Week Seven: Saved by a Tootsie Pop!


1 Transfer down!! You’ve got 16 transfers in the field so its pretty weird to think that I’ve already done one! But yeah. Me and Elder Proksch are staying together in T-3, so thats good. We’ve still got alot of work to do here. 🙂

This week was another great one. It was MEGA hot this week, the hottest heat I think I’ve felt in my life! We would take 2 or 3 bucket showers every day, and still be nasty sweaty all the time. Luckily, we had water for most of the week so that was nice. Im getting a pretty good tanline on my wrist from my watch, and also on my neck from my shirt collar!


Also, can I just pause the email for a second and let you guys know that this ghetto awesome internet cafe Im at has been playing the Beegees on shuffle for the past half hourish? Loving that, might have to come here more often. 🙂

This week has been all about marriage documents. Like Ive said before, In Mozambique, our mission is all about baptizing families. But in order to baptize families they need to be married and in order to be married we have to do A TON of work to get all these random paper documents in books in offices all across the city and stuff. Its a little bit frustrating sometimes, but its just what we do 🙂


We had a pretty funny experience, we were going into the city to get this document for one of our couples. And I just grabbed some change off the top of my dresser, didnt count it or anything, for the chappa ride into the city. And as we were walking, I found a 2 met coin on the ground, which never happens in Africa. But I picked it up and put it in my pocket, and off we went. When we finally got there, We waited for about an hour at the registro and they came back with the document, and said it would be 94 met. (about 3 bucks). So my comp pulled out a 500 met bill, and the lady said she didn’t have change! And she wouldn’t take our 500. So we pulled out all the money we had, but didn’t have enough. So we told her to wait right there, and we would be right back with exact change. She said we had 10 minutes! So we RAN out, to the nearest little drink place, and bought some juice with the 500 and the guy gave us back 2 200 bills and a ten met coin, because he didn’t have 100 bills!! Which is what we needed! So we ran out, and pooled all our money together. I found a random 20 met bill in my backpack, which was a BLESSING, and with everything put together, all the loose change from my dresser and the 2 met I found on the street and all, we had 93 met. I KID YOU NOT WE HAD 93 MET! 1 MET SHORT!! ONE 30th OF A DOLLAR SHORT!! We didnt have much time, but I had a tootsie pop sucker in my bag from the MTC, so I straight up sold the tootsie pop for 1 met to this random guy on the street. And it was a hard sell, because he was a little skeptical of us americans (he asked if it was poisoned) but he bought it, and we ended up getting the document. We laughed for quite a while about how funny that was! But I guess if its the Lords will for them to get baptized, anything will happen!

Inacio, the 16 year old that we baptized, really wants to serve a mission when he is 18 and this week he asked if he could help us teach a lesson once in a while! So he walked with us a couple times, it was super great. He has such a strong testimony and made our lessons that much better. Im proud to have helped him get there. 🙂

Me and my comp came up with the easiest and cheapest dinner, and Im not even joking, we have had it 4 times this week. Because there is a Padaria (bakery but only small loaves of awesome french bread) pretty close to our house, and a loaf costs like 7 cents, so we buy a bunch of loaves and then chop up tomatoes and onions to make a bruschetta type thing, put some garlic and butter and herbs on the bread and toast it in our oven and then put the bruschetta on after wards. Its
super tasty and costs like 30 cents total.

Saturday and Sunday it actually got super cloudy and cold! And Saturday night, it even was raining a little bit! We were waiting outside this catholic church, because its like the only landmark in our area and every body knows it so thats where we meet people. And we were waiting for an appointment, just sitting in the rain in the dark, and all the power went out, (aka the three streetlights) and we were just sitting there, in the rain and quiet, looking out at africa and it ROCKED. So yeah. 🙂

We had another super cool experience last night, with one of our families named Oscar and Claudia. They had been progressing awesome and were starting the marriage papers, when they got in a HUGE fight where the husband thought the wife was being unfaithful, so he ran off and then was sending her messages calling her a fat cow and just mean
dumb stuff like that, and they didnt want to get married anymore. Me and Elder Proksch were pretty sad about it, they didnt come to church and stuff, and so we were kind of going over there to give them a last lesson. And they were there, and the lesson went good, and at the end, Claudia asked if she could share something. And we said, “yeah, of course”, and she started telling us about how she had left him that week. She went to her parents house, and they were going to get separated. And while she was at her parents house she started reading her notebook (shes so cool, she takes notes at all our lessons and writes down what we talked about and scriptures and stuff like that), and she was reading through it, and found something from one of our eariler lessons when we had talked about faith and read the story of Peter and Jesus walking on the water. So she opened her bible to that part and re read it, and said that when she had read the part that
says “homen de pouco fe” (oh man of little faith) she stopped and realized that Christ was talking to her! she said, I thought “mulher de pouco fe”, which was her, and that she knew the church was true and needed to have more faith and so she went back to the family, and they are all good now!!! Isnt that crazy???? That the spirit helping her understand a scripture we shared literally saved there marriage. It was amazing. Cant even describe it!! They are so awesome.

Anyways, I think thats about it. Hope everything is going good for everyone, I love getting all your letters and stuff. 🙂 keep them coming. 🙂

Im doing great, having fun, loving the life and the work of a missionary. So dont even worry about me! 🙂

Amo voces muito, fica bem e fica firme. Temos que confiar em Deus, porque ele sempre vai nos guiar. 🙂

Chau chau, Elder Poyfair

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