Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Service project

Zone Conference- Elder Kimzey , third row, second from left!

Chère Maman,
Comment vas-tu?  That is too bad that the hot tub hasn't been holding water.  I'm sure you'll get it fix.  Also, good to hear that Chelsea is doing well. It is always scary when things like that happen.  
Carli told me all abour her race.  She seemed to be exctatic.  I like that she is having such a good time and is improving so much.  That is too bad that the boys team is a little on the small side.  It is probably because so many people have graduated.  Speaking of XC, have you seen so of my former Xc friends?  How is Trevor , tyson, and Austin doing?  
Wow, that is cool that the new film is good.  What did you think of it?  
I'm glad that your miamaids class is growing.  Yeah, sometimes dating can been a hard subject for girls that young.  Our young men and young women hada lesson on the law of chasity last week.  It seemed to go well.  We heard a lot of laughter as the teacher was explaining that "little kisses" can lead to "big kisses." haha It was pretty funny.
This week has been a great one.  On saturday, we had our mormon serving hands service project.  Do you guys do that too?  We went as a branch to the hospital here in Cococodji to pull up some weeds.  It was pretty hard work.  We had a good turn out of about 80ish member/missionaires.  I spent most of the time using a hoe to take out the weeds.  But hoes here are a little different haha.  They don't have the stick part, so you have to bend down to hoe.  haha  It was a pretty good workout.  It was great also because so of the people in the neighboorhood came to help us out.  They even planned some rendez vous with the missionaries at cococodji.  Cool huh?
Also we had another little miracle this week.  Well, on wednesday, some of our appointments had fallen through in the morning.  So we didn't know exactly what to do.  So we started knocking some doors.  We found so great people .  Then we knocked on a door and this guy comes up and starts talking to us in fon.  So we start communcating with him in half fon/half french.  In his broken french he explain to us that he doesn't worship  God but  worships voodo, but that we should try and talk to the family a few doors down.  So we took his advice and knock on the door of the family just a few doors down.  We ended up finding the whole family of 8 or 9 people home.  We had an amazing lesson with them.  It was amazing to see how God uses "unusual" sources to lead us to people who are ready.  It was awesome because so of the members of the family even came to church on Sunday.
Well, that was my week in general.  Oh except this week we played soccer with some kids in Hévie.  It was pretty fun.  We won 6 to 3.  I even scored a goal.  haha.  I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to send some pictures because the cyber that i use has had some problems with viruses and stuff.  So i'll see if i can but it might be a while before i send a photo.  I love you more than pie mom.  I've been writing with casey.  He seems to be doing great. 
Je t'aime et passe une bonne semaine,
Elder Corey Kimzey

Hey dad,
How are you doing?  LIfe in africa is doing pretty well.  Lately i've been working on my culinary skills so that when i get home i can make you some african food.  Although, some of the ingredients are going to be hard to find.  Do you think we could find casava there?  Happy anniversary too.  Well, we don't really eat cake and ice cream that much.  Sister Weed did make cake for us for Zone leader meeting a few times.  We even ate it with Fan ice which is like ice cream.  How was your anniversary?  That is cool that i'm right next to Will. (in our stake offices there are pictures of all the missionaries serving, and Corey just moved to the top row or five rows!)  How is he doing? 
Wow, i can't believe how fast Jacob ran.  Him and Daniel are like running gods haha.  They seems not to even have to train and they run well.  It is good to here that running is going well for you and mom too.  Are you guys thinking of doing the Painter's half marathon?
That is crazy that Alec got switch to soman.  I imagine that is pretty hard considering he will have to learn it in the field.  Yeah, that would be crazy to have to learn fon or ewe.  It is hard because it isn't much of a written language so it can kind of vary from area to area.
Thanks for the scriptures dad.  Wow, i really like those scriptures on recieveing christ.  I like how they explain how we can recieve christ and the blessings of recieving christ.  The other day, i studied about the rest of God.  It was intresting to see all the instances that God promises that if we respect the commandments that we will enter into the rest of God or in esssence live with him again.  I've always like 3 nephi 27:19-20.  Also i found another in Ecclatise or Ezechiel(i can't remember which)  which talked about how we have to look at the old path we have taken to see if we are on the path that leads to the rest of God. I liked that one too.  Also i have been studying in D&C also a little.  I read some of the section about Oliver Crowdry and the translation of the plates.  I didn't realize that he wanted to translate too.  I had forgotten that.  Also there was so cool scriptures that talked about having to humble oneselve so that God can give us gifts of the spirit.  I thought that was intresting too. 
Thanks dad also for answering my questions.  I think your right that as a missionary the best thing that i could do to help the branch is to help recent converts and members have a testimony.  Hopefully, i'll be able to share that in a our zone meeting tommorow.  Also, i think your right in the fact that one of the best ways to do that is through the book of mormon.  I've seen that many times, that recent converts that read the book of mormon often respect other commandments  That is why they are going to(and have been dong in other branches) French class.  It really helps people to learn french and be able to read the book of mormon.  They even got promission to do it during Sunday School.  It helps a ton. 
This week has been a pretty good one.  We found a lot of new investigators, so hopefully they'll keep progressing.  Also recently we been able to teach whole families.  Which has been hard to find on my mission.  We been teaching a family that a member introduced us too.  He is a pretty funny guy.  He talks a lot but seems to be pretty intrested in our message.
Also we had a funny lesson with this women.  We were explaining the apostasie and she said that she would totally go to the church of Jesus Christ if it was restored on the earth.  Then we explained the restoration.  She then told us that she was going to start coming to our church haha.  It was kind of funny.
Well, i hope all is going well there dad.  I love you a ton.  You are an example for me,
Elder Corey Kimzey

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