I am not sure of the spiders are poisonious.. some people say they bite, but others don't. They aren't scared of them, so I'm not really worried. They are all really scared of Chameleons, and not those spiders, haha so I'm not scared. This kid had a big Chameleon in a bag the other day, and when we pulled it out, everyone started freaking out. This kid told us that they would shoot their tongue into our eyes, haha. Silly kids.
This week we had our first zone conference, which went really well! I got to meet a bunch of new elders from Fianarantsoa, Ambositra, and Toliary. Also, I got to meet the new Senior Couple who just came. They are the Cornelious' (I might have spelled that wrong), and they are a nice couple from Cedar City. They talked about how getting used to the country is a bit tough, and just how crazy it is. It really is. I can't really explain what it's like here, as far as just the whole scheme of things is. It's just crazy, haha. And yeah, I feel for the new couple, though I have already gotten used to it all. Cause for me, this is what I wanted. I wanted to go somewhere that would just blow my mind, and be a great exciting experience. But as a couple from the heart of Cedar City, Utah, I can imagine it's all quite a shock. I trust they'll get used to it pretty quickly though, for this is where the Lord sent them!
Anyway, Zone Conference was really good, and got us all motivated to start pressing forward and working hard. And following the conference, they made a great lunch for us at the Fareea's house. The Fareea's are a senior couple here in Antsirabe. They are from Tahiti, and don't speak English. They are solid in French and Tahitian though! We had an elder here, Elder Tahiata, who couple speak to them and translate for us, but he got transferred to Tamatave last transfer, haha, so now we just try to get by. Anyway, the food was way good though, I loved it so much. It was rice and chili and it was super good. Sister Donnelly (the mission presidents wife) made an apple sauce cake for dessert. Oh my... it was the best. The very best. I loved it. I dream of it.
As for some stories to tell... hmm... well yesterday while in the zone leaders car, I saw the car in front of us start slowing down. I wondered what in the world they were doing, and then I saw some chickens fly out in front of it. "Oh," I thought, "those silly chickens, they need to watch were they are going." Then I saw one fly under. "Oh," I thought, "that's a brave chicken, he's just going to stand still." I was wrong. For some reason that single chicken thought it would be a good idea to try and jump through the tires. Well, I saw chicken guts.
As for happy news, we had a young investigator get baptised yesterday! Her mom was baptized about a month ago, the first saturday I was in country, and then she got baptised yesterday! Her name is Sitraka (see-cha-kah). Her brother seemed interested too, the last time we taught him, so we'll see if he wants to follow up.
I am really excited for next week. Next week, supposedly the new Elders from the Mtc come, and I am very happy. I won't be the youngest here anymore, haha. I will love that. President said there are 9 new elders next week, which is quite a bit, which is good! I remember when I was in the mtc, Bro. Jenkins read us a letter from a kid who was in the group before us, and the elder said something like "I am excited to see how much I've improved [in malagasy]," and I feel the same way, haha. I'm not too sure any of the new kids will come down here to Antsirabe, which is a shame, but it'll be fun nonetheless.
Okay, I can't think of anyone's addresses that I need right now, but I'll let you know if I do.
Okay, thanks for all you do! I hope you liked this letter, haha, I tried to make it interesting.
I love you! I love you all!