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Week 93: Families in Mozambique are amazing

What a week!


My mission is going so great. Seriously, I loved the beginning of my mission. But the longer I am here, the more I enjoy this work. It keeps getting better and better! Mozambique is the promised land. The people here still amaze me, even after 1 year and ten months here with them. As far as Christ Like people go, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Me and Elder Huffaker are having a blast! This week was busy. On Tuesday morning, we left early and went to teach Manuel and Laura. They are a golden family- both really intelligent, have a young baby, and have not missed a week at church TOGETHER since we started teaching them (4 sundays). Their only problem was they were having trouble accepting a baptismal date, insisting that they wait until they learned more. In the lesson, we explained (again) about baptism, and really got them to open up and ended up commiting them to the 23rd of May. That was a blessing!

We did two divisions this week- I went on one with Elder Coelho, the other Zone Leader, for us to be able to be on the same page and plan what we are going to do to help the zone and stuff, and another one with Elder Herd, the District Leader/Office Elder in Chamanculo. Both divisions went well, with Elder Herd I was back in my old area and we got to teach some lessons with my recent converts! Chamanculo for life. Elder Coelho and I get along so well. Every time we do a division, we play ping pong for our morning excercise (my parents sent a mini ping pong set in a package and it fits perfectly on our table). He is really good at ping pong, and our games are always pretty funny because we both get really into it. The total score (over the past four weeks) is 5-5. He is one of my best friends. 

Funny story, Me and Elder Coelho were street contacting on our division and this lady came up to me and pretty much contacted me. She said, “Hi, I’m Ana. Are you guys from a church?” and I replied that we were missionaries, and she said, “Awesome. So I am Catholic, right? But I have a son, and he really really wants to join a church! I don’t want him to come to my church, I want him to be free and choose his own path. And he keeps asking and asking to be in a church. Can young people worship at your church?” and I explained that they could, and suggested we go and visit her and her husband and her son and explain more about our message, and she agreed. Then as she was walking away, I asked, “How old is your son?” Thinking we could bring a member his age to help him feel welcome, and she said, “He is three!” 

….. what?!!?!?! We were laughing pretty hard. Three year olds. Always asking to go to church and stuff!!! Only in Mozambique, right? Hahaha. 

Anyways. 

Our biggest cool part of the week was what happened sunday. There is a 15 year old in our ward, who reminds me a lot of Kristen my sister. And she is super active. But she is the only member in her family! She really wants the rest of her family to come. We were finally able to get her mom to start coming. But her dad was pretty against the church. We had been trying and trying to sit with the whole family and he kept blowing us off and stuff, and then finally we got him marked to sit with us. So on the division with Elder Coelho, we taught them, and it was THE BEST LESSON. Super super spiritual, and the father said that he wanted to be baptized and walk the same path with his whole family! So we committed all of them to baptism and then sunday morning, we walked with the whole family to church! Even the dad. The fifteen year old was SO happy. I know she had been praying for a long time for that to happen. I was glad to be a part of it!

The church is true. It blesses families. I’ve seen it so many times its not even funny! 8 more weeks. Its coming so fast….

Love,

Elder Poyfair



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Week 92: Celebrating new stakes with steaks! Brazilian Barbeque for the win!

Bom Dia!

This week was fantastic.

Yesterday was Pday! We had planned a Zone Activity, playing volley ball on the beach. We had also made a Zone Tee Shirt, that turned out SWEET! It is the first time any missionaries have made tee shirts. The front has MMM on it, for “Mozambique Maputo Mission” like the temple, and on the back it says “Maputo Zone”, has a little logo that shows heart, might, mind, and strength from D&C 4:2, our Zone’s focus, and all of the missionaries names on it.
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We made some for President and Sister Kretly as well, and then invited them to our activity. They showed up, and saw our whole zone out there in our red shirts playing volley ball! They took a lot of pictures and then played volleyball with us. President Kretly was super funny. He gets really into sports. 🙂 He really really liked the shirts as well.

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We took some pictures, and then as we were leaving, thinking the activity was over, President said, “How about….. we go and barbeque some steaks at my house? To celebrate having 2 stakes in mozambique? With the whole zone?” and we were like…..”Ok!” So we went and bought some NICE Tbone steak with and bread and salad and stuff with President, and the whole zone went to President Kretly’s house and had a barbeque. The steak was SO good. It was a lot of fun! Then we had ice cream, and left. It ended later than we had planned, and President said we could email this morning if the internet cafes were closed.

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Easily the coolest Pday ever. Brazillian BBQ for the win.

The rest of the week was about that awesome. On Sunday, we were blessed with 6 full investigator families at church! The highest I have had on my mission thus far was 5. But this sunday we had six! We were so excited. Church was packed, and all of our investigators loved it.

One of our families that we are teaching is named Zebedeu and Carolla. I met him on the road, we traded numbers and the next day we went and taught them. We only had like 8 minutes, so we gave them the restoration pamphlet, invited them to church, and left. The next day was sunday, and they both came together! This week we taught them the Restoration and Book of Mormon, with members from their neighborhood. They are SO cool. Such a nice family. We invited them to pray to know if the book of mormon is true, and that night, after we did our daily planning at like 9:45, we got a call from the wife. She said, “Elders! We did what you said, we stayed up and read 1st Nephi 1, and then we knelt down together and asked God if the Book of Mormon is true. As we were finished, we felt this rush of peace, and it was like the room was really quiet and we felt really strong inside of us. God answered! He answered! The book is true!”

They were so excited. So were we.The gospel is seriously so simple. I love it! They came to church together again this Sunday. I love them. 🙂

We are working hard and being blessed. I seriously love my mission so much! I have learned SO much. I wish I had enough time on Pdays that I could write, in detail, about everything that happened. Sadly, these short little updates will have to do. But seriously, Mozambique is the greatest. I am so grateful to be here!

Love,

Elder Poyfair

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Week 91: Pascoa

Hi family!


This week, as you all know, was Easter! In Mozambique we call it Pascoa. Fun fact, Easter is very misunderstood here. I wish I could have made a documentary this week of us going to our investigator’s and members houses and asking them what or even when Easter is. Almost know one knew! Most people celebrate it on Friday, because they get work off. Most people said it was a holiday for Jesus. When we explained about the story of Christ’s resurrection, people couldn’t believe that actually happened! A couple of investigators said, “I thought that only happened in the movie!”

So we went around reading the Easter story with our families. I loved it.

This week, one of our families, named Luis and Laura, did something that surprised us. They are super humble, quiet and shy, and at the end of one of our lessons, he said, “I have something for you”, and went into his house because we were sitting on the front yard, and then came back out with two CDs! HIS CDs! We laughed pretty hard. (On the inside, obviously, to not offend him!) Apparently he was a rapper two years ago and made this legit CD. But no one bought it, and his personality does NOT match the pictures in the CD. He wanted us to get it popular in america when we get home. I told him I would. We can’t listen to it until we get home though, but I am pretty excited to hear it. We let a member borrow it and the member said it was pretty lame music. I am still excited. 🙂

This week was a little rough, in the sense that me and my companion Elder Huffaker were pretty sick all week! But we toughed it out, worked hard, and ended up hitting ALL of our Zone goals for the week! We had 10 member present lessons, 10 new investigators, 3 complete families at church, and 41 qualified contacts. It was the first time any one in our zone has hit all of the goals since we made them. We felt really good, and knew that we had given it all we got. 

Our families are doing well, Atanasio and Amelia are our next family in line. They are the one who’s kids were playing on the wooden teeter totter. 🙂 They are pretty poor but this week should have all of the documents they need to throw a simple wedding and be able to get baptized this month!

Time is going by so fast. I can’t believe I only have 10 weeks left. I was listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir this week, and loved the second verse of “Come Let Us Anew”:

Our life as a dream, our time as a stream
Glide swiftly away,
And the fugitive moment refuses to stay;
For the arrow is flown and the moments are gone.
The millennial year
Presses on to our view, and eternity’s here,
Presses on to our view, and eternity’s here.

THAT is what I feel a mission is like! The fugitive moment refuses to stay, and the arrow is flown and the moments are gone. 

Anyways. I’m doing great, loving life here, and helping as many people as I can while I still can.

Love you! Have a good week. 

Love, 

Elder Poyfair


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