Elder Benjamin Archer

Elder Benjamin Xavier Archer
Benin Cotonou Mission
Quartier Cadjehoun #1158
Block F
01 BP 3323 Cotonou
Email: benjamin.archer@myldsmail.net

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone!
I haven't written a "long" letter in a while, so today's the day.

Well, besides a rather momentarily painful stomach problem two days ago, I have been doing just fine.
My companion and I are generally at the office during lunchtime and we buy food from a woman down the street who sells rice, pâte, chicken, and all kinds of sauces. (Not that this has to do with the stomach problems) She has come to be known as the "rice lady". The rice lady didn't work during the Christmas-New Years period, so we had to find food somewhere else. That somewhere else became the bakery down the street where a "meal" (a cookie and chocolate milk) costs 3$ instead of your standard and filling 90 cents plate of chicken and rice. We ended up eating random things during this week and a half or so, things like cookies and avocados. A balanced diet. But thankfully the rice lady is back now so we eat more normally now.

Mondays are a special day, preparation day for the other missionaries and bureau meeting for us. The assistants from Togo travel here to Benin and all of the leaders and office people have a meeting to plan things for the mission. 

Last Monday in the evening, president Morin stepped in and asked to borrow a pen with black ink, I gave him mine (which is a little nicer than your ordinary every day pen). He said: "merci, je le rendrai après" which means, "Thank you,I will bring it back afterwards". We went back to whatever it was that we were doing when president exits his office, says goodbye to us and leaves the office with my pen in his shirt pocket. I guess he likes my pen! He came back later and I asked him about my pen and he kind of jumped in surprised and smiled as he gave it back to me. We all laughed.

Missionary work is going kind of slow for us. We give out brochures in public quite often as we come across lots of people during the day but we don't have many stable investigators. We are currently teaching a student named Moïse (Moses). He lives next door to a convert from Ghana and he picks things up pretty well. We hope that we can continue teaching him, seeing as school has just begun. As for our Chinese friend, he has been quite busy at work and we weren't able to visit him last week. Hopefully tomorrow. We asked for contacts from the members during the branch council meeting last week and they have promised to send us some. The most effective people to teach are contacts from the members. They automatically have support and an example from their friend.

We are expecting the visit of the first counselor in the Relief Society presidency and the second counselor of the Primary in February. I made some announcements for that.

I will keep you up to date.

I hope you are all doing well and are doing good things.
Elder Archer
   here is "the bus" picture
    Christmas 2015

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