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Week of Finding (from the email on June 1st)

This has just been a crazy week of finding new families for us.

We have been going like crazy talking to everyone and any house we see that we feel has potential we go and knock on their door to try and sit with them. Because of this focus on finding Elder Heald and I were able to sit with 24 new investigators this week. Obviously some were better than others but it was very nice to plant that seed in the hearts of so many and even though some will not accept it immediately we know that one day because of the Lords love for His children He will soften the hearts of them and help them accept the one and true church some day in the future.

One new family I would like to share about is called Brandon and Vitoria. We were walking with a young woman one day who is preparing to serve a mission and is planning on leaving in October. We were teaching her how to do contacts and while Elder Heald was contacting someone nearby a man was approaching and Maria and I contacted him. I let Maria do all the talking and she did a great job and received his phone number. The next day we went there and had one of the most amazing restoration lessons ever. We were able to sit with him, his wife, their 2 15 year old sons their 9 and 6 year old daughters. That sunday Brandon and the 2 15 year old kids came to church, while the wife and the 2 daughters went to their old church to tell their old pastor that they have found a better church and wont be attending any more. It was truly awesome and I believe this family will progress to baptism and activity in the church.

Love you all.
Elder Keck
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Wedding! (From the email on May 25th) Lots of great pics!

This past weekend we had a lot of stress, but also a lot of fun. We were able to help 3 families get married, and baptized. 1 family decided to do a secret wedding because their family wasn’t going to be able to make it for the ceremony. The family that did that were named Carlos and Delfina. Then the other 2 families were able to participate in the wedding and they loved it. Pictures will be following. We, Elder Heald and I, did all of the planning and prep for the wedding. From making cakes, to the clean up, we were there. It kind of put a damper on the rest of the week but in our minds it was worth it to give these families a good wedding. Unfortunately I won’t be able to send the videos because those are what make it worth watching, but If people are interested, I will be more than happy to show them to you (I assume he means when he gets home- B).

Love you all.

"All the ingredients we needed for the seven cakes we had to make"

“All the ingredients we needed for the seven cakes we had to make”

Three of the finished cakes.  (Nate's cake making skills have greatly improved!)

Three of the finished cakes. (Nate’s cake making skills have greatly improved!)

The Brides and Grooms

The Brides and Grooms

One of the couples signing the wedding papers

One of the couples signing the wedding papers

The couples at the cake tables

The couples at the cake tables

The happy couple Jaime and Angelina

The happy couple Jaime and Angelina

Jaime and Angelina

Jaime and Angelina

The other happy couple Antonio and Amelia

The other happy couple Antonio and Amelia

The two couples together

The two couples together

The three families together at the baptism

The three families together at the baptism

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Biggest Piece of News of My Mission (from the email on May 18th)

We found out this past week that our new mission president, President Amoreen (I don’t know how to spell it) will no longer be our new mission president. He has been reassigned to Portugal because of health reasons and with the amount of traveling he has to do here it would be impossible because he needs to be by good hospitals and there is only one good hospital which is in Maputo. So if he were anywhere else he would be in trouble. Our new mission president is called Joni Koch. He is also from Brazil and was originally called to serve in Portugal, so all they really did is switch callings. He will still be getting here on July 1st and we are all pretty excited. We heard some good things about President Koch from the Castro Deus couple who are the senior couple up here in Beira. They both knew him from before as well and said he is a very Christlike man. Other than that there isn’t any new happenings. We will be spending a big chunk of our time preparing for the weddings this week. I will be sure to send pictures next week of it.

Love you all.

Photos of the week –  (Sorry but Elder Keck isn’t what you’d call super descriptive in his emails and his labeling of photos is about the same.  I’ve done the best I can with what I have to work with… Brad)

Elder Keck and Elder Holt right before Elder Keck transferred out of T3

Elder Keck and Elder Holt right before Elder Keck transferred out of T3

Elder Keck and Elder Larson

Elder Keck and Elder Larson

Elder Keck and Elder Mataveis

Elder Keck and Elder Mataveis

Elder Keck and Elder Walton

Elder Keck and Elder Walton

Elder Heald - Rockin the white jump suit.  The story on this is that they had a baptism and the jump suit that they gave Elder Heald was too small.

Elder Heald – Rockin the white jump suit. The story on this is that they had a baptism and the jump suit that they gave Elder Heald was too small.

Ditto

Ditto

Family Baptism - I kid you not, this is the description that I got from Nate for this picture....

Family Baptism – I kid you not, this is the description that I got from Nate for this picture….

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Things Here are a lot Different ( From the May 11th email)

I’ve fallen a bit behind on keeping Nate’s blog up to date.  I’ve repented and I’m getting it all caught up today – June 7th. – Brad

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After having spent almost my whole mission in one zone, to come up to a different one was weird. A lot is different here than in Matola. The work is a lot different. In Matola its not the easiest thing to baptize a family and you spend a lot of time preparing one family for baptism at a time. Obviously you have other families but there is always that one frontrunner. Here its more like a group of frontrunners. This past week Elder Heald and I were able to open the marriage process of 3 families who will do a big wedding on the 23rd of May. These next few weeks he and I will be working on planning and preparing this wedding. Its gonna be very stressful. I am really enjoying myself here though. I am really getting along with my companion and its so nice to be in a different place in the country.

I don’t really have a whole lot to report but I love you all and hope you have a good week.

Elder Keck