So this has been another week of miracles. One of our investigators has two wives that he’s had kids with and all this – not good things. Well he was at church yesterday and Elder Williams, my companion, was sitting with him and the man turned to Elder Williams after Sacrament meeting and he was like “Let’s say that a man had done something that was very wrong with two women and he wanted to stop and make restitutions with them, how would someone go about this?” Well Elder Williams recommended that he talk to our branch president and get some counseling from him and figure out what to do and this guy said he’d do that which is awesome. We will be opening the two marriage processes this week and two families will be married and baptized on the 19th of July which is next transfer and I may not still be here but it’s not a huge deal to me whether I’m here or not just as long as they get married and baptized and stay active. We have a lot of miracles happening in this area and it’s been amazing to see. I unfortunately don’t have to much to say about this week it was fairly normal and we didn’t have anything amazing stand out to us this week. I love you all and I love reading all of your emails every week. That’s literally all that I have to say this week. Sorry everyone.
Me and Elder Williams have been extremely blessed this past week. We are on track to open 3 families processes this week and have 4 complete families baptized on the 12th of July. He and i will be working our butts off to get those processes open or we will die trying. To explain who they are the first family is Ignacio and Efigenia. They have done every single document themselves and have payed for it all themselves as well. They are a family that was no doubt prepared by the hand of the Lord and will be amazing members of the church here in Mozambique. The next is Nascir and Marta who I have been with the whole time now and we are finally getting them to open the process this week. The next is Seljio and Zerita who I began teaching with Elder Abel and will finish with Elder Williams. The last is a Mom named Zelia and her 2 kids. her story is different. Her family are neighbors to an extremely active family in our ward and her 12 year old son has been coming to church with this family for the past 3 months. Elder Williams and I invited him to be baptized on the 12 as well. Then we get a text from the branch president saying that he has to have complete support of the family as well or he can’t be baptized. So we went to her house taught the restoration to all of them, invited them to church. The whole family came. (the dad’s not in the picture) We then went back that day and invited her to be baptized with her son. SHE ACCEPTED!!! She said that she knows that our church is the true one and they will be baptized as a family!!! Its amazing what happens. I don’t think I have much else to say but just know that I love you all and pray for you all. It’s amazing to see the hand of the Lord here in Mozambique. Next week I hope I have good news about the processes.
Oh! One more story. We [stopped] at the church [one day] which is in our area
and as we are walking out the guard comes over and gives us a business card saying that a man had driven into the church parking lot, gets out of his car looks around for 5 minutes or so (if you are wondering why the guard didn’t say anything to him it will be explained) After looking around the man comes over, gives his card to the guard and says that he wants to come to our church. This man lives in my area, is an extremely wealthy high up in the government judge for Mozambique. Me and Elder Williams began to teach him and we have a lot of high hopes for him. That is all. Thank you for all your emails. Love you all!
First Area – Matola Mozambique
Elder Keck and Elder Abel
Elder Keck & Elder Abel
Elder Keck and Elder Abel (his trainer and district leader)
So yes, I promised some pictures last week but then the internet went down on the other computer in the place and I had to share my time with Elder Thomas so he could email his family as well. This week will be pictures though I promise. As for my new companion, Elder Williams, he is really cool. He is from Lehi Utah and is on his 7th transfer. He served 3 in the Manga 2 ward, 2 in Matola 2, and this will be his second in Matola 1. We’ve decided that the reason we are a co-senior companionship is because he speaks really good Portuguese and I know the area and the members and all the investigators. We are both always able to feel the spirit from the other when we are teaching and the investigators feel it as well. We currently have 3 families that are on track for the 12 of July to be baptized. Its been different having a different companion but its been a lot of fun.
Cool story from this week. We called a road contact to sit with and we finally sat with him. We didn’t have time to teach the Restoration so we did an “Our Purpose” lesson. They accepted marriage and baptism after a quick 10 minute lesson. We are going to start their documents this week. Also Ignacio and Efigenia are on their way to getting their process opened which is a huge blessing.
We have seen a lot of blessings in the work this week and have received a lot of new investigators as well as a lot of major progress in our progressing investigators. We’ve been extremely blessed and pray constantly that we can continue to be blessed. I love you all and can’t wait to hear from you again.
[His internet connection went down while trying to send pictures so no pictures this week again :(]
So transfers were today. I am very sad to announce that Elder Abel is leaving Matola 1 to be ZL up in Beira. I am staying here in Matola 1 with my new companion Elder Williams. Our companionship is what’s called a senior-senior companionship. He and I our both Senior Comps.
This means that he and I split the work and the lessons 50-50. I will be introducing him to the area and leading us around for the first few days because he doesn’t know it at all. I am very excited to work with him and be out of training and get into the real work on my own.
Last night was a very sad night for me. Elder Abel and I both had a feeling that he was leaving and so we went around to all our progressing investigators and he said goodbye to them all and told them that he would be leaving today. We could feel the spirit and the love we each had for our investigators as he said goodbye and we each told them how close we have felt to them. I am happy that I am still in Matola but I will miss him alot. What else is new is that Elder Hunsaker who was in the MTC with me will be in my district this transfer and I will get to live with him again. I am excited for that.
I don’t have any exciting news this week unfortunately other than we have started the work on Ignacio and Efigenia’s documents for marriage. Actually we haven’t done anything for it. They have done it all themselves and have plans to finish up all the ones she needs and we are gonna try and get his going this week and get that all started.
I love you all, and I am so happy to be here in Mozambique serving the Lord and building his church here where religion is really all people hold dear to here. Thank you all for your support and love. Until next week.