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Week 59: Fourteen Months. It’s still crazy here.

Hi, Its 11:19 at night here in Mozambique. Definitely passed my bedtime. 🙂 BUT. We are here in the office and it was the craziest day of all time and in an hour we start to pick people up from the airport and stuff and we have not emailed ANYone. So, I am trying to muster up all the willpower I have to write this email  but it is pretty hard and will be pretty short. 🙂

Tomorrow makes 14 months since the start of this whole adventure. 14 months! Literally the days are dropping like flies.

Today was transfers and SURPRISE still in the office. 🙂 This is the start of my fifth transfer here in the office!

Things are going good here. This week was pretty crazy as well but thankfully it did not feel as stressful as the two weeks before. 4 New missionaries came to Mozambique, Elder Ence, Elder Heald, Elder Couch and Elder Christiansen. They are all very solid Elders! They are all big kids too. They ate alot of food.

I felt pretty cool, they got here and got settled in, and started saying things like. “So I heard there is an Elder here who got a package one time and it had maggots in it”…. or “I heard there was an Elder who saw someone get stabbed in the street”… and “I heard there was an Elder who baptized a guy and then a month later he got made branch president”… and stuff. They all knew all of the stories from my mission! I guess a lot of them had read my blog before the mission, and knew ALL of these funny stories I have had. I felt pretty awesome, and also realized I have to be carefull about what I write.
🙂

But anyways. I am doing good. We barely had any time to work in the Area this week. There was so much going on, with staying with the new Elders and Stuff! I was able to go out one night with Elder Christiansen, one of  the new missionaries. I was very impressed! It is my favorite, spending time with the fresh new Elders. They have the best attitude and excitement. We contacted some people, and I had to save him from a couple of drunk guys. I swear he was like a drunk man magnet. It was funny. We also taught a family, Nelcio and Celia, a very simple lesson about the temple. They are preparing to go this year. It was a very good lesson, the spirit was very strong and both of them were crying at the end. It was a good first lesson for this new Elder.

What else……

Yeah, pretty much everything this week had to do with transfers, buying all of the airplane tickets for everyone and working on getting President’s reciepts all signed off because today is the deadline or they will shut off the cards, and he left/lost a bag of receipts in Beira so we had to get kind of creative. But it all worked out in the end.

I don’t have too many stories this week (well, I do, but they are pretty boring….)

BUT! I do have a cool story.

Me and Elder Lourenco were driving to the office one day, and we were kind of in a hurry. I was driving, and the road is kind of curvy. I am driving kind of fast, and I am pulling up to pass a car who is going slow. I was pretty impatient. I thought, “Ugh! Move! Let me through!” but he was in the way. I honked at him, for him to let me pass, and he stuck his hand out the window and motioned for me to slow down. I thought, “Who does this guy think he is, telling me to slow down! What a jerk!” I slowed down, and stayed behind him.

Well, as we rounded the next curve, I saw there were TONS of cops, who had a check point set up, with a speed camera and everything, pulling over cars. I thought that guy was being a jerk but he really helped me! And we got talking about how life can be like that, how we can’t always see everything, and God sends people to warn us about the road ahead. But we often think they are just in our way, and we don’t want to listen to them. When really, they are jsut there to help us. 🙂

Anyways. It was a good week, things are getting better. I love you all, have a good week!

Elder Poyfair

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Week 58: Merry P-day to all, and to all a good night.

Howdy Folks,

This was the week when I almost died. 🙂 I really wish I could just
film a whole week nonstop and then send it to eveyone. Because there
are so many things that get lost when you try and shove a week into a
relatively short email. 🙂

Basically, this was one of the hardest weeks of my mission. And do you
know where it all starts? It all starts when last week we didn’t have
a P-day. I know this sounds dumb but I have a very strong testimony of
P-days. 🙂 Your body NEEDS that one day to at least KINDA have a
break. And this week was a perfect example of that!

Things got CRAZY. President left on Monday. He was gone all week, and
gets back tomorrow. Remember those two South Africans I talked about
last week? Yeah well they complicated things a lot, we always had to
be with them so there were a couple of nights this week where we had
to stay at the office ALL DAY, which is the worst when you don’t leave
for the Area.

It seems like we were running around EVERYWHERE IN THE WHOLE CITY.
Lots of random emergencies happened. Like last week, one of our Senior
Missionaries, Elder Tidwell, got his card robbed. As soon as we found
out, we called and canceled the card, and they said they would send a
new one. Well, this week, we log onto Bank of America WORKS (the
system we use for our cards here) and see A BUNCH of transactions from
Elder Tidwells card! The theif was taking TONS of money, like 6000
dollars! We freaked out. Calling everyone, thinking we didn’t cancel
the card right and stuff. Luckily, it turns out that they were
transactions from the canceled card that had just crossed over to the
new card, and will be canceled by the bank for fraudulent activity,
but at the time, it was pretty scary.

We had a missionary leave, he is Mozambican and going to serve in
Angola but had been temporarily serving here. He hasn’t been to the
temple, and will go there on his way. So he stayed with us for a
while, and we had to take him to the airport and help him get
everything ready to leave and stuff without President.

We slept for 2 nights this week without electricity, once we got to
the office and it was LATE and were going to sleep there, and the
power went out because we hadn’t bought “credilec” or the credit
system for buying electricity here. (instead of paying monthly, you
can buy like 2000 MZN worth of Electricity and it will last until it
runs out.) So, ours ran out and we had a pretty hot night without air
conditioner. We bought electricity the next day, and at night we were
going home to sleep, when we realized we were out of electricity AGAIN
at home! We had this Mozambican Elder with us, and the next day he was
going to the temple and we NEEDED electricity for him to get ready and
iron his shirt and stuff. So we looked EVERYWHERE in the city trying
to find some but couldn’t find it anywhere. Finally, late at night, we
go back defeated, and go there and there is miraculously 20 credilec
left! It was crazy because earlier that day the APs had said it was at
like 4 or 5. So that electricity lasted the night, and he left that
morning (at 6 in the morning….)

Also, many things went wrong in President’s travel through Zimbabwe,
and we had to solve a lot of those problems as well. We called us
often, and gave us a lot of things to do that added a TON to the
workload.

Then towards the end of the week, I started getting SUPER sick. It was
just my bodies natural reaction to running on like 5 hours of sleep
every night the whole week, but it was terrible! I am still pretty
sick.

Anyways, I know it doesn’t sound like much butI feel like I am under a
lot of pressure right now from President Kretly, and it was the
craziest week I have ever had here in the office.

BUT.

We survived. We learned a lot from it. The worst is definitely behind
us ha ha. Today was a really good P-day, we played some sports and
rested a bit, we just picked up the Beira District President (stake
president) and his wife, they are going to the temple in Johannesburg
and needed a place to stay in maputo on their way. So we picked them
up, brought them here, and they were hungry. Luckily I had just bought
tortillas and a bunch of cheese, so I made burritos for everyone! I
don’t think the Africans really liked it though…. haha. They are
super funny, tomorrow at 6 we take them to the bus station again.

I also got a package this week! One from my family. Thankfully, this
one didn’t have maggots in it. 🙂 It was seriously the perfect
package, it had an ipod in it (since my old one got robbed), and a
bunch of awesome stuff. I have been wearing new socks all week! It
definitely was a highlight of a difficult week. 🙂

Our investigators are doing well. This week we didn’t have too much
time to work in the area, but we were blessed with the time we did
have. A random family that me and Elder Douglas dropped, Isaac and
Zelia, showed up randomly at church saying they REALLY want to get
married and baptized next month, so we will help them with that. 🙂

Thats a little bit of my week. It was crazy but I really do love my
calling as Secretary. I love it. I love how crazy and unpredictable
it is and how much it requires out of me. I am here to SERVE, however
that may be.

I love mozambique, and I love watching these miracles happen in the
lives of our investigators. I was thinking about the line from “Called
to Serve” that says, “called to know the richness of his blessings…”
I really feel like that is true. I feel like that is something you can
only experience on a mission, just how many real, tangible blessings
the gospel can bring to people.

Well, times up. 🙂 Love you all.

Elder Poyfair

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cl5u3yiy1hqiq1m/AAB_uWcXY2V7CQgx_v_F7z34a

PS here are some pictures! And a video of some kids having a rock
fight. I forgot to say that we had a helping hands service project! It
was cool. I found a sword. 🙂

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Week 56: Just another Manic Monday

Hi family,

I’m sitting here right now, writing this email, COMPLETELY DRAINED. Like, not an ounce left of energy in my body. I am so tired! And that is definitely NOT how you are supposed to feel after a P-day.

Today was the biggest joke of a Pday haha. Last night at about 10 o’clock, President Kretly called and let us know that the trip he was going on, from Maputo to Beira by driving through South Africa and Zimbabwe, that was supposed to start on Tuesday would now start Monday. TODAY. Which meant that all the Hotel Reservations that I had made (took a couple hours), all had to be changed, and that his car had to be all packed with the packages and letters and everything for the trip. AKA no more P-day! On top of that, one of the Elders was going to South Africa to get surgery, and President had asked us to take him to the airport as well.

So its CRAZY around here! Finally getting a little bit of quiet time, right in time to go to bed and wake up and do it all over again. 🙂

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Elder Douglas and Poyfair before Douglas’ transfer to Swaziland.

This week was largely preparing for Elder Douglas to leave the office on Friday. Making sure we knew how to do everything, and weren’t going to mess up and stuff. 🙂 We visited all of our families, and said goodbye to everyone and stuff. I went on a Division with one of our Zone Leaders, Elder Lynn. It was fun to get away from the office and work in Magoanine for a little bit.

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Elder’s Poyfair and Laurenco in Catembe.

The week passed pretty fast, and suddenly, Friday was here and Elder Douglas was getting into the car with President Kretly and off to Swaziland! As soon as he left I swear life got 800,000 times more stressful! Suddenly there were all these problems that we had never dealt with before, and we got super super busy. I’m sure it was always like that, but Elder Douglas just held it together well. 🙂

Well, it kind of kicked my butt. I am SUPER stressed out now, and my body is not doing too good. I know it will get better with time but it is pretty insane right now! Just….. so much to do. Luckily, President left for South Africa, and hopefully things will calm down for this week. I’ve got my fingers crossed. 🙂

There are two big South Africans here in the Office! They are painting the Mission home while president is gone. They are sleeping here though, one is a former stake president and one of them’s dad is a general authority, but they are both pretty crazy guys, and keep telling us stories and swearing in them! They notice us twinge a teeny bit, and say things like, “its not a bad word in South Africa” but it is still kind of funny. South Africans are so so so different!

As far as our investigators go, they are doing super super good. Yesterday at church, we had 4 full complete families at church yesterday. Each one of them is progressing well! First, Jersio and Marilia. They were that family I was pretty worried about last week, who wasn’t sure about marriage and stuff. Well, this week, they some how ran into some members and got talking about their wedding, and how they were able to get married. And now they are excited and ready to go! They will be finishing all of their marriage documents this week and then should open their process on friday. They ROCK, best family of all time. I love them so so so much. 🙂

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Another family is Ancelmo and Beatriz, they have been doing pretty average for a while, always coming to church but not showing interest or motivation to do their marriage documents. Well, we went there, and kind of started to hit them hard, about how they weren’t showing
desire to follow Christ and such, and how some of their friends are already married and baptized who started being taught at the same time.  And they wanted to push the wedding back to december, blah blah blah. It was a pretty sad lesson, they pretty much told us they don’t care what we say, and weren’t listening, and we left feeling pretty down, and talked a lot about like how sad it is when people can’t see how easy it is. Well, they both came to church, and he came up to me, motioned for me to sit down, and then said, “Ok, so what are all the things we need to do to get married next month?” So I happily helped him make a list, they have a strong desire now. Awesome.

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We had another little miracle on Sunday, we had very little time in the area during the week and didn’t get any new investigators during the day. Well, we made the goal to teach a new family after church, but after church, things came up and we had meetings and then we weren’t able to get to the area for a while, and when we finally did, all of our contacts and lessons fell through and we ended up with nothing. So we went, realizing we didn’t really have any way to get
new investigators. And as we were walking, this lady motioned for us to come from this little ally, so we went over, and she invited us into her house, where her husband was sitting as well. He had short arms, like a t-rex! They said, “We want to know who you are and what you do, and if you guys could share a message with us” And me and Elder Lourenco just kind of looked at eachother like, “Where do things like this come from!?” Haha it was super funny, we taught them and it went pretty well.

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Anyways, the church is true and my mission is the best. It is a little stressful right now, but it always gets better. Every new situation like this, always gets better.

 

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Dallin’s monthly pig shot.

Love,

Elder Poyfair

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Week 55: Chikity China, the Chinese Chicken

Hi.

This week we made the budget for 2015 and as a result didn’t have too
much time to work in our proselyting area but still had a good week
and then went to Catembe.

^
I wish that could be my weekly letter. 🙂

Mozambique/My Life is just splendid. I know that sounds sarcastic but
I swear its not. 🙂 Today is P-day and to celebrate, me and Elder
Douglas waited at the Immigration Office for like two hours for our
Mozambican friend Tualufo to get there and renew our DIRES, or
residence license ID type thing (like a green card.) We planned for 8
o clock, woke up early and everything and got there right on time and
waited until he got there at like 10. Yayyyy. 🙂 Haha. Best way to
spend P-day ever.

Our investigators had kind of a rough week though, especially Jersio
and Marilia. We taught them the Law of Chastity this week, and when we
taught them, they accepted it and commited to get married and talked
all about how they were going to start getting the documents and such.
They were very enthusiastic, and we left convinced that they were
getting married and baptized without a doubt.

Then we went back two days later and they were FREAKED out. Saying how
they can’t get married, they want to wait three more months and their
family rejected them and stuff. We had a pretty good lesson though, we
read from Alma 20 about Ammon and King Lamoni and the encounter with
King Lamoni’s father. It really is a fascinating story. It had been a
while since I had read it, and as we talked through it and read it
with this family, I realized how applicable it is here in Mozambique,
with the traditions and stuff against marriage, and how oftentimes
people look at us as missionaries the way that King Lamoni did Ammon.
It went pretty well, I feel like everything was layed out on the
table, and they recommitted to pray about marriage and begin doing the
documents. Unfortunately, he had to work this Sunday and we have had a
hard time setting up return visits with them. Hopefully tomorrow works
out, I really love this family.

As I said earlier, this week began the review of the 2015
Administrative budget. We worked on determining in which budget
category the money should be allocated in based off of this years
current budget and our projection for the rest of this year and next
year. We worked on identifying where we are overspending and how we
can improve our cost cutting methods in these categories and where
which categories, we aren’t using as much of the budget. We received a
draft of the 2015 budget from the Area, which included a 4.5% increase
in each budget category due to growth and then requested our input and
explanations. Sounds fun, right? I mean, as far as mission stories
goes its not the greatest but its my life. 🙂

It did mean spending a lot more time with President Kretly though, we
ate out with him a couple times this week and worked on the budget
together on Saturday. We submitted our draft to the area and this week
we will review it with the Africa Southeast Area presidency.

ELDER DOUGLAS IS LEAVING! He heads to Swaziland on friday. I can’t
believe he is leaving. I don’t know how I will even survive without
that kid. Its definitely going to be rough for a while, and I am going
to miss him a lot. The world will go on though. 🙂 Elder Lourenco
can’t drive, so I will be driving 100% of the time.

Sunday, we had two nice breakthroughs. First, there is a really strong
member who I thought had already been to the temple because his white
shirts are see-through and it looks like the outline of mesh garments.
Yeah I kind of judge like that…. haha. Anyways, I started talking to
him at church on sunday about his family, and turns out, he hasn’t
been to the temple and he isn’t even married! BUT! He introduced me to
his GIRLFRIEND and informed me that she is investigating the church,
and they live in different houses but are getting married next month
and she will get baptized. BUT THEY HAVE NEVER SAT WITH THE
MISSIONARIES AND THEY BOTH LIVE IN OUR AREA!!! Totes awesome. 🙂

THEN, Krislerio and Johana. We have been teaching them for A WHILE.
Like, a couple of months. And the problem with him was that first he
had to get divorced from his first wife so he could marry his current
one and get baptized. The problem was, his ex didn’t want to cooperate
so took it to court, and it has been in court for OVER A YEAR! Well, I
was talking to him yesterday at church, and at the end I said, “How is
your legal process?” and he stopped, looked at me for a second, and
said, “Can we go back here and talk in private?” So I went with Elder
Lourenco and he started telling us about how his ex wife only wants
money to support their kids they had together and if he does that, she
will sign the divorce papers, but his current wife doesn’t want to do
that because she thinks the ex wife will ask for more money, blah blah
blah. Basically, dumb drama but the point is, PROGRESS. Now that we
understand their situation, it is a lot easier. I had been praying a
lot for them, and studying on how we could help them really move
forward. ANSWERED!

Anyways. Then after church, we went to Catembe. Elder douglas wanted
to say goodbye to some families, so we did. 🙂 It was a good night, we
got some pictures as well since I have been lacking with those lately.

That was my week. My mission is going great. Time is passing faster
than it ever has. I literally feel like SUNRISE, SUNSET. SUNRISE,
SUNSET. I never really understood what people said when they said a
mission was like groundhog day, the same day over and over again. But
now I do!

The church is true my friends. Love you,

Elder Poyfair

PICTURES:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wo2gl3kokk8yvhy/AAABbVLWS9fknrIkPPF88CMSa

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