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Transfers – January 12, 2015

Its like Christmas all over again. I don’t know how other missions do it but here we don’t get calls. We find out if we are leaving the day of. We will go to internet and find out where we are going if we are going that day. And then we leave that night. Nothing has changed for me with transfers. I am still training Elder Mochaki in T-3 and the house is like the same. I am really excited to stay this transfer. We have about 6 people that are preparing to be baptized in the coming month. The first 3 are Claudio, Edson, and Alberto. They are these 3 twenty year olds who are doing awesome. Yesterday we walked with Claudio to a lesson and he did awesomely. He and Alberto both want to serve missions in a year. Edson still isn’t sure. The next 2 are Francisco and Olga. They are a couple from Beira who will be opening the marriage process in about 2 weeks and from there get married and baptized in February. Then we have Flavio and Joice. Flavio was baptized a while ago in the mid 2000’s and afterwards he and Joice moved in together and had a kid. So now we are preparing them to get married and for her to get baptized. We are going to work extremely hard to be obedient and diligent so that these people can get baptized. Its going to be an awesome transfer full of miracles. One piece of transfer news: My trainer Elder Abel who trained me a year ago has been moved to swaziland to be the ZL there. I got the chance to talk to him this morning. Thats all for this week. Love you all.

Elder Keck

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January 5, 2015 – Week 8

[I asked Nate about availability of seafood in Mozambique – Lisa]:  Seafood is really expensive here. Unless you buy it off the street which we aren’t allowed to do for obvious reasons. As for my new years it was pretty bad. We ate lunch on Wednesday and then as we were walking my stomach started to hurt. I didn’t think much of it but then after a lesson on our way home (we had to be in at 7) it started hurting really bad. I got home and just took of my clothes and laid in bed. about an hour later I got up ran to the bathroom and threw everything up. Then I was throwing up or diahreaing for the next two days. I was really hot and had a fever and they shut our power off that night because of the parties and so I didn’t have an air conditioner. First time sick on the mission and I am not a fan.

We are going into week 8 of the transfer today. Last Monday we were supposed to have transfers but President postponed it to this week. Then this week he postponed it again until next week because of some of the Mozambican missionaries going to their actual missions. Its officially the longest transfer of my mission. This last week was fantastic though. We found a new family we are teaching called Rodriguez and Regina. They are a younger couple who we contacted outside their house one night. We went back a little while later and taught them the restoration, they were both really attent, and interested and at the end of the lesson he was demanding that we come walk with them to church on Sunday. Then later in the week we taught them the book of mormon and they were really excited to start reading. During that lesson they expressed their desire to live with the other for eternity. I can’t wait to teach this family about temples. Then Sunday comes around and he sends a message saying they aren’t at home so we couldn’t walk with them to church. But they came on their own and loved it! Regina wanted to get up and bear her testimony during testimony meeting, but it ended before she could. Another cool thing is, while we were outside waiting for them to come to church a man rode by on a motor cycle. Then passed again. Then came back and parked and entered in. I thought he looked familiar and as he got closer I realized it was Inacio. Inacio is the man in one of the families I baptized back in Matola 1. It was amazing to get to see him and chat with him a little. During testimony meeting the 3 mission aged young men we are teaching all got up and bore their testimonies. They are getting baptized in about 3 weeks and brought a friend to church so they wanted to testify to him that this is the true church. It was a really awesome Sunday for us. I love you all and hope you have a good week!

Elder Paulino and Elder Keck (he left to go to the temple for the first time and then on to his mission in Angola)

Elder Paulino and Elder Keck (he left to go to the temple for the first time and then on to his mission in Angola)

Elder Pedro and Elder Keck (he left to go to the temple for the first time and then on to his mission in Angola)

Elder Pedro and Elder Keck (he left to go to the temple for the first time and then on to his mission in Angola)

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December 29, 2014 – Shortest email yet!

I finally have appreciation for telephones in this work. On Monday we were in the city for P-day and while getting into a chapa someone reached into my pocket and took my phone out. I didn’t get a new one until this Friday and so all the lessons we had were by door knocking and surprise visits to our investigators. I was able to Skype with my family this past week which was fantastic to see them all and hear how they were doing. Their is not really anything for me to say about the week. Love you all. Have a good new year.

So I got the packages. But the one that had the contacts and contact fluid was opened. The contacts never made it to me. I got the fluid and everything else though so no worries. Also tell dad that I am good on Clothes and ties and shoes. I haven’t even had to use my second pair of shoes yet. It was great to see everyone this week. Especially nice to see Ryan smiling and talking.

Elder Keck

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Feliz Natal – 12/22/14

Feliz Natal para todos. I got my new companion last MOnday and his
name is Elder Mochaki. He is awesome. He is from South Africa, and was
in the Brazil MTC. He loves the work and he is really excited. He
already knows the doctrine of the lessons, and is willing to teach
with me. He speaks portuguese fairly well and I think that in a little
while he will be able to speak fluently. He and I get along really
well and are excited to work and see miracles in our area these
upcoming weeks. I don’t have a whole lot today since I will see a big
part of you on Wednesday when I Skype home. This week was our Zone
conference and I got to see a lot of old friends. I was able to see
Elder Thomas, who I lived with for 3 transfers, Elder Schacterle who I
lived with for 3 as well, and Elder Jarvis who lived with me for 2.
Also Elder Coelho from Quelimane came down and it was awesome to see
everyone. After the conference we had a Christmas party, with
delicious food, the slideshow, and skits from every district. It was a
lot of fun, but we didn’t get home until late that night. This Wednesday the Ponds (a missionary couple assigned to T-3) invited us to eat dinner with them which is very exciting and I can’t wait for the food.  Still haven’t gotten the packages but they will come. I love you all and hope you have a great Christmas.

The T-3 district

The T-3 district

Elder Mochaki and I after getting caught in a rainstorm ( you can see who is new)

Elder Mochaki and I after getting caught in a rainstorm ( you can see who is new)

Elder Keck

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Big News

So this last week was Elder Cummings last week on the mission. He is going home two weeks before transfers because if he didn’t he would miss 3 christmases with his family. Anyways our week was not the best. We had about 18 lessons and found three new families, 2 of which are actually good. Anyways I had been making plans to walk with another Dupla for when I couldn’t get members to walk with me out in the area. Then last night when I was planning with the other Dupla the Assistants called me and told me they would be bringing my new companion over today. I don’t know his name all I know is he is from South Africa and that he is probably black. I am super pumped. He is coming right out of the MTC so I will get to be teaching portuguese this transfer! Last night we had the Christmas Devotional for the Maputo District and all the Missionaries sang and did a presentation of the Christmas story. It was really nice and it actually gave me the Christmas Spirit. Thats a big deal in my family since I am like the only one who doesnt enjoy christmas things. Tomorrow we have our Zone conference and mission christmas party. So we will be losing a whole day in the area which is lame but it will be a good refocuser. As for miracles this week we just focused on getting people to church, but one byn one all our families said theyw ouldn’t make it. Then Sunday came around and we had 2 complete families there from like out of nowhere. It was a huge miracle because we were looking at having zero.

This past week we´ve had experiences where I would pray and whatever I asked for would be given. We were wandering knocking doors without success, when we stopped and prayed and I asked heavenly father to help us find a new family. In 10 minutes we were in a house with a new family teaching the restoration. Then again on a division all of our lessons were dropping and I said we need to pray for help. I prayed again that we would find someone to teach again. We were walking past this house with the door open and I felt to stop and call out to them. A man came out officially married and welcomed us in. They explained they had been fooled by the devil for years and were trying to find god again but were looking for the right church. It was amazing.

I love you all I hope you all have great spiritual weeks and great christmas activities…?

Elder Cummings, Elder Paulino, Elder Herd and Elder Keck shining shoes for free as a finding activity [I think they could use a little shine themselves]

Elder Cummings, Elder Paulino, Elder Herd and Elder Keck shining shoes for free as a finding activity [I think they could use a little shine themselves]

Elder Keck

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December 8, 2014

[I am way behind and will start catching up – Lisa]

This week has been the definition of busy. We have been tiring ourselves to death everyday to find new familes, as well as teaching the old ones. Once again the lord is showing his hand in this work. We have found 3 new families this week that we have high hopes for. The first is Manuel and Francisca who were extremely attentive to the restoration and accepted everything. When we went back to teach the book of Mormon and review the restoration they remembered everything so well it was amazing. The next is Mozel and Artimeza. Elder Cummings taught them on a division and said it went well but he had to convince them to try coming to church this sunday. Then we went back on saturday and reinvited them to going to church and the husband Mozel was like no I have all these things I have to do, this sunday wont work. And we just sat in silence for like a minute while he just thought, and then he said no I think it will be possible, yes I will come. And they did! And they loved it. It was great. The last one is Elydio and Lionor who are already married in the register. They don´t have a church but they are looking for one and we showed up at the exact right time. Thank you for all the prayers and emails this week. Have a good week.

Elder Keck