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Week 48: Swaziland, Tie Drama, Africans Rock!

11 Months ago today I got in the car and started a new life. I can’t believe it! Seems literally like it was 20 years ago and I havn’t even been alive that long. Anyways the point is being a missionary is awesome but it kind of feels like its a weird alternate reality.Β 

This week was pretty bland and tiring. SURPRISE, Swaziland (the country) is now a part of our mission! But we have known for about a month or so, and this week the change was made official and caused a lot of work on our end, getting all the account codes set up and having different currencies but having to pay june rents on time and stuff. CRAZY. So we didn’t get out to the area like at all.
Swaziland used to be a part of the Durban South Africa mission, they have 14 missionaries and a senior couple there that are all a part of our mission now. There are four branches, and who knows, I might end up going there!
Transfers are this week, we will probably find out in the next couple of days whats going on. Me and Elder Douglas have been together for 2 transfers, but we are thinking its about 50/50 if he stays or leaves. He has been here in the office for 7 and a half months, and its probably time for him to go, but ya never know. I love him, I could spend the rest of my mission with him. πŸ™‚
Tomorrow the new missionaries get here, and the Heck Week begins. πŸ™‚ Just kidding its really not that bad, just really busy and lots of babysitting shell shocked, green elders. I love it. πŸ™‚
I am trying to think of what happened this week but really having some issues! Your week after having two weddings and families baptized is kind of a letdown!
We kind of had a litt20140524_123356le bit of drama with one of our recent converts, Cacilda. A while ago, I gave her some Capalanas (like….african fabric they wear as skirts, table clothes, use them for anything) and asked her to make me some ties from them. I showed her which parts to use and was expecting like 5 ties and thinking we would talk price later, and it wouldnt be too much seeing how I provided the capalana.
Well, I got a call this week saying that she made 17 ties and they are 100 Meticais each. Granted, that is only like 3 bucks a piece but 1700 Met is like my weekly budget!
So I called her to talk, but Cacilda is pretty much the sassiest, funniest black lady and she gets what she wants so I pretty much got man-handled over the phone and told I have to buy them all. So i accepted (didn’t really have a choice), and we went to picked them up. Luckily, they were nice ties and all well made.
Well, then I started selling them to other missionaries for 110 Met, and now Cacilda is mad at me because she thinks I am “exploiting” her and she is a poor african woman and her kids starve to death (which is such a joke since they are filthy rich) πŸ™‚ Its pretty funny. We get really sarcastic back and forth. Africans rock.
Anyways. Sorry this is a boring letter. Sometimes on a p-day the last thing I want to do is write a letter. The first thing is usually lay on the couch and take a nap. πŸ™‚
But Iove all of you and hope you are all doing well. I have the best family and friends ever.
Love, E Poyfair
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Week 47: Weddings, pools and fun with drunk people

171(This week’s photos can be found here! Be sure to watch the videos – the music and singing is fantastic)

Happy Monday from Mozambique! πŸ™‚

72Nothing much to report from this side of the ocean. (Which ocean? Doesn’t matter actually. Except arctic…) Because this week was actually really busy but not too eventfull. We had a lot of office work this week, and didn’t end up getting to our area too much. However, we were able to teach some of our families! Right now we are teaching about 3 or 4 families. Ideally its more than that, and when you baptize a family, you have another one ready to replace it. However, it is not too easy to find new awesome families when you don’t get to your area that often!
Anyways, right now we are teaching Alberto and Auralina, who have opened their marriage process and are getting married and baptized on theΒ 7th of June. They have been attending church for about a year, and have had some REALLY big problems with finding all of their marriage documents. They don’t have a lot of money but they are really nice people and I love them. πŸ™‚
110We are teaching a family named Krislerio and Johanna as well. They are in the photo album I sent with all those pictures, she has the BIG afro. They are so so so so sweet, the coolest family. They know SO MUCH and understand the gospel so well. They are going to be leaders in the church for sure, he is just going through the legal divorce process with his old wife from a while ago so he can marry Johanna and get baptized. They are SUPER poor, they literally live in a small one room house that is literally like a room the size of Zoey’s room at my house in Lehi, with a matress where all 4 of them sleep everynight. However, they are really humble and clean and you wouldn’t even know it by looking at them.
We also have a family named Ancelmo and Beatriz, they are friends of Vasco and Quiteria, that one couple hwo is naming thier baby after me. πŸ™‚ (speaking of them, she is close to giving birth! She didn’t come to church this week, but her husband did and said she can’t move around and the baby will probably come this week!) anyways, he was baptized in 2005ish but went inactive and then moved in with a girl who isn’t a member. Well, they have started coming back to church and making the necessariy baby steps like reading the Book of Mormon and praying together.
0p4QZFpVELBCowL0kKBD10LRx2jt7GUrIZTqxKr_dTk,n96wVG0XoseoCWymHCEt3zrdkTngHmv-t2mVzl1VGoUSo those are pretty much our families. We are working hard Β to find new ones, but for right now, that is pretty much our teaching pool. Its hard when you baptize 9 people and two complete families in two weeks. πŸ™‚
5This week we met some funny drunk people. One’s name was diamond. He spoke perfect english, but was pretty drunk. He told us his life dream was to go shopping, so we made him a list of 5 things he needs to do to acheive his dream. 1, don’t drink. (goes without saying.) 2, Don’t swear at us (because he started swearing in english.) 3, Don’t kill people (yeah…. things kind of got wierd when he told us he likes killing people. We think/hope he was just crazy or weird… but nonetheless its a necessary step.) 4, Abstain from EVERYTHING. (we said abstain from sex but he decided he should abstain from everything so we adjusted.) and 5, take a shower every day. We made him repeat these steps a couple hundred times, and he had a lot of questions. But in the end, he liked us. So yeah, I invite all of you to live those steps we taught diamond the drunk man. Hopefully he comes to church….
We had an excellent training by President Kretly to all the leaders of the mission (and President insists that we go to every leadership thing, even though we are technically not leaders.)
9OH MY GOODNESS THAT GUY IS THE GREATEST MISSION PRESIDENT. We talked a lot about leadership and he gave us a franklin covey presentation with the gospel worked into it and stuff. It was perfect. During the presentation, I got the distinct impression that our mission is being so blessed and having so much success because our leadership model is the best.
Then,Β on saturday, Ernesto and Claudia got married and baptized! It was the sickest wedding ever. She used to be a member of the universal church and was in Β the choir there/ She got the rest of the choir to come to this wedding, and they all wore matching outfits and sang AWESOMELY. It was my favorite wedding I have been to hear. I hope you guys can see all the photos and videos I took, because there are some sweet ones!
SundayΒ we had 252 people at church. Its insane. My first week, less than 3 months ago, there were 175 people at church. Our branch, and the entire church in Mozambique is growing like crazy. It really is a miracle.
32President Kretly came to our branchΒ on Sunday, and it was kind of fun because there were 9 confirmations and then the mom and dad of this family we baptized this week, Ernesto and Claudia, bore their testimonies, and then the mom and dad of the family we baptized last week, Justino and Cacilda bore their testimonies as well, and then church was over. It was literally like mine and Elder Douglas’s own personal sacrament meeting. And president was there for it! Then, that night, there was a big training for all the branch presidents and their counselors. And guess who else President Kretly invited to come? JUSTINO! Yes, the man who got baptized and recieved the aaronic preisthood last week is getting trained to be a new Branch President. Wow.
Anyways, thats probably all I have. I’m sorry, my letters have probably gotten pretty boring since I have been in the office. Just understand that the excitement of my letters is directly related to the excitement of my life. πŸ˜‰ Just kidding. I love my job. I love Β my mission, I love this church, I love my mom, etc. πŸ™‚
Thanks for everything,
Elder Poyfair
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Week 46: Getting wet and Skyping the family

BOA NOITE. πŸ™‚

This week was an awesome one!

Once again, I don’t have too much time. Things just have a way of coming up and getting in the way of our internet time. So, sorry about that. πŸ™‚ This morning, we got up, went and bought some stuff from the distribution center, and then went BOWLING with all the missionaries here in maputo. (I bowled pretty bad- got a strike the first frame and then nothing after that!) Then President and Sister Kretly showed up unexpectedly, they had come to the mall where the bowling alley is to get haircuts and saw all their missionaries! So then the came and visited a little bit, and president bowled with us. He is a pretty funny bowler, he throws the ball high in the air and it smacks down pretty hard. We were all laughing!

But yeah. πŸ™‚

The beginning of this week started with more tests and stuff for the Elder who had been staying with us here because of his sickness. Unfortunately, all of his tests and everything came back pretty much negative, and he got sent to T3! We got to drive him back to T3, and when we got there (It took FOREVER with traffic!) at like 7 at night, some elders needed to take some wedding dresses to another family, but I wanted to go visit so me and Elder Dustin (who is working in T3) split up and went to visit ANTONIO AND INES, the first family I baptized here in Mozambique. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

It was a super cool experience. They were way happy to see me. I wasn’t sure if they would really remember me but they definitely did! They were laughing and saying “Wow! You actually speak portuguese now!” It was funny. Such a cool little visit. I didn’t know it but he is currently serving as Executive Secretary for the branch and his wife is Primary President. They are preparing to go to the temple as well!

But we didn’t have much time, so we had to go. As we were walking back, I asked about another family, Regillio and Amelia. I don’t know if any of you remember, but they were like the first family I started teaching here, and he had really bad problems with the word of wisdom, and we tried EVERYTHING to get him to stop drinking, we gave up soda and stuff with him… Well yeah. So I asked about them, and Elder Dustin stopped and looked at me and kind of smiled and said, “They are getting baptized tomorrow!” So that was AWESOME! They were baptized the next day, another super cool little tender mercy, to know that our hard work back then was worth it. πŸ™‚

As the week got closer to the end, things got busier. We had the WEDDING AND BAPTISM of Justino and Cacilda and their family! It was the biggest, nicest, fanciest wedding I have seen here. They are SOOOO rich. πŸ™‚ It was crazy. I am currently uploading all the pictures and videos to dropbox, I will sneak on tomorrow and share them all with you guys. But yeah. The wedding was saturday, and the bride came an hour and a half late. Its kind of a tradition thing I guess. Haha but yeah, then we went to the office to help all the missionaries skype their families. We had to be there the whole time, which was kind of lame but at the same time, kind of nice because we were able to relax. πŸ™‚

Then, sunday morning at 8 in the morning, Justino, his new wife Cacilda, their two kids Ginoca and Deena, and a 26 year old single man named Roque were all baptized! President Kretly came to baptize Justino, since he is probably going to become branch president here pretty quick. President LOVES him. Elder Douglas baptized Cacilda and Roque and I baptized the two daughters, Ginoca and Deena. The water was FREEZING but the baptismal service was simple and beautiful in contrast with their extravagant party from the day before.

Then after church, we went right back to the office to help more missionaries skype their families! I actually really liked it because I got to talk to pretty all of the elders while their companions were skyping and stuff. I really like to talk to people, and it was fun joking about transfers with them and stuff because everyone thinks we as office elders know everything. (we dont). Then, at about 6 o clock that night, while people were skyping, the power went out and we were stuck in the pitch dark with a couple of angry missionaries who lost connection with their families! Luckily though, it came back on a little while after.

Finally, everyone left and I got to skype my family. πŸ™‚ IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN CHRISTMAS SKYPING. πŸ™‚ The connection was good and I was on my own computer and we got to talk longer as well. It was super nice and much needed! They also had some unexpected visitors there, Kylie Walker and Josh Schmidt! Fun to talk to my friends and family. I didn’t feel depressed after this call like I did the last one!

So yeah. That was my week. It was definitely a good one, if not one of the best. I love my mission, I love the work we are doing together with The Lord here in Mozambique. I seriously KNOW that this is his work, because there is no way two goof-ball 19 year olds like me and Elder Douglas could do the things we are doing by ourselves. Watching these people change their lives and be blessed for it is the greatest feeling in the world, and should be reason enough for ANYONE to go on a mission. πŸ™‚

Anyways. I hope you like all the photos!

https://www.dropbox.com/sc/7c0soocqqnwbg7d/AADy-uSEAUn3oWXaXdg1pjyRa

Love,

Elder Poyfair

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Week 45: Helping out a sick Elder, English Class, more weddings and baptisms coming

Hey, sorry. We got a little window of free time here so I thought I woud take the opportunity and write a quick letter! Things have been CRAZY around here, one of the missionaries has been having some medical problems for a while and they were just getting worse and worse, so we had to fly him down here, and have been taking him to the hospital and emergency room and to all his blood work tests and stuff, since our mission’s doctor is in beira and President Kretly is in South Africa!

So yeah. Today, me and elder douglas got to watch an Endoscopy! We literally were watching the insides of his intestines and stomach and stuff. Elder douglas almost threw up, it was pretty entertaining. πŸ™‚

But yeah! πŸ™‚ I am doing good. This week we are having a marriage and baptism, baptizing an amazing family of 6 (only four are old enough to get baptized) and a 25 year old single man, so were are excited about that. Lots of stuff is going on, it is pretty insane. But I really don’t have too much time, we have to get back to work. But some quick highlights of the week were…

-Us going to English Class! Our branch has a weekly english class but it is taught by a mozambican who doesnt really speak the best english, so we went to help and it was pretty much the funnest. It turned into lots of members testifying about the gospel in broken english to the investigators and non members who were there. I loved it, we will probably go back there next week!

-One of our families, Ernesto and Claudia, had their wedding planned for the 17th of May. But she had been not wanting to, and her familiy was really against it. But this week, they went to talk to the family, but she was really nervous, so she asked for a preisthood blessing. It was a really good lesson, and the blessing was an awesome experience. They went to talk to the family, and everything went well! They accepted and will be there at the wedding! She was very greatful.

-We had a WEIRD encounter with a member, where he invited us in and we sat and talked for a little bit, and then he asked us to be his business partners, and things got really awkward as we told him that as missionaries, we are here to focus on helping people spiritually and not financially, but he said we would be helping him spiritually because he would be able to pay tithing and employ other members who could also pay more tithing. Yeah. Super wierd, we kind of were getting a little snippy at eachother and we thought he got pretty offended, but he came to church so that was nice. πŸ™‚

-This week had the mozambican version of labor day, so lots of people were out partying and drinking. Like every holiday. It lasts two or three days, and no one is at their house, they are all out just getting wasted. It kind of stinks, every time a holiday comes, we lose a couple investigators. But yeah. πŸ™‚ Good thing cinco de maio isn’t a big deal here. :)t Yeah, those are just some of the things that happened. Probably doesnt sound like much but I promise, we are staying busy. πŸ™‚ TOO BUSY!!!!!

I’m excited to talk to my family on mothers day! Anyways. Have a good week,

Elder Poyfair

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