Date

April 15, 2007

Area

Companion

Monday, April 16, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

Hello Mom and Dad,
Yeah last week was a holiday, you were right. Last Monday was also pretty crazy as my companion got kicked out of the country and is now in Malawi. Also one of the sister missionaries got sent to Zambia so her branch missionary went home. It was a pretty intense weekend getting the news on Friday and then having them leave a few days later. I moved a bunch of missionaries around because I am with a different companion and we moved into the sisters’ old house. My companion right now is Elder Khuzwayo, a South African. He’s not a zone leader, he’s just with me temporarily until next month when I’ll have a zone leader companion again. That means I’m basically leading the zone on my own. It’s a little bit crazy but it’s alright.
Two of the people that the sister missionaries were teaching got baptized yesterday so I had to make sure everything was prepared for their baptism because of the sisters’ unexpected departure. Everything went well.
At least we are taking over all of their investigators since they were serving in the same ward as us. We’ll have more teaching to do.
I am still attempting to get scriptures but if you can send a few I ‘m sure that will be good. I’ll see what I can do. It’s getting closer and closer to the end and I’m trying to now decide what other leather things I want to buy here. At least when you come you’ll be able to buy some of the things that I didn’t buy like maybe some paintings, sculptures, etc. I’ll show you some good places in Harare and Bulawayo to buy them. Just make sure you have a lot of extra cash so we can buy things. The hotels will definitely rip you off as they will probably charge you in U.S. dollars since we are foreign. If we were able to exchange on the parallel market and pay in local currency it would be cheaper but it’s alright. I know I keep saying this but inflation is insane. Everything is still alright in the country for the missionaries though. Everyone is safe but we just wonder how much longer the people can take these economic conditions.
I still have a ton of space left on the 1 GB memory card that you sent to I think I’m going to be alright. I have been trying to take more pictures and bring my camera with me more often. I’m sure in these last couple months I’ll make more of an effort to take pictures. Sometimes you just get really busy or you don’t have your camera with you at the right time. It seems like I don’t have enough time to get anything done that I need to but at least it makes the time fly. I have to prepare for exchanges with missionaries, go out and do baptismal interviews for the district leaders, prepare things for zone conference, teach zone meetings and also meet and interview some of the missionaries to see how they’re doing. It takes a lot of time and effort to remember everything. I also take all the numbers for the zone every week and report them to the Assistants. This last week we had problems with flat tires on our bikes so we spend quite a few hours fixing them during the week.
It sounds like everyone had a good Easter. I’m sure I could have helped you eat all the food. Our allotment needs to go up again next time. Food is becoming really expensive. Oil is really bad. 2 liters of cooking oil is 100, 000 and our allotment is 400,000 for 2 weeks. 2 kg of rice is also somewhere between 80,000 and 100,000 depending on the shop. Just a month ago things were less than a third of what they are now.
I will definitely let you know more about the fuel coupons next week. Are you still planning to rent a car when you come? What is the cost going to be and everything?
It sounds like we are on the same lesson this week with the Teachings of President Kimball. Our lesson was also very good. Well I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Oxspring





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