun for the 4th. We might make hamburgers or something, but other than that I haven't really even thought about it being the 4th. I know, I need some American pride. But in all honesty, I'm so grateful to be an American. I grateful that I was born in the land of the free where I have the freedom to choose to be whoever I want. I'm grateful to not have to worry that the police are going to stop me and ask for a bribe while they are holding an ak-47, I'm grateful for the ability to worship God how I want, and I'm grateful for all of the other amazing freedoms that we often take for granted. God bless America!!!! Hope you all have a great 4th of July!
Love, Elder Glazier


We traded soccer balls with all these little kids in the middle of nowhere. They were using a ball made out of old rags. 

This is a common form of transportation in the ambanivoatra (om-bon-ee-voo-hee-cha) countryside.  

Anjanahary week betsaka

Well the last couple weeks have been good. Sorry it's been a while since I've written. It's been a combination of me being sick and lazy and being really busy. But everything here is going great. I've had a little bit of a cold the last week and a half which makes missionary work a little hard, especially when you lose your voice. But it's all good. I'm on the upside of the cold now. 
The past two weeks a lot has happened, but I'll try to keep it to the most interesting things. I already wrote about taking Nate's group to the airport which was super weird. Then the day after we dropped them off we left with president to go to Mahajanga. That is a beach city about 11 hours north west of the capital city. It's a really pretty town. While we were there we got to go on splits with all four of the missionaries there which was fun. We also got to attend their baptism in the ocean which is always a priveledge! I got to go into the ocean and take pictures for sister Foote which was fun. It is still really really hot there! But when we came back to Tana it was freezing cold! All of the missionaries are wearing sweaters and warm socks to try and stay warm! It gets really cold especially at night. It's not too bad in the daytime if the sun is out, but as soon as you go into the shade it's really cold. Then this last week President Foote has been in Mauritus so Elder Wiscombe and I have taken advantage of it and avoided the office like the plague! We have gone on splits pretty much everyday. It's been so much fun! I love getting to go and work with so many different missionaries and meet their investigators and members. The church is so cool! No matter where you go it's exactly the same!
The missionary work here is going great! We have a family that we have been teaching lately named Christian and Haja. They are super cool and always do the reading we give them. They hadn't come to church yet, but they were progressing well. This week they said they were going to try to make it to church, but they didn't sound so sure so we didn't think much of it. But on sunday we walked out of sacrament, and guess who was sitting there in the hallway! Christian!!!! We were so excited!!! Sadly he missed sacrament meeting, but he stayed for the other two hours and loved it! He was answering all of the questions about the plan of salvation in the investigator class and making us proud! He is a great guy! His wife didn't make it, but we're going to try to get her to come next week. They have a baptismal date for July 30 and we are really hoping they will be able to catch it! I'll keep you posted.
 Anyway, I hope you all have a great week! Oh, I almost forgot...
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!! 
We aren't really doing anything fun for the 4th. We might make hamburgers or something, but other than that I haven't really even thought about it being the 4th. I know, I need some American pride. But in all honesty, I'm so grateful to be an American. I grateful that I was born in the land of the free where I have the freedom to choose to be whoever I want. I'm grateful to not have to worry that the police are going to stop me and ask for a bribe while they are holding an ak-47, I'm grateful for the ability to worship God how I want, and I'm grateful for all of the other amazing freedoms that we often take for granted. God bless America!!!! Hope you all have a great 4th of July!
Love, Elder Glazier


We traded soccer balls with all these little kids in the middle of nowhere. They were using a ball made out of old rags. 

This is a common form of transportation in the ambanivoatra (om-bon-ee-voo-hee-cha) countryside.  

Anjanahary week betsaka

Well the last couple weeks have been good. Sorry it's been a while since I've written. It's been a combination of me being sick and lazy and being really busy. But everything here is going great. I've had a little bit of a cold the last week and a half which makes missionary work a little hard, especially when you lose your voice. But it's all good. I'm on the upside of the cold now. 
The past two weeks a lot has happened, but I'll try to keep it to the most interesting things. I already wrote about taking Nate's group to the airport which was super weird. Then the day after we dropped them off we left with president to go to Mahajanga. That is a beach city about 11 hours north west of the capital city. It's a really pretty town. While we were there we got to go on splits with all four of the missionaries there which was fun. We also got to attend their baptism in the ocean which is always a priveledge! I got to go into the ocean and take pictures for sister Foote which was fun. It is still really really hot there! But when we came back to Tana it was freezing cold! All of the missionaries are wearing sweaters and warm socks to try and stay warm! It gets really cold especially at night. It's not too bad in the daytime if the sun is out, but as soon as you go into the shade it's really cold. Then this last week President Foote has been in Mauritus so Elder Wiscombe and I have taken advantage of it and avoided the office like the plague! We have gone on splits pretty much everyday. It's been so much fun! I love getting to go and work with so many different missionaries and meet their investigators and members. The church is so cool! No matter where you go it's exactly the same!
The missionary work here is going great! We have a family that we have been teaching lately named Christian and Haja. They are super cool and always do the reading we give them. They hadn't come to church yet, but they were progressing well. This week they said they were going to try to make it to church, but they didn't sound so sure so we didn't think much of it. But on sunday we walked out of sacrament, and guess who was sitting there in the hallway! Christian!!!! We were so excited!!! Sadly he missed sacrament meeting, but he stayed for the other two hours and loved it! He was answering all of the questions about the plan of salvation in the investigator class and making us proud! He is a great guy! His wife didn't make it, but we're going to try to get her to come next week. They have a baptismal date for July 30 and we are really hoping they will be able to catch it! I'll keep you posted.
 Anyway, I hope you all have a great week! Oh, I almost forgot...
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!! 
We aren't really doing anything fun for the 4th. We might make hamburgers or something, but other than that I haven't really even thought about it being the 4th. I know, I need some American pride. But in all honesty, I'm so grateful to be an American. I grateful that I was born in the land of the free where I have the freedom to choose to be whoever I want. I'm grateful to not have to worry that the police are going to stop me and ask for a bribe while they are holding an ak-47, I'm grateful for the ability to worship God how I want, and I'm grateful for all of the other amazing freedoms that we often take for granted. God bless America!!!! Hope you all have a great 4th of July!
Love, Elder Glazier


We traded soccer balls with all these little kids in the middle of nowhere. They were using a ball made out of old rags. 

This is a common form of transportation in the ambanivoatra (om-bon-ee-voo-hee-cha) countryside.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Assistants
Goodbye Elder Rasmussen

Goodbye Elder Covey

Zone Conference in Antsirabe



Well this week has been pretty crazy. We had zone conference in Antsirabe which is about 3 hours south of Tana. We drove down with president and stayed there a couple days and made it back in time to solidify the transfers and make the calls. Then we got the group going home all ready to go all weekend and babysat them. 

And somewhere in all the craziness we took care of making sure everyone else gets where they need to for transfers. It has been a super crazy week and I have literally like 10 minutes to write this so it's going to be way short. But this last week has been good, but really weird. 

We just sent off the group going home today and it feels way weird. That was Elder Covey and Elder Rasmussen's group. That means that my group is officially the next group to go home. I can't believe that. I still feel like I should have forever on my mission. I hope that these six weeks go by really slow. I love the mission so much and I'm not ready to go home. I guess it has to happen some day though. But I'll try to write more next week if I can.

 Have a great week! Love you all! 

Love, Elder Glazier

Monday, June 13, 2016

Zone Conference Tamatave

This week was great! Last monday we had a zone activity and went the this really nice soccer field that they have a little ways outside of Tana. you have to pay to rent it, so it's super nice! It's astroturf! It was tons of fun! We got to play for a couple hours and just have a great time! I love soccer so much! Then Tuesday-Thursday we worked our area and also did a couple of splits! It was great! I got to work with a couple of great elders that are doing really well. We also took a day to work our area and found a couple of cool families. Hopefully they decide to accept the message. We have one two families we are really focusing on right now. One is the niece of our recent converts we just baptized and her family. They are really cool and seem interested in the message we have. The other on is this cool family we tracted into. They have three little kids. They haven't come to church yet, but just committed to a baptismal date on July 30! I hope they will come to church and make their date! 

Then on Friday we woke up at 5 and drove to Tamatave. When we got there at around 1 we went straight to the church where the missionaries were waiting for us to have zone conference. It was a good conference. We were a little short on time so I had to cut my lesson down a lot which was kind of a bummer, but it's alright. Everyone (including me) would rather hear from president than from me anyway. Then we woke up saturday and drove back to Tana. When we got there that evening we had some things to take care of to help some missionaries and then sunday was good. We went out and worked our area again. That was about all that happened. And then today was really fun! We got all the missionaries in Tana together and had a big, huge basketball tournament. It was really fun. I think everyone really enjoyed it. 

As far as me manokana (muh-noo-kuh-uh) (personally) I am doing great! It's weird that Elder Rasmussen and Elder Covey are going home next week, but they aren't really trunky, so that's good. We have been staying busy. But one cool thing is we always make time to get in our studies even when we wake up really early and have tons of things to do all day and end up getting home really late. It is so important to always find time to study the holy scriptures. In my studies today I read about Captain Moroni and how firm he was in the faith. I love Alma 48:16-17. "16 And also, that God would make it known unto them whither they should go to defend themselves against their enemies, and by so doing, the Lord would deliver them; and this was the faith of Moroni, and his heart did glory in it; not in the shedding of blood but in doing good, in preserving his people, yea, in keeping the commandments of God, yea, and resisting iniquity.
 17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men."
Moroni gloried in keeping the commandments of God and in doing good. That is why satan would have no power if everyone was like Moroni. He had no desire to sin, he just wanted to please God. I want to become like that too! That's the goal here on Earth is to lose all desire to sin and to learn to choose the right all the time. 
Anyway, have a great week everyone! Love you all tons!!!
Love, Elder Glazier

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Zone Conference

This week was great! We had two zone conferences that we did and we made it on a couple of splits. The zone conferences both went great. President asked all 4 of the assistants to share a little lesson. 

The topic of the conference was being a full-purpose, full-time missionary. It was really good. I chose to share a little lesson about integrity and what it really means to have and honor our integrity and how that will help us be a full-purpose, full-time missionary. I think it went well. Everyone participated well and seemed to enjoy it. Other than that splits are still going great.

 We are getting to know lots of missionaries and being able to help them out a lot. I love getting to go on splits and help other missionaries. 

This last week I've been working on trying to do better at pondering the scriptures and the things I've been studying. I've decided that enough apostles have talked about it that maybe I should stop being ignorant and disobedient and try a little harder to apply it. It's been really cool to see the change in myself. It still requires effort and isn't natural to be constantly thinking about the scriptures and stuff like that, but I've noticed the Holy Ghost with me more when I do. Our mind is always going to be filled so that means either we can fill it or we can wait and let the world fill it. It's up to us to take an active role in who we are and what goes on in our minds every minute of every day. 

I hope you all have a great week! 
Love, Elder Glazier

I'd like to give a shoutout to Henson, Mom, Lilly, and Kristan who all have birthdays this week! I hope you all have a great day! Love you all! Happy Birthday!

Back to Tamatave!!!

This week has been really good. We continued our splits. We finished up in Antsirabe and got back to tana for half of a day, and then the next day (tuesday) drove 6 hours to Tamatave. I got to drive which was fun. I feel like a racecar driver driving here. Our car is a stick shift which is way cool, and then all of the roads are barely wide enought for two cars, and they're super curvey, and there is trees lining both sides on the way here, so everytime you pass someone you feel way cool! haha 

We have gone on splits everyday while we've been here. I've gotten to see a few of my old investigators and recent converts which was a lot of fun. My favorite lesson I taught was with Elder Johnson. He is the zone leader up here and working in my old area. We had just had a great split, and the last lesson we had was a guy I found and taught named Rado. He is about 30 and teaches french. He isn't married yet, but he's a great guy! He got baptized right after I left. But we went to teach him and Elder Johnson started the lesson different than I was expecting. He asked him how he had changed since the first time he met the missionaries and how his relationship with God has gotten stronger. It was amazing to sit there and listent Rado talk about how before we met him he used to go to clubs every weekend and get drunk and do all kinds of bad things, but after about a month of learning from us he decided he needed to stop doing those things and start taking our message seriously. When he was telling us that, I remembered exactly that day. I was with Elder Bingham and we were thinking about dropping Rado. When we got there he told us he was done with clubs and that he was coming to church the next day. From that day on he completely changed. Now he is a totally different person and he is so much happier! I really felt the spirit during that lesson this week and I know that Elder Johnson was guided by the spirit to ask those questions. I know that this gospel is true and that it brings us so much happiness! I love being a missionary and getting to share that with everyone! If you are questioning whether or not it's true or if you feel like life is hard or unfair, examine your life and see what principle of the gospel you could be living better. God didn't put us here to suffer, but to have joy. I love you all! Have a great week! 

Love, Elder Glazier

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Splits!!!!!!

Hey everyone!!! 

It's been another amazing week here in the not-so-tropical island of madagascar. This week was great! We went down south to a city called Antsirabe. It is the coldest part of madagascar. We were all freezing! It got down to about 50 degrees. We all thought that we were going to get frostbite! haha But while we were down there we did splits with all of the missionaries and tried to build up their programs! There are some awesome missionaries here! They are all doing great and were really nice to us while we were there. 


On Sunday we went with the zone leaders and took some of the leaders in the District to Ambositra. It is a city about 2 hours south of antsirabe. It's still part of the antsirabe district, so we took the district president and a couple of the ladies in the relief society down to go to church and do some meetings down there. It was fun. It's this little tiny city that doesn't have any missionaries right now. There used to be two, but we pulled them out because we don't have enough missionaries anymore. One of the elders that went with us took a couple pictures so I'll try to get them from him and send them. Other than that not a whole lot has happened. The mission is great! Lately I've been reading Jesus the Christ and the Atonement has been on my mind a lot. I love studying about Christ and the sacrifice that he made for us. I know that he is our Savior and Redeemer and that he suffered for us, died for us, and was resurrected too. Without Him we not only couldn't receive the celestial kingdom, but we also couldn't receive the terrestrial or the telestial kingdoms either. We would be filthy spirits forever and would be below satan. But because of Christ we will ALL be made clean and receive a kingdom of glory and a resurrected body. We will be above satan and his angels. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and all that He has done for me. 

Have a great week! 

Love, Elder Glazier

Thursday, May 19, 2016

TRANSFERS!!!

Well I don't have very much time, but I just wanted to write home and give a quick update of what's happening here in Madagascar. Everything is going great! The weather is cooling down which is nice. That means that I can wear a sweater. That might not seem that cool, but it's a big deal to us missionaries because that means instead of just choosing if I want to wear brown, grey, or black pants, and which tie to wear I can also choose if I want to wear a sweater or not, and I have three colors to choose from and I have to make sure that it matches my pants. Big decisions!!! 

So this transfer brought some big changes for me! I have been working with Elder Covey, but this transfer we got put into a foursome, so now it's me, Elder Covey, Elder Rasmussen, and another Elder named Elder Wiscombe. Yep, I'm working with Elder Rasmussen again!!! We were so excited when we found out! It's been a ton of fun and we're way excited for the rest of the transfer! We have planned to try to do splits with every single missionary in the mission this transfer, so that will be great! 

Our investigators are doing great! Tina and Harilala are going to be getting baptized on June 4th and they are so so so ready! I want to baptize them so bad, but we're really going to try to encourage them to have their son do it. He is preparing to go on a mission. I can't think of too many things cooler than getting to baptize your parents right before you go on a mission! 

Other than that, we had a great p-day today! We played soccer against one of the wards here in tana. they are pretty good, but we beat them 5-4! It's a pretty bad field (if you call it a field). It's just a big open dirt area that they draw lines on using crushed up charcoal. But it's still really fun! And then we came back to the office and played basketball with a bunch of missionaries for a couple hours! I couldn't have asked for a better pday. 
Lately I've been working on pondering the things I've studied, and just pondering life and the scriptures in general. The thing I have really noticed myself pondering more than anything is the savior's life and Atonement. I try to think of a story, and then put myself right in the middle of it as a bystander. It's a cool little strategy I learned from President Foote this week. I really like it, it really makes the scriptures come to life. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. I know that he lived a perfect life and performed countless miracles here on Earth. I know that the ultimate miracle he performed was taking upon Himself our sins, dying for us, and taking His life again on the third day. Jesus Christ lives. He lives.

Love you all! Have a great week!

Love, Elder Glazier

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hi everybody!! 

So this week has been crazy! I don't have a whole ton to write about because we have literally just been driving missionaries all over the place and planning out transfers and helping missionaries get where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be there. We have 6 missionaries going home this transfer, but they are going home in two groups. The transfer is actually next week, but 3/6 missionaries going home wanted to go this week to make it home in time for mothers day so we have been taking care of them. It was really weird to see them off. I was companions with two of them. And one of them was my trainer. I can't believe he is gone. It's so weird to think that it was over a year and a half ago that we was training me how to be a missionary. I was trying really hard not to get trunky, but dropping them off at the airport and watching them go through security and everything just got to me and I realized how little time I have left. I want to try so hard to use these last few months the best I can. I want to live them to the fullest. I didn't come on a mission to serve with all of my heart, might, mind, and strength for 20 months. I am going to give it everything I've got all the way to the very last day! There are still tons of people who are waiting on me to bring them the gospel. I can't let them down. 

This week in my studies I have been focusing a lot on patience and on choosing to be happy. I noticed myself getting really annoyed with missionaries and other people calling me all the time asking for help. I realized that that's not okay. I really want to master being patient with others and seeing the good in life. God has given me so many blessings in my life. It's my choice if I want to focus on the good all around me or if I want to focus on the shortcomings of others and myself and all the problems all around me. I decided it's not worth it to be negative, or even to point out something negative. When we focus on the good in ourselves and in others we are encouraging growth in those areas. I know that Heavenly Father doesn't see us as who we were yesterday, or who we are today, but He sees us as who we are capable of becoming. 

I hope you all have a great week! Love you tons!!!

Love, Elder Glazier

P.S. Happy mothers day to all those incredible moms out there! Especially mine! She has raised me and taught me since birth how to be a desciple of Christ. She teaches me by words, but even more than that she teaches me by how she lives! 

  Love you mom!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Anjanahary week 8

Hey Everybody,

This week has been great! We had a couple really slow days of taking care of a sick Elder, but it's okay, I'm glad we could help him out. He is doing a lot better now and is out working with his companion! We went on a split on Thursday with two pretty young missionaries. It was fun. They are doing good. We tried this new thing the Apostles are pushing for where when we go on a split we bring the missionaries into our area instead of going and working in theirs. It worked pretty well. We did a lot of knocking doors, because our program is still pretty empty, but we are getting more and more investigators! I'm hoping that soon we will be able to have at least one (hopefully two) days with a full program. Then when we go on splits we could bring the missionaries to our area on those days and show them how we teach in our area and how we interact with our investigators and stuff. I think it will really help! 

We also got to watch conference this week!!!!!! It was soooo good! I loved all of the talks! A few of my favorites were Elder Nelson's Talk, "The Price of Priesthood Power" that he gave in the priesthood session, Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson's "Do I Believe" in the Sunday morning session, but of course my favorite talk was Elder Holland's talk in the Sunday Afternoon Session, "Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among you". I love that. We are imperfect beings trying to be perfect, and as long as we are trying God is happy with us. It's when we give up when he we disappoint Him. I love how he talked about Heavenly Father's love for us. He said, "Brothers and sisters, the first and great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all our heart, might, mind and strength. That is the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength." I had never thought about it that way. When we are working to love God with our entire being we are just reciprocating the love that He already has for us. I learned a lot this conference. I learned how to be a better son, friend, father/husband (someday), priesthood holder, and a better disciple of Christ. I also received personal revelation from the Holy Ghost of specific things I need to change/work on in my own life. I know that the Prophet, the apostles, and all the other general authorities and leaders of the church are called of God and are led by the spirit to say what God would say if He were standing at the pulpit. Jesus Christ lives and He guides His church through our living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Love, Elder Glazier

Monday, April 4, 2016

Anjanahary week 7

Salama Ry Fianakaviako! Hello Family!


I hope everyone is doing great. Everything is going amazing here! This week was great! I wrote two days ago so there isn't a whole lot to say.

 I pretty much only have one thing to update on. That's our investigators. Harilala and Tina are doing AMAZING!!!! We taught them twice this week and at our second time with them we committed them to come to church. They accepted, but seemed a little unsure. We reassured them and promised them blessings if they would come. Then today when we pulled into the church and we were getting out of the car, they came walking into the gate! We were so so so happy to see them! They came and loved it, and everyone was so nice to them and welcomed them great! I think they will come from now on!

 Oh, and our ward has this deaf guy named jules and today was my lucky day. I've been trying to learn a little bit of sign language and I got to translate his testimony. I'm sad to say I kind of just made up a testimony... oops. but then I translated for him for the next two hours of church and learned a ton and now I can communicate with him a little bit. it's way cool! He is so converted, and his testimony is founded on such simple truths. It's amazing! Every time we see him all he talks about is the gospel and how true it is and how it has to be the center of our lives! Right now he is working on learning American Sign Language so that he can go to the temple. He speaks this sign language that he calls "malagasy sign language" but it's just a bunch of signs he made up. It's way cool! But that's all the vaovao (news) I've got for this week!

 I hope you all enjoyed conference! We will get to watch it next week which is going to be amazing! I'm so excited to get to hear the words of the living prophet! I know that if we will prepare our hearts and come to conference with a question it will be answered in something that you hear or feel. The Holy Ghost is the teacher and he knows exactly what you need.

 Have a great week everyone! Love you all!
Love, Elder Glazier 

Anjanahary week 6

Hey Everyone!!!


This week has been great! We got to go visit a city called Tulear. It is a pretty city on the south west coast of the country. It took us three days to drive down there. It was great to get to go down there and to see the missionaries who work there. They normally fly there and back when they get transferred, but because it's transfers this week we just took the missionaries transferring down with us and brought the ones leaving back with us. It was a lot of fun to have them. I love getting to interact with all of the missionaries! Other than working with the missionaries, I'd have to say the highlight of the trip was getting to see Boabab trees! They are sooo cool! Most types of Boababs only grow here in Madagascar. 

Our investigators are doing great! We have taught them twice this week and I'm convinced that God has been preparing these people for years! They are so ready to accept the gospel! We taught them about the plan of salvation and talked a little bit about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how we have to have faith, repent, be baptized by water, receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end if we want to be saved. When we asked if they had questions she asked, "So I have faith, and I'm trying to repent everyday, but I'm not baptized, so help me figure out where I'm at on the steps... What do I need to do?" So we challenged them to be baptized and they both accepted! They are going to be baptized on June 4th!!!! We also received another referral from their son who brought them to us. We are going to go teach them on sunday. It's so awesome! God is guiding us straight to the people who are ready to change and come unto Him.

I know that the gospel is true and that Heavenly Father knows us individually. I know that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration and received revelation from God. He is a true prophet. I know The Book of Mormon is true. If we read it everyday and ask for the spirit God will guide us throughout every day. 

Have a great week everyone!
Love, Elder Glazier 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Anjanahary week 5

This week has been awesome!!!! We got out and taught a few times and found a way cool family. So Elder Covey has this guy named Santatra (sawn-tuh-chuh) who he taught in his last area like 6 months ago and taught him all the way until he was ready to be baptized. Right before his baptism Santatra moved to Tamatave. When it was time for his interview I was the one that got to interview him. Well it turns out his parents actually live in Anjanahary which is our area now. This last week he called Elder Covey looking for the phone number of the missionaries in Anjanahary so that they could teach his parents. That's us!!! So we went and taught them this week and they are SO COOL!!! They are so ready to hear the gospel! At the end of the lesson after we taught them about Joseph Smith and the Restoration his mom said, "Hey, I have a question. So you say that Joseph Smith restored the gospel in 1820... so why are we just now learning about it? That was 200 years ago. This could have helped us with our family. And did our grown son learn about it before us?" We answered them with a question, "Do you believe that God knows everything?" She then answered her own question and said that this is the time God has prepared for them. It was awesome!!! We think they are going to get baptized! We are going to teach them again today so we'll see how that goes.

After the lesson we were driving home, and there was a HUGE crack and it got really bright all of a sudden. I looked out the window and saw sparks flying and just ducked. After everything calmed down I look up and there was a massive dent in the windshield about the size of a softball and glass shards all over the car. It was crazy!! Everyone is alright and safe, but it was a pretty crazy experience.

Also, this week we got to go on a road trip with President and Sister Foote! We went to this city up in the north part of the country (the farthest north we have missionaries) called Mahajanga. It is a coastal city, and it is a million degrees and like 100% humidity. It was a lot of fun though, we got to drive 12 hours there with President and Sister Foote and then go on splits with the missionaries for a couple days, and go to church there. It was really fun. And then on our way home we stopped in this TINY town in the middle of nowhere. There is a family that lives there that are members. They run this little library out there. They had maybe 60 french books and that was it. They said they teach the kids that can't go to school how to read and speak french. It was so cool though, they called the mayor to come and meet President Foote and just kept saying how much of a blessing it was to have him visit their library and their town. The old mission president was never able to make it there because they would always fly to Mahajanga. They literally treated President like royalty. It was cool. But the sad part was they told us how bad they want to share the gospel with all of their friends that live in this town but they can't because they have to receive permission from a general authority to spread the church to that city because the church isn't there yet. So they are just waiting for permission. They are going to baptize their 8 year old son though, so that's awesome! 
We got back yesterday night pretty late from our trip, and we leave again tomorrow for an even longer trip to the far south end of the island. We are heading to a city called Toliara. It will be great to get to go on splits with the missionaries down there. We are hoping to just get everyone super excited about missionary work and get it to take off!

The last thing I want to write about is that family I was telling you about. Santatra and his mom Tina (tee-nuh) and his dad Harilala (har-law-luh). We went and taught them tonight, and I'm convinced that they are already baptized members and Elder Covey is just trying to trick me. We went back and they had read the entire Joseph Smith pamphlet, and they watched "The Restoration" movie with their son. We asked them what they knew about Joseph Smith and they told us the entire story all the way from him wondering where the true church was to receiving and translating the gold plates! They knew Moroni's name and like every little tiny detail. I was blown away! They ask such amazing questions and pretty much already know the church is true. We just need to get them to come to church and next lesson we need to give them a baptismal date. They are so so so  ready! I know God knows His children and He knows the best timing for everything. I know that if we will move our feet and walk in faith He will guide our footsteps.
 
I hope you all have a great week! I will write when I have some time. Hopefully on monday, but no promises. Have a great week! Love you all!

Love, Elder Glazier 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Anjanahary Week 4

This week has been awesome!!!! We got out and taught a few times and found a way cool family. So Elder Covey has this guy named Santatra (sawn-tuh-chuh) who he taught in his last area like 6 months ago and taught him all the way until he was ready to be baptized. Right before his baptism Santatra moved to Tamatave. When it was time for his interview I was the one that got to interview him. Well it turns out his parents actually live in Anjanahary which is our area now. This last week he called Elder Covey looking for the phone number of the missionaries in Anjanahary so that they could teach his parents. That's us!!! So we went and taught them this week and they are SO COOL!!! They are so ready to hear the gospel! At the end of the lesson after we taught them about Joseph Smith and the Restoration his mom said, "Hey, I have a question. So you say that Joseph Smith restored the gospel in 1820... so why are we just now learning about it? That was 200 years ago. This could have helped us with our family. And did our grown son learn about it before us?" We answered them with a question, "Do you believe that God knows everything?" She then answered her own question and said that this is the time God has prepared for them. It was awesome!!! We think they are going to get baptized! We are going to teach them again today so we'll see how that goes.

After the lesson we were driving home, and there was a HUGE crack and it got really bright all of a sudden. I looked out the window and saw sparks flying and just ducked. After everything calmed down I look up and there was a massive dent in the windshield about the size of a softball and glass shards all over the car. It was crazy!! Everyone is alright and safe, but it was a pretty crazy experience.

Also, this week we got to go on a road trip with President and Sister Foote! We went to this city up in the north part of the country (the farthest north we have missionaries) called Mahajanga. It is a coastal city, and it is a million degrees and like 100% humidity. It was a lot of fun though, we got to drive 12 hours there with President and Sister Foote and then go on splits with the missionaries for a couple days, and go to church there. It was really fun. And then on our way home we stopped in this TINY town in the middle of nowhere. There is a family that lives there that are members. They run this little library out there. They had maybe 60 french books and that was it. They said they teach the kids that can't go to school how to read and speak french. It was so cool though, they called the mayor to come and meet President Foote and just kept saying how much of a blessing it was to have him visit their library and their town. The old mission president was never able to make it there because they would always fly to Mahajanga. They literally treated President like royalty. It was cool. But the sad part was they told us how bad they want to share the gospel with all of their friends that live in this town but they can't because they have to receive permission from a general authority to spread the church to that city because the church isn't there yet. So they are just waiting for permission. They are going to baptize their 8 year old son though, so that's awesome! 
We got back yesterday night pretty late from our trip, and we leave again tomorrow for an even longer trip to the far south end of the island. We are heading to a city called Toliara. It will be great to get to go on splits with the missionaries down there. We are hoping to just get everyone super excited about missionary work and get it to take off!

The last thing I want to write about is that family I was telling you about. Santatra and his mom Tina (tee-nuh) and his dad Harilala (har-law-luh). We went and taught them tonight, and I'm convinced that they are already baptized members and Elder Covey is just trying to trick me. We went back and they had read the entire Joseph Smith pamphlet, and they watched "The Restoration" movie with their son. We asked them what they knew about Joseph Smith and they told us the entire story all the way from him wondering where the true church was to receiving and translating the gold plates! They knew Moroni's name and like every little tiny detail. I was blown away! They ask such amazing questions and pretty much already know the church is true. We just need to get them to come to church and next lesson we need to give them a baptismal date. They are so so so  ready! I know God knows His children and He knows the best timing for everything. I know that if we will move our feet and walk in faith He will guide our footsteps.
 
I hope you all have a great week! I will write when I have some time. Hopefully on monday, but no promises. Have a great week! Love you all!

Love, Elder Glazier 

Anjanahary week 3

Dia ahoana ry fianakaviako!!! Inona vaovao?


Hey what's happening family?!!! Everything is great here! This week was a little quieter than the last 2 weeks which was great! The craziest thing that happened was we had 4 new missionaries come over from South Africa. They are all great! There are 3 white guys and one black one. Kind of cool. I always think of it just being black people there. But transfers are FINALLY done!!! This transfer has taken three weeks. These elders have had some problems with their visas so they had to come in groups. So last week we got the two from the provo mtc, then on tuesday we were supposed to get 2 from south africa, and then on saturday get 2 more. So on tuesday we go to the airport to pick them up and wait for a while but don't see them. So we ask the front desk and they say the plane is delayed 2 1/2 hours. So we wait forever and finally the plane comes. We watched person after person come out of the terminal, but no missionaries. Finally people stop coming and everyone is clearing out of the portal, so president checks his email and he had gotten a confirmation of their flight earlier that morning that said everything was as planned and they would be coming in on WEDNESDAY! We were just like "WHAT?!" So we spent from 12-7 going to the airport to pick up the missionaries who were coming the next day. Nice... So then on wednesday we went and got them, and they're great! We took them straight out to their trainers and they seemed way excited! Then on Saturday we went and picked up the last two. So after three weeks of craziness transfers are finally done! And just in time too, because this week we have Elder Hamilton of the 70 coming to our mission to do zone conferences. He is going to be here for about a week and a half and go to 5 different cities to have a meeting with all the missionaries in those cities. It is going to be a great opportunity to get to learn at the feet of a general authority. He is in the South East Africa area Presidency. He is in the first quorum of the 70. We are really excited, but we're ready to be rebuked, or as we call it in our mission "Slayed", for something. He has a history of slaying really hard. So I'll keep you posted on how that goes. Hopefully everything goes great. I think it will.  

Funny story of the week... So elder Covey likes to drive like a maniac! And it doesn't help that there are zero traffic laws here. So we are flying down the road, and as is normal to Madagascar there is a cute little family of chickens having a picnic in the middle of the road- mama and her 6 little babies. So what does Elder Covey do? He doesn't even flinch and nails poor little baby chicken and squashes him flat! So I turn around to see one squished and another one flopping around in the road. I think he might have just gotten flipped upsidedown from the wind. But Elder Covey being himself just screams as he does it and then tucks into the church fence really fast because we were right by the church. He comes to a screeching stop in the church and we just sat there hoping nobody saw. haha Bad, I know. But I haven't stopped giving him a hard time for being a heartless chicken killer ever since. It's great! 

But I am loving being a missionary! It is incredible! We have so much fun and the spirit is always with you so strong! I know that God is our Heavenly Father and that He loves each of us. I know that when we keep his commandments He will bless us. If we will do all that we can to magnify the callings we have been given God will make us into a lot more than we can make of ourselves. Have a great week everyone!

Love, Elder Glazier

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Goodby to the coast





Some Awsome people that we work with












Anjanahary week 2

Salama Daholo!!! Inona vaovao?!

  This week was great! It was transfer week so it was pretty crazy. We woke up at like 5 or 5:30 pretty much every morning and got to bed at about midnight.   I am still trying to adjust to my new area. It's great though. I love working with Elder Covey. He is a great missionary and we're super good friends. Our whole missions we've been pretty close and we haven't really worked too far apart from each other so we already know each other really well. This week we had some pretty cool things happen. We drove down to Antsirabe (3 hours south of Tana) on Friday to take some missionaries down there for the transfer and to bring some back up to tana. It was a lot of fun to get to stop down there for a couple of hours and go to lunch with the missionaries there. Then on Saturday we had the real treat. Elder Covey and I got to drive Elder Van Reenen around. Elder Van Reenen is the area 70 for madagascar and he came down for some big meeting he had here with President Foote and all the stake leaders in the country. But Elder Covey and I got the chance to drive him to and from his hotel and the airport and stuff. It was way cool. Just the two of us with a member of the 70 Saturday night we took him back to his hotel after their meeting and he asked us if we wanted to come in and talk for a bit so we went into the lobby of the nicest hotel in Madagascar and got juice with Elder Van Reenen and just got to ask him questions and talk with him. He is a great man and I learned a ton from him! I hope that some day I can know the scriptures as well as he does and be able to apply them as well as him. He can apply the scriptures in every aspect of life. That is what's so cool about the scriptures, they are written specifically for us and can help us find direction in our lives. 
Then on Sunday we took him to church and out to the airport. Luckily I convinced Elder Covey to translate for Elder Van Reenen so I didn't have to. It was a close one!  I hate translating and I'm horrible at it!!! It is way hard because it doesn't just translate straight across, but there is a whole different thought process when you speak malagasy so you have to try to change the thought of the sentence and then translate it from there. Kind of a fun experience. I'm going to have to get good though because I'm going to be doing it a lot the next little bit.

 Hope you all had a great week! Love y'all! 

Love, Elder Glazier

Anjanahary week 1

Hey everyone!!!

It has been a great week, but kind of a sad one.

 It started off awesome just like every other week. Elder Rasmussen and I were pretty sure this was our last week together so we set some really tough goals to try to hit. We really wanted to kill it our last week. We were so excited. So on tuesday I got to go on a split with a malagasy Elder in our zone named Elder Randrianavalona (rawn-jee-on-uh-vol-oo-nuh). It was a great split. We taught tons of times and had a lot of fun. Then while we were in our last time President called and gave us transfer news. It was a little earlier than we were expecting, but he said that he needed me and Elder Rasmussen to split up and he wanted me to come back to Tana to work in an area called Anjanahary (on-dzawn-uh-hah-ry). I was way sad. I have loved working with Elder Rasmussen. He is an incredible missionary and an amazing friend. We had so much fun, worked insanely hard, and got a lot of stuff done. It was definitely my favorite two transfers of my mission. I couldn't have wished for anything more on my mission. But president didn't just strip me of a great companion, he gave me another one.

 I am going to be working with Elder Covey here in the capitol city of tana. He was my second companion and is one of the best missionaries on the mission. I am so so so excited to get to work with him again. So on thursday Elder Glazier got on a bus and made a 9 hour bus ride by himself back to Tana. Now I'm working with Elder Covey. It's going to be so much fun. He works so hard and is such a great example of how to be a missionary. I hope you are all doing well! Have a great week! The book is blue, and the church is true! 

Love, Elder Glazier 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tomasina, a beautiful place













Tomasina week 23

Well this week was good.

 Absolutely nothing cool/new happened though. We have just been hitting our area really hard and trying to keep all of the progressing investigators that we have. We really want to get them all coming to church and baptized! That would be so awesome!!! But Elder Rasmussen and I are pretty bummed because transfers are next week so this will probably be our last week together. We have had so much fun together, and the dream team did work! We have been so blessed to be led to those that God has prepared to hear this message. One of our big things has been finding the elect that will help the branch and who will be ready to change their lives. It has been so amazing to see the miracles God has given us. I know that this is God's great work and He is at the head of it. Mazotoa amin'ny asan'Andriamanitra! Be diligent in God's work! have a great week everyone!

Love, Elder Glazier