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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