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Week 63: Twas the Night Before Zone Conference and I WANTED TO KILL MYSELF

Just kidding about the subject line. I definitely don’t want to kill myself. ūüôā

But MAN Zone Conference is a doozy! So much stuff to do and tons of problems to resolve and everything to get in order and stuff. It’s stressful and I feel like this:

Hahaha. That’s my dog Zoey. Zone Conference is tomorrow, and we are just finishing up the last minute preparations for the big event. Luckily we were able to grab a couple of minutes to email our families.

ANYWAYS.

This week, other than being crazy stressful, was a rather good one. ūüôā

We had a visit from a General Authority, an Area Seventy from Zimbabwe or Zambia. He had a meeting at our chapel, and they wanted to make sure lots of members and all of the Missionaries in the whole district there. So that was fun, I love getting all of the members together for activities like this. There was a question and answer part, and the members were asking some pretty funny questions. It was good though, I learned a lot from him. His name is Khumbulani Mdsethle, and he told one story in particular that I loved:

He was talking about his life, and when he was younger he was at college and working and all of his money went to his schooling and housing, except for 3 dollars each month. He used that 3 dollars to buy toothpaste and deooderant. So he was supposed to be called as the Elder’s Quorum President, and his bishop called him in for an interveiw, and asked him is he was paying his tithing. And he told his bishop the story of why he wasn’t, and his bishop cut him off and said,

“Brother Mdsethle, if you were teaching an investigator back on your mission and one of your investigators told you this story, what would you tell them?”

And I just thought that was so cool, because its true. Sometimes, we ask our investigators to do things that require more faith than we have. And they do it! And we need to keep that same famith with us after the mission.

I have good news and bad news about Krislerio and Johanna! Bad news is, this week they moved. ūüė¶ Good news is, they moved about a ten minutes walk away from their old house, still in our area! We were able to help them move, but it was SO HARD! Having a moving truck is such a blessing, because making trips there and back took a long time and a lot of energy. Also, they moved to the TOP floor of a 6 story apartment with NO elevator. It was exausting! But we enjoyed serving our investigators and they definitely appreciated the help. We also met a very cool street contact while we were helping, and marked to visit him this week. It really is true that as we serve, we will be led to the people who are prepared.

A lot of our families are really struggling right now, and we have had to drop many of them, including Anselmo and Beatriz. It was hard because they were so close to opening the process but sadly they were not showing desire to come to church or keep their commitments. Hopefully¬† they will come back later as they realize what they are missing but our time here is to precious to be spent with people who won’t progress.

So towards the end of the week, we were feeling kind of down, and we were walking home and pretty hungry. I saw a little restaurant that sells pot-pie type things, and we decided to grab some dinner on our way home. So we went in, picked out what we wanted, and I was about to pay, when out of no where a big man came up behind us and reached quickly for my card, like he was going to steal it! I instinctively moved my hand away, and he said, “no, no.” and turned to the cashier and said, “How much for all of this?” and she told him, 200 Meticais. And he opened his wallet, pulled out 200 meticais, gave it to her, and then turned to us. He explained breifly that he was a nigerian, and traveling back home. We thanked him, and he said, “No, its not me that is doing this, it is God that did this.” and left as quickly as he had showed up. It was really cool! Free dinner, and a nice, gentle reminder that God is ALWAYS with us and even when sometimes we think we are going alone, we never really are in this work.

We found an AWESOME new family this week. They live in a nice apartment complex, are legally married, and rich. ūüôā The first lesson with them went ok, but when we went back the second time, they had read the Book of Mormon and were really excited and interested. They fed us bread and cake and juice and bannanas afterwards. It was super awesome, we are really excited about them!

Well, that’s about it. Things are going good here. I’ll wrap things up with one last experience that happened this week:

The APs are in our district, and the district leader does the baptismal interviews for the candidates of the other missionaries. So this week, the APs baptized a family and I was able to interview them. During the husband’s interview, we were talking about the word of wisdom and repentance, and how he had been able to quit drinking and hadn’t drank in a month. I shared with him how I remembered the FIRST sunday he came to church. He came into Elders Qurom, wearing a dirty tee shirt, a lone. He came over, and the seat next to me was the only one open. I talked to him a little bit, and he smelled SUPER strong like alcohol, and I could tell he had been drinking the night before. He came by himself, and I won’t lie, I kind of judged him. And I told him, “And to look at you know, and see the difference that these choices have made in your life, it’s incredible.” And as I said that, the spirit was SO strong, it was such a cool moment. I love it. I love my mission, I love every part of it and everything we do.

Thanks for all your support, I love you all!

-Elder Poyfair

 

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Week 62: The weeks are dropping like flies, #officeelderlife

Good Evening everyone,

LETS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS.

(The quicker I write all my emails the quicker I can go and take a little nap and man, am I tired.)

It’s been approximately 1 week since the last time we communicated, and in that time, SO much has happened! Wowee.

First off. Krislerio and Johanna and Tinara and David. Remember them? There are that one family we have been teaching for FOREVER, he has to get divorced first but his ex wife won’t sign the papers until he pays a ton of money and stuff, right?¬† She has an awesome afro and they are one of the best families of all time?

(Just to jog your memory a little bit)

Yeah. I’ll be talking a lot about them this week. ūüôā

We got a call from them last monday, while we were doing our shopping, and they said them had some SERIOUS doubts about the church and they wanted us to go over there and clarify them that night. So after writing last weeks email, we hurried on over to their house, which is about half the size of my bedroom (where they all live, sleep, cook, EVERYTHING).

To bring you up to speed, the lesson before that we had talked about eternal families, and without really thinking about the whole contents of the chapter, we assigned them to read section 132 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Little did I know, the end of that section talks all about Polygamy, like it is still in practice today!

We show up, start with a prayer and everything, and they said, “We have concerns…. do we have to practice polygamy when we are baptized?”

We kind of smiled at eachother, and read through the the Official Declaration (Manifesto) and explained how Polygamy was a practice used IN THE PAST and that today the Church not only doesn’t practice it but doesn’t tolerate it, and why it happened and everything. They kind of started laughing, said it all made sense, and then started to tell us about this huge conspiracy theory they had thought up, that they had been coming to church for a long time but everyone was hiding it from them and stuff. It was super funny. They really are one of the best, most prepared families.

The next few days were consumed by President Kretly’s return travel to Maputo. He has been traveling for literally the entire month, visiting all of the outside areas and stuff. Mozambique is a BIG country, and since we don’t have stakes yet, he functions as both the Stake President, and the mission president. It is a big job and he is super busy, and once he starts traveling and going to the branches, it takes SO LONG.

When President Kretly is gone, there is always a ton of work to do, holding down the fort here in Maputo, making all of the hotel reservations (and canceling them and remarking them when things go wrong). Fun stuff. ALSO! Our mission has about 30 dollars to its name right now! ūüôā One of the other things that stinks when president is gone is that he is the only one who can sign checks and things for us to have money. We normally refill our cash supply about once or twice a month, so we have been running on fumes for a while now, and President is now in Swaziland. Gratefully we have all the checks written and stuff, and as soon as he gets here (ON WEDNESDAY) we will be sitting pretty again.¬† #officeelderlife

Anyways, back to the cool, non-boring stuff. ūüôā

Wednesday night, I had a really tender experience with my companion. We were planning at night for the next day, and at the end, he asked, “is there anything I could do to be better?” and I paused a little bit, and told him how sometimes I think he could be a little more proactive in the office, not having to be told what to do all the time, because sometimes, I get swamped with things to do and he will be reading scriptures on his computer. So I had just kind of said that, like so we could work on it to be better in our companionship, right? And it kind of…triggered something in him. And he started talking about how he knows he needs to be better, but he is just trying to help his family. He started crying. He is the only member in his family, and his family is having a lot of problems right now (and for a long time.) And he has been trying to get them interested in the church but they won’t. And he was bawling now. All he wants is for his family to be sealed and he has not had any success. It is so hard, not being able to help them, when they are struggling spiritually, and financially.

And my heart just broke for him. I felt so bad for him, and wanted to help him so bad. And I got this flood of gratitude for the family I have, and how blessed I have been to have an active, strong, supportive, loving family. We hugged, it was pretty awesome. ūüôā Companionship inventories man. I kind of felt like a sister missionary. ūüôā

A lot of our families are struggling right now. Its kind of hard, but you just gotta keep swimming. ūüôā Looking for new families and putting your trust in the Lord, that you really are there in that area for a reason and he is preparing people for you to teach. This is what I signed up for, the easy and the hard. ūüôā

Saturday night was WEIRD. We had a lot of catching up to do in the office, and we left at about 4 in the afternoon. We went to our area, and had just started contacting people when we got a call from one of the senior couples, saying that they needed us to go there to the other side of the city and pick them up and take them there to the airport. So I mustered a grin and left our slightly (extremely) neglected area and we went and took them to the airport, and they left us some money to fill up the car that they were using. So we pull up to the gas station, and as we pull up I see the numbers on the machine showing 500 meticais in gas. So I was driving Sister Kretly’s car (AUTOMATIC!! IT WAS SO WEIRD DRIVING AN AUTOMATIC AFTER DRIVING A STICK SHIFT FOR SO LONG!), and I had never driven it so I did not know how to open the door to put gas in it. So after looking for a big and struggling, we finally find it, and opened it. I asked him to put in 1000 meticais in gas. I kid you not, like 10 seconds later the guy comes and says that he only put in 500, so we have to pay the 500 now and then he can put the other 500 in after. And I was like, NO WAY! I saw, it was there before, and you are trying to scam me! So I got in this HUGE argument with this guy. Like, big. Talking with the boss and stuff. It was proved that I was in the right, but they just told me to leave, they didn’t want to put gas in my car. I don’t know why I wrote so much about it but it took a lot of time and was super weird. Anyways. ūüôā From there President called us, and gave us a couple of things to do, so we went back into the office and didn’t end up getting home unil 11 at night. #officeelderlife

This week we focused a lot on helping the branch and working towards the temple. For district meeting, we focused on how we can REALLY help these families prepare and get to the temple, and I brought some poster board and markers and stuff, and we talked about simplifying the process for a mozambican family to go to the temple. (Most missionaries don’t know the process. If the missionaries don’t know, how are the families supposed to know???) And we came up with 9 steps of how to get there, and together made the posters with these steps, leading to a big picture of the temple. Then on sunday, with the Branch President’s permission, we hung them up around the church. On sunday all the members loved them! Hopefully it helps. We also started the temple prep class in our branch. We had been told for a while that if the temple prep class is not working in your branch, you need to start it. But blah blah, excuse excuse, we had never started it. Well, this week we started it and it went well. Also this sunday we had 230 people at church, which is the highest in over a month. So that was good. ūüôā

Then, Sunday night. We had planned to go and teach Krislerio and Johanna. (If you don’t remember, look up at the top). We went there, and had one of the most intense lessons of my whole mission. It was also one of the most spiritual. When we went there, things were not good between them. We knew they had been having problems in the marriage for a while, but Sunday was the worst.¬† She said after many months¬† of thinking about it, she was leaving and they would seperate. And they started opening up to all of these CRAZY, deep, layered complicated problems they have, from years and years of bad communication, trust issues, and former marriages and children of both of them. There was a lot of built up resentment between both of them, and they had been keeping it inside for so long! Basically I could talk forever about it, but it was a really good lesson, guided by the spirit. One time during the lesson, I felt like I needed to say, “Krislerio, say 3 things you admire about Johanna” and vice versa. I shrugged it away, and looked at my companion for him to talk. He said, “Krislerio, I want you right now to say 3 things you admire about Johanna”!!! It was so cool. Turned out to be a really good lesson. At the end, they decided that they were going to work through it, and have a family fast. They would plan what they would fast for, and then text it to us. Late last night, we got there text:

1. The divorce- our marriage and baptism.

2. Love, loyalty, and happiness in our marriage.

3. Custody of Krislerios sons (the mom is currently abusive)

4. The family centralized in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

They are so awesome.¬† I know they will make it. The spirit was so strong, during the whole lesson. ūüôā

Anyways, that was my week. I’m not sick anymore, I am fine. It was just mini-ebola I think. ūüėČ

Love,

Elder Poyfair

 

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Week 61: Miracles aplenty.. despite being super sick

Gooooooooooooooood evening everyone,

This week was awesome! I don’t really have too much time for¬†introductions or anything, we have to go here quick so I will just check in and give you all some little tidbits from my life!

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First off, today was our P-day. Most of the mission was not supposed¬†to have Pday because it is a National Holiday but we still have to¬†have our Staff Meeting tomorrow with President Kretly so we received¬†special permission from him to have our P-day today, but just us and¬†the Assistants. So we thought 2 on 2 beach volley ball would be fun,¬†our office is close to the beach and we have an old net here in the¬†garage, so we went off to do that. However, the set was old, and the net was all tangled, and took about half an hour to untangle. So we are all just sitting there, in the HOT african sun, trying to untangle this net, without success. Then once we tried to set it up, one of the poles broke. Needless to say, volley ball didn’t work out and about half of our Pday was lost. ūüôā

We are getting Audited in October! Yep. A financial supervisor is¬†coming here to the office in October for a couple of days of training¬†and a Mini-Audit. Upside? …. I learn how to successfully make it¬†through an audit? Downside(s)? I probably won’t be transferred out of¬†the office until November, lots of stress. ūüôā

One of our investigators has a brother named James who has downs syndrome. HE IS SO COOL! 

This week we were stuck in the office for a while. We had some new Elders still here who had problems with their paperwork and stuff, so they had to stay here with us. However, going and teaching families with them is awesome! This recent group, Elder Hruby, Elder Woolley, and Elder Ball, were very impressive. They all speak well and teach well, it was nice for Elder Lourenco and I to be able to devide and conquer.

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On Sunday we went to CATEMBE!! We are going about once a month now. I¬†will include some pictures, it is so beautiful out there. Vasco and¬†Quiteria and little baby Karli are doing ok, Quiteria the Mom was¬†actually really sick, so we were able to give her a blessing. We¬†visited a couple other Recent Convert/Less Active familes out there,¬†before making our way back to the city to teach one more lesson. It¬†was CRAZY though, we did this last night, and so since it was the¬†night before a holiday, everyone was CRAZY drunk and on drugs and¬†stuff for the boat ride back. We were CRAMMED on there, and tons of¬†people were shoving eachother (like mosh pit) shouting and screaming¬†and having beer fights and stuff. SO many people. It was insane. We¬†were a little worried but we made it through the stinky,¬†claustrophobic 30 minute¬† boat ride safely and were grateful to reach¬†land. ūüôā

Jersio and Marilia are doing GREAT. They are like my favorite family.¬†They were not too into marriage and stuff, not wanting to do their¬†documents to get married and keep the law of Chastity, and we felt¬†like we needed to take a step back with them and really focus on the¬†Book of Mormon. So early in the week, we had a good lesson with them¬†about the book of Mormon, reading it and talking about where it came¬†from and why we have it and stuff. It was good. We invited them to¬†pray about it. Well, the next visit we came back for, they were a¬†little disappointed, saying they didn’t receive an answer at all!¬†

Jersio said, “I beleive its true, and I want it to be true so badly,¬†but I can’t say I know it. One day I will be able to testify about¬†it.”¬† So we read from 3rd Nephi 11, about how when the voice from¬†heaven started speaking, the people couldn’t understand it, and that¬†it wasn’t until the THIRD time that they understood it. We related¬†that to them, about how when we first taught the restoration, we invited them to pray about it. They did, but didn’t receive an answer.¬†Then early in the week we invited them, they did but no answer the¬†second time. Now, we talked about how the answer will come, what they¬†are expecting, and read about the Holy Ghost, and promised them as¬†representatives of Jesus Christ that if they prayed tonight with faith¬†they would receive the answer they were looking for.

Well, Sunday night we went back, and they were so excited to see us¬†and said, “It happened! We received an answer! They relayed how they¬†had started that night with a prayer, and then read the whole chapter¬†of 3rd Nephi 11 (since we only briefly covered it in the lesson.). and¬†then were praying, askiing if it were true, and then in the middle of¬†the prayer, he started choking up and they both felt this awesome¬†feeling of joy and stuff. They were so sincere talking about it, and¬†me and Elder Lourenco both felt the Spirit as they bore testimony of¬†what had happened. They rock. ūüôā I was so happy for them. ūüôā

Now. Saturday. Saturday was one of the best, and one of the worst¬†days of my mission. Friday night we set big plans. Our weekly goal for¬†qualified contacts was 35, and we had 1. For member present lessons it¬†was 6, and we had 1. So we planned 34 qualified contacts, 5 member¬†present lessons, 4 new investigators (2 new families). BIG goals, at¬†least for us here int he office. ūüôā So, I woke up in the morning,¬†feeling AWFUL. Headache, stomache ache (the worst EVER), and achy all¬†over in alll my muscles and stuff. WORST START TO A DAY EVER haha. ūüôā¬†But went out in the morning, and in 2 hours were able to get 21¬†contacts! We went home, studied, ate lunch (I didn’t eat anything¬†because I felt SO bad), and went back out to teach. We walked with a¬†member and found 1 new family who we taught, and taught some¬†investigators. It was going really good but I felt SO Sick. I honestly¬†thought it was malaria, my whole back and shoulders started getting¬†really really stiff and stuff and I wanted to go home. ūüôā BUT, we¬†still stayed out and worked HARD. It was later at night, we had a¬†lesson at 19 with my favorite recent converts, Ernesto and Claudia. It¬†was 18:45, and we didn’t have all of the contacts we wanted. BUT we¬†persisted, until all we needed was one more. We saw this family¬†walking, so we went up to them, and said, “Hi, good evening!” and they¬†got very excited and said “HI! Elders! How are you guys! I was an¬†investigator a long time ago! But I got married, and moved but now I¬†am back. Can you come right now and teach us and get our phone number¬†and mark another visit?”

So we picked our jaws up off of the ground and went with them, and¬†taught them. They were SO awesome! Best new family ever. I really¬†think they will end up being baptized, But what I thought was so cool¬†was that it only happened on contact number 34. ūüôā Not earlier, but¬†the last one we needed to make out goal. A cool little lesson there.

ANYWAYS! I wrote way too much. It was a pretty good week. I am super¬†sick still but hopefully will get better. ūüôā Love you all!

From, the happiest missionary ever,

Elder Poyfair

PS Are these not the coolest pictures ever?

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Week 60: A little appreciation – and five extra hours of sleep – go a long way

Hi Friends and Family,

Happy Monday! This was a great week. Each week keeps getting better¬†and better. ūüôā

First of all, it started with one of my favorite things in the world,¬†a midnight airport run. 4 Elders arrived from Beira at 12:00 AM, so we¬†picked them up and took them to their areas. We ended up getting back¬†to our house at around 2:30 AM just in time to get 3 hours of sleep¬†before some other elders who were staying with us had to be taken to¬†the airport at 5:30 to fly to South Africa. It would have been nice to¬†come home and catch up on some sleep, but we had our staff meeting at¬†10:00, and we still had some things we needed to do. So we pushed¬†through Staff Meeting, and went out with President and all the senior¬†couples to our favorite Chinese Restaurant for some Staff “Eating”. We¬†did more office work (This week was pretty busy with Month End Reports¬†and making sure everyone got paid and stuff), and we were getting¬†ready to go out to our area, when President Kretly came in and shut¬†the door and started talking to us and the APs.

He talked about how he appreciated all we do, and about how much we¬†help the mission and that he knows it isn’t fun staying up late and¬†waking up early and stuff, but that we do a lot and he is grateful for¬†the good work we do. And honestly, that helped SO much. Like,¬†everything could be going wrong and I could hate it, but little things like that from President is really all it takes for me to be happy and¬†excited and motivated to get work DONE. He then told us that we could¬†sleep in until 10 o clock the next day!

The next morning, we were VERY obedient to our Mission President and did as he directed, sleeping in until 10:00. OH MAN. It felt so so so so so good waking up so late. My body was grateful as well for the sleep. Those extra hours really did SO much. From that morning on, things started getting much, much better. President started yet another travel (He is so busy!), flying to Beira and then driving from Beira to Quelimane and then Nampula. Everything worked out will with his hotel reservations and stuff, and we were able to finish all of our reports and everything!

I’m feeling good. ūüôā Mozambique is the best country in the world. I¬†think I am SO lucky for being called to serve here!

We had some funny stories this week.¬† I got pulled over. It was night¬†time, and we were driving home. A funny thing about Mozambique, I¬†don’t know if I have already said this, but the cops don’t pull you¬†over in their cars. Like, you will never ever get pulled over by a car¬†putting on their sirens behind you. They never drive cop cars, they¬†just stand on the road, and then walk out in the middle with their¬†flash light and their AK-47s. So. Anyways. I get pulled over by this¬†cop, and he says, “Can I see your License and Registration?” I said,¬†“Sure!” and reach to my pocket. No license, I forgot it at the office.¬†Then we go to where we keep the registration in the car. No¬†registration! I realized we had left it in a bag at the office when we¬†cleaned out the car. So there I am, pulled over by a cop, with no¬†License OR registration!!!! I got really really scared. But, I just¬†started contacting him. Asking about his family and small talk and¬†stuff. Then he said, “So about the license and Registration….” And I¬†blurted out, “I don’t have anything!” and explained what happened. He¬†got super upset! “How are you driving around without a license or¬†registration!! We are going to the police station right now, Come on,¬†lets go.” And I said, “No, we are going to visit a family and we are¬†late and we are missionaries and volunteers and we don’t have money¬†blah blah blah” and he just started laughing and said, “Ok, go¬†ahead!!” He let us go without anything! We were so lucky and protected¬†it was awesome.

Speaking of car trouble, last week I backed into another car. ūüė¶ I was¬†trying to turn around, and you know when you try and ALMOST make it¬†but not quite and you have to back up a little bit? Yeah. So that¬†happened. I looked, no one around, and it was such a small thing I¬†didn’t think my companion would need to get out. So I slowly started¬†backing up, and out of no where, we bumped into a car. Luckily no one¬†was hurt, and our cars barely touched, but we traded some paint and¬†the other driver was mad. In my defence he came out of no where and¬†didn’t even honk. ūüôā But anyways. Tualufo, our secretary came and¬†helped us out, everything got solved with insurance and stuff no¬†problem. The best part was, I was able to hide the scrape from¬†President Kretly by always parking facing the other way until he¬†left!! We will take the car in while he is traveling, insurance pays¬†for everything and he never has to know. ūüôā Its not dishonest, just¬†one less problem for him to worry about. ūüôā

Random sidenote:

James Conlee is famous in Brazil! My companion was listening to his¬†music, a flash drive of LDS music he brought from Brazil, and James¬†Conlee’s “Abide With Me” came on! I said “I know that guy!” and¬†explained how he was one of my young men’s leaders and he helped me¬†out a lot and made a big difference in my life. The other Elders¬†thought that was pretty cool and that he is a very good singer, and I¬†thought it was funny! James Conlee, if you are reading this, you¬†somehow ended up on a brazillians flash drive! You’re big in Brazil!¬†Congratulations!

Our families we are teaching are doing WELL. Anselmo and Beatriz already have their birth certificates, and they will do their final document this wednesday, open the process next week and get baptized September 20th. Jersio and Marilia are doing good as well, really all of our families showed good progress this week.

I had two really cool experiences this week with working with members.

First off, Ernesto and Claudia, one of our recent convert families,¬†agreed to come help us teach another family. Claudia the wife is¬†pretty shy. But we get there, and start teaching, and Claudia starts¬†asking them all these questions! She said, “Did you come to church on¬†Sunday?” and they said, “No….” and she said, “Tomorrow?” and they¬†said, “Well, he has to work and I am going to stay home and take care¬†of the kids.” And she starts going AT them, saying “Going to church¬†every week is a commandment from God! It is so important that we keep¬†this day holy!” and started teaching them without us saying anything.¬†She said, “We will pass by tomorrow to pick you up (the wife, the¬†husband had to work), ok?” And she accepted! Then, Ernesto started¬†testifying, staying how he lost his job and has been unemployed for¬†six months because his boss told him he had to work on sunday or lose¬†his job, and he has gone to church ever since and lost his job.

And I thought that was SO cool! I didn’t even know that had happened. What faith.

The other experience was with Krislerio and Johanna. We were doing our¬†Weekly Planning, and really felt strongly that we needed to bring our¬†Branch President with us to teach them. So we took him with us, went¬†there, and started teaching. To give some background, both of these¬†families, Krislerio and Johanna and Justino and Cacilda had similar¬†situations: want to get married and baptized, but the man was married¬†to another woman and has to get legally divorced from her before they¬†can get married again, but she does not want to get divorced and will¬†only sign the documents if she gets paid a lot of money. Justino and¬†Cacilda, who me and Elder Douglas baptized in November, took over a¬†year to do it, going to church and being active this whole time. It¬†has already been over a year with Krislerio and Johanna as well. So,¬†Justino has already been through it, and we thought he could help¬†Krislerio and Johanna. He started talking, and said, “We were trying¬†so hard to get the divorce but nothing was going write. We had so many¬†problems, and we didn’t understand why. We got really frusterated. But¬†then, one time we were being taught by some Elders and they told us¬†something that we had never really thought about- That the Law of¬†Chastity applies to us! We thought it only applied to young teenagers¬†and stuff. But this Elder told us that WE needed to stop all sexual¬†relations until we were married. So, we did. It was DIFFICULT. But¬†seriously, once we stopped, things started changing like THAT. All of¬†the sudden, her heart was softened, and she would sign everything, and¬†it all worked out. But we realized it was true- while we were breaking¬†that commandment, our prayers were blocked. How could we receive¬†blessings while breaking a commandment so serious? So. I invite you,¬†right now, to start living the law of chastity.”

And the spirit was so strong! I had no Idea that that had happened!

Krislerio and Johanna looked at eachother, kind of started to laugh,¬†and said, “We already are. About a month ago, we heard in a talk that¬†very thing- that it applies to us. So we came home, and decided to¬†stop. So for over a month, we have been doing that!” And I was so¬†impressed. How cool! Our branch president said, “Then I know it will¬†work out.”

I know they will be blessed for their faith and be able to be baptized. They are very poor, and right now are saving what little
money they get to be able to pay the ex wife for the divorce and then be able to purchase the marriage documents. All in all, it will cost about 100 Dollars. They have been saving for months to get it. But I know The Lord will prepare a way. They are too special.

Anyways. That was a little bit of my week. I am so grateful for¬†everything that has happened so far to bring me here on my mission. I¬†love it here. I don’t want to leave. ūüôā

Love, Dallin

PS Love you dad! Found this kid with your name on his shirt. He rocks

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