Week 24: There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmastime

Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood morning everyone. We woke up this morning and found to our surprise that it was snowing and we had 4 inches of snow on the ground! Haha yeah just kidding. None of that. It is still the hottest of all hot places. And it is summer over here, and Zambezia (my province) is the most humid province in Mozambique. It reminds me of that old Band-Aid song, Do They Know Its Christmas:

“There won’t be snow in africa this christmas time. The greatest gift they’ll get this year is (eternal) life.”

That pretty much describes it out here. I may or may not have added something that is not in the original song. Anyways. Do we know its christmas time at all? Every couple of days we will turn on my ipod and listen to a christmas song or two. Thats about it, not too christmas-y. It sounds depressing but its really not, we just have other things to do then sit down and get all homesick and think about all the christmas stuff we will miss. So we just kind of pretend like its not happening. Its ok though, I’m pretty sure we are going down to celebrate christmas in Maputo with President and all of the other Elders. He is supposedly really chill about Christmas, they have a big party all day and everyone hangs out and skypes their familes and stuff. So We’ll get into the christmas spirit. Just not yet. πŸ™‚

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The coolest picture EVER.

This week went AWESOME. I feel pretty dumb because I honestly feel like I say that every week, but it really is true. We were super blessed. One thing we have been really helped out with alot lately is finding great families. Normally, out here to get 1 first lesson with a new family, you have to have 6 marked and then one will go through, the rest will stand you up or cancel or not be there or whatever. But lately, we have been having a lot more success. And its not just that, but every family we sit with ends up turning out to have a lot of potential. Its been a fun thing for me and Elder Heaton, we feel like its us gettting rewarded for all the crap we went through earlier this transfer. The only problem is, next week is Transfers! We are really hoping to stick together for another one here in Quelimane. If I get transfered out I will freaking cry and If he gets transfered out I don’t think I know the area quite well enough to show it to another Elder. But the odds are good things will stay the same.

We had quite a few interesting experiences this week. The first is with a family named Arcanjo and Isabel. They were sitting with the missionaries about a year ago, and were doing really well. They had been taught everything, keeping all the commandments, and had just about all the marriage documents already put together. In fact, when we found them again, we found that at our house, we already had most of their documents with us! But anyways. They were doing well and close to marriage and baptism but then they suddenly stopped.Β  They stopped sitting with the elders, they stopped coming to church, they just dropped off the face of the planet. But he came to church again, and we sat with them a week ago. Anyways, we have been trying to figure out what happened and what their story is, but they were pretty vague about it. Finally, we had this pretty cool lesson, where she just opened up like none other, and got really emotional and was talking about how she really wanted to get into a nursing school type thing. And so she studied and studied and studied and worked really hard, and prayed alot that she would get accepted. And this was when they were meeting with the missionaries. But then, she didn’t get in. And she got really sad, and cried alot, and got a little upset with god and a lot upset with herself. And it really destroyed their faith I guess. And we just had this really tender moment, where we talked about their Identity. And about how we really truly are children of God. And that if we really understand that, we can know that he loves us and that he is taking care of us. And how at times we have our plan, of what we want. But its different then what God has in mind. But when it happens, we just need to trust that God is taking care of us and that his ways are better than are ways. It was really really really cool. As I was saying this stuff to her, I feel like I was almost learning it for the first time myself. And it helped me see that sometimes, when we are teaching these people, we are really just teaching ourselves. πŸ™‚ So they are preparing to get married and baptized, it should hopefully happen in early january. πŸ™‚

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African kids, for all the people who only read my blog for pictures of African kids.

We are also coming along great with Heraclit and Nhamita. They are that other cool family we found last week. It is hard because she teaches at a school far away, and is only here on the weekends. But we have been sitting with him when she’s gone and them both when she is there, and they came to church yesterday with their two twins and the entire branch just about died. Their twin boys are really cute and they were wearing matching clothes and all the members wanted to play with them and hold them and stuff. It was pretty funny. We had also really talked about the importance and permission to establish a church with the restoration with them. So after a lesson, we were getting up to leave and they said “Wait!!! Just like you cant start a church without the permission of God, you can’t leave our house without our permission!!” and they brought out some heavenly pineapple for us to eat. That was pretty legit, They are planning for early january also. πŸ™‚

We met this other family that accepted the restoration super great, and when we invited them to be baptized they were like “Well, yeah!! What about marriage, could we do that too?” Which kind of made us laugh.

We have a couple that is really hoping to get married and baptized this month, but we are running into problems with their documents that keep getting worse. They sadly might get pushed to January too. But we have our fingers crossed and have been praying really hard. We’ll see if we can make it happen!

Also, we have this other couple that we like alot named Gertullio and Antonia. They are cool and well off, they are strong in the gospel and he is doing really well with the Word of Wisdom and they are really cool. They are getting married and baptized in January too!

Lets see. What else happened this week. A couple random funny moments, I got hit by a bike! We were just walking across the street, and then super randomly out of nowhere, I got PLOWED and somehow ended up on the ground, the guy who was getting the taxi ride had a bag filled with onions and carrots that flew EVERYWHERE, so that was random and pretty funny. It didnt really hurt TOO bad. πŸ™‚ Also, I was kind of sick of us singing the same sacrament hymns over and over so I picked one, and we sang it but the members REALLY did not know it, no one was singing and everyone was really confused and I was trying hard not to laugh. Maybe we will just stick with the same songs from now on. πŸ™‚

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Quelimane is NICE

But yeah. πŸ™‚ I am doing fantastic out here. I love my life, I really do. We took a legit picture by the river one day, I’ll send it so you can see it, and I was just thinking, where else can you even do this?? Quelimane rocks and mozambique is the best. The only thing I would really change is longer p days. Buuuuuuuuuuut thats not going to happen, so I’m fine. πŸ™‚

Thanks for everything, enjoy your piles of snow. Love you all!

-Elder Poyfair

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