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.
Monthly Archives: May 2014
Happy Monday from Mozambique! 🙂
BOA NOITE. 🙂
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. 🙂 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. 🙂
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. 🙂 🙂
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. 🙂
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. 🙂 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. 🙂
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. 🙂 IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN CHRISTMAS SKYPING. 🙂 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. 🙂
Anyways. I hope you like all the photos!
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. 🙂
But yeah! 🙂 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. 🙂
-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. 🙂 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. 🙂 TOO BUSY!!!!!
I’m excited to talk to my family on mothers day! Anyways. Have a good week,