Monday, June 24, 2013


Just want to start out by giving a shout out to the best mom in the world.... HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY MOM I LOVE YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!! and yeah its your 30th bday right??? hahah but hope you have a great day!!
But this has been a crazy week! A lot of good things happening which I'm really excited about.  But the first cool thing was Zone Conference this week.  This was my first and last zone conference with President and Sister Broadbent.  It was such an awesome experience.  The theme of the conference was putting on the armor of God, from Ephesians ch 6.  Super awesome and spiritual, president Broadbent is sooo great and i am really going to miss him sooooo much.  Also during the conference, my district got to sing a musical number "God be With you till we Meet Again", and lucky for me i got voted to give a solo during the song.... hahha yeah that was pretty interesting.  But the song was awesome and we even got Pres and Sister Broadbent to tear up! So yeah that means we did a freaking good job! haha. It was also cool because i got Pizza for the first time in 4 months, so that was great.  Also got to meet Elder Ita'eauhu who is also from Mesa. He is brand new on the mission.
Another crazy thing about this week is that we got transfer news.... and i will now be serving in CHYULU! It is in the Ukambani region of Kenya, and it is basically right in-between Nairobi and Mombasa.  My specific area is called Darajani, and i will be serving with Elder Dobard, from California.  This the most bushy of areas in the entire mission, so it will be exciting to see what it is like there.  And i guess that sometimes you get to see Elephants while you are out proselyting... haha.  I will also have to forget most of my Swahili and have to learn KIKAMBA! This region is mostly dominated by the Kamba tribe, so most people speak their mother tongue which is Kikamba. So it will be interesting for sure but i am very excited!
Also big news this week for us was this week our investigators, Nicholas and Beatrice were able to be baptized! It was probably one of the best experiences for me so far on mission.  It was cool to see the total transformation of this family over the 6 weeks that we were able to teach them.  They went through soo many trials and challenges to get to this point, but it was awesome to see that they had finally made it! It was cool to see them be able to be baptized together as a family. They were soo excited they were smiling and laughing the entire time. They said that it was such an awesome experience for them.  Beatrice asked me to baptize her, and Elder Diodati got to baptize Nicholas.  They are the best and most prepared people that i have ever met!! I am going to miss them soo much, but i know that i will be able to see them one day. 
Its sad that i will be leaving Rongai now. I have truly come to love this place and have truly loved the people.  It is sad to say goodbye, but i know that the Lord needs me in Chyulu!
Hope all is well back home and love you all so much!!
Elder Thomas

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