Transfers have come and some things have changed. Instead of leaving the area in the hands of my newly trained companion I am now training another new missionary in this area. He is called Elder Holt, he is from St. George Utah and he actually knows Elder Cummings younger brother so he was like “Elder Cummings says hi to everyone”, and I like freaked out. For those who don’t know, Elder Cummings was my companion before Elder Mochaki and I actually (served with him when he) finished his mission. So now our house is like this. In T-3A: Elder Mochaki and Elder Mataveis who are both in their 3rd transfers and just finished training. T-3B: Elder Laresen who is one of the Zone Leaders here in Matola training Elder Walton. T-3C: This is Elder Holt’s and mine area and as well as training I am also the T-3 District Leader. Its gonna be a pretty exciting transfer. We are pretty hopeful to see some miracles this transfer.
One cool story is the other night we were walking and contacted a man who gave us a reference. He said he didnt know the woman very well, but he thought she needed a visit. We took her number down and marked a visit for Saturday. We get there and find out that she is 28 years old living with her 8 year old son in her Aunt and Uncles house. When I asked about the Husband she told us that he had died 2 years ago and she misses him a lot. She was very interested in the plan of salvation and then she came to church yesterday which was way awesome. Every one please continue to pray for Ana Paula that she and her son can be baptised on the day of may 2nd. Thanks for all the prayer and loves.
This is a family Elder Mochaki and I got to work with for a little while. They are called Jose and Felicidade. Translated its Joseph and Happiness. They are awesome!
This is our new Recent-Convert Mercia. She is awesome. We found her about 2 months ago. She was actually a reference from another family and it’s been awesome to teach her. Her Husband died about 6 years ago, she is 30 years old and raising 4 kids on her own. She was really excited to hear about how she could see her husband again. At first she was worried we were talking about bringing him back from the dead like a witch. But then we taught the plan of salvation and she understood. We are really excited to continue helping her prepare to go to the temple and get sealed with her family for eternity.
Mercia with her sister, neices, our 1st counselor in the bishopric, and us
In other news this week, Elder Tuigamala was emergency transferred to Swaziland and Elder Ball got sent to Magoanine so Elder Mochaki and I are currently covering two areas for a week and a half until next week when transfers come. Its nice to work over there its just hard to not get lost. It’s tiring and this week we’ve been losing power and water about everyday and its hard to sleep with 95 degree weather and mosquitos all over the place, but its been nice to get that real Mozambique experience in again, since I’ve left Quelimane.
Elder Tuigamala. Lived with him for about 4 months and absolutely love him. I will hang out with him when we are home
Thats everything for the week. Love you all.
This week was a fairly normal week for us. We are really focusing on finding this week. Last week after dropping those families we were left with only 4 families we were teaching so we realized we needed to really focus on teaching new families this week. The Lord answered our prayers because we were able to sit with 4 new families this past week and have more marked for us to visit with this upcoming week. It’s been a huge blessing. We as a mission have a contact goal of making 35 qualified contacts a week, which is 35 potential new families to sit with a week. We’d been having trouble sitting with new families before and we kind of realized it was because we weren’t reaching the 35 contacts. So the week before last we really strived to get that goal. We did and last week showed the fruits of our efforts so we worked again to get the contact goal and we did, so we are hoping that we will continue sitting with new families.
Also I got a pretty solid testimony of the power of fasting. This past fast Sunday I fasted for 2 investigators named Mercia and Gina. Mercia just lost her older sister and was kind of depressed, and hadn’t been to church for 2 weeks, and is marked to be baptized on the 14th of march. I fasted she’d come back to church and that she’d still be ready to be baptized on the 14th and she came. Then when we visited she said that she needs to be baptized on that day. She said she needs to be a member of this church so she can start preparing to go to the temple and get sealed with her late husband it was an awesome lesson. The other investigator I fasted for was Gina. She hadn’t been able to come to church for 3 weeks because of work including yesterday. We were preparing to go there and be kind of direct with her and tell her that if she doesn’t come that next Sunday we wouldn’t be able to return and visit. When we got there almost the first thing she said was that she quit her job because it was taking her away from church too much and she could tell the difference. She will be baptized on the 28th of march and is extremely excited for it.
I love you all and hope you have a good week. Till next time.
We had a baptism this past Saturday! His name is Alberto P. We arm-wrestled once and I ws trying my hardest, and he was just laughing, and I couldn’t move his arm and so he just said we tied. It was slightly humiliating but extremely funny. To me. Anyways he is an awesome young man, and after his baptism he asked us how serving a mission was. I said hard but rewarding, then he asked how long it was. I said two years. He said he is gonna do it in a year. And so to help him and Claudio (the one we baptized last Month) we had the idea of calling them as the ward missionaries over their area because its very far for us. Anyways they will be in charge of finding teaching and preparing the people for baptism, with Elder Mochaki and I overseeing the preparation and giving them additional training as its needed. So now it’ll be like I am training 3 missionaries instead of just the one.
In 3 weeks we will be baptizing a 30 year old widow named Mercia and her 8 year old son. They are an awesome family. She is really accepting of the commandments and always points out the logical reasoning behind them, not just the fact that they’re commandments. She comes to church every week and has a very strong testimony.
Unfortunately Elder Mochaki and I had to “prune our section of the vineyard” this past week. We dropped 3 families we were teaching that just werent showing enough progress. I know one day they will be baptized now just isnt their time. I hope you have a good week and I’ll send you the baptism photos.
The man in the dress is the one who baptized him. It was the last clean white clothing we had. I imagine it felt nice on that hot day.