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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Killing Snakes and Eating Cats: This is Africa!

Well, as you can tell from the heading, this was one crazy week for Elder McGuire! So, Read all about it!!! :)

Hey Family,

So ive decided im going to stop trying to keep track of time because it keeps flying by! the days and weeks and months are just a big blurr now. But the work is still incredible!
I got the package on tuesday this week so elder bannerman and i have been having like a couple pieces every day and its been amazing thankyou so much!!! kate and nate did great in their cd too!!!! i loved it!!! thankyou so much for the support! hahaha here Valentines day is pretty big and its called Chocolate day! so everyone says Happy Chocolate day! it was funny to hear.
So ive realized the way ive been writing my emails has been kinda boring so im gonna try and change things up a little bit and talk about the big stuff. So first big thing. On Wednesday we went to see one of our recently baptized converts. he was bent over his well with a long stick and he kept shoving it in and out. we asked him what he was doing and he said that there was a snake in his well and they were trying to shove it into the water and drown it so they could then bring it out. Lets just say it wasnt going so well for him. the water was like 20 feet down so it was hard to see down there. so elder bannerman and i decided to help. On the end of the stick was a nail sticking out at a 45 degree angle and thats what he was pushing with. Rather than push i took the stick and picked up the snake and i slowly raised it out of the well. In the meantime everyone started freaking
out and grabbing things to hit it with when i brought it up. On guy even grabbed a huge log! i was laughing so hard! Elder bannerman grabbed a machete and as i lifted it out he cut its head off and that was the end of it. So simple but everyone was super scared and it was hilarious! idk what kind of snake it was but it was about 7 feet long so pretty decent size;)

Next interesting experience. (Reader Discretion Advised) hahahahahaha! On Saturday morning we went to our first lesson and our investigator was throwing dried pieces of fish on the ground. We asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying lure his cat. Eventually it came. So we then watched him and his son grab it and shove it into sack. then his son walked off the porch and around the house......we dont know what happend next but we heard 3 super loud bangs against the house wall and that was it....yeah they killed it. kindof an
interesting pause in the lesson. so the rest of the lesson went well and then he invited us over for dinner that night. so a few hours later......hahaha we came back and had fufu and elder bannerman and i each had a cat leg in our soup and it was SOOOOOO GOOOD! yes i said it I ATE CAT!!!! and it was Delicious!!!! hahaha im sorry to anyone who reads this and likes cats....i like them too....;)hahhahha
Alright on to bigger and better things. SO our investigators are all doing really great! we have 1 baptism coming up this weekend and 5 more people with baptismal dates within the next month so we have our work cut out for us. We have also been working with a lot of our recent converts to prepare them for receiving the priesthood and callings. I have also really been loving studying lately. For a long time on my mission i didnt use a study journal, but in the last 3 months i started and it has helped me so much! i am becoming way more effective in my study and im learning tons! there is sooooo much to be learned and sooo much i can improve on! thankfully with the support of an amazing family and my heavenly father i am absolutely loving my mission!

Today has been great. we woke up and came to praso and we did a service project as a zone. WE helped a member move some dirt and sand for the foundation of her new home. there were 12 of us and we did some good work. but in that i want to say a big thankyou to dad for teaching me how to use a shovel!!!! its the most effective tool in the world! and apparently not too many people know how to use one! hahaha but we did some good work and had some fun!

im glad to hear that everyone is keeping their spirits up and having a good time. I bet the long weekend was nice. anyway family, i love you all and i hope you have an amazing week!!!!! i love you!

love, Elder Bradley McGuire

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