Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Legend of Adam and much more.

Hi mom,

I hope you all like the voice recording that I sent this week. It is a lot longer than the last one! :) Did you listen to the last one during FHE last week? Are you going to do that again today?

We had a good week this week. The snow is all melted. But it is rainy today. But it says in the weather forecast you sent me that it is supposed to dip super cold again this week and then snow this weekend! That is insane!

(Note from Renee -- I accidentally saved the 10 day forecast incorrectly and sent him the forecast for 2 weeks ago, so the temperature was actually going to stay in the mid-30s.  Didn't mean to give him a scare!  :) )

Today, we are going to go visit a member who lives on the outskirts of Warsaw for P-Day. His name is Dennis and is from the Congo. He is super funny. We have to take a train to get there. Elder Hubbard has been there before and he said that it is super fun. He makes a weird food he calls "Foo-foo" which is like some sort of porridge or something. I realized that I have no idea how to spell porridge. hmmm. Let me know how that it is supposed to be spelled.

Little does Drake know that Elder Stockford's mom posted a few weeks ago that her son went to the Congo member's house and was fed Foo-Foo and dried caterpillars!

I hope you guys have a good week this week. We have Zone Training. Oh, I think I am going to sell the suit that I bought in Bydgoszcz to Elder Hubbard. It fits him way better and is too big on me. So I will use that money to buy an even better suit. Yay! :)

I’m happy to be here everybody.  The language is fun. It’s always a challenge, which I like! 

Elder Drake Allen

Hair Cut
My hair is getting kind of long.  So we’re going to be cutting our own hair tonight, I think.  So right now, I think Elder Hubbard is in the bathroom, cutting his own hair, then I’m going to do my hair (♫ dom, dom, dom DOM! ) so it’s probably going to be a lot shorter because right now it’s really long and shaggy which is kind of  funny to think because this was super short comparatively to when I was back home and it was a LOT longer.  So it’s kind of weird, probably to think that I think this is long.  Okay, it’s not SUPER long, but it’s long for a missionary. I can hear the buzzer, shaver, clipper thing going on in the other room! 

Lots of milk, like always.  Chocolate milk, too!

                                                                 Adam’s Ties

Oh, I went to Adam’s this week.  So . . . (deep echo-ey voice)  “The Legend of Adam!”  So, Adam is a guy, is a man in Poland who used to be an investigator of the church and met with the missionaries and everything, and even had a baptismal date once, but since then, he doesn’t meet with missionaries. But, he owns a tie company, a tie store called Collection Adam’s.  And they’re SUPER, SUPER good ties.  And since he likes missionaries so much, He has his warehouse type store in Warsaw and on P-days, he lets missionaries come there and you get to go through the ties.  And there are TONS and TONs of ties of all patterns, shapes and color and everything, it’s crazy and he sells them to us for at cost.  So they only cost 27 zlotys each, so that’s like $9 for a super, super good tie.  But then at the end, you get to go to this box filled with this is skaza, which in Polish means Flaw.  So they just have a tiny, little flaw in them, and so he can’t sell them.  So he gives them to us for free.  So as many ties as you buy, you get to take that many skazas.  But because we had to go buy a bunch of ties for the Sheleys because they go home this week, we got to take a whole bunch of extra skazas.  So I went there and I bought 6 ties and I got 10 skazas.  A lot of them, you can’t even find where the skaza is, so you get a perfectly good tie for free.   So I got 16 ties total, which puts them at an average cost of 16 zlotys each, which is only $3.  So I got 16 SUPER super awesome nice ties that are way European looking and skinny and nice, and good material, some silk ones, too – all for just $3 each.  That’s pretty good!  

I've been teaching Elder Hubbard to play the ukulele.  He is really fast at learning the ukulele because he already has musical talent and plays the piano really well.
A little tribute to the Beatle's 50th anniversary 
of coming to the USA
Okay, maybe it's more like Elvis

P.S. on Maciej from Drake's area in Poznan.  See initial posts if you missed them -- here, here and here.  

Drake's former companion, Elder Peacock wrote this to his family:
This week for me was interesting. We weren't able to do a whole lot of contacting because we had to find a pool to be able to baptize Maciej. It has been quite an adventure trying to get something to work, but I think we have it all worked out now. Maciej has his interview with the Zone Leaders tomorrow and then he will be baptized on Saturday, confirmed on Sunday, receive the priesthood on Sunday, and bear his testimony in church. So, he has a big week. 

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