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Week 31: Starting from Scratch

7 months down, 17 to go!
This week was a pretty interesting one! I don’t know exactly how clear I was in my last email, there was a lot going on and stuff and I am sure it all sounded a little jumbled. But This week, Elder Heaton and I were together the whole time. The only difference is, we knew who our next companions were going to be, and that he was leaving and everything. So yeah, this week was speant trying really hard to find a bunch of new families to leave me and Elder Vestia with something good to work with. Because what is going to happen, is this Wednesday Elder Heaton and I fly down to Maputo, and Thursday we have a zone conference. Then we fly back friday, except I will be flying back to Quelimane with Elder Vestia instead of Elder Heaton. So yeah. 🙂 That is how it will go down.
This week was largely speant playing the classic game of “Finding New Families”. It goes a little like this:
-Contact a man who looks like he is married, figure out if he lives close, verify that he has a wife and is not active in his church.
-Get his phone number, and set up a time to come and share a message with him.
-Call him later, he gave you a number that doesnt exist. Repeat steps 1 and 2.
-Call him later, he makes up an excuse for why you can’t meet with him. Repeat steps 1 and 2.
-You call him, and he agrees to meet you at some bar or some place well known to show you his house.
-You show up at that place, wait for 15 minutes, then call him again, and his phone is turned off, you never get a hold of him again. Repeat steps 1 and 2.
-You finally get a hold of him, go to meet him at a place, go to his house, teach his familiy, it goes well, then he never answers your phone calls and tells you he is not interested. Repeat steps 1 and 2.
That is pretty much our life here, except every once in a while, you actually meet someone who turns out to be awesome, and continues to be taught and shows up at church.
It is pretty much essential that they show up at church the first week here. 99.9 percent of the families who make it to baptism come to church their first week.
That was a decent amount of our week. 🙂 Luckily, we actually had some sucess! Contacted a guy, went to teach him, turns out there are 3 seperate families living in the same house! And there are two of their kids over the age of 8. So that added 8 new investigators with that one lesson! The lesson went well, and at the end, one of the wifes says she knows that we have power, and she wants us to pray for her son who has been really sick with migraines for a long time, and things aren’t looking to good for him. So we go, and give her son a preisthood blessing, and leave, setting up an appointment for 2 days later. So we go back 2 days later, they are all really excited because their son was completely healed and he is 100% back to normal! They are already converted to the church, and from that point on, accepted everything we said as the truth. They accepted marriage, baptism, everything. We had to explain to them that their son was healed because of their faith, not us, but they insist that this is the way God is responding to their prayer of whether or not the church is true. We just kinda shrugged and said, “yeah, ok!” So they are pretty sweet, the whole ginormous family showed up at church this sunday, we were pretty excited about that.
We were teaching another new family, and we came back for the second time, and the wife pretty much told us that she is a catholic, and even though she hasn’t gone for a year, she cant meet with us because her friends will see her meeting with us and get mad at her. So we were trying to talk to her, right after she said this, and she kept falling asleep!! Literally in the middle of us talking to her, she was nodding off, falling asleep. As we are talking. Sooooo funny, Elder Heaton and I were trying sooo hard not to laugh. So we let her sleep while we talked to her husband for a while, and she was snoring and stuff. Awesome, probably not going back there again.
This week, we got another call from President Kretly, it is always fun when that happens. He said, “Elders, did your branch president do tithing settlement?” And we just kind of sat there and shrugged and told him we didn’t know. And he replied that Tithing settlement was never done, and lucky for us our branch president has been out of town for about 5 weeks and will be out of town for another 3. So president told us we had to do tithing settlement, it is overdue and has to be done for the entire branch. Before Wednesday. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. So we had to cancel all of our lessons and all of our everything, and learn and figure out how to do tithing settlement. It’s been so much fun…. (not.)
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We had two baptisms on Saturday, a 22 year old and a 18 year old, who are best friends. They are super cool and both really want to serve missions and help us out. Their names are Criva and Taquidir.
Other than that, a pretty normal week. 🙂 This next week is going to be pretty crazy though, with a new companion and a trip to Maputo and stuff.
Thanks for everything, I am doing great and loving life out here.
Elder Poyfair
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Week 30: New Companion, Baptisms and Bike

Happy monday to all. 🙂

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Last night we got a call from the APs, saying that we needed to check our emails before we do shopping for food and stuff. So we were like, huh, weird, and we were kind of a little nervous, so we got Heaton’s account and checked, and he had an airplane ticket. Both of our names were on it, and we found out at the end of this month, in like a week and a half, we are going to maputo again for another Zone Conference. Awesome. But then we didnt understand why it was important for us to see that before shopping. So I got on, and saw that I had 2 airplane tickets, one to maputo with elder Heaton, and one home from maputo but with Elder Vestia!!! We found out that transfers are happening a week early for everyone else around the mission, but will stay for next week for those in outside areas. So yeah. 🙂
 
 
Elder Heaton is leaving for Magoanine and I am staying here with Elder Vestia. He is AWESOME. I met him and talked to him a bunch in Maputo when I was there. He was a Zone leader there for a long time, he’s baptized a lot of people. 🙂 The best/most exciting part? He is from Portugal. A portuguese native! Im excited though. He is super funny. At the christmas party, I joked about him coming up with me. Now it is happening. I am mostly just excited to stay here with my bike. 🙂 I’ll miss Elder Heaton, but I am really excited to work with Vestia. He is kind of a big deal here in the mission, a lot of people are really jealous of me. 🙂
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SO that is some of the big news, the other has to do with the marriage and baptism of Clasmen and Ginesia and their daughter camilla. It went VERY VERY VERY well. 🙂 It was a super simple ceremony, and no one from their family even showed up. She borrowed a wedding dress we had here at the church, He borrowed a white shirt and I gave him a tie. It looks better on him then it does on me. 🙂 Everything went well, no hiccups or problems or anything like that. They did the wedding ceremony, changed their clothes, got baptized, changed back, and cut the cake, we had a small lunch with chicken, beans, and rice and salad and then everyone went home. 🙂 It was super beautiful. I had so much fun and really enjoyed watching them take this step.
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Sorry, I really don’t have too much time this week, but I will try to get some of the highlights.
 
First, we used the bikes A TON this week. We had to go and get them all tuned up, and then we bought the little seats that all the bike taxists use. So our idea was to get more member help in our lessons, we would go to members houses, pick them up with our bikes, and ride with them to our lessons. We got 13 lessons with a member present this week, which is a lot for us, but on the down side, its PRETTY hard work. Gave me a new respect for bike taxists. 🙂 We got made fun of a lot too, I guess white people dont ride bikes here. Or maybe its the helmets. Or that we are missionaries. I dont really know honestly. 🙂
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We have been trying really hard to find new, quality families these past couple of weeks but have not been having too much success. We are finding people but not a lot of them have much potential, so these last two weeks we have together will be spent working really stinking hard at finding awesome families!
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We will have two more baptisms next week, and hopefully another one the week after.
 
Things are going well here, I love Quelimane and am glad I have more time. 🙂 I will be here until March 10th for sure.
 
Anyways, sorry there is no time. Hopefully you get all the pictures. 🙂
 
Thanks for everything, love Elder Poyfair
 
Yeah, thats about it. Sorry,
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Week 29: You take the good, you take the bad…

Salutations. 🙂

Me and Elder Heaton woke up today, and went to check our emails, to see we both didnt have too many. So we decided to go out and do our shopping and stuff, and then come back and email later in hopes that some late night partiers would have written us during that time. Sure enough, came back to see we had more. 🙂 So thanks, you all passed.
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This week was an interesting one. On one hand, there were a lot of little problems and things that kept us from getting too much work done in our area, we had to spend a lot of time in the house working on stuff there. But on the other hand, we got some big blessings and things are looking bright going forward here in Quelimane.
First off, last Tuesday we opened the marriage process for Clasmen and Ginesia! It was pretty crazy how blessed we were with their documents. They arent even staying in their normal house right now, but somehow they both had their birth certificates there in a little binder, and both were originals! Super rare, that like never happens. Then we have a “friend” in the government who does our Atestados de Residencia in less then 24 hours for cheaper. We are not quite sure how “legal” that is, but we like to look at it as more of a blessing to help these families than a sketchy loophole. 🙂 They also both had their BI’s anyways basically everything went super smooth with their documents, and we went in and opened the process. It is a little tricky though because our Branch President is traveling again (he wasnt here for most of december and hasnt been here for most of this month) and it has to be him who does the actual ceremony. But he will be here on the 18th, so even though normally you have to wait like 12 or 15 days after opening the process to have the wedding, we have a friend in the register who we sweet talked into letting us do the wedding on the 18th!
So thats the big news, this Saturday we will have the wedding of Clasmen and Ginesia and the baptism of them both plus their daughter. 🙂 I am super excited.
Yeah. 🙂 Saturday will be good.
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I don’t know if I have already talked about that fact that our computer has been having MAJOR problems here. Basically, we can’t use it for anything, and we have been trying to fix it forever. Its a pretty big deal, basically we have a ton of tithing here that we havnt been able to put in the system so people from South Africa are ticked at us, and other stuff relating to the church hasnt been able to get done. We have called various people in to fix it, beira has sent us disks, but they didnt work, then some guy stole our disks, and yeah it has been a huge mess, but this week after a ton of work on it we got it fixed. 🙂 Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. 🙂
Another funny story, this week we were eating lunch and then I went into the room to grab the phone to call and confirm an appointment. So I pick up the phone, and it says, ” 1 missed call: President Kretly ” So then we got pretty freaked out, its usually a big deal when president calls, and we were pretty anxious to find out what it was about. Turns out, it is about those receipts. I think I already mentioned, but the senior couple who was here a while ago had a bunch of receipts for stuff that was bought, that they left in a dresser door. And I guess they are PRETTY DANG IMPORTANT, important enough that president called and told us to cancel all of our lessons for the day and look for them. So we spent ALL DAY searching through the entire house in search of these receipts. But didnt find them. President had suggested that we skype the senior couple who was there, to get more information. So we borrowed a members laptop, and skyped him but he pretty much confirmed the things we already knew. Then I had the idea to call one of the elders who had been here before us with skype, so we skyped a RM in the united states! It was a break through, turns out he had taken all the receipts with him to maputo when he ended his mission. So that was like the missing puzzle piece, it more or less resolved the problem.
What else…. One of our couples, Getullio and Antonia are doing great. We are opening their marriage process this week, but they want to wait and get married on valentines day. So I kinda hope I stay here when transfers happen 2 weeks from today, that would definitely be a fun way to spend valentines day! They gave us some AWESOME cashew juice after a lesson this week. It tastes pretty wierd, and dries out your mouth SUPER BAD afterwards, but it is pretty addicting. Its supposed to help you sleep good and that night after we slept great!
The branch here is kind of struggling. For example, this week there were 84 people at church, and 20 of them were our investigators.  A lot of the members are going inactive, and it is so hard to help them. There are just two of us, and there is so much work to do here. But we are trying our best. 🙂 Any suggestions on how to help out here are welcome. 🙂
We are getting bikes this week!! One member noticed that we are kind of overwhelmed, and suggested we get bikes. We told him we had bikes, and they got stolen, so if we want bikes, we have to use our own money for it. But we had used our own money to buy the bikes before, and we really cant afford it! He asked how much it would be for two new bikes, and we told him, and he said he would donate the money to buy two bikes. Sooooo yeah, we should be getting bikes tomorrow. No more arguing with dumb bike taxi-ists who think they can charge us more than the normal price since we are white. The members here man. The strong ones?? Are crazy amazing. There are some of the coolest people here.
Jeez, I’ve just got a lot of little mini stories. This week, I was looking through the area book, and found a page on an investigator family from over a year ago. And I felt like we should call them. So I called them up, and he said we could come by, but pushed it until sunday, which was pretty far away. I was a little bummed, because normally when people do that, it means it wont work out. So I told him he could come to church, and hung up. Then I kind of forgot about it. Flash forward to sunday, this family we have never seen before walks in, husband, wife, and two kids. I turn to Heaton and say, “whos that?” and he shruggs. Then after, we go and talk to them, and it turns out it is that same family!! We went and taught them later that day, and it went way well. Fun little  experience about area books.
Another super cool story. We went to a lesson at Clasmen and Ginesia’s, and he said he had good news. We asked what it was, and he said he got a job offer!!! He is going to teach english at a high school. It was super super super cool. He had been jobless for two years, and they were struggling financially. His wife is a teacher too, but didnt get paid too much. But they were praying super hard about him finding a job, and they were showing a lot of faith, going forward with the marriage and agreeing to pay tithing and fasting and stuff. And the first thing he said after telling us he got a job was, “now we can both pay tithing, and not just her!!” We were very excited. I am so grateful to have been a part of helping this family be blessed by the Lord. It has been awesome to watch them go from a contact on the street to getting married and baptized, and get a job, and have a healthy baby and everything. I love them so much. :,)
That was my week. Things are going awesome here. I love my mission. 🙂
Thank you for everything, you guys are the best. 🙂
Until next week, love,
Elder Poyfair
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Week 28: New Year’s Party in Rainy Quelimane

Happy New Year!!

Fun fact, new years is the biggest holiday of the year here in mozambique. It is way bigger than Christmas or anything else. So this week was a little complicated!! NO ONE wanted to sit with us. Plus, the governor here made it the law that no one could work the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd or January. So EVERYTHING was closed all week except for the bars, and people literally just partied all week. It was a little bit frusterating, I really am excited for all the holidays to be over so we can really get back into the groove of things here!
Riding through the jungle on new years day. :)
This whole week, it rained. Rain, Rain, Rain. And mozambiquans? They are scared to death of rain. No one likes it, no one goes to work or anything, everyone just chills inside. Which makes it kind of hard to meet and talk with people!!
So Tuesday was New Years Eve. We did our best to work, taught a couple of lessons and stuff, but it was definitely not our most productive day. Once it hit about 19 (7 o clock), no one was on the streets and it was raining and everyone was partying and all of our lessons had fallen through. We had been invited to Walter and Dharmin’s house, some really cool members in our branch who really just like hanging out with the missionaries. So we went to their house, and started helping make food and stuff. They had A TON of food. But we had said earlier that we needed to leave at 21. So we helped, but Walter had been called into work and still wasnt there. We made food, played games with some other people there and stuff, and then told Dharmin again that we had to go at 21. And she was like “WHAT?! Youre not staying until midnight???” And we explained again, apperantly they had forgot. So it was like 20:30 and we hadnt eaten anything, and walter wasnt there. He came home, and told us that we had to stay there with them, to eat all the food they had bought and party there with them until midnight! We refused and refused, but he wouldnt let us leave!
Me and Walter are gangstas. :)
They are the funniest couple. So finally we told him, the only way we could stay is if he called our mission president, president kretly, and asked his permission. We thought, of course, that walter wouldnt call him, and if he did, that president would certainly shut him down. Walter and President are actually good friends, when president came to quelimane he hung out at walters house the whole day! So walter said fine, walked out and called president kretly!!! Who at first denied it, but then, walter explained how they had bought all the food and stuff, and we would be safe in their house. So President agreed, that we could stay there until 11 o clock at night!! We were laughing so so so so so hard. We called president to confirm that walter wasnt just lying, and he said it was fine but that the next day would have to be a regular day, and wake up at 6:30 and everything, and we couldnt tell any other missionary. I love our president. 🙂 So we hung out there, and ate AWESOME AWESOME food. Crab and chicken and salad and chamusas and french fries and soda and everything. I honestly had a ton of fun, then we all walked home together, and went to bed. Then midnight hit, and we got a bunch of phone calls from other members and our branch president, wishing us a happy new year. It was a way fun night, probably one of my favorite new years parties ever. 🙂
Our new years eve dinner! With walter and dharmin. Love them!!
The next day was tricky too, the whole world stayed in their houses partying all day. Because in the US, its like a big deal that night, and then life kind of moves on. Here it was the whole week. Our branch president invited us over for lunch, which was awesome. We ate good this week. They are very wealthy, made us excellent shrimp and pork and rice and stuff. It was AMAZING. We talked with them for a while, and then went back out to work in the POURING rain. It was pretty funny.
This week, we had to drop quite a few of our investigators who werent going anywhere. It is always a little hard, but if and when they are ready, they will come back. It frees up our time to find new people as well. We found a couple new families this week, one randomly came to church from beira, he is a member but his wife isnt, they were about to get married over there and then moved here, so that was a blessing! We were visiting our recent converts, marcelino and aida, and walking into their yard, and we both sunk down into this HUGE pond thing, up to our thighs! My comp got out fine, but I almost fell totallly under the nasty, muddy water! It was pretty funny.
From Elder Heaton: This was us on top of a huge truck coming back from a funeral with a bunch of other elders. This is the Akima Market. Just your average market in the city of Maputo.
Yesterday was Fast and Testimony meeting, and it was super cool. The people here bare THE BEST testimonies. Clasmen, our awesome family that should get married and baptized in two weeks, got up and bore his testimony, it was super good. He talked about us giving their baby a blessing in the hospital and stuff, It was way sweet. All the members here are awesome. It was a really cool meeting. Marcelino talked about how satan is strong and trying to attack them after baptism, and how Satan tried to pull me down in the mud outside their house a couple days ago but I escaped. We thought that was funny.
Update on the babies from the hospital, there was one who was pretty bad, who was peeing out of its belly button. But, the problem fixed itself and the baby went home healthy! Clasmen and Ginesia’s baby is doing great too. That was so cool. 🙂
Sorry there isnt much to report this week. I’m having a good time, and learning a lot. I was just thinking a couple days ago, how I really feel like Quelimane has changed me. I feel like a completely different person then when I came in. It is a really cool thing. Missions rock. 🙂
Thanks for everything, I hope this year is good!
Love, Elder Poyfair
Ps my watch died this week. It was pretty sad.
PPS we made the cookies I got in my christmas package?? Delecious. Thanks again.
(I’m inserting a few more pictures from Dallin’s companion, Elder Heaton. These were taken back during the funeral they both attended a few weeks ago. I love them because they show the Mozambique countryside and a little more of the day to day reality of life there.)
Sorry it's blurry. I have a bad camera. I loved this shot, however. Reminds me of Marromeu.
This is like a classic method of transportation to any funeral, wedding, or party. Rough when it rains (it did).They call Quelimane the Land of the Coconuts. That house is the coconut plantation worker's house. He made it out of coconut tree leaves.These were some more on the way back to the city from the funeral.
Sorry about the blur. Dumb camera. I liked the first little hut photo with the coconut trees because it reminded me of Marromeu and it was right next to the new water tower being built.
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