Tuesday, August 20, 2013

August 19, 2013- Helping Hands!

Hello Everyone!

Sorry about the late post- Elder Gundersen had a slow connection at the cyber yesterday and I was still getting email from him after 7:00 p.m. last night. This is Africa!

Bleck sent me a few pictures this week of Elder Gundersen's last few days in Togo.  Elder Gundersen told me to enjoy all the pictures that I had received thus far because he didn't plan on sending me any more anytime soon.  Such a button pusher!

Posing for pictures the final days in Togo.

A friendly card game.

I hope his hair grows back when we get him home and eating lots of protein!

Wonder what he's doing playing with matches?

Also pictured- Elder Lemaire and Karen, Bleck's sister.

I lovingly stole this picture from Michelle Layton- it's from zone conference a few weeks ago.
Elder Gundersen made it safely to Benin on Wednesday and is in Fidjrosse.  Bleck said it was a difficult goodbye.  He now has a companion from Ghana and says he's a great guy.  In typical Hunter style, I have no idea what his companion's name is!  Elder Milambo is also in the apartment- he will be leaving the mission on September 12th.  Elder Milambo's companion is Elder Lynch from Scotland.  Elder Lynch is the one who took Elder Gundersen's boots to him when he went to the mission.  Elder Gundersen says he likes Elder Lynch a lot. 

This last Saturday, the mission participated in a Mormon Helping Hands service project.  I was lucky enough to get a few pictures of the event from a member in Benin. Elder Gundersen is the one wearing the plaid shirt.  He says that they worked to clear a field.  I asked what they were clearing the field for, for a new building?, a park?  Elder Gundersen said that they cleared the field to let it grow back so that they could clear it again next year!  He's such a card.  He said that they all worked really hard to clear the field and that there was media coverage as well.  How cool is that?

Sometimes I feel like these pictures are a bit like "Where's Waldo?"
"Where's Hunter?"!

Elder Gundersen just standing around! Haha!

Elder Baird is to his right.

In other news this week, he went into a store and actually found real ham!  He didn't purchase any though because it was $36.00 a kilo! Holy Guacamole!  That must be some really good ham!  He said that so far he has not found any really good places to eat (like Akif's) in the new area.  He does like his apartment though- he says that it is really a nice little apartment and that it is very near the ocean.  He misses home quite a bit this week.  It's the week of the Box Elder County fair and rodeo and Elder Gundersen has always loved the fair.  He should feel right at home in Africa though- the following is a quote from Elder Bailey Shaffer's blog from July 2011-
"This week was Pres. Weed's first trip to Togo...and he drove.  That doesn't sound like much, cause it's just a 3 hour drive.  You need to remember that the traffic here is nuts.  It's like trying to get out of the parking lot at the BE County Fair Grounds after the rodeo...all of the time!  It keeps you on your toes.  We saw a couple semis that had been over turned and a few moto crashes, but nothing out the of usual."
He expressed concern that so many things will have changed when he gets home.  I assured him that the changes that he would find were good ones.  I told him he now has a queen sized bed to enjoy when he gets home.  He laughed when I told him it had my old black lacquer and high gloss veneer headboard on it.  He asked if he could have light sabers mounted above it and Star Wars sheets just like Howard Walowitz and Sheldon Cooper!  Can you see it now? Only Hunter!
Thanks to all for your continued love and support!  Elder Gundersen will be home before we know it!
137 and counting!

1 comment:

  1. It's good that he is still in practice pushing your buttons from half way around the world. Some things never change, do they? We had our fair here last week, and I thought of his last fair when Grandpa LaVerla and I came over to see the kids lambs. I know he is missing these times in his life, but look at all the spiritual experiences he is adding to his eternal treasures! Nothing could compare. (Well, maybe Akif's)