Monday, August 29, 2011

Here in Tanzania

We are using our computer for the first time in Tanzania.  We are very pleased with the beautiful home the Nolls have found for us and are very fortunate to have such a nice place. It has all tile floors, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, a screened in porch and is freshly painted.  Plenty of room for visitors! We should be able to move in a few days.  Elder and Sister Noll have taken good care of us with good food and a place to sleep.  They just turned on the generator because we haven't had electricity since 8 am this is now 3:30 pm.  It's been pretty hot and the air conditioners and ceiling fans are now on. Feels great!! We live in a compound with the Nolls and 15 other homes. We look forward to getting to know our neighbors.  I  know there are two very cute little boys next door...Emmanuel and Denny.

Church was great!! We attended the Chang'ombe branch.  There were about 150 attending sacrament meeting.  They asked us to bear our testimonies and we did while John, a wonderful and valuable employee of the church here, translated for us. Many members speak some English but we need to learn the language if we are going to be effective and understood. We will be starting Swahili lessons in the next couple of weeks and the church provides tutors for anyone who needs it as it is not taught at the MTC. There are 4 branches in Dar...this is a HUGE city...and only the District in the entire country. There are two other branches far out from the north in Arusha and one east on Lake Victoria, Mwanza.

We have so much to learn, and are so excited to learn it.  Just to give you an idea of the missionary work that is going on here, the 4 Elders we visited with today (our district) said that in all 4 branches (our zone) there were 47 investigators today.  These people are so loving- so humble and so ready to hear the Gospel message.

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