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, May 27, 2013

I love this place...the adventures never end!!

It was only a matter of time before the haircutter destroyed me. I'm pretty sure I said "I like to have it a little longer on the top" but I think what he heard was "Go ahead and just shave it all off". But he did it to Marsh, too. So we both look like fools together.

We live in a six man house. There are two 6 man houses up here. I live with Gaul, Tregeagle, Swindall, Andriamanganoro and Marsh. Tregeagle dies in June, and Marsh will be leaving.

Last week's P-Day was way fun. Marsh, Gaul and Tregeagle went to the beach. There was a big carnival going on, so Marsh and I ran off and went on some rides. I thought I had motion sickness back home, the rides here were so bad. They had a ferris wheel that they would push by hand. I was just sitting with my head against the bar and my eyes closed until they stopped, I was so sick. We didn't really think that through.

Another thing here.. well just Mada in general. People are pretty chill with being naked. You get used to it pretty quick back in Tana. But it's a little worse here. I don't even think a lot of people start wearing clothes until their like 10 in some places. I guess that's what comes with living in a stinking hot city right off the ocean in Africa.

I saw a dead body the other day, too. On my way home from splits, I was riding my bike and there was a little crowd forming. This guy was straight dead in the road, it was pretty graphic. I always wonder who takes care of stuff like that. Malagasies don't really have ID or family names. It's kind of just everyone for themselves.

Power always goes out here too. Not like back home where it's out for an hour or so. More like days at a time. The whole city. Everyone just uses candles. We had to have a few candlelit dinners at the house this week.

Candlelight soup date

I've never mentioned before. But Malagasies can never say my name right. I always just tell them my name is Moto, or they call me Mouton (sheep in french). They think it's so funny. My old nicknames from Tana have fallen away, and everyone either calls me Moto or Zanak'ondry (sheep in Malagasy).

What else.. the branch is way sick. It's nothing like an organized ward anywhere else. I love it though, everyone is awesome, and no one really has a clue what's going on cuz the church is still so new. It's sick to work here though, not many people these days get to help a little 70 person branch work everything out.

Playing ara-dimy

We only do baptisms in the ocean if there are a ton of people getting baptized, but normally we just fill up this little tub thing.

There aren't any flash floods here. It's flat as far as you can see here, and the roads are all really wide. Tana flooded really easy, but it won't flood here unless a storm comes in and the sea level rises. But I doubt that'll happen any time soon, that season is kind of passed by now.

I'm still learning the area, but we do have a few baptisms coming up in a few weeks. So I'll let you guys know how those come. Love you, talk to you next week,


A few more random pics for ya:

Working out way hard

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