Elder Gundersen is alive and well this week. He is still enjoying his "beach house" that sits about 150 yards from the ocean. The ocean air isn't quite as nice as that of the beaches in the Caribbean. He says that it smells just like the rest of Benin. He said the water to shower is cold. Every apartment that he has been in has cold water. Wes asked if anyone has hot water in the mission and Elder Gundersen replied, "yeah, President Weed!" Haha! What a kid! He and his companion are working well together. Elder Milambo has only a few days left on the mission. That will be a new mile marker...the first companion completing his mission and going home.
Speaking of mile markers, the Sisters that were in the same district as Elder Gundersen in the MTC are home now! It was a great surprise this week to see that Sister Barbara Fairchild had posted a few pictures of Elder Gundersen and Elder Baird on Facebook. It was really nice to be able to chat a bit with her on messenger. She said her mission in France was great. Attached below are two of the MTC pictures that she posted. Elder Gundersen looks so young...and chubby! Thanks Barbara for the pictures!
The fun thing that Elder Gundersen did for Pday was buy some beef. He says he bought both beef steak and ground beef. He "just stuck the steak in a pan and cooked it...then I ate it" and said it was good. It has been really hot in Benin. He confirmed that there is an Elder there from Rupert, Idaho. Elder Kent- He says he's a really nice kid. Well, odds are that since he's from Rupert, he's a farm kid...how can he not like him? Elder Kent made it to Africa just a bit after Elder Gundersen did.
Not much more was emailed. He misses home, family and friends and is excited to get home and back into school..."no use just sitting around!".
Thanks to all for your continued prayers, love and support. Until next week! Hakuna Matata!