My Missionary Commission


I am Called of God. My authority is above that of the kings of the earth. By revelation I have been selected as a personal representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is my Master and he has chosen me to represent him. To stand in his place, to say and do what he himself would say and do if he personally were ministering to the very people to whom he has sent me. My voice is his voice, and my acts are his acts; my words are his words, and my doctrine is his doctrine. My commission is to do what he wants done. To say what he wants said. To be a living modern witness in word and deed of the divinity of his great and marvelous latter-day work.
-Elder Bruce R McConkie
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After much research on the internet(and I am glad that I know some of these things) here is a list of what is instore to Dylan while in Mada aka Madagascar.

1. HISSING COCKROACHES: (my personal fav...not) apparently cockroaches farts give off a hissing noise..thus the hissing cockroaches.
2. LEMURS: Apparenly you don't really see these that often depending on where you are at, but when they get friendly they are there and even like to pick pocket your stuff. They know that the residents take a 3:00 siesta and that when they do there dirty work
3. CRAZY DRIVERS: There are no rules of the road there, so people drive where ever they want, people say its like being in a spy action movie with the wild car chases except these people aren't chasing anyone)
4. A 35 HOUR FLIGHT: apparently that is the average flight time including layovers to get from UTAH to MADAGASCAR..Literally he will be flying half way around the world.
5. BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS: These mothers are good moms and nurse on demand no matter where they are and who is there.
6. PUBLIC RESTROOMS: And when I say public, i mean public, the world is there restroom, they just drop drawers and whiz where they please. Yup even the women. (better get those boys some blinders)
7. LIGHTS OUT WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN: Literally. There is no electricity there, so when the sun goes down the candles come out.
8. DELICIOUS MILK! straight from the cow. Dylan better be taking some medicine from that. He doesn't do to well with milk.
9. RICE AND LOX: thats pretty much the main dish. There is also the mystery meat. I hear the brains and tongue are on the menu alot also.
10. SMELLS AND MORE SMELLS: There is no sewer system there, so people just do what they want to do when they want to do it. People also have to burn their garbage as there is no garbage service there. I also read a letter from a missionary that said dead dogs are very common in the streets.
11. WRAPPING THE BONES: Every 7 years on the the anniversary of a dead person, family members remove the bones from the tombs, dance with them all night and then clean them and rewrap them then put them back in the tomb for another 7 years. Apparently this doesn't smell to good either, doens't help that every one gets drunk.
12. DIRT, DIRT AND MORE DIRT: One of the main occupations there is brick maker, everyone is a brick maker, therefor there is dust in the air all the time.
13. NO CHAIRS: Pretty much everyone there is extremely poor, that they don't even have chairs to sit on, you are handed a brick and that is your chair. (this is not necessarily everywhere but in the poorer areas it is commom)
14. FLEAS: What more can I say, one picks them up while at investigators homes. Apparently you get use to them.

* BEAUTIFUL OCEAN VIEWS: can't miss seeing the ocean you are on an island for petes sake.
* ANIMALS AND TREES: MADA has animals and vegatation that only grow here. how cool is that!
* EXTEMELY FRIENDLY PEOPLE: Everything that I read tells how nice the people are. You say hi they ALL say hi back. Dylan loves this
* AN EXPLOSION IN THE GOSPEL: Last year they had 100+ investigator baptism. These people are so ready to hear the gospel. There was on missionary who had 18 baptisms in one day. Imagine that. This country is growing by leaps and bounds in the gospel.