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Week 85: And I thought I was getting out of the office…

Friends-

I’m writing on Wednesday night because we had to skip P-Day on Monday and I am just now getting time to email my family! This week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, our mission was audited! Johanna from South Africa, someone that I had worked with and talked with all the time on the phone when I was a financial secretary came to Mozambique for a 3 day fun-fest of financial procedures and policies and finding receipts and counting money and accounting.

Good thing I got transferred out of the office, right?

WRONG.

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Haha. President Kretly told me that he wants me at all of the Staff Meetings, and that I still need to come to the office once a week to help continue training the Kimballs (the senior couple who replaced us). In addition to that, he asked that me and Elder Reinstein stay at the office for the entire audit!

It was a long couple of days. Me and Elder Reinstein have literally NOT LEFT the office for 3 days (sleeping here, everything). It was a tedius process, but luckily, we did super well on the Audit!! Johanna, the auditor, was really impessed. She told me accounting was my calling hahaha. She told us about how one of the senior couples in Angola, the financial secretaries over there, are having to go home because of a sickness, and there is no time to train anyone else, and no one else to train, and Johanna said she was going to recommend that I got transferred over there. πŸ™‚ Haha.

But anyways. Thats enough about the audit. And from now on, things will be much better. We will not have to come into the office as much (yay) and be able to work in the area more!

Our area is so awesome. Its called Polana Canico. We are teaching a family, named Arlindo and Anastancia, that are already legally married! They will be getting baptized on March 7th, here in just over a week. We had five complete families at church on Sunday! It was a miracle. We woke up half an hour early, at 6, and left the house at 7:15 to go pick up a new family so that we could walk with them all the way to church that starts at 9. They live far away and it was a long walk, but we were blessed for it. He and his wife came and brought their baby, and we ended up having 2 more brand new families (husband and wife) at church for the first time! 5 Families in total. So awesome.

Being able to work full time in the area is the greatest. I’m getting my watch-tan-line back on my wrist, and come home hot and sweaty everyday and get to go to bed at 10:30 and get to do all of the studies each day and yeah. πŸ™‚ Nothing like good old fashioned missionary work.

Elder Huffaker, the missionary that I am training, is doing awesome. Poor kid. His trainer is never there with him. I feel kind of like a negligent parent…. luckily, we are in a threesome and Elder Souza is a great missionary. At one of the lessons this week, he invited one of our investigators to be bapized and the investigator said, completely seriously and a little quietly, “Baptism has always been my dream.” It was a cool moment.

Our first sunday in the Sommerschield ward was great! I translated for all the americans. There are about 20 or 25 americans in the branch, and they have headsets that they all use. I saw the branch president pulling out the headsets, and, thinking about my companion who is still learning portuguese, asked him if we could use one as well. He said, “Yeah, could you translate too?” It was really fun. I spoke into a little microphone thing and everyone heard me. I had to remember to turn it off during the hymns though, so people didn’t hear me singing. πŸ™‚

We have a dinner appointment tomorrow. A legitimate dinner appointment. The Reed family, from America invited us over! Pretty excited for that. It will be my first one. πŸ™‚

Today we had the Zone Training. Our Zone, the Maputo Zone, has 20 missionaries and me and Elder Lara are the two Zone Leaders. We trained on the importance of leaving commitments. We did practices and had a nice presentation made, the spirit was strong and it went really well. The APs are in our zone and loved it.

Anyways. I know there is more to write but I have to pack up all of my stuff and go home. I am having a blast. My mission is the funnest thing I’ve ever done! Seriously. So grateful to be here.

Have a good week,

Love,

Elder Poyfair
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Week 84: Transferred, Training, Whitewashing

Hi. πŸ™‚

This week was one of the best. First of all, transfers were on Wednesday. And finally, after 8 transfers (one full year) as Financial Secretary of the Mozambique Maputo Mission, I got transferred. TRANSFERRED!!!! I am now assigned to the Sommerschield Branch (well, technically Sommerschield Ward now, but that comes later). Sommerscheild is on the other side of the city! Still in Maputo! Its like serving in Lehi for 1 year and then getting transferred to American Fork. πŸ™‚ Haha but its ok. Its a completely different area, it is the richest and nicest branch in Mozambique! Its where all of the embassies are located and all of the rich people live. There are five or six american families who live there as well. Plus, I’m training Elder Huffaker, one of the 2 new missionaries who came into Mozambique last week, straight from the MTC! We are white washing, which means two missionaries who are new to an area, where neither one knows anything about the area. And, I’m one of the two Zone Leaders of the Maputo Zone!

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My two new companions. Elder Huffaker, the new one, is on the right, and Elder Souza on the left!

In about 2 hours my life had completely changed. I said goodbye to Elder Reinstein (who I really loved) and packed up all of my stuff, loaded it into our car, and took Elder Huffaker with me to our new house. We spent a good amount of time getting unpacked and cleaning up the house, because no one had lived in it for months. We found out that there were some changes in the transfers, and that Elder Souza, a brazillian who has been out for about 9 months would be serving with us in a tripanionship. Both of them are awesome missionaries!

Elder Huffaker is so cool. He is from Michigan, played college football, than transferred to BYU Idaho and is older than I am! He is such a good missionary. Very obedient, learns fast and likes to work hard. He is seriously the perfect train-ee. I am so excited! I have never trained a new missionary before, and I am really looking forward to helping him become the best missionary he can be. Elder Souza is great as well, really humble and nice.

There are two other Elders living in our house as well, Elder Christianson from Provo and Elder Mapenda, who is Mozambican. They are white washing too! Us five Elders, completely starting from scratch. I’m so excited for it!

I’m not going to lie, my body was pretty rusty after sitting in a chair for the majority of the day for one year. Working as a full time missionary again has been SO TIRING! I seriously hit my bed every night so so so tired and wake up so fast the next day. We have a couple of families in our area that the Sisters were teaching before. One of them is getting baptized on February 28th!

President Kretly called me, and said that I would be able to use the mission car! He told me to park it at the Sommerschield chapel and that we can use it for Mission Purposes. He wants me to go into the office once a week and make sure that everything is still going well with the Kimballs. So that is pretty sweet! Me and the APs are the only Elders who have cars.

So yeah. That happened. The real news of the week though, was that yesterday, the first stake in Mozambique was created! IN MAPUTO! The city I’ve been serving in for so long. I’ve lived here longer than any missionary here except for President and Sister Kretly. This is MY city. πŸ™‚ And it got a stake!

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Me and my whole MTC District, the elders who went to the MTC together and will go home together.

Elder Stanley Ellis of the First Quorum of the Seventy presided and created it. There were SOOOO many people there, they had rented a giant outdoor tent and put hundreds of chairs underneith it in the parking lot, and they broadcasted the meeting to that tv and various others in the releif society room and stuff. President Kretly assigned me as the official photographer! He gave me his personal camera to use, and asked me to take a bagillion pictures of everything. I enjoyed that! He has a nice camera. πŸ™‚ If you see the church news article and there are any pictures, chances are I took them.

It was such a powerful meeting! The talks were wonderful, and the spirit was strong. Plus, one of my recent converts was called as the Second Counselor in the Stake Presidency!!!

I KNOW CRAZY RIGHT?!

Seriously. Justino is the 2nd counselor in Stake Presidency of the first stake in Mozambique. Me and Elder Douglas baptized him last may. In June he was made branch president. Now, 2nd counselor. IN THE STAKE PRESIDENCY.

Elder Douglas was there at the meeting, because President Kretly had decided to bring down all of the Elders in the whole mission, ALL of them, and bring them to be able to watch the first stake. I was sitting next to Elder Douglas when they announced the Stake Presidency, and we had one of the most epic fist bumps of my life.

IT FELT SO GOOD TO WATCH HIM BEAR HIS TESTIMONY IN FRONT OF EVERYONE AND THE SPIRIT WAS STRONG AND IT WAS THE BEST MEETING EVER!

As you can imagine, bringing the entire mission down to Maputo was no easy task, and even though I was technically transferred out of the office, it took a lot of effort to make it happen. For example, this morning I was up at 2:45 AM taking Elders to the chapel where the bus was picking them up at 3:30 AM back to Beira and didn’t end up getting back home until 5:30. Slept for an hour, and than back up to clean the house. So I’m pretty tired. πŸ™‚ Luckily, I’ll be able to take a nap before we go out.

Seriously though, this week was one of my favorites of all time. I wish I could write everything thats happening and everything I’m feeling. First off, its not possible. Second off, I don’t have unlimited internet time like when I was in the office. πŸ˜‰ Just kidding. But seriously, my mission has been the greatest thing ever. This week was amazing! I don’t ever want it to end.

Mozambique is the Promised Land!

Much love,

Elder Poyfair

(The pictures are me and my whole MTC District, the elders who went to the MTC together and will go home together, and me and my two new companions. Elder Huffaker, the new one, is one the right, and Elder Souza on the left!)

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Week 83: Spending the week with General Authorities, Could a transfer finally be in the works?

Hello friends and family! 

This week was spectacular. Our mission recieved a visit from Tad R Callister, the Sunday School General President, and Elder Ellis from the first quorum of the 70, and Larry Gibson, from the Young Mens general presidency.

 

It was such a spiritual day but so much work and preperation went in to making it happen. Luckily, everything went…. mostly well. πŸ™‚ There were definately some hiccups. We arrived there at the chapel the morning of, about 2 hours before the general authorities were supposed to show up with President Kretly, and the chapel was DIRTY and very hot, and we couldn’t find the air conditioning remote anywhere. So we are calling the branch presidents and stuff, and none of them know where it is, and it is SO hot inside and we are frantically cleaning and trying to find a white board and stuff. President showed up with everyone and things were mostly good, I happened to be by the door when they all walked in and got to be the first one to great everybody. It was pretty funny!

 

Their messages and the things them and their wives shared were awesome. I hit it off pretty well with Brother Gibson and his wife, I was translating for them from portuguese to english and we talked a lot, making jokes and stuff. He is a funny guy. He called on me for a lot of the questions, and it turned out that his great great great grandpa or something like that was the missionary who baptized Joel H Johnson, one of my ancestors! So we got to talk about that as well.

 

Elder Ellis was great as well, but Tad R Callister’s part was amazing. He taught us the Plan of Salvation in a way I had never heard before. It was incredible, we all learned so much and the spirit was very strong.

 

Some of the general authorities wives were sick, and President Kretly left to go pick up some medications during the conference. He was gone for quite a while. Then he showed up, looking pretty stressed. After the conference ended, he called me and Elder Reinstein up, and told us that there was a problem. What had happened was, he arrived from Beira at midnight the night before, and we had dropped off the 15 passenger van at the airport earlier so he could use it to take people home. Well, after the meeting, he told us that as he went out to get the medication, he ran out of gas! We forgot to fill up the van with gas.

 

alsijdfa;moxwfxaiojaf;o,awefiwoi;eacm;oxaiajofw;wijoa we felt so dumb. How do you forget to put gas in the van?!?!?!? So yeah. That happened. Needless to say it will NOT happen again. πŸ™‚

 

After that, the authorities went to lunch, and after lunch they had planned some visits to member’s houses. One of the members that they went ot see was Justino and Cacilda! President and Sister Kretly took Tad R Callister and his wife for an hour visit in their home. Just to refresh, Justino and Cacilda are the family that me and Elder Douglas baptized last may, and he became the Branch President of our branch. One of my favorite families I ever taught. πŸ™‚ So it was SO COOL that Tad R Callister got to meet them! What was even better, was that President Kretly didn’t know how to get there, so we got to drive in front and bring them to the families’ house! We managed to steal a quick picture. Honestly, it is one of my favorite pictures of my whole mission. So much greatness in that picture, I am really proud. πŸ™‚

 

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(From Left to Right) Brother and Sister Callister, Justin and Calcido and their family, President and Sister Kretly, Elder Poyfair (Dallin)

So that was this week. Today is technically supposed to be transfers, but they are not happening untilWednesday. However, there is a pretty good chance I am leaving! Other than the fact that I have been here for a whole year, President Kretly called us this week and said that he needs us both in the field, and that he did not want us working in the office AT ALL this transfer! The Kimballs would have to do it all. πŸ™‚ He would need us nearby though, because there will be an audit later this month that he wants us there for, but we will only come to the office for those three days. He said we were key missionaries and leaders, and he needed us both elsewhere! So we will see what wednesday brings. I am pretty excited. Maybe I’m finally leaving. πŸ™‚

 

So with that knowledge, we had a lot of training and cleaning out the office to do, tying up loose ends and such. We also had new missionaries come, which was awesome to work with the new missionaries and missionaries who are leaving, which gave us a lot of work to do as well. We didn’t get too much time in the area, but our families are doing good. We had a lot of people at church, and everyone is really excited to receive the stakes next week.

 

Sorry I don’t have too much time. We are actually at the American Cultural center, they have some computers here that we can use. Since we are getting kicked out of the Office, we have to go back to internet cafes again. πŸ™‚ I kind of miss it. πŸ™‚

 

Love,

 

Elder Poyfair
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Week 82: Estaca! (Stake!)

Good morning!

We have a Zone Activity that is about to start here at the office, so sadly I have NO time to write this week. You’re going to have to forgive me and assume that my mission is still awesome. πŸ™‚

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Thomas and Dulce, he has Dreds. They rock. πŸ™‚

Biggest news is that Mozambique will be receiving its first Stake on February 15th! It will be made in MAPUTO!! Where I have been working pretty much my whole mission. It is going to be such a huge blessingΒ  for these members to have a Stake and be able to receive patriarcal blessings and Bishops and High Preists and independance from the Mission. I am so excited.Β  It has been the mission’s goal since I got here, and it is finally happening. How lucky I am to be here! To be able to look back, in 30 years when Mozambique has two temples and say, “I was there when they made the first stake”. So awesome.

This week, Elder Ellis came and we had a Zone Conference with him. I learned so much. He taught so effortlessly from the scriptures, and Iearned a lot from the sprit. Some highlights included his advice on working better with members, and studying the 4 steps of how Nephi received revelation in 1 Nephi 11: Desire, Beleive God can make these things known unto you, Ponder, and have faith. Study it, its great. πŸ™‚

Our families are doing great. This week, we started teaching our Branch President’s Son and his wife.

THEY ARE THE BEST FAMILY EVER. This is not an exaggeration. His name is Idelson and hers is Suzana. They are legally married, don’t go to any church, SON of our Branch President, have a car and are SUPER rich. Our first lesson with them was so great! The spirit burned inside of me for literally the whole lesson. It was SO strong. They came to church on Sunday together as well. They have a cute daughter and I am just SO excited about them! They are so sincere. Last night we taught them again, and it was great. We taught the book of mormon and it went well, and at the end she asked, “Were you able to see the difference that this church made in your life as you grew up? We want a church that will bless our family. Did you see a difference?” SUCH a good question. We were able to answer and testify, and it was great.

We had a service project on Saturday, us and a bunch of members went and dug some ditches so houses didn’t flood, and picked up trash and cut grass with swords. Best service project ever. Too bad I didn’t bring my camera.Β  It was a lot of fun. Service in Africa is so meaningful to me. Like, people want to go to africa and do service projects all the time in the United States, and we can do it almost every day! πŸ™‚

Anyways. Busy busy busy. This week we have Elder Callister, and next week is transfers and then stakes! I would be fine staying again. We have some great families, and I would love to be here to watch the stakes be created.

Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Poyfair

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