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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Elder Bednar, a Third Companion and 2 Zimbabwe Elders

Wow it felt like forever. I officially believe i have the worst P-Day in the MTC hahah. I had to wait a full week to send home and email, compared to other missionaries who had their P-Day like a day after they got here. I got a ton of questions, so i am gonna try to answer them all as best I can! I have been waiting all week to send this lol😂
So this week has been a super roller coaster. I had some good days, and some terrible. I'll explain why in a little! My companion is awesome, and we get along super well. His name is Chad Banks and hes from Ceder City Utah. We instantly clicked, and hes goofy and laughs all the time which is fun to be around! The coolest thing about it, is that his older brother served in Zimbabwe a few years ago so he knows up to date information and its wonderful! He brought a whole suitcase with nothing but medications lol. He said that his brother looks just like me, and lost 40 pounds. 40!!!! He said when his brother got home he looked like an Ethiopian. He said that his brother basically starved, because Mugabi (the president of Zimbabwe) was running for office again, so he cut out all food supply to make sure the Zimbabweias would re-elect him. Apparently there is another election in the next year there, so im curious what will happen when i am there. I was talking to a leader here, and he said that he was in Zimbabwe for a little while! He said that they had like a fair thing, and that no one was there and no one was buying anything cause they were so poor so he went down and bought something from every stand cause he felt bad! I that was a cool story! No word on my visa yet, Im assuming that I will just stay here for the 3 weeks then be sent out! 

So day by day has been pretty good. This past monday was my worst day so far. it was bad. So my lessons and connection with my companion were amazing. Everything was going great. Then one of the missionaries in my district had to go home, so the president called me and Elder Banks in and asked if we would have the left over companion in our companionship. We said sure, and became a tri-panionship. And boy, i did not get along AT ALL with the new companion. He has a completley different personality as me, and we disagree on everything. He wants to teach the complete opposite lessons as me every lesson, and thinks we need to teach the complete opposite way I think lesson should be taught. So Monday was terrible. There was no spirit, and we argued all day. I almost exploded a few times to give him a piece of my mind but I didnt which is good lol. I prayed about it, and things are going better now. Were still not 100%, but im trying my best and things are getting better😀

The MTC is funish! I have a super good district, we have some really awesome missionaries in it! Me and my companion are the only 2 missionaries in the Provo MTC going to Zimababwe which I thought was pretty sweet! In my district, there are 4 missionaries going to Ghana, 4 going to Orlando Florida and me and my companion going to Zim! The cafeteria is good, its all you can eat! I try to stay away from the unlimited icecream bars though cause I dont want to get super fat😂. I have had stomach aches every day but they are getting better as time goes on. The basketball here isn't that good at all! Its half court only, and 3 on 3. Im by far the best player lol. There is no winner stays, so after every game, you have to let the people who didnt play, play. Which totally goes against everything I stand for haha. Ive met some really cool missionaries here, who I have a lot in common with! When I got off the plane, I ran in to some other missionaries and we got our bags together which was awesome! The bus drive saw my first name, and said he named his son that, exact same spelling. He told me that 'Cayden' in scottish means "Call of a warrior" which I thought was awesome. 

I hope i dont miss anything, Im trying to answer as much as I can! I was assigned to be the zones Online coordinator. So i get to teach all the new missionaries how to email and use online stuff which is dope. Elder Bednar came yesterday and it was insanely spiritual. When he walked in the room the spirit immediatly changed. He gave a talk called "Character of Christ". They said it is only showed on MTC grounds, but i hope you can find it cause it may be the best talk ever. He talked to us yesterday about how to study general conference talks, and he told us his way of doing it. He said look for a doctrine, then an invitation to act, then a promised blessing. He said every talk ever had those three things in it. He also told us that general conference talks arnt assigned topics, and that the apostles never talk about what they are going to speak on, but somehow everyones talk always lines up. He said its cause heaven makes the assignments. 

Well I love all the emails I am getting! Keep sending emails, I love it so much!!! It makes me super happy. Email me if you have anymore questions, and ill try to answer them sometime today! Ill add my pictures in another email cause im scared that all this will randomly not send hahah. Love you guys 
Elder Cazier

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