Friday, January 19, 2018

Official Statement on the RETURN

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Missionaries Return to Madagascar
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued the following update regarding missionaries in Madagascar:
"With the recent containment of the plague outbreak in Madagascar, missionaries who were temporarily transferred from the Madagascar Antananarivo Mission are preparing to resume their service in that country. At this time, 12 missionaries are in various stages of returning to the island of Madagascar. Additional missionaries will arrive as the mission is ready to receive them. All missionaries serving on the island of Madagascar had been temporarily relocated or reassigned in October."

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Gathering of Mada

“The Gathering of Mada
The Newsletter of the Madagascar Antananarivo Mission
“And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (2 Nephi 21:12)
Proverbs 25:25 “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.”

The Gathering is coming to Madagascar
President Foote just received word on Thursday, 11 January 2018, that approval has been given to open up one city in Madagascar for the return of missionaries! President has been working weekly with South Africa and the Missionary Committee of the Church for several weeks to make the news of the reopening reality.  It is believed that the rest of the mission will follow quickly.
This first wave of the return will start with 12 missionaries who will fly to Antananarivo on Wednesday of this week.  These will be missionaries returning from the Zambia, South Africa Durban, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Reunion, and California missions. After a few days in Tana, these missionaries will fly to Fort Dauphin, where there was not a single case of the plague during the recent epidemic, to begin proselyting once again in that city, reopening the land to full-time missionaries.
“Our prayers have been answered,” beamed an immensely happy President Foote over the phone.  Expressing his gratitude to all you missionaries, he said, “Thanks for continuing to work so hard and faithfully during this time wherever your assignment has taken you.  We ask you to continue to represent Madagascar well wherever you are in the world, work hard and prepare for the return.”
More news will be forthcoming in the coming few days and weeks.  But for now, we are going back to Madagascar.  Our thoughts and heartfelt thanks go to all those who accepted us into their hearts and missions and fields of labor, for those companions who worked with us and trained us in new countries and areas, for mission presidents who lovingly took us in, for God’s children in other lands we came to love.  It has been an amazing time.

A Mission is Full of Unexpected Things

From the mom:  We got word  in a newsletter this weekend that they will be reopening the Madagascar mission this week.  They will be sending 12 missionaries in to reopen an area and prepare for the rest of the missionaries to return hopefully within the month.  After talking to Sam today, Sam received a phone call that he would be one of the 12  missionaries. He still has not received any travel information so he is trying to continue to focus on what he is doing in California.  But needless to say, he is SO EXCITED!!!  He said "my heart skipped a beat  and I just started freaking out and shivering with excitement."  I can tell he still wonders if it is too good to be true. (He was afraid to talk about it in his group email...doesn't want to jinx it)  I can tell he won't believe it until he is on the plane heading back.  I ask that you keep Sam and all of the Mada missionaries and their wonderful mission President, who has worked so hard to make this happen, in your prayers as they make this transition back to their beloved Madagascar!


The mission is full of unexpected things. Last week we were out and about when someone at Jack in the box was stabbed. There were cops driving up and down the streets and a helicopter flying around. It was crazy. 

We also received a referral a couple of days ago and when we tried to visit it we found ourselves out in the middle of nowhere. All of a sudden we were driving down a dirt road at night and kept seeing private property signs every where. Then to add onto that, six dogs jumped out at our car dashing in front of our headlights. It scared the bajeebus out of me. When we finally found the house far in the back we knocked on the door. A lady moved her blinds over and as soon as she saw us she yelled, "Go away and never come back!" We humbly obliged that recluse of a women and shortly apologized adding, "have a good night..."

There is a good quote that I heard this last week. "Knowledge is not power if it is not sustained by character."

Elder Allen

Monday, January 8, 2018

"No... what about President Monson?"

Hi everybody.

This week was great! We visited a lady named Wendy this last Saturday. She is a very interesting women. Never really learned about religion and Jesus Christ much but claims to be Christian. We taught her a lot of new concepts and eternal principles that she found beautiful and life changing. We are excited to go back and teach her more. She lives alone with her two special needs dogs. They are the funniest dogs i have ever seen. One is a chubby Pug with no front legs. It hops around on its back legs and sits up like a person would. Sometimes it walks around like a lawn mower hitting its face on the ground. It is the weirdest creature i have ever seen. Super cute though.

Hearing that Thomas Monson passed away was a sad/peaceful experience.

We were actually at a members house for dinner two days after his death when Sister Waite said, "So I am sure you guys heard about President Monson." I just looked at her with a worried expression and replied, "No... what about President Monson?" No one told us that he had passed away until we visited a members home two days later. Everyone's testimonies about a living prophet this past Sunday were strengthening.

Elder Allen

Friday, January 5, 2018

Short & Sweet

Not much time today to write.  This week was full of Holiday Cheer.   Skyping the family only inspires you to work harder as a missionary in hopes to meet their expectations. My family thinks that I am the best missionary in the world.  So now I need to try and be that.

I was able to skateboard for the first time on my mission this last week. I was talking to some kids on the street and asked them if I could try skating their boards. Then I did a kick flip in my Doc Martens. 

Elder Allen

Opening Christmas Letters and Gifts

The Ghostbuster's Car,

Alexander Family for Christmas

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Festivities

Christmas in the Field

Zone Conference

Skyping on Christmas

TEXT from Sister Alexander, a member in California who had Sam over for Christmas!!
"I am from Arizona so I gave him the cactus socks and because he is back West. I sure love your son. He is so kind and gentle. I love having his spirit in our home. Not always when I meet the Missionaries do I feel like they are a special one.  But when I saw him I just knew he was a very special young man.  He truly has a light in him. You are welcome.  I know how hard it can be to be separated.Merry Christmas. Sister Alexander."