Monday, January 25, 2016

 This week I left the MTC and we rode a taxi to Pretoria. There is where we met President and Sister Wilson. We filled out paperwork and had lunch. Then they handed me the keys to a Hyundai i20 small car and said your driving for 2 hours to Witbank or Emalahleni, the area where I am now serving. Witbank is no longer a ward or branch, we are a church unit because we are so small, we had only about 40 people attend sacrament. My companion is from   Zimbabwe, and I had to give talks our first week in church. Then he threw me under the bus and I taught Gospel doctrine's class with no preparation. But, the spirit was there and I barely did any teaching, the whole time it was everyone conversing and doing the teaching for me so that was very cool. Driving here is weird, you sit on the right side of the car and you drive on the left hand side. I have only nearly killed us a couple of times, haha but im getting the hang of it now. My companion and I cook alot of healthy food and we have to drink out of a filtration system because the water here is not very clean. The people here are very nice except the white Afrikaans people. The African people are so selfless and caring, we taught a family on Sunday and they bought us a 2-liter of sprite for my companion and I. We have taught people who live in pretty much shacks, but they're very humble and are grateful for what they have. We have a couple investigators that we have been meeting with. One of the funniest people I've met is a sister a sister in the ward. She is about 65 and she is suuuuuuper nice, we went over for dinner and played a card game called BS. I'll have to teach you the game when I get home. My companion got me addicted to Oros. Which is pretty much the African version of tang. But it is so much better! We live in a Flat, which in America is called an apartment. It is pretty nice. Let me know how everyone's doing at home. I love you guys!
ElderFlanagan 😇

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January 19, 2016
Dear Brother and Sister Flanagan,

I am pleased to inform you that that your son, Elder Flanagan, has arrived in the Botswana/Namibia Mission and he is doing wonderfully. We are delighted to have him serving with us in the Mission. Elder Flanagan will serve initially in the District of Pretoria East in the Pretoria Zone. His companion and trainer an Elder from  Zimbabwe.
We appreciate your support of your missionary and thank you for sharing him with the Botswana/Namibia Mission. I have included a picture of your missionary with Sister Wilson and myself.
President Wilson
Botswana/Namibia Mission

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The first week

Dear Family and friends,
Things have been great here. I'm very busy with teaching and classes all day. I have already filled a notebook halfway up with notes.The spirit is very strong here and i'm with a great group of Elders. My companion and I get along very well. We both played football and wrestled.He is very funny and a lot of people say we are the best companionship because we are so alike. I think the best part of being here has been the South African missionaries that are going to our mission. They are the funniest guys i've ever met They both played soccer for their national team to pay for their mission . They're so good at soccer, they might play for the pro team in the world cup. The food here is pretty good at the MTC and not very different from home. We went to the Joberg Temple this week and it was amazing. 5 Elders took out their endowments and everyone was balling and hugging each other in the Celestial room. We all think of each other as brothers. On my way to the MTC, I was very homesick after reading your letters, especially Dad's, I was balling like a baby in the Airport. I almost booked a flight back home after sleeping in a chair for 12 hours in Atlanta. But i'm glad I didn't, because this is where i'm supposed to be and there are people here that need to hear the Gospel from me. I miss you guys a lot, but the busy schedule helps me not think of home all the time. I hope everyone's doing great. Has Jacob admitted he misses me yet?  Haha. Love you guys.

The Johannesburg Temple

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Elder Flanagan had finally arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa MTC.

He had finally arrived. :)  1/7/2016

Hey mom, its Christian. My mission president is allowing me to send you a quick email. I’m borrowing my mission President’s email because I forgot my username for lds login. If you could send it back to my president through his email that would be great. Things are going great, the spirit is strong here and I’ve already made many friends. I’ll be able to write a better letter next week, all I have done is sat in the airport. Love and miss you all. –Elder Flanagan
    And he's off........ South Africa Here he comes.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Christian Flanagan has been called to the Botswana/ Namibia Mission in Africa. His report date is January 7, 2016. I will be posting his letters home here.