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Week 44: Success. Chinese food. Conference. Not necessarily in that order.

Dallin’s original subject line: I don’t know why I write something here since my dad just makes a better one up anyways. (For the record – sometimes I use his. But not today. :))

Last week was a tough act to follow, and this week ended up being relative calm. πŸ™‚

NO COMPLAINTS.

I’m grateful. πŸ™‚

Anyways, I left off last week saying that we had to go to the airport at midnight to pick up two elders from beira and drive them to their areas. SO. πŸ™‚ We went and picked them up, and Elder Douglas and I went to Matola while the AP’s went to T3. We got pulled over on the way, and matola is kinda far so we didn’t end up getting home until 2 o clock in the morning! Then we had to wake up bright and early for Staff Meeting. Well, we must have looked pretty tired during the meeting, because president asked how much we had slept, and after we told him, he said we would go to Chinese and then we could go home and sleep and get all caught up. We all loved that idea!

Right about here, elder douglas started feeling sick. We drove to chinese, and got out, and then Elder Douglas threw up all over the sidewalk. (and himself). So we went in, and some how he managed to still eat chinese food haha, and went home to sleep! However, elder douglas woke up and threw up a couple more times, so we had to stay in the house for a while. Finally, later at night, he was feeling better, so we went out to teach Ernesto and Claudia, one of our couples that is getting really close to marriage and baptism. Well, Elder Douglas threw up in the middle of the lesson! It was pretty funny, but we went home and he went back to sleep.

Luckily, the next day he was fine and he has been ok since then. πŸ™‚ We think it was just the crazy schedule. πŸ™‚

The rest of the week? Was honestly pretty laid back! We taught some families, and we were able to open 2 marriage process!! So two of our families will be married and baptized in the next little bit. 1 on may 10th, and another on may 17. Plus, tomorrow we will open another one for a couple getting married in june tomorrow! We are seriously getting so blessed, I have no idea what it is. Its really almost not even fair. There are a lot of missionaries worker a lot longer and harder than us, and we just keep getting great family after great family! We are trying really hard to stay humble, and just be grateful for what we have.

We taught two new families, one was a reference from a member named Chevite. They are a young husband and wife, and we taught the lesson at chevite’s house with his wife celeste. It was a nice, simple restoration lesson, over in about 20 minutes which is what we aim for. Then we got to the end, and the member, chevite, started going OFF. Started talking about every major church here in mozambique, and why its wrong, and was talking about why we don’t baptize people under 8 and the gift of the holy ghost and how preisthood blessings work and then the law of chastity and the word of wisdom and stuff, just like literally spewing all this stuff out. He talked for like 30 minutes!! It was pretty frusterating, it was obvious the couple was overwhelmed. We left, feeling like the family had maybe been ruined and would never come back.

Luckily they showed up at church!…along with 2 other brand new families! One, was a man who talked to tualufo, our executive secretary who is mozambican, at a car shop. So tualufo sent his number to us, we called him, but it never ended up working out, he kept canceling on us, then we met him in the road, marked with him, but it didn’t work out, and then apperantly he ran into the sisters, and they invited him as well! So this guy has pretty much had tons of contact, and he came with his wife so that was cool. Then another family that Elder Douglas had taught last week with a brazillian showed up too. Plus, we had Joana and Krislerio, another new familiy. We had five complete families in total at church! Crazy!

Sunday was general conference! (finally!) I enjoyed it and so did all the ward members. It wasn’t really communicated well, aka the branch president sent out a text on friday night saying at saturday morning at 8 we would have conference, so there was a pretty weak turnout, but sunday was good.

I am literally having the time of my life.Things are going great. I can’t really think of anything bad that happened this week! I am pretty excited because it is the last week of the month and everyone is hurting on money but my budget is still holding true for me, so thats pretty cool πŸ™‚

Sorry, didn’t take any photos this week. :/

But yeah. πŸ™‚ Have a good week!

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Week 43: ‘Poyfair’ as a first name? Why the heck not?

This week man.

Wow πŸ™‚
Β You know how you always see those like soccer players wearing those shirts that say, ” I survived H-E-Double hockeysticks” week?” Yeah I feel like I deserve one of those t-shirts.
Just kidding it really wasnt that bad, just a lot of stuff happened! It was definitely the craziest week! Soo much happened, I might as well get right to it. πŸ™‚
Monday was “P-day” ha ha (p-day is kind of a joke as an office elder. You pretty much just do the regular office work.) We were finally getting some time towards the end of night, to write a quick email, when an email popped up from president Kretly saying “confidential”, that had transfers in it! Nothing is changing for me, so that was good. However, we were getting a new AP who was coming later that night and stuff. But we had A LOT of work to do! A lot of houses were going from 6 to 8 elders, so they all needed new beds and desks and everything, plus we were going to receive 5 new americans and 4 Brazillians, and they were going to sleep in the office for about a week! Yeah it was pretty nuts.
Then, we sat down with President Kretly to go over our big New and Resized Budget request. However, we ended up helping him write a big important email. He speaks english very well, but likes our help when he writes because, especially this letter, are important. So this letter ends up taking over 4 hours, us talking and helping write it and stuff, detailing lots of things happening in mozambique. So then, it was finished, and it started putting people in that he was going to send it to. It started fine, area 70, some other people. Then slowly started getting more general authorities, and then to someone in the Presiding Bishopric and then, TO ONE OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES. (who shall remain unnamed right now, because this is all probably super confidential so don’t tell anyone!) So yeah, we wrote an email that got sent to an Apostle. Thank you, all my AP english teachers. πŸ™‚
Tuesday was the big day, 5 new americans got into the country! We went to go pick them up at the airport but they didn’t come off the flight. So we got a little scared, luckily they had just missed the flight in South Africa, and came in about 4 hours later. They went straight upstairs and slept. πŸ™‚ One even came out in church clothes at like 9 at night and said, “So what’s the plan for the rest of the day?” Haha good old jetlag. We had to stay at the office and spend the night there with them. Which stinks since there are only 6 beds, so we have to sleep on the couches. Which don’t have mosquito nets. So we made little tents around our couches to protect from the mosquitos, but it fell apart in the middle of the night so yeah any way moral of the story is that sleeping at the office stinks and we had to do it like 3 times this week.
The next day we got the Brazilians! They are all SO cool. There are 4 of them, and they have been serving in Brazil, waiting for their visa’s FOR OVER A YEAR! They are so so so excited to be here and we are so excited to have them. President especially, since he is brazillian and we only have two of them serving currently!
We then were able to take the new american elders out working with us at night! That was super awesome because I remember when I first came into the country, I did the same thing with one of the elders, and I remember how much of an impact it had on me! I got to walk with Elder Mortimer and Elder Stevens. Both were great missionaries, we taught some good lessons and found some good contacts. They are really excited to be here and both speak very well.
SaturdayΒ we had the wedding! 5 complete families, all married and baptized. πŸ™‚ It was incredible. I had so much fun. πŸ™‚ I took A LOT of pictures too. Me and Elder Douglas baptized Quiteria, after she and Vasco (a very formerly inactive member) got married. They are such a good looking couple! Easily the most good looking couple who got married there. How it happened, was first all the couples got married. President Kretly performed the marriages! Then, they all changed their clothes and then were all baptized. Then, they changed back into the marriage clothes and we had the lunch/party thing. It was SWEET. πŸ™‚ Such a cool thing to be a part of.
Then, after the wedding, I had one of the coolest things on my mission happen! I was talking to a member and Vasco, who had just got married, came up to me. I said congratulations, and talked a little bit. His wife who we baptized is pretty pregnant, as you will notice from the photos. Anyways so we were talking and he said, “so we decided what we are going to name the boy when he is born. His name is going to be Poyfair!!!!” And I just started laughing, so happy and excited and also feeling bad for the poor kid, because no one can really say my last name here anyways. But he defended it saying, “No no! We like it a lot and it is really easy to say, and sounds pretty. It has already been decided. Poyfair it is.”
So that pretty much made my whole mission, there is going to be a little black baby named poyfair here in Maputo now. How sick is that!!
ThenΒ sundayΒ came, we had a good day at church, plus a new family showed up that lives in our area, so that was nice. They were taught a long time ago, then moved away where the church hasnt started yet, but just moved back and now they want to get married and baptized, so that was a nice surprise!
Afterwards we went to Catembe, that island I talked about in the last letter. Seriously it is so nice out there, I love it! Taught some good families, came back and worked some more.
So finally, that brings us to today. πŸ™‚ today was another “pday”, transfers actually happened today so its been a little crazy. We also said goodbye to all the Elders who were leaving! It was especially hard to say goodbye to Elder Williams and Elder Heaton. Both are the best missionaries I know, and had a big impact on my mission. However, we did get two nice perks today of being an office elder. First, when president walks into the office with a bunch of HUGE shrimp, and says that he is making shrimp for us and the new elders who still hadn’t gone to their areas. He then put on an apron and made literally the best shrimp of all time. He also brought a big bag of candy and easter eggs and stuff, from sister kretly for each of us for easter! Awesome. So yeah. Β I am taking advantage of this spare moment, because atΒ midnightΒ we go to pick up two elders from the airport and drive them an hour away to their areas. Yaaaay. πŸ™‚
Anyways, I love my job. I love being office elder, it is the greatest. πŸ™‚ The church is true. I love it.
Love, Elder Poyfair.
PS as an easter present I made a dropbox and put all of my photos from this week on there. Happy easter!Β https://www.dropbox.com/sc/jktxbrisupwdj8r/c_KYbMWXEA
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Week 42: Blessed with Success, Family History Fun

Boa noite family and friends. πŸ™‚

Once again its P-day!! Time is going so super fast lately. Β I can’t even beleive it! Nothing much to report for this week. Just another week in paradise! πŸ™‚
This week was very busy for us. We had to create our formal New and Expanded Budget request, which will be seen by the area seventy and stuff. So that required a lot of research and time. We had a couple LONG days, where we didn’t even get to leave the office and go into our area!
We did have a cool experienceΒ on tuesdayΒ though, we have a 63 year old recent convert in our ward, who is getting pretty excited about family history and stuff. He already fiilled out his whole “minha familia” booklet, that has descriptions and names and dates for all his ancestors, andΒ on tuesday, we got to help him put the stuff all into family search. We have a senior couple here, the Tidwells, that work pretty heavily with family history and stuff, but sometimes they can have problems with the language, so we were invited to be there and help translate. It was very fun to watch, he got very excited and you could just see the fire he had. He really understood it! It was a neat experience for me, because at first I was pretty bored and kinda wished we were out in the area, talking to people or teaching a lesson or something, but as the time went on, I saw how much it meant to him and started thinking about all of his ancestors and how excited they must be too.
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This is the chapel in Maputo where Dallin attends church.

SundayΒ was an AWESOME day, we had five complete investigator families at church again, and the church attendance was the highest it has ever been in our branch, at 271 people! Maputo 2 is growing like crazy. πŸ™‚ I love it!
Here in the maputo zone, there are a couple things we are supposed to get as missionaries every week, including 6 lessons with a member present and 35 qualified contacts. Well, as office elders, we don’t work a lot in the area, and we usually don’t acheive those. We are also kind of given a free pass, since we work so much with president and the ap’s and stuff. Well this week,Β saturdayΒ came and we pretty much hadn’t been in the area at all. However, we were able to get 40 qualified contacts and 6 lessons with a member present in those two days. πŸ™‚ It was really really awesome, we were super blessed.
We were going to go to Catembe this week, but it is flooded and there is no public transportation. Hopefully we will go next week. πŸ™‚
Our investigators are doing great. Vasco and Quiteria (we thought this whole time her name was Khatelia until we saw her ID while filling out the baptismal form… oops. :)) will get marriedΒ this saturday, at the GINORMOUS collective marriage that will happen. We are all super excited! Vascoo is already a member but his wife will get baptized. Than justino and castilda will get married and baptized, along with their two daughters onΒ May 10th. Its gonna be an awesome next month or two, we have 3 other families that are all progressing really well.
Said goodbye to elder greenman today, he has been AP here for a while and I really liked him. It was pretty weird to see him go! We were the last missionaries to see him before he left.
This week is going to be HECK! Tonight we go and pick up an unnamed elder from the airport who may or may not be the next AP, and thentomorrowΒ 5 new american elders come into the country for the first time, and 5 new brazillians as well. It is going to be NUTS!! Transfers happen this next week. Don’t worry though, me and elder douglas are for sure staying together!
There were no driving incidents or anything this week! So thats great! I am pretty much a master now. I think I want an manual truck when I get back!
DalllinCar

This is the car Dallin gets to drive.

Sorry there isn’t much to this letter. Its late and we are really busy, πŸ™‚ But I am doing good, having a good time, loving life, learning and teaching the gospel, all day everyday. πŸ™‚
Also, today is my moms birthday! Happy birthday mom, love you. πŸ™‚
Elder Poyfair
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Week 41: Volleyball, Zone conference and problems with reverse

Dear Fam,

This week was a Great one! Our P-day’s here are a little scattered though, sorry I don’t email at the same times every week. Last night we slept at the office again, woke up and went and had a “Beach Bask”. This means we go to the beach (like 5 minutes away) and play volleyball and hang out and stuff. All the missionaries from around here come, its great. We did it because it is Elder Greenman, one of our AP’s last p-day before he goes home. I got pretty into volleyball, I was taking it a little more seriously than everyone else. πŸ™‚ I must be changing on the mission, that doesn’t sound like me, right? πŸ˜‰ haha. Then we had a cool little experience, we were driving home and had to stop and give some things to the APs, and then we stopped and gave some copies of the Book of Mormon to some friends on the side of the road, and than we kept driving home. We were about to turn in to our street when I saw a larger man walking on the side of the road. I said to Elder Douglas, “Hey, that looks kind of like President Mabunda, the branch president from Quelimane!” We drove closer, and I realized that it was!! We pulled over, walked over to him, (it was for sure him!) and we hugged. πŸ™‚ Man I love that guy. Before I left Quelimane, we traded ties. πŸ™‚ We just got super close. Anyways, he was in town for like two days, visiting his sick mom, and had wanted to see some of the missionaires, but didn’t have any numbers. So it was a cool little miracle, that we got to meet up and talk for a little bit about Quelimane and how I’m liking it here and stuff. πŸ™‚

Anyways. That happened today, than we went to THE GREATEST CHINESE RESTAURANT IN AFRICA EVER and than went shopping, where I found donuts! I bought a dozen of them. I will eat 2 every day for breakfast. πŸ™‚ No I’m not getting fat in the office…. Haha!!

This week was pretty busy, we had Zone Conference! Zone Conference is like the busiest time for us, lots of missionaries are flying down and we have to pick them up from the airport, and they all stay at the office and they have to get put into areas and stuff. But Zone Conference?? Was way awesome! We talked a lot about Familiy History and the temple and such. It was interesting, here it has always kind of avoided because the temple is so far away, and the people are poorer here and stuff. But we talked a lot about how its possible, and about the temple patron fund and stuff. Its crazy! Here in mozambique, we have baptized a lot of people, and more than 90% of them are staying active. But after that, everything just stays the same. So we talked about the next step, on helping them all get to the temple and doing their familiy history and stuff. Familiy traditions are really big here, so familiy history should be something to help build on the traditions. I am excited. We have a goal here for each companionship to baptize one complete family per month. At this zone conference, we set up a new goal to help a familiy get PREPARED to go to the temple per month. Obviously, they might not make it there, but at least we can help them with the passport process and the temple patron fund and such. πŸ™‚

Big things are happening here, I am loving it. πŸ™‚

We opened the marriage process for Vasco and Katelia this week!! They did super well, got all of their documents pretty easily and stuff. They are really excited! We borrowed a dress for her from Matola, everything is looking good for them. They will get married on April 19th, along with 6 other couples!! 7 total couples will get married and baptized on the 19th, its crazy! Its the biggest collective marriage in Maputo since that one that made it into conference. πŸ™‚

Speaking of baptisms….. I backed into the baptismal font this week. It is an outdoor font, and I was backing up the truck, while elder douglas was backing me out. This is where the story gets a litle disputed, as my side says that he kept motioning for me to go backwards and than suddenly I hit it, and right after I hit it he told me to stop. His story is obviously a little different. Either way, pretty sad that even while following all of the rules and stuff I still hit something not moving. Yeah. That wasn’t fun. πŸ™‚

Sunday was pretty funny, the lesson in gospel principless got a little heated when an investigator the sister’s brought to church started attacking the teacher, saying that it doesnt matter what church you go to as long as you beleive in Jesus and stuff. She kept asking questions and making comments like that, and than people would just respond to her stupid jabs and stuff. The sisters were pretty embarassed. πŸ™‚ Then, in sacrament meeting, it was testimony meeting and an older guy got up to bear his testimony, started talking about how his son is going to graduate next month and how excited he was. Then, he said, “In fact, I’m so excited, I hope it will be ok with the branch presidency if I sing a little bit to express my feelings.” And the audience laughed, everyone thought he was joking. Nope. He then started singing, some random song about how great Jesus is and stuff. The entire audience was struggling pretty hard not to laugh. Then, he started singing in english, singing, “I surrenderrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr my life to you Jesussssssssssssssssssss” and everyone was kind of giggling by now. Pretty funny stuff. πŸ™‚

After church, we got to go to CATEMBE!!! It was so so so cool. Pretty much, Catembe is the other side of the maputo bay. It is pretty much like an island though, and only 3 missionaries have ever been there! There are a couple of members who live over there, including one family who we (strategically?) chose to be our family we prepare to go to the temple. So we asked presidents permission, and he said yes! So now, every sunday, we will go to Catembe! Oh my gosh it is seriously like Lion King africa over there. It is UNTOUCHED, there arent many people over there. It is going to explode in a couple of years, when they build a bridge connecting it to Maputo, but as of right now it is pretty much like the wild fronteir. We took a half hour boat ride to go there, and then taught the family, brother machoy and his wife (I dont know if the wollenzeins (sorry on the spelling) are reading this but he really likes you guys and talked a lot about you!) and then we taught a reference they gave us, and then went back to teach some more lessons. πŸ™‚

Anyways, moral of the story is, I am doing good and having a great mission. πŸ™‚ Life is goooooooooooooooooooood. πŸ™‚ Being a missionary is the greatest!

Love, Elder Poyfair

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