First off, I'm writing this email from an English keyboard, and it's super bizarre. Bear with me.
I don't have too much time, I'm currently in the Benin Office.
Well, on an interesting note, I have abscesses on my butt cheek. I've been in pain this past weekend. Imagine sitting on a flaming porcupine, and that describes my physical state today. No worries, I'm going to the doctor tomorrow. Here's hoping!
Biggest news this week was transfers. I'm going to Benin to be an Assistant. I'm going to be working with Elder Digbeu, from Cote d'Ivoire. I'm going to be driving a Toyota Hilux, and my goal over the next two days, while everyone will be doing transfers, is to learn how to drive a manual 4x4 transmission. Here's praying!
Also, Elder Jean-Jacques is going to be training an American! I have a great-grandson! Elder Angbo is going to be district leader at Doumassesse, a really booming sector. Elder Malala is also training an American.
The big focus of this week was saying goodbye to amis, members, and converts in Attiegou and Hedzranawoe. It was bittersweet. I've come to love these people with all of my heart, and it naturally follows that a portion of my heart will stay behind in Togo.
One super cool highlight of the week was Saturday. Elders Angbo and Jean-Jacques organized a baptismal service for 6 persons, and I had taught four of them with Elder Angbo. They invited me to join them in a "family baptism". That was a special experience, to see my mission posterity have so much success, to see friends that I love enter the waters of baptism, and to just feel the serenity of that golden moment.
I love you all, and I wish you a fantastic week! Drive safely! (;
Elder Brian H. Phillips