Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Almost 8 months!

 Bonjour Ma Famille,
Comment allez-vous?  J'espere que toute sois bien.(How are you? I hope that all is well) This week was very great.  We were planning on baptizing a few people this week, but they all could pushed back to next week, more on that later.  My companion and I are really getting along well.  He is pretty great companion.  He is from the Congo.  He is a pretty funny guy. 
So we have been doing a lot of OVB(ouvrir votre bouche,which is our version of door to door.)  But surprising we still taught a lot of lesson and have met some really amazing people.  Like this lady named Chantal.  We were talking to her and she was saying how she didn't speak french.  Although she said it in french.  I started talking to her and she spoke way better french than I do.  We gave her a brouchure and our number but she didn't seem that interested.  Then the next day we get a call from her saying that we needed to come over Saturday.  We met with her on Saturday but she wasn't really available because someone  in her family just died.  But she said that she wanted us to come back.  So we are hoping she will progress.  We had a lot of really great experiences with meeting people this week.
Also this week Cherita is probably going to be baptized.  She was going to be baptized this week but we still needed to teach some vital commandments and she happened to be sick this week.  Ca va aller.  (it is what it is) She says she is really excited for this next saturday. 
Also Desiree is going to be baptized this next week too.  He came to church an hour in advance just to make sure he was on time.  It was pretty cool.
Also this week we had a pretty crazy experience with Fafa and Chantal.  Fafa started off the lesson talking about how she didn't understand why our church meetings were different.  Why we don't dance and things like that.  I was kind of nervous that she didn't really like church.  Then we started talking a little about it and it seemed better.  Then she asked us if she could get baptized.  It was totally out of the blue.  She told us that she really wanted to be baptized.  So we set up a baptismal date for the 17th.  So I was really shocked but really happy at the same time.
So that was some of the great moments we had this week.  I hope it will keep going well here in Doumassesse.  It really is a great branch and I really love it.   I'm glad  to hear that everyone is doing well.  Also it is great to here that so many people have just got there mission calls.  What an exciting time! 
Je vous aime,(I love you)
Elder Corey Samuel Kimzey
Bonsoir, c'est comment?  Je vais bien. (Good evening,it's okay?  I am well) I'm sorry that technology isn't being your friend today.  You should  move to Africa, its awesome.  haha.  I got your photos.  It was great to see the house, but it was sad to see the floors all torn up.  It was pretty sad to see the floors.  But at least you will get a brand new floor.  I'm sorry to hear you were put kind of in disarray with your kitchen all over the house. 
  ...Yeah i heard Shayna got her call to Argentina.  That is so cool.  I also heard that Kara got her call to Hungary(I think)  That is really exciting for them.  I also heard that Logan got pneumonia in the Mtc.  Is that true?  I hope it gets better. 
...  That would be great if Casey went to USU.  I'm sure he would love it.  That is great he made Sadies Royalty.  Did he get to be in the play and everything? 
Yeah I'm sure life will be better next week.  Just think most people here have concrete floor their how life.  I'm sure your new floors will be awesome.  You'll have to send me a picture when they are finished.
 I love you mom.  More than pie, more than anything,
Elder Corey Kimzey 

Things are going great in Togo.  WE have a lot of new missionaries here.  I met the new american today.  He seemed kind of in shock still but I'm sure he will get over than soon. My new companion is awesome.  His name is Elder Kalala.  He is from the Congo but not Kinshasa so other town.  He has tons of Kids in his family(if i remember right its like 10)  His sister is on a mission in Kinshasa.  He really like soccer.  He has been out on his mission for 1 year and is our district leader.  Right now is the sunny season.  It is pretty hot. 
(refering to the kona ironman)Wow, that cool that an Australian guy won again.  They seem to always win.  That is too bad the American girl didn't win though.  I really liked her. 
It really seems like its going to be Alabama and Oregon for the National Championships.  Go ducks.  Is anyone else undefeated?  That is great that Alec got his papers in already.  Maybe he will go to the best mission on the face of the Earth: Benin Cotonou. That is so cool so many people are working on their papers.  I heard a few people have already got their calls. 
Advice for new missionaries:  I think i would tell them to first off be patient with themselves, especially if they are learning a new language.  Sometimes it might feel like you haven't really progressed, but if you look back you'll most likely see that you have progressed a ton.  Also make sure and do the little things.  Gain a habit of reading scriptures, praying, etc.  Also it is important to learn to talk with people because that what you will be doing all day long.  Also learn to do the temporal things too, your companion will be thank full that you did. That i guess some advice that i could give them.  I don't know if that helps. 
That sounds like really nice weather.  Here it is really hot, but that ok because  Ilove the heat haha.  HOw is the riding going?  That seems like a good idea to sell the porche.  What are you thinking of buying?  New carpet in the bedrooms would be good.  I can't imagine coming home now the house is going to look so different. 
I will definitely read that chapter.  It sounds like a really good one.  I'll tell you what i think about it after i read it.  One of my favorite chapter in the Bible is John chapter 9 about the guy who was born blind.  I think it is such a great one. 
Thanks dad.  I can't think of anything right now that i need.  I loved the things you sent last time.  I used all the drink mixes already, the beef jerky, and the peanut butter.  I would loved to maybe have a few more photos of the famille.
 I love you too.  I hope you have a great week.  Elder Corey Samuel Kimzey

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Companion

Bonsoir Ma Famille,
Comment ca va?  Je vais tres bien. Also this week was really great.  My new companion,Elder Kalala, came wednesday.  Then Elder Makubu left thursday morning.  We had a pretty good week teaching.  I really like the way that my new companion teaches.  He testifies a lot.   We have a lot of fun together, it pretty awesome.
So this week we had a pretty amazing experience.  We have been teaching two women who are sisters.  One is named Chantal and the other is named Fafa.  They are really funny.  They run a little boutique and we teaches them as they sell stuff.  So they had promised us that they would come to church.  Church started and they weren't there, so we were kind of depressed about that.  So we were standing right outside the sacrament room because we had so many people at church, when we recieved a call.  It was Fafa and her sister looking for the church.  I guess they had been driving all around the quartier but couldn't find the building.  They ended finding it and were able to see part of sacrament meeting.  Then the craziest thing happened, a member that I didn't know came up to us and Fafa knew him.  I guess he was the Missionary who taught her 2 years ago.  He is actually from the Ivory Coast and happened to be visiting Togo that sunday.  It was pretty awesome.  He expressed to us how he was really excited that we are teaching her.  What are chance?  I mean i think we all know that that event wasn't by chance.
Also we have been working we Cherita a lot.  She is still planning on getting baptized the 27.  I sent some pictures of Elder Makubu, Cherita, and I before he left.  She seems ready.  We are pretty excited for her. 
Also today we went and played soccer at the unviersity with the elders from Adidgome and some members.  We had a lot of fun. It was super hot but that always makes it more fun.  Also we know have 6 missionaries in my apartment.  So we have a lot of fun. 
Also Desire has been progressing well too.  He is really accepting what we teach him.  We also have started to teach the other people in his parcel too.  So we are hoping He will be baptized soon too.
Well, all is going well.  I hope all is going well for everyone.  I am loving my mission.  I love hearing about everyone turning in their papers and how they are getting ready for their missions.  It is great to see.  I love you, even more than pie,
Elder Corey Kimzey

It's great to see corey's smile!
 Bonsoir Maman,
How are you doing?  It sounds like you had a crazy week.  How are your floors doing?  That crazy that you had to put a bunch of fans in the house to dry out the floors.  I'm sure you dominate your class.  That is great that you are really pushing yourself.  I mean that great you take a class that pushes you not just underwater basketweaving aerobics.  (wow-that's a random hickman phrase thrown in...)
(refering to the state xc meet last week)
  I can't believe that Saarel almost beat Luke's record.  I thought no one would get close to that one for a really long time... 
That is awesome they put in new pickleball courts.  We will have to play when i get back.  Although, you will probably beat me.  That is great you got a new calling too.  How do you like it so far?  Do you have many young women?  I think we have 7 or 10 for our whole branch. 
Yeah my week was pretty awesome.  I really do love the people here.  They are just really awesome.  It kind of make me sad just thinking that someday i will have to leave them.  I can't believe how fast time flies. 
I'm just love sharing the gospel with everyone.  This week we did a zone activity where we contacted people in a big intersection.  It was really fun.
I hope everything keeps going well.  I love you mom.  I hope everything is going well with Chels and her wedding too.  I love you more than Pie and cookies,
Elder Corey Kimzey

Hey Dad,
Life is pretty great in afrique.   I have to admit, I'm kind of sad about the wood floors.  At least you found some good ones to replace them. 
It sounds like you are way busy with your bishop duties...   I imagine that the church has tons of people turning in their papers. It kind of amazing.  I'm hoping we can get some more missionaries here, so that we can expand out into new areas. 
That is great you have been running more.  I probably need to start running more too.  I'll probably get back and be slower than tar...  That is crazy how fast the winner of the Half championships ran.  Most people, like me, would kill for a 13 minute 5k.  That is spectular. 
Life is going well with my new companion.  We really starting to get used to each other.  I like teaching with him a lot.  I'm really working on following the spirit, not just doing the same thing for each lesson.  It sometimes is easy to fall into a routine, but it is important to meet the needs of the investigator.
I love you dad.  Please, say hi to all the priest for me,
Elder Corey Kimzey

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Transfers!!!! (um- wait- maybe not)

Chers Ma Famille,
Bonsoir,  so I'm doing really well.  So on Sunday, I got a transfer call.  I'm now leaving to Ablogome(which is in Lome).  I'm going to be working with Elder Bukasa.  He is from the Congo.  I heard he is really awesome.  So it should be really exciting.  It is really hard to leave Doumassesse because I have so many good friends and good memories here.  But I'm really excited for what the future.
So today was pretty awesome.  We played basketball at this Catholic recerational center.  It was really fun.  Also it was pretty hilarious because there was a 6'7" guy who is a member on the other team.  But you know with all my basketball skills it was pretty easy to guard him(yeah right).

This week was pretty good for teaching too.  I forget sometimes how lucky I am here.  I get to teach a ton. This week we have been teaching a new ami named Ida.  We met here through a pastor who stopped us on the street.  She is really smart.  She knows the bible and the doctrine really well.  She runs a little store and that's where we teach her.  We invited her to church and she came(she is the one in the blue dress in one of the photos) I'm really excited to hear what happens with her. 
Also our ami named Cherita is progressing well.  She is going to be baptized the 27th of October.  She is progressing really well.  She even came to church when she was going to leave town.  So she is progressing really well towards baptism.
Also i learned an important lesson this week.  That the more the lesson is geared towards the investigar, the more you look to help the person and not just check off another lesson, the more effective a missionary you really are. 
So everything is going really well.  I loved hearing from many of you.  I hope all is going well for you.  I'm loving being a missionary.  I know the church is true.  Je vous aime,
Elder Corey Kimzey

my mom's letter this week...

 Maman! just killed a man( just kidding but that queen song popped into my head when I wrote maman)
Je vais bien.  Comment vas-tu?  It sounds like you have been driving a ton which is even more fun through scenic Idaho.  I'm glad that your xc dinner went so well.  I always loved those.  I can't believe how much spaghetti you went through.  I guess runners do eat a lot. I'm kind of infamous for being a big eater compared to the other elders.  They always give me there let overs.
Well I'm glad casey ran so well even if we did lose to DH.  Ca va aller.  We will beat them at State which is the most important thing. 
I can't believe the kitchen flooded.  It is totally true that it always happens when dad isn't home.  I'm sure that was a great surprise for him.  I'm sorry that the floors are now kind of warped. I remember how hard we worked on those.  Hopefully the home insurance will help. 
That is awesome that you went to Logan.  Was there already snow on the ground?  Did you get to see the awesome book robot too?  I'm glad that Casey got to see it.  Maybe that will push him to go to the best school(usu.)  There is actually a few missionary here with me who are probably going to usu afterwards too.
I actually have heard of Rigby Idaho.  I think an elder is from a town near there.  His name is Elder Daryl Kent. Maybe they know each other(that would be a small world.) 
We do have primary programs.  I guess the primary has been practicing a lot for when the new building is dedicated.  Our primary is actually pretty big.  There is probably 20 to 30 kids.   
  I'm doing a lot better with the whole weight thing.  I lost most of the weight i gained.  So now I'm back to normal.
That is crazy to think that James is already back.
Well i thought I'd tell you.  I just got a suprise phone call that I'm not getting transferred.  That I'm actually staying in Doumassesse, but that my companion is leaving to Benin.  My new companion is Elder Kolala.  I know nothing about him.  So it should be fun.  I hope everything is going well.  Cheer hard at State for me.  I hope we do really well.  I love you mom.  I can't believe casey is already getting ready for his mission. He is going to be an amazing missionary.
 Je t'aime plus que tarte pour eternite, (I love you more than pie for eternity)
Elder Corey Kimzey

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Holy Cow- Eighteen year olds on missions that is awesome!

  Bonjour ma famille,
Okay to start off the whole changing of missionary age is blowing my mind.  That is really awesome!!  We don't get to watch conference for awhile but the couple came to our sacrament meeting and told us the good news.  People, here, are really excited about it too.  It still blows my mind.
So this week was great.  The baptism was really amazing.  We had a few amis show up for the baptism even though it was all the way out in Souza Netieme.  I send a picture of some of the people at the baptism.  I'm sorry Chantal(our ami who got baptised) wasn't in the picture.  I'll try to make sure at get the picture with her in it from my campanion.  So that was amazing part of the week.  Even her sister who usually leaves the house when we teach Chantal said that she might get baptized.  That was really great to hear.
Also this week we have some great lessons with our ami named Desiree.  He is like 15.  He is super intressed in the gospel.  He tells us that he watch this gospel channel on tv all the time.  On this channel there is a bunch of preacher from around Togo.  He always asking us why there is so many different churchs and they all believe different things.  This week we explained the Great Apostasy and the Restoration.  It seemed to really make sense to him.  We asked him about Baptism and he said that he wanted to but first he was going to pick a date.  So we are really excited for him.
Also this week we been teaching Cherita a little bit too.  She is a friend of a member.  She always comes to everything we invite her too.  She came to the Baptism and has came to 2 sundays.  We taught her most of the restoration so far.  She seems to be progressing really well.  She is super funny too.  The other day she was harassing us because we don't take Motocyle Taxi.  I was laughing pretty hard.
Also we have a new ami that is really intresting.  He is Muslim.  When we showed up for the first lesson, we asked if we could talk to him and his familly.  He ended up inviting like his whole parcel.  The next time we ended up teaching like 6 or 7 people all from different background.  It is just cool to know the gospel applies to everyone no matter what background. 
Also this week we had our interviews with President Weed.  He is really amazing.  I always just feel good about life when I talk to him.  Also Sister Weed is super nice.  She was trying to help teach some of the Elders in my appartment english. It was a really  good week overall.
Je vous aime,
Elder Corey Kimzey
(about the change in missionary age) I know , isn't it spectucalr to know though that we have a prophet we still recieve revelation?  Wow that is crazy to think how many missionary could be in our ward in June.  Yeah i loved my time at USU.  It helped me so much on my mission.  I think there are two many things i learned for my time at college.  One is just temporal stuff.  Like cooking and sewing- stuff like that.  You would be suprised how many missionary struggle with those things.  So maybe doing some things like that would help them.  Also i had to learn to just leave everything up to the lord, which was hard at first, but changed my life. 
I can't believe USU lost.  That just too bad.  My friend wasn't very happy that Fsu lost.  He was telling me before how this week was going to be an easy week for them.  I can't believe that we are already in peak xc season.  I can't wait to hear how they do.  Also tell coach Holt congrats, that is a pretty good time. 
Good to hear logan is doing good in the MTC.  I think they were starting to change the amount of mtc time when i was there.  I think for french now its only 6 weeks.  That would be so awesome if someone from our ward came to my mission.  It would even be better if we were in the same appartment. 
Thanks dad.  I really do love my mission.  I love all the times i get to study the scriptures.  I love the people here.  I wish you could just come and meet them.  I know you would love them too.  They are just so amazing.  The gospel really is true and changes lives.  Thanks for the prayers too.  I know it probably pretty stressful to think you have to prepare 6 missionaries.  But the great thing is all those priest are great missionaries already.  Also i start thinking of maybe some ideas of things i wish i had done before my mission to be better prepared.
 I love you dad a lot,
Elder Corey Kimzey
Don't worry Elder Corey works great. It reminds me of the Mtc they always got mad at us if we said hey guys.  Because we were Elders, not guys.  It took me a while to change that habit.  I still can't believe the whole change in missionary age.  It is crazy to think that now casey and i will be out at the same time.  I can't really wrap my mind around it.  The great thing is casey is going to be a great missionary.  I often think about how much more prepared he is than i was.  He really will do great. 
Also the change for girls is huge.  I think it is so much better.  I remember how hard for some girls to try to figure out what to do when they are 19.  I think it is great that girls can now just go on there mission.  I wonder if we are going to start getting sister missionaries. 
 I can't believe how intense you fitness class is.  I laughed pretty hard because of your physical fitness joke.   That is wierd to think that Casey and I could miss the lake.  At least think that would mean that there would only be 3 lake trips with out both casey and me.  I got chels' pictures.  They are really amazing.  Which one are they going to use for the invite?  Mom.. I love you.  I hope you know that.  I know it probably really hard to think that Casey could  be leaving on a mission soon but know that God calls though he has prepared.  I know he probably has preapred casey for a long time.  I'm sure he will great.  Also think of all the blessings with 2 missionary out at the same time.  I'm sure blessings kind of work like exponents.  The blessing will just skyrocket.  I love you mom.  I hope you have a great week. 
I love you more than the awesome foufou with tomato sauce and chicken i ate for lunch(which is saying something because it was really good),
 Elder Corey Kimzey 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Octobre deja? (october already?)

 Bonjour ma famille,
Comment ça va?  Je vais très bien.  This week was awesome.  We had a lot of great lessons and found a bunch of new amis.  This Saturday, Chantal will hopefully be baptized.  She has really been progressing well.  You can tell she really wants to be baptized too.  So we are hoping to finish all the lessons with her this week.
Also we have this awesome amie named Egenie.  Sometimes, I forget she is an ami because she knows so much about the gospel.  We haven't even had very many rendez-vous with her because she works a lot.  She reads a ton though.  She has already almost finished 2 nephi and she can explain it well too.  She, even, told us that someone asked a question in Church about the Godhead and she answered it.  She also has accepted a baptismal date.  I'm really excited for her.  She told us at the beginning how she has been praying to find the truth.  She seems so happy always to talk about the gospel.  She has so many questions for us.  She is really quite amazing.
Also this week, we have been teaching this young man named Désiré.  He is really awesome.  He is a contact from another ami actually.  He always asks a lot of questions.  We invited him to church, not really knowing if he would come.  He totally surprised us by coming to church.  He is really smart so i hope he keeps progressing.
Also this week we started teaching a new investigator named Chrita.  She is good friends with a recent convert.  It is so nice when the amis already have a friend at church.  She seemed so much more at ease.  Also at Church we had a surprise visit by President and Sister Weed.  They came because a bunch of members got their mission calls.  It was really fun to talk to them too.  I guess they are also come over tomorrow for interviews; so that should be fun.
So that was my week in general.  I'm sorry if the letter is really short.  Je vous aime beaucoup;
Elder Corey Kimzey
(I told corey that we went to cedar for his sister's engagement pictures and that the leaves were changing, and I asked him about the seasons there)
That great that Chelsea got to take her picture.  I can't wait to see them next week.  We don't really have season changes here.  Like right now it kind of the hot season.  It hasn't rained a lot lately except today it rained a ton.  We went to the marche to get all the food for the month and ended up getting soaking wet.  It was quite fun.  But it is really hard to tell the season changes because there isn't really changing of leaves and stuff like that.

On a side note- it's a very small world. It's a small, small world (sing along with me...)
Elder Danny Gillespie, one of the French Elders in Washington, DC that Elder Harding served with before he went into the MTC in 2009; friends with fellow Benin Cotonou Mission Elder, Corey Kimzey.
Danny ran with Corey on their High School Varsity cross country team, and Elder Harding served with Corey in Togo!