Oh My Lanta. I LOVE AFRICA!!! Ok, so this past week has been SO crazy, but I have loved every second of it. I am still getting used to the time change and the culture, but it is still amazing. We left on Monday and got to Maputo on Wednesday. I was sooooo exhausted because of the time change and I only got about 4 hours of sleep over those 3 days. So we went to the mission home and ate a little bit then went straight to bed. We slept for 15 hours, so that explains how tired we were. Once we finally woke up we had a couple of trainings just explaining the areas and what we should be doing and the rules specific to our mission. We have to take 2 showers a day in order to stay clean... Which I wouldn´t mind but we do not have warm water so it is the part of my day I dread the most... Anyway, you would all be so surprised at how cold it is here! I go outside and start shivering! We are in the middle of winter at the moment, so it will only get warmer. So after our trainings we went to the Mission President´s house. It was so nice! We had interviews, a lesson, and dinner. It was a ton of fun! The next day we packed and the AP´s took all of the new missionaries to lunch. We ate at a restaurant called `Mundo´s´ It was so good! To be honest, I have loved every food I have had here! It is all so simple, but so delicious. Their mango juice here is AMAZING and puts America´s to shame. Same with their pudding! We each headed out to our areas and met our trainers. So my area is the city of T-3 and my trainer is Elder Brown from Provo. He is so cool and we get along great! We went straight to work when I got there. After a couple of meetings we started to go to a families house. On the way a bunch of drunk women stopped us.... So 1) the people here LOVE white people and 2) the women here especially love the white people... So after a quite awkward conversation we got away and ran to the family´s house. Welcome to Africa, I guess? The family we visited is amazing! The little girls all played with and petted my hair. They all love our hair here because of how soft it is... Anyway, the next day was amazing. We had 8 baptisms! Can you believe that?!?! My second day here and we already baptized 8 people!! With another possible one for this week! We held the service and confirmed them yesterday. What a huge blessing to witness this so quickly on my mission. I don´t exactly know how to spell (or even say) their names yet, but I will tell you once I figure that out. We try to focus on and baptize families! We baptized 5 kids from a family and the other 3 are another family. The parents need to wait to be married before they can get baptized. Marriage is a huge problem down here. It is extremely expensive for people to get married, so people just don´t do it. So working through that can be a struggle, but we do our best. It is hard to ask so much from people that have so little. The poverty here is extremely hard to see. Things that I never really thought about before are starting to mean the world to me. Things like hot water or even shoes! So many people do not have shoes... On a happier note, I am starting to pick up some of their normal culture here! They do not shake hand like most people. They do these cool handshakes and are much better and look much cooler in my opinion haha Well, that is pretty much everything eventful as of right now. I will definitely update you more next week! Right now I am just trying to get used to the area and all of that. Love you all!!!! Tchau! BTW my new P-Day is on Monday´s.
P.S. Indeed the toilets do flush the opposite direction here and the southern constellations are SO cool!
I will try to send the pictures next week, the computers here do not like to send pictures. Sorry!