Thursday, January 28, 2016
So this week was another pretty crazy week. We got basically no work done which was a huge bummer. On Tuesday Elder Rasmussen and I woke up bright and early and went to the bus stop. We started our trip up to the Capitol city Tana at about. Then for the next 8 1/2 hours we sat on a bus to get to the office. When we finally got there we just hung out with the Assistants the rest of the evening. We got to meet the zone leaders from Reunion which was cool. They don't speak any Malagasy. They pretty much are in a completely different mission. Reunion is basically France. They seemed pretty shocked by the poverty. So that was fun. Then on Wednesday we went on a split with the office elders until 6 when we went back to the office to watch the worldwide missionary training. That was the real reason we went to Tana. President asked that all of the zone leaders in the country come together to watch it. He invited all of us into his house and we stayed there watching the training until 10. Then he gave us a ride back to the Assistants house. He is an amazing man. He is so smart, and is so in tune with the spirit. I am so grateful for the chance I have to be serving the Lord here in Madagascar under his direction. He is an incredible leader. The theme of the missionary training was "Teach repentance and baptize converts." It was really good. I learned a lot about how I can be a better missionary and how to teach with the spirit.
Monday, January 18, 2016
It all started . We were out having a normal day and at our second time we were teaching a recent convert. She told us that the night before there had been a 13 year old girl kidnapped, held for ransom, and killed not very far from where we were and right in the middle of one of the missionary areas. We didn't think much of it because most of the people had already been caught, however that did explain all of the police/military we saw walking around with ak-47's. But we decided to call the Assistants to see if we should tell the elders working in that area to not go near there once it got dark. Elder Covey told me he was going to ask president and then call me back. About I get a call from a concerned Elder Covey that said, "Hey Glaze, we're going to need all of the missionaries in Tamatave to get into their houses and not come out the rest of today, , and the next day you can leave in groups of 4 to 6 missionaries if you need to go out.
" Well that was not what I was expecting to hear... So Elder Glazier called all of the missionaries and told them to go home while Elder Rasmussen ended our lesson. We stayed home the rest of the day and found out from a few phone calls that there had been three other kidnappings/killings in the last couple weeks up here in the area. We just stayed home all day getting to know the missionaries we live with better. The next day we got up and acted like it was a normal day (got dressed and did studies like normal). At about 10 we called the Assistants to see what the news was about the lockdown and they told us we were allowed to leave our houses and do work like normal, but to be smart. And the the missionaries that work in the area where the kidnapping was couldn't work their area for a day so they went on splits.
And that leads into the next crazy thing that happened.We got to take Elder Smithson with us. He is still being trained and is a great kid. But fun fact about Elder Smithson, he had open heart surgery 9 months ago... So while we were out working he started complaining that his chest hurt/ "felt funny". I didn't like the sound of that so we took his pulse after sitting for a good 20 or 30 minutes and it was about 105. That's really high for a resting pulse, so we made him call the mission nurse. She ended up calling the doctor in south africa, and a cardiologist in Salt Lake. They made Elder Smithson go get his blood tested to make sure he doesn't have an infection, and now he is on bedrest for 2 days and has to take like 20 pills a day. They think it is inflamation from the push-ups he has been doing lately, so needless to say he can't do push-ups anymore either. So it was a really exciting two days!
I love you all! Have a great week!
Love, Elder Glazier
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
This week was good. We took care of some sick missionaries, got all of the bikes in Tamatave fixed (9 of them), and did some real missionary work! It was great!
And this week Solofo and Odille who I've talked about before came to church! It was awesome! We went to their house at 9 to pick them up and there he was in his shiny black button up shirt with the cuffs rolled up so you could see the white cuff with the black zebra stripes and his grey pants with a baseball hat. He looked just like a vegas black jack dealer! It was great! All 5 of us (him, his wife, their 4 year old son, and us) walked to church together! They seemed to like it a lot, and the members were all really nice to them. They are so cool, and it's so amazing to me to see how much the gospel has blessed their lives already, and to see what it will help them become! They are awesome!
Have a great week! Love you all!
Love, Elder Glazier
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
So this week is full of vaovao (news).
We will start with last Thursday. As you all know that was new years eve. New Years is probably the biggest party here in Madagascar. People go crazy. They literally just call it the fety (the party). That means EVERYONE is plastered and can't even remember their own name. As you can imagine that makes missionary work really fun. But they don't only drink new years eve, it usually starts on about the 30th and goes until the 2nd or 3rd of January. So we have had a lot of fun this week trying to find those people that aren't drunk and every once in a while tracting into someone you think isn't drunk that really is. Fun stuff.