From: Ethan Cade Brimhall firstname.lastname@example.org
So I attached a great picture of our area. Yes, those mountains behind me are the Hangha Road area. Specifically Lekpetieh. Which is only like one half of where we proselyte. Smells the same but less dust. Market is outdoor rather than indoor. Smaller supermarkets. A lot of people spoke Mende in Bo, but the English fluency here is terrible and Mende concentration is higher. Mende is also the main language in Kenema. Our drive here was during the day. The scenery was very different from when I went from Freetown to Bo. Everything is much more yellow and dead. But that’s probably because we’re in the dry season now. As someone who is directionally challenged, I am having a really hard time. But the good news is my companion is the best guy ever! (Elder Kabosha from Zambia, just south of DR Congo) He is adjusting okay and is incredibly nice. He loves to laugh and joke a lot. He speaks Bemba (also his tribe name from the Copperbelt province, city of Kitwe). His English is perfect. My second born in the wilderness! We work well together. He knows how to teach pretty well already, so I’m not really sure what I am here for haha but seriously, I am so excited to be working with him.
We have walked a LOT the past few days, trying to get to know our area. There are zero okadas (motorcycle taxi) to take. Basically just a bunch of mountains in one half and a confusing maze of unnamed streets in the other half. I climb those mountains to reach some super secluded investigators. It makes for some nice pictures and even nicer calves. Bro. Moses, a branch missionary, has been a huge help. The sister missionaries who were here just before us showed us some recent converts on Sunday. They had their two active investigators baptized right before they left and nobody else was progressing. We have done a lot of tracting the past few days. I totally ate it because my shoes couldn’t handle the 99% grade I was descending. Rain fell (what? it’s dry season) last night and it sounded like someone was tearing the roof off. Oh, I’m nine months out now! We got lost a lot this week despite all that experience. Just goes to show that you always have things to learn.
My first district meeting as a DL went awesome! The Spirit slayed us all as we covered PMG Ch 1. We looked at how 1 Nephi 8 relates to missionary work. We all committed to be missionaries who are not ashamed of the fruit of the gospel and who exhort those we meet “with all the feeling of a tender parent” to repent and be baptized.
This week should be more productive since we know at least a few places now. I hope I can rise to the occasion of training again. Life is full of challenges right now, but that’s what makes it so exciting. The gospel is true. If it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be wasting my time in this incredibly challenging endeavor for absolutely no earthly reward whatsoever. Think about that…