Monthly Archives: June 2015

Week 99: Final letter from Mozambique. WHAT?!?!

(Elder Poyfair will land at the SLC airport next Tuesday morning, June 16th. He will then speak at our ward (Lehi 30th) on June 21st at 1 p.m. The building’s address is 3180 North 300 West, LEHI, UTAH 84043. Right after he finishes speaking we will have refreshments at our house – which is less than a block from the church building – 3030 N. 250 West, Lehi, Utah 84043. If you have been following this blog we would love to see you there!)

This is it! Last P-day. Last email to family and friends. Last attempt at describing in two hours per week on a computer what my life is like here, halfway across the world.

I like this picture. The cars never make sense, the english written on them is really bad but I thought this one was funny.

I like this picture. The cars never make sense, the english written on them is really bad but I thought this one was funny.

This mission has been the coolest experience of my whole entire life! I will be eternally grateful for the things I learned and the people I met during these two years in Mozambique.

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This is a little place the missionaries call “southern utah” we did contacts there the other morning and couldn’t resist taking a pic! It was like being in lake Powell and Moz all at the same time!

This week was actually pretty interesting! I had a division on Tuesday in Magoanine with Elder Johnson, did some baptismal interviews and had a great time with Elder Johnson. When we came home, me and Elder Christiansen got a call from the Assistents, saying that there was going to be an emergency transfer and we would be receiving two additional missionaries in our house! I would serve (for the last week or so) with Elder Woolley, from Bountiful and Elder Christiansen with Elder Rego from Portugal. So that was strange!

Me and Elder Christiansen.

Me and Elder Christiansen.

That night we ate dinner with the Reed family. They are american and work at the embassy. They fed us roast beef, and we shared a message in english. I felt SO out of my comfort zone. 🙂

Here is Elder Woolley.

Here is Elder Woolley.

But yeah. This week we worked hard and were able to find many new families. Antonio and Paula will be baptized two weeks after I leave, and Souza and Yuki will be shortly after that!
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I bore my testimony at church. When I said that it was my last week, a few member’s jaws literally dropped. It was so funny. No one thought I was leaving. A BUNCH of people came up, inviting us to dinner and asking for pictures and stuff. It was awesome.

Saying goodbye to some of my all time favorite people.

Saying goodbye to some of my all time favorite people.

I had adquired a pretty nice tie collection, of like 40 ties. I stood outside the door before church, giving all the people who came in without a tie a tie to keep. Any future missionaries who work in this ward will be impressed with the members’ taste in ties! I am going to miss all these people so much.

Saying goodbye to some of my all time favorite people.

Saying goodbye to some of my all time favorite people.

This next week will be insane. On thursday, I got permission from President Kretly to go all around Maputo and visit the families I baptized here, in Chamanculo and T3 and Catembe. Friday is ZONE CONFERENCE and friday night, we go to President Kretly’s house. HUGE sleepover for friday,saturday, sunday with the 16 missionaries who go home with my group. No one really knows what goes on during the time you are with President Kretly at the end (I mean, technically I do, I saw the receipts but I kind of pretend like I don’t to be surprised) but “rumor” has it, you go on a safari and eat nice dinner and have interviews and stuff. I can’t even beleive how fast it has all gone!

Saying goodbye to some of my all time favorite people.

Saying goodbye to some of my all time favorite people.

The mission has definitely changed my life. I’ve been so blessed to have had this experience! There aren’t words I could use to describe everything that has happened in the past two years. All I can say, is that it has been worth every second and every sacrifice!

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Saying goodbye to some of my all time favorite people.

I know the Church is true. I can say that right now with more feeling and surety and confidence than ever before. The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes people and makes them better and happier. My time here is sacred to me, and I am so grateful for it.

I am excited to see all of you again!

Have a good week. See you soon.

-Elder Poyfair
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Week 98: ROBBED!

What a week.

We were walking out of church this Sunday when one of the american families in our ward passed by eating out of a bag of Snyders pretzel sticks (from america) and they offered me some and as I took a handful and bit one, THAT was when I realized that I really am going home in two weeks! American food. I know it’d be bad to say I miss that more then my family but man am I excited to eat. 🙂

This week was fantastic! Our teaching pool has really changed these last couple of weeks. We had to drop many of the families we were teaching before but we were blessed to meet some awesome new ones.

One of the best new families we met was Souza and Yuki. It was one week ago, and all of our lessons had fallen through so we decided to go out and do street contacts. Before we left the house, I prayed, presenting to the Lord our plan to street contact, telling him where we would go and asking him to place people in our path. As I prayed, I felt to ask him to give us a family that would end up progressing to baptism. We went out and talked with EVERYONE, and I saw this kind of chubby guy holding a baby. I went up and talked with him, marked a lesson for the next day. His name was Souza. His wife is half Japanese and named Yuki! They accepted the message well, prayed about it, received an answer, came to church together, and accepted baptism with a date for the 27th of June. Such a cool miracle! While only time will tell if that prayer gets answered, we felt really blessed to meet them.

Other highlights this week- We had the Mission Leadership Council, at the office on Wednesday and it went awesome. I love the idea trading and inspiration that comes when everyone comes together to solve the common problems in our mission.

We had a Ward Activity this week! We had over 40 people there. We put it together and planned it and everything. We wanted to boost the ward unity and get everyone excited to go to the temple. We played musical chairs and taught our ward the human knot game. That was pretty funny. Lets just say it was pretty difficult for our members. They loved it though. Everyone couldn’t stop laughing! We played do you love your neighbor and watched the brazil manaus temple caravan video from LDS.org. Its SO good! Everyone loved it. Then we bore our testimonies about temples and some members did as well. The spirit was strong, and then we had some refreshments.

Sister Kimball, one of the senior missionaries here, had made some AMAZING american brownies. They were frosted and SO good. I took like three, and then she told us she left a plate for us in the kitchen. We went in there and hid it in one of the cubbards. We were SO excited to eat them at night, and the next day and stuff. Everyone left, and we stayed to clean. After we swept and everything, we went back in to get our brownies and opened the cubbard and the plate was there but all the brownies were gone! All that was left were crumbs. We literally almost started crying. Like, I would have rather got my camera or shoes or watch robbed than that! We were so sad. Thats where the subject comes from. We walked home pretty depressed. 🙂 Haha just kidding. It was really funny though! A great activity none the less.

On Sunday we were asked to teach Elder’s Quorom, and me and Elder Christiansen did a role play of home teaching. Like, we acted it out, from start to finish in front of everyone. Starting from calling your companion, to planning what to teach, and then teaching, and reporting back. It was awesome. Everyone loved it and lots of members came up asking more questions and thanking us. I love this ward!

Yeah. Basically those were the best parts. Each week is better than the last one. My mission has been the greatest thing. I am so so so grateful to have been able to serve here! Today starts the last full week of my mission and I am going to make the MOST of it.

Anyways! Have the best week. See you all soon. Wish you could all be here with me.

Love,

Elder Poyfair

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