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Back to Normal

We were able to have a normal work week this week. No serious wedding preparations, no meetings and just old fashioned hard work. We were very blessed this week. We were able to find a few new families that have some potential. We will have to see how that works out. We are focusing right now on preparing the ones that are getting baptized at the end of the transfer so many of our lessons are going to them. We have a man and wife with their 3 children as well as 2 more single mothers who will be getting baptized. One of the single mothers is named Fatima, and her brother is actually serving a mission right now. He is serving in the Swaziland part of our mission. And the other woman is named Ulga. She has investigated the church for forever and just kind of fell away, but we were able to baptize her two daughters last week and now she is very interested in getting baptized as well. Please pray for these people that everything works out and that they get baptized.

It has been made clear to me that I have not explained much about my companion. His name is Elder Stowe. He is from Tawila (Brad -I think he’s trying to say Tooele) Utah. He is 21 and he is really cool. We get along really well. We are able to work hard but have fun together. He has a lot of desire to learn Portuguese and is learning really quickly. He also has a lot of leadership qualities, and I am positive will be a leader on this mission one day. In other cool news, last monday at around 17 in the afternoon I got a call from President Koch. He was calling all the Zone Leaders and introducing himself and explaining his schedule for our meeting. It was nice to talk to him and get rid of that new mission president apprehension. We will be having personal interviews and a meeting with him this friday morning. Love you all.

Elder Keck
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Wedding and Baptism! (From email dated July 5th, 2015)

We were blessed once again this past week with a wedding and baptism. We were able to marry the family of Esmael and Regina and baptize them along with 2 young women who have been coming to church for quite some time named Sonia and Sofia. The wedding went smoothly and now we are going to focus on the next family which will be married on the 25th of July. We were able to go and open their wedding process this past Friday. The name of their family is Joao and Maria and they will be baptized with their 3 oldest kids.We will also be preparing another single mother for that day as well. She is the last member in a family that is all members.
We are staying very busy and will be really focusing on finding this week. We will aslo be preparing to host a zone conference this upcoming week where we will all meet President and Sister Koch and be interviewed by them.Its been a strange feeling not having President Kretly as my mission president. I am sure I will love President and Sister Koch just as much but it honestly felt like losing a father and mother figure when President and Sister Kretly left. They were there when I started my mission and so in a way I felt like I grew up with them, and now I’m like a 17 year old kid who’s parents like died and I went into a foster home for like that last year before I turn 18. I like the example and I think it works. Anyways I love all of you have a great week.
Elder Keck
Esmael and Regina

Esmael and Regina

Esmael and Regina again

Esmael and Regina again

The Happy Couple - Esmael and Regina

The Happy Couple – Esmael and Regina

Esmael and Regina with their Padrinho and Madrina who were baptized 2 months ago

Esmael and Regina with their Padrinho and Madrina who were baptized 2 months ago

the baptism of everyone (I think he means everyone he described in the email)

the baptism of everyone (I think he means everyone he described in the email)

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Sick week (from email dated June 28th 2015)

This week was pretty lame missionary work wise. Elder Stowe got a stomach virus on wednesday which lasted through Friday at which point I got that same stomach virus. We were out for just about the whole week. We were able to still get some work done though. We were able to open the marriage process of one of our families. They will be baptized this weekend along with a couple of other young people. Unfortunately the other couple will have to wait a few weeks until the 25th of July when we will marry and baptize them. Its still a huge blessing to baptize this family and they are extremely prepared. Next week everyone should be getting some photos of the wedding and baptism and as always I will stock up on video to show when I get home. I hope everyone has a good week love you all.

Elder Keck
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The Week (Elder Nates subject line… from an email dated June 22nd, 2015)

This week was actually pretty cool.  Since transfers were postponed they were released on Wednesday and the Assistants told me I should be the only one who goes and looks at transfers and then call the duplas in my zone. So to me that was really exciting. So to explain whats going on in our house. I now live with my companion Elder Stowe who is really cool and we get along super well and have a lot of fun together, as well as Elder Finau the DL and Elder Adams his companion. We have a good house we all get along really well. I don’t know if anyone remembers Elder Palu, I lived with him back in my 3rd and 4th transfers while he was getting trained. Anyways Elder Finau is his cousin and they came out together.

Yesterday we had a goodbye devotional with President Kretly and it was pretty amazing. He talked to the stake about the importance of going to the temple and showed a video about saints in a city called Menaus in Brazil who all made this hard journey to the temple in a caravan. And after that the the stake president got up and announced that the first temple caravan of Beira will be leaving July of 2016 and that preparations will begin immediately. When I heard that I was ecstatic. It made me so happy to know that the stake is planning to help these people get to the temple and do their ordinances.

In the terms of work, Elder Stowe and I will be opening two wedding processes this week to help 2 families be married and baptized on the 4th of july.They are awesome families. One is called João and Maria and they will be baptized with their 14 year old daughter helina their 12 year old son Francisco and their 9 year old daughter Amélia. The other family is named Ismael and Regina and they are a younger couple that just have 2 small children but they are also amazing. Its an exciting time for us and the work of the Lord is always moving forward. Its gonna be an interesting next couple of weeks with the transition of the new Mission President.
Here are some photos of the wedding and baptism.
Love you all.
(I didn’t get any info on these pictures but I believe they are the ones that he couldn’t upload from the previous week.  Sorry I don’t have names so no idea who is who…)
The wedding before the baptism

The wedding before the baptism

The baptism photo

The baptism photo

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Sort of transfers! (From email dated June 15, 2015)

Transfers were postponed to this Wednesday actually but that doesn’t mean nothing is changing. Last night the assistants called me and told me that I would be training a brand new missionary again. This is the third one now. His name is Elder Stow and he is from somewhere in Utah. I haven’t met him and so I will fill you guys in next week about him but he will be getting here tonight at about 6 o clock. I am actually not very excited about it (edit – He meant not very excited about training again. It had nothing to do with Elder Stow.) because this past transfer has been amazing. My companion and I got along really well, to the point of being like best bros, and he is a missionary who has a good amount of time on the mission so the way we split it was, I would focus on the zone and the trainings and all that great stuff, while he would focus on the area, and because of the way we were able to do that we were able to baptize 6 families this past transfer, but I know Heavenly Father will bless me with strength to be able to take care of the missionaries in the Beira zone and still give our area the attention it needs.

In other words Elder Heald and I were able to marry and baptize 2 families this past saturday. Jon and Paula and Jon and Dina. It was an awesome wedding and as always I have a lot of video I will share with everyone when I get home, if they so desire. But the wedding and the baptism both ran smoothly as well as the confirmations on Sunday. This past weekend was pretty crazy because the group of missionaries going home was the biggest group in Mozambique Maputo Mission history. We lost 16 missionaries, and so in the 2 houses by each other there were 4 missionaries over 4 areas and 3 wards. It was a pretty hectic Sunday. One dupla went to the far ward while me and the other missionary went to our ward, then ward council then another ward. We were at church for a totla of 6 hours. We also helped a family get their temple reccommends. They will be leaving in October or November. It was really awesome. Heres some phottos. Love you all.
I apologize the computers arent accepting any of our means of sending photos sorry about that. You will get them next week.
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A YouTube Video about the Mozambique, Maputo Mission

From Brad –

At the end of their mission President and Sister Kretley did a web conference and invited the parents of current and upcoming missionaries to hear their report on their mission. It was a wonderful meeting and it was great to see and hear from the Kretleys. During the conference they shared the following video and I am posting a link here for all to see.

Enjoy,

Brad

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Opposite of Last Week (from email dated June 8th 2015)

There is almost absolutely nothing to report this week. We were stuck in the house sick all week because of a stomach virus that infected everyone in the house but me. It was pretty bad, and pretty lame. We went out and bought a fake monopoly game that made us all happy. In cool news Elder Heald and I were able to open 2 more wedding processes this past week, and so 2 more families will be getting married and baptized on this Saturday. Of course I will have pictures and all that next week. I ask that everyone please pray for a family called Jon and Paula because they were just hit with a major financial difficulty that was close to keeping them from getting married this saturday. They are continuing to go through with it but its requiring a lot of faith on their part. Sorry for the lame update. Next week is transfers and we will see what happens.

Elder Keck