From: Ethan Cade Brimhall [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, July 3, 2017 5:53 AM
I got 100% better by Thursday. I was still feeling drained and achy through Wednesday, but by Thursday morning I was A-okay. Elder Kabosha and Elder Cayetano got sick as well. Life is good now, though. Let’s look on the bright side: I lost about 15 pounds of oil fat that I have gained from eating so much rice and plasas. I can now fit into some pants I haven’t been able to for some time. I am fed so much here you don’t even know, and it’s incredibly ill-mannered to refuse food, so I don’t — Even if I just ate at the house before, I eat again. Sometimes we are fed twice (or even three times) at the same house. I need an hour of exercise, not just thirty minutes, to keep up with all this. People here are so generous with food.
I used the first part of my first healthy day taking Elder Cayetano to the Egyptian clinic to get some tests done. This was a trial run of the clinic, so I didn’t know what to expect. We got a VIP room probably because we’re white, which reasoning I hate, but whatever. He got a blood test done really quickly and the results came within the hour. The doctor did some things I found strange, but TIA (This Is Africa). He took the prescribed medication and is doing just fine now. I’m thankful to have modern medicine even in one of the poorest countries in the world.
Running branch choir has been fun. I seriously never thought I would use my mediocre musical abilities to lead others in singing, but I’ve found that many relative second-class talents back home are pretty first-rate here.
Esther has been struggling with family issues, namely an extremely rude aunt who lives in the same compound. It has brought her to tears on several occasions, so she plans on traveling to Freetown tomorrow for a few months to escape this nonsense. She has been baptized and is coming to branch choir and Young Single Adult activities and everything! I just hope she is able to stay active in her branch in Freetown for the time being.
We have been getting really discouraged because for a million different reasons so many people refuse to come to church, particularly the ones we see the most potential in. Literally the lamest things like “I was cooking” are the excuses we hear every week. Some are legitimate, if truthful, but successive. However, I do have faith that as we pursue the best course given to us, we will be given the inspiration we need to break down this mounting opposition. All it will take is faith, prayer, study, and time. I just have to do my best and trust that God will do the rest. Reminds me a lot of Facing the Giants.