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Time Flies When You’re Working Hard

The time is flying by. It doesn’t feel like I am entering into my 6th month here in T-3. It feels like I left Quelimane just yesterday. This week passed in the blink of an eye. Its hard to beleive that its already p-day again. We were able to do some good work this week and see some progress in some of our families. We also found a good new one called Raymundo and Marta who if everything goes well will be opening the process in about 2 weeks time (Note: When Nate refers to “opening the process” that means they are starting to do all the paperwork for a couple to get married. It is time consuming and the Missionaries help a lot during the whole process). They have been coming to church for some time and we have a lot of hope for them. We are just still working hard on finding the families prepared for the lord. To quote myself from last night during the follow up with the zone leaders “We are just digging through some stuff to find the pieces of diamond.” Its a work in progress but slowly we are starting to see some miracles in this district. A dupla just opened the wedding process for another family who will be getting married and baptized in may. We are seeing alot of document progress with our current families and the other dupla is also having a lot of success.

In other [news] the missionaries hosted a ward activity this past Saturday. We hosted what is possibly the first ever easter egg hunt in mozambique. We bought 60 eggs and 4 things of nail polish and painted them all.
Hand Painted with Nail Polish

Hand Painted with Nail Polish

It was fun. We also caused a water balloon fight and then showed a movie about the ressurection and life of christ. It went well. Then on Sunday the missionaries performed the song “nearer my god to thee” and alot of the members came upto me and my companion telling us that we almost made them cry (hopefully because the spirit was there) Also the young woman president told me she is gonna start a choir with the young women so that they can perform. It was all really nice to just kind of serve the ward.
Love you all.
Other Pictures from this week –
Mozambiquan Painting of the Salt Lake Temple

Mozambiquan Painting of the Salt Lake Temple

Painting of the Standard of Liberty

Painting of the Standard of Liberty

Painting of the Flag of Mozambique

Painting of the Flag of Mozambique

What passion fruit looks like on the inside

What passion fruit looks like on the inside

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This Week

This week was really busy but a really fruitful and successful week. We were able to sit with a lot of new families and I’d like to talk about two of them. The first one is Ze and Camila. Ze was a contact we made on the road. He was really nice and we marked a visit. We went to the visit and he was there with his wife Camila who was an extremely nice woman and very interested. The coolest part is the other family I will talk about. When we went there we didn’t just meet Ze and Camila’s family but also Ze’s brother Elton and his wife Sara. We taught the restoration to all 4 of them and it was an amazing lesson. They all accepted to be baptized in the end of may and are all really interested in the church. Then this sunday rolls around and unfortunately Ze and Elton were called into work but we walked with their wives and children to church and they loved it so much. They said they never want to miss. We will be continuing to visit with them and work with them to be baptized. Also please keep sara in your prayers she is pregnant but is past due and his having a lot of bad dreams about her baby. We gave her a blessing last night but any extra help would be appreciated. Another funny story is about Elder Holt’s and mine recent convert Gina. Gina was baptized 3 weeks ago and this past thursday I was finally able to bring her a picture of her baptism. She took it and kissed it and was super happy. The best part comes next. Elder Holt’s mom had sent him a bunch of CTR rings to give to the people he baptizes. Well we wanted to give one to Gina and we showed it to her and she loved it. Gina is really funny and she wouldn’t take it from him. She made him put it on her finger. As he was trying to put it on her pinky finger she moved her ring finger in front of it and he almost just married her. Then the next day at church we say hi to her and we notice that she has moved the ring to her left ring finger. Elder Holt now has a fiance here in Mozambique.

Now for a more sad story. One thing that I kind of came into africa expecting was the fact that I would get to know people and love them and help them but because of the way things are here they would pass away before their time. In Quelimane I baptized a young man named Elias Dos Santos Antonio. He was an amazing young man who had such a strong desire to go to the temple, and serve a mission. He often asked Elder Sip and I if there was a way he could go to the temple and serve before his one year mark was up. He also would use his days off to go teach people about the church in the areas we weren’t allowed to go. Unfortunately I got a call from the missionaries in Quelimane that Elias got sick and passed away this past Monday. A little over 6 months after his baptism. It really brought a lot of sadness to Elder Sip and I, but the cool thing is, is that because of our knowledge Elias was taken from this life for a greater purpose, probably teaching the gospel.
Love all of you and I hope you have a good week.
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No Big News (Nathans Subject Line so I went with it, again….)

This week we didn’t have any cool stories happen or any big news. It was just work like normal. Except on Wednesday. On Wednesday it was originally planned that I would be going on an exchange with Elder Mataveis and Elder Holt would be with Elder Mochaki. We had already planned our day and were getting ready for bed when we got a call from the assistants to president telling us that a meeting we had planned for a different day had been moved to Wednesday and would start at 3 pm. This really put a big wrinkle in our plans because it takes about 2 hours to get to the office from here by chapa and 2 hours to come back and the meetings generally last about 3 hours. That’s 7 hours in the middle of the day just gone. Well after the meeting we didn’t count on the fact that it was rush hour coming back from Maputo and it ended up taking us 4 hours to get home. We lost the whole day of work. But we were able to take advantage of the other days and we found a couple of good new families as well as make some progress with some of the older ones. We are just working like normal. Sorry to not have any exciting stories for anyone this week. I love you all. Hope you all have good weeks.

Elder Keck
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Since Nate didn’t send any pictures this week I took the liberty of boosting a couple pictures from his companions blog (http://elderanthonyholt.blogspot.com/)
If you want a better description of how the week went click on the link to read Elder Holt’s take on things. ┬áMuch more descriptive!
Elder Holt & Elder Keck eating Sugar Cane, a treat loved by the locals, "it's like eating mouthfuls of slivers that have been soaked in sugar water!"

Elder Holt & Elder Keck eating Sugar Cane, a treat loved by the locals, “it’s like
eating mouthfuls of slivers that have been soaked in sugar water!”

(Brads Note: No idea what Nate is wearing for pants in this shot above but maybe it’s a “when in Rome…” kinda thing)

Elder Keck giving Elder Holt a haircut!

Elder Keck giving Elder Holt a haircut!

(Brads Note: I have to say, Elder Holt is one brave soul!!)

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Baptism of Gina

We were blessed with another miracle this past weekend. We were able to baptize Gina. I don’t know if I ever talked about Gina but she has a cool story. She used to go to a bunch of diferent churches and they never made her feel any different so she quit going. Then one sunday she got up, took a bath, got ready, and decided she was just gonna find a random church and go in. Between where she lives and our church there are about 5-6 different churches, and the Lord just kind of directed her past all of them and brought her to the right one. She went for about 2-3 weeks when finally a member showed her to us and we started visiting her. 2 months later she was baptized. It was a really cool experience and I feel like it was a good way to get my new companion excited about the work. What better way to end your first week of missionary work than with a baptism?

Baptism of Gina (Sorry, Nate didn't say who's who in the photo)

Baptism of Gina (Sorry, Nate didn’t say who’s who in the photo)

The other cool story of this week actually started about a week and a half ago. When Elder Mochaki and I were still together we were going down to visit Mercia, when a man stopped us. He was named Jake, and he told us he wanted to start attending our church and where he could find it. We started explaining it and then we felt prompted to ask him where he lived and who with. We found out that he lived close by with his wife. We took his number down determined to call him the next week. Now I am with Elder Holt and we call him and mark to visit him on thursday. We mark to meet him by a store-esque thing that’s hard to explain. His wife actually comes and gets us (which is a really good sign) and we go and visit them. We actually found out that they had been to church the sunday after we had invited him. He also told us he’d never been to church before and he figured he would try ours to see how church is. It truly is amazing to see how the Lord prepares people. I will try my best to keep you all posted on how Jake and Rakel progress.

Love you all.

Elder Keck