Jacob 6:2 And the day that he shall set his hand again the second time to recover his people, is the day, yea, even the last time, that the servants of the Lord shall go forth in his power, to nourish and prune his vineyard; and after that the end soon cometh.

Cutest video ever!

Cutest video ever...At the very beginning you hear Elder Morgan tell the kids to go find a chameleon (the Malagasy are afraid of chameleons because they think they’re poisonous so it’s always a big deal when the missionaries touch them). Taylor then tells the kids to smile “ Tsiky tsiky tsara”. That cute little boy in the front left is asking, “Is it a picture? Who? Who? Who?” And you hear Taylor tell him it’s a video.

More cute kids!

Ha, when I was talking to all the kids, we were just naming a ton of different "laoka" that they like. Laoka is toppings for rice, they have a ton of kinds, so we were just naming a bunch.

Stories, Comments?

If any of you have received any letters or great stories from Taylor and would like to share it, we'd love to have it and post it here. When Taylor is done we are going to make this blog into a book for him. So we would love to have any additional stories that he may send to you. Just email them to moultonfamily1@msn.com. THANKS!!

Feel free to make comments to the posts below, and they will be emailed to Taylor. He would love to hear from you. Even if it is a small comment.

Letters from Elder Moulton:

Monday, February 25, 2013

Transfer Time

Transfer news came last night. I'm heading off to Ampefiloha this Wednesday. Just for the record, it's in the dirtiest part of Tana (which is the 3rd dirtiest city in the world..) Not exactly the beach province I had in mind, but oh well, it'll be nice to see a change. Also, I will be living with a brand new elder. That'll be fun. I've been living with new Elders consistently my whole mission now. 

I was pretty positive I was being transferred, so we had a bunch of dinners with members this week.

Papoose and I also celebrated our early birthday parties! It was so fun, we exchanged gifts. I gave her 20 packages of Bolo's (an inside joke we have because of a time I gave her 13 Bolo's to drink a bowl of hot sauce), and I printed off a few pictures for her. She gave me two framed pictures of Taylor Swift! I was freaking out. Elder Wilson also gave me a picture, and so did two other members in our ward. They all know me so well.

Splits a bunch this week. On Wednesday, I went on splits with Gunnell. I don't think I ever mentioned, but we went to Lakeridge together back home. We had a joyful time tracting massive gated houses, and the rain came down like crazy. Seriously deep.. like up to our waists. 

I taught the rest of the night with my shoes and socks off and my pants rolled up because of how drenched I was. I also have sick pictures of a little village we found, with their houses all built into the rocks. A giant slab of slick rock is jetting out of the rice paddies, and they all just hammered down into it. So dope. We climbed the rock today. They all told us it couldn't be done, but we done conquered it.

I also went on splits with Hamm this week. On Friday. We went out to his area. It was a fun day, we just did it so I could work with him a last time before I take off.

Oh man, I don't have a ton of crazy news. I spent all week just looking forward to transfer news ha. Oh, but I did get the package with my long johns, they're a hit. I'm gonna go buy breakfast in them tomorrow. 

Anyway, it's a short letter, but I'll be in my new area by next. Talk to you soon.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Mada at it's finest...

Well, last weeks hike took it's toll on my neck. Very bad peeling. Very red. I was dying the beginning of the week, but at least Hamm and Smithson were suffering with me. I never realized how hard it could be to explain a sunburn to someone who has never seen one before. No one here understands it. I would show it to people and they'd just stare and be like, "Did a bug bite you?" I keep telling people that vazaha skin is easily hurt by the sun, and they don't get it ha. I told a few members, and by Sunday, the whole ward knew that "Elder Moulton's arms were sick".

Anyway, like I said last week, we had a baptism this last week. The first baptism for Analamahitsy in like 9 months, and my first. It was short and sweet, just like an hour meeting. On Saturday afternoon, we met a bunch of members at the church, then I got to see the font. Straight brown-yellow water, knee deep, freezing cold. I had to like push her all the way to the floor to get her all the way under. But it was a cool baptism, and now her Mom is wanting to learn, she's been getting more into attending church things now.

Valentine's Day was this week! We ate dinner with some of the members and watched this Valentine's video that a few people in our ward were in that was being broadcasted across Madagascar. I lent a girl one of my ties, and my tie was in it! Yeah! My tie is famous now.

What else.. not a ton of other cool stuff happened this week. We had some crazy rain storms that flooded the rice paddies. They seriously turned into like 4 feet deep lakes, hundred of yards wide, in like 5 minutes. I wanted to go out in them so bad, but we ended up taking a different road home. I was very sad. Mark my words, I will find my way out in a flooded rice paddy someday.

Also, Hamm and I have made great friends with the kids who live on the other side of the wall from us. Every morning we go throw a ball or frisbee back and forth with them. They are up so early calling us. Every morning while we make breakfast, we can hear like 20 kids yelling "Moulton! Hamm!" I also played some tunes on the guitar for all the kids because they had never heard American music, they said anyway. Good times chilling with all my bros. Every day we come home and they are up in our peach tree now. Apparently they were always scared to cross the fence because they thought the white people would get mad ha, we made sure to fix that.

Anyway, that's all for now, next Sunday is transfer news! So I expect I'll be headed out to my next area next week.



PS- Enjoy the photos of our sick P-day hike last week...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Anything goes...

Well, I can officially say that my cooking makes small children cry now. Last Tuesday was Alfa's (first counselor's daughter) birthday, so they invited us over for dinner. I told them I would bring brownies. So I whipped up a pan of them, following my trusted American recipe. Upon passing out the brownies, I thoroughly enjoyed them, and so did everyone else, or at least they made it look like they did. But their younger daughter, Gloria started pouting a ton, whining that they were too sweet. Haha, I guess Malagasies aren't used to the American kick in food. Alfa told me they were good, but only had one haha. I was laughing so hard, there's another knock off the bucket list I guess, ruin a family birthday party.

Anyway, the parties didn't stop there this week. The bar/epicerie up the street from our house hosted a massive beer party a few nights back. We ran up and had a good time talking with all the drunks. I was looking for a street vendor who might be selling shirts, but they had already left. There was a huge van, with amps stacked on top of the roof, blasting music. If I wasn't a missionary.. I wanted to get on top of that roof and get some crowd surfing going. I'll save it for when I come back after the mission I guess.

We got invited to another dinner this past week, too. Out in Ambohimangakely. We met up with a few other missionaries on Saturday evening and met up at this lady, Tendry's, house. They made us rice and a few different kinds of toppings. One of them was these little crab things, they look like crawdad's. I tried it, but I stuck with the beans. We played a bunch of cheesy games with them that I feel like BYU freshmen would really like.. ha. Pretty cheesy, but Malagasies love games like that. Dickson and I entertained a few of them by yelling at each other in Batman voices. They had no idea what we were saying, but I guess the over-exaggerated deep grunts make anyone laugh.

Faniry's baptism is set! This Saturday afternoon. She had her interview yesterday after church. I get to do the baptism, first one! 8 months in! Better late than never ha. I'm stoked. It'll probably be the only one I see in this area, depending on if I leave this month or not.

Okay, I guess I can try to share at least one thing related to teaching now. I always struggle focusing on that when I write because I want to cover everything else. But we did have a cool time with an investigator earlier this week.

He lives way out in the middle of nowhere (I feel like everyone does) by a rice paddy, in a one room shack, like a fourth the size of my bedroom back home. He told us on Tuesday that he is getting kicked out of his house in two months because he is behind on rent. 9000 Ar a month (about $4.50 a month). He works really hard repairing radios, but he doesn't make enough to keep up on rent. It was a huge bummer telling him we couldn't help him. He's way diligent. I shared Ether 12:6 with him and told him that this is a trial of his faith, and that if he is diligent in learning and gets baptized, then 2 months is more than enough time for God to make a miracle happen in his life. He really liked the scripture, I already know he'll get baptized, it's just a matter of time.

To end the week, I got to shoot the breeze with this guy out in Ambatobe. I was walking on this sketchy path and heard him playing a way out of tune guitar, I looked over and said hey to him and he invited us over. I fixed up the tuning, then he had me teach him a few chords. It was way fun, playing around on the guitar in the mud, with a ton of people hanging out their windows to watch the white guys ha.

Today was SUCH a sick P-Day. We went out to Ambohimangarova (Lemur Park) and Landon and Fox went in to see lemurs, and Smithson, Dimby, Hamm and I decided to go on a hike. We walked through a ton of puny villages on the path and out across some rice paddies. I've never been in a more middle of nowhere place. I know I say everything is the middle of nowhere, but it was so sick. Mountain paths here stink, so we had to hike straight up this way sketchy path right up the face of the mountain. It was just like going hiking back home. Most tiring thing I've done here for sure. I was drenched in sweat. I can't explain the place, you'd have to see it to believe it! Be watching for pictures in the near future.

Anyway, have a good one, next week again.


Here are a few more pics to enjoy: