Monday, January 15, 2018

back to Mont Kamba...showering in the front yard....Fr Prince got baptized

January 15 2018

Yep, that was an unexpected transfer. And the shortest I've ever had. Elder Robin's companion has visa troubles (all of the congelese from the DRC do actually) so I got sent back to Mont Kamba Wednesday night. But Elder Nkosi is a chill guy and the amis that we talked to were cool. 

One of the interesting things I experienced was showering in the front yard because the apartement has weird water problems (the apartment is enclosed so no one except maybe the other missionaries saw me). I got some pictures of the apartement that I'll send. 

Fr Prince got baptized on saturday! We had to go to Loandjili's building because we don't have any water at Mont Kamba. Hopefully that will be fixed soon. We have Elder Mukengela with us now in the apartement. Is from Lumbumbashi and knows a lot of other missionaries from there, like Elder Kisimba! He's cool too.

Spiritual thought: I was reading the Liahona that talks a lot about temples and I was impressed by the talks that tell us how to come closer to Christ especially by studying his words (the scriptures!à) So I started doing what one of the General authorities did and study all the scriptures that are in the topical guide about Jesus Christ. So far it has been good. I'll tell you what else changes in the following weeks!

Je vous aime!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme!

Elder Russell​

Elder Russell, Elder Robin and Frère Prince

Would you rather shower here......

.......or here?








"BONNE ÂNÉE!"

January 8 2018

On new years eve (meaning midnight) a bunch of drunk people started screaming "BONNE ÂNÉE!" on the streets. Fortunately the rain came in and let us get a bit of sleep. I'm transferred to Mpaka 2, still in Pointe-Noire, with Elder Nkosi. I was surprised but hey, that's life. So I've been packing my bags, then I will pack them again soon. Weird. I'm excited to see everyone. Yeah, I'm not sure what else to say... oh, Fr Prince will get baptized on the 13. That's cool.
Pictures next week!

Spiritual thought: It is by Christ that we can find lasting peace in our lives, even during times of great trouble. He said that he will give us peace but not as the world does. I hope we all do a little more each day to dray closer to him.

Je vous aime!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme!

Eldr Russell

Monday, January 8, 2018

When he read about the Word of Wisdom he threw all of his coffee away.

December 18 2017

Well, still not really sure what is going on with calling. Apparently we might be calling by telephone... not the most effective manner... If I can find a cyber café where I can use Google Hangouts I think that would be good, but I'll have to look around a bit. If I do find one then I'll try to call around 3 on the 25th from , either that or you'll get a telephone call from a +242 number. Unless we do end up skyping... it's a bit complicated this year.

The sector is going well! One of our amis who progressed is Fr Prince (though we have three Fr Prince's). When he read about the Word of Wisdom he threw all of his coffee away. So yeah, it looks good with him. We still teach Fr Leonel's wife and we try to see Fr Leonel too but not much luck there. They are very interested though. 

We are having a zone conference on Friday and we are doing a skit of the ten lepers and the denying of Peter, then we will sing. I've personally been seeing a lot about how we have to give everything (or at least be willing to do it) to God. I'm also reading Doctrine and Covenants backwards. It is interesting. Oh! We also have our building now! I hope more people will come to Church. It's far from the apartement though. ça va aller.


Elder Russell






Also almost no one comes to church when it rains...

December 11 2017

Hello! There isn't too much to say this week. Things are going slowly here at Mont Kamba. When the rain comes it is like Douala. Little lakes everywhere. Also almost no one comes to church when it rains... And we need to find more people to teach and we need to plan better because the area is so big we often spend 30 minutes to an hour going from one rendez vous to another... not very effective. I haven't really taken any pictures either. But I'm still learning every day! And that is a good thing. I hope that I'll have more news for you concerning the skype call, I think we will do that either with the couple or the zone. We'll see.

Je vous aime!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme!

Elder Russell

and then a car hit Elder Robin with a nice amount of mud

December 4 2017

So Mont Kamba is a very new branch... very new. We have a lot of work to do. Hopefully things will progress faster when the new branch building is finished because for now the branch is far for everyone in our branch (and this time yes, it is actually far) There was one day when we walked an hour to get to a rendez-vous. Needless to say, I was tired that day (it is also hotter here, though not quite as hot as Douala). Elder Robin is from Atlanta, the Atlanta stake, Sandy Springs ward. Fruit is cheaper here, so that makes me happy. The first day in area I bought three Mangos. They were delicious (they are also actually ripe here, there were no rip Mangos in Brazzaville) Our Branch President married a Korean lady and they have cute kids. He did take us out to eat. That was nice. Our Church starts at 12:30 for now, so that's a bit weird.

Je vous aime!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme!

Elder Russell

Yeah, there was this one day when it was POURING and then a car hit Elder Robin with a nice amount of mud. My pants were muddy too because there were ponds in the middle of the road. Crazy.




I'm companions with... Elder Robin!

November 27 2017

Well, my week is crazy. I'm leaving Mikalou and I'm going to Pointe-Noire to the area of Mont Kamba and I'm companions with... Elder Robin! I didn't see that coming. We met Fr Vieclaire's family this week and that was cool. Oh! And Elder Kisimba is working with my old companion, Elder Tukumbane! Crazy, right? We also had a good time at the family home evening last week, I hope it will help Fr and Sr Edivantali be closer. We are going to Fr Ngakosso's house tonight for our FHE, we are going to give him an invitation to sacrament because he always come to things with invitations but not to sacrament meeting. We'll see if that works. The zone conference was great, we learned about pure testimony and that we don't have to change a testimony into a travelogue or a talk (and shouldn't). Elder Constant is also working with Elder Stephens at Massa (he finally gets a companion!) Which also means that the Talangai apartement is going to get even crazier. Sadly I won't be there, but I still know it will be crazy. On sunday tons of people took pictures, which slightly interrupted the baptismal service that Nkombo was holding in our building, I had to keep telling everyone to keep quiet, then I tried to sneak off, but it didn't work. I'll send what pictures I have.

So that is about it! Not sure what else to say, mostly because I can still hardly believe I'm working with Elder Robin. I'll be flying out Wednesday at 2 PM.

Je vous aime!
Nous ne craignons aucun homme!
Elder Russell








....which I will later enumerate

November 20 2017

Well, I don't have much time to write today, I'll try to sum up. Fr Archange has a date fixed for his baptism but he has a hard time coming to Church, other than that he is doing great. We had a multi stake conference for all of the area of south-east africa and it was filled with spiritual messages which I will later enumerate. We have a family home evening tonight (first one in Brazzaville!) and we will have zone conference this week. I did not know Joseph got his mission call (or I forgot) but that is awesome! Church meetings follow exactly the same format (before the sacrement was at the end but they changed that a while ago).

Nous ne craignons aucun homme!
Je vous aime!
Elder Russell