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Lamest Week on the Mission

This week has been the least eventful week on my mission so far. Tuesday was a regular day of work until about 16h when we get a call from President Kretly telling us that he’s gonna be stopping in Quelimane and giving a surprise leadership training to the missionaries and the ward leaders. So Elder Sip and I quickly taught our two lessons we had marked, ran home and made sure the chapel was already for president and sister Kretly to give the training. The training was really good and President gave us some ideas about how to help the branch here in Quelimane more.

Then Wednesday he took Elder Sip and I to go buy a pump because we hadn’t had water for about a week and a half in our house so we’d been taking bucket showers, and flushing the toilets with buckets and things like that. Anyways president takes us to buy the pump and then hires a plumber to come fix all the water problems in our house. Well the plumber started Wednesday and took all day Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. He also is coming back today or tomorrow to do more and we can’t leave the house while he is here because he is working in our bedroom and its sucked.

This Saturday Pablo and Zainabu are getting married and baptized and we are really excited about that. I’ll be sure to send pictures home the next Monday. Love you all.

Elder Keck

What we eat here

What we eat here

The Zambezi River

The Zambezi River

Elder Keck by the Zambezi River

Elder Keck by the Zambezi River

The big dark splotches are bats!

The big dark splotches are bats!

My special companion, Elder Sip

My special companion, Elder Sip

Elder Sip and Elder Keck in an intense game of Chutes & Ladders

Elder Sip and Elder Keck in an intense game of Chutes & Ladders

Elder Keck by the Zambezi River

Elder Keck by the Zambezi River

An old unused cathedral in Quelimane, Mozambique

An old unused cathedral in Quelimane, Mozambique

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My first week in Quelimane.

So after browsing the emails of the week I realized that Quelimane was not really all that well explained by me. So Quelimane is a city in the province of Zambezia. It’s a very small actual city and we aren’t allowed to leave the city because the districts around it are not the safest. The only missionaries here are me and Elder Sip. We are in the Nampula zone which is just all of the outside areas other than Maxixe. Our zone leaders are Elder Carvalho (Brazilian) and Elder Ujembe (Mozambican). All they do is call us Sunday night to get our stats. Other than that Elder Sip and I are left to our own devices. Elder Sip is in his 10th transfer and he is basically the 1st counselor in the branch council. He is actually the 2nd counselor but the 1st counselor is inactive and hasn’t come to church in over 2 months. And this past week we got maybe a total of 10 hours outside the chapel in our actual area. That’s because we are part of every single meeting that happens. And I have to be in the meetings as well because I am getting trained to replace Elder Sip in the Branch Presidency because he has been up here for a long time and may leave soon. The branch itself is 60 people and the chapel is actually the missionaries house which really really sucks. We can’t leave if there are people here. 

As for the area I really like it. The people are really nice here and the members that are active are incredibly strong. I did find out that this is the hottest area in the Mission though so that will be rough but I’m sure I’ll be fine. Elder Sip and I opened a process this past friday and the couple: Pablo and Zainabu will be getting married and baptized this saturday. So that’s a really great blessing. We are gonna work really hard this week to find those families that are being prepared to hear the gospel this transfer so that the branch can continue to grow. It will be hard work but luckily for me Elder Sip is [willing] to get out and work with me. I am looking forward to my time here and think we will be really blessed. 
 
I also had to speak yesterday in sacrament. The sucky part was I only had about 45 minutes notice. The person assigned to speak got sick and ended up not being able to make it so President Mbunda asked me to speak on covenants. 
 
Thats all for this week. Love you all and have a good week. 
 
Elder Keck