February 1, 2016
Life is going very well here in Madagascar. I can't believe it's already February. I was doing the math and realized that Emma is going to be 18 in two weeks, which is wholly unacceptable to me, but that's just a side note :)
The work is going well. As I've said in previous emails, Ft. Dauphin is one of those very few places where missionaries get in to almost every door, and where everyone is willing to listen. Far from this making things easier, however, it puts a lot of pressure on to keep working hard, stay focused, and actually teach well, instead of just running from place to place.
Regarding teaching... I love to teach. It's my favorite part of missionary work. I think I'm pretty decent at it, if I do say so myself. I absolutely love to explain and invite. Teaching is ultimately the call of a disciple of Christ. It is to strengthen others through exhortation. Respecting agency sets you free. It's worthy of note that the thing Christ did best during his public ministry here on earth was teach. Ultimately, learning is a fundamental principle of salvation.
In response to your question mom, we did get to see the broadcast. Most missionaries in the world watched it live. It was a very big deal. We had a bit of trouble watching it. We are just very, very far away - ha ha. It was amazing doctrine that was taught. I think my favorite part was when we were encouraged to have a renewed focus on the Savior. They said that when we're teaching we should always testify of Christ.
That's about all that is new for now. I love you all very much. Have a wonderful week.