Monday, August 29, 2016

The Truth Will Set You Free!

This week was crazy, too crazy!

So many miracles happened and so many not so miracles happened.

I will start off with the good! Our zone had 30 baptisms on Saturday! That was crazy all in itself! There was so much to be organized. As well there were multiple marriages going on, so lots of repenting and craziness was going on in the chapel that day...

I do not think I have mentioned this yet, but we are working for the Manga stake. I worked in Manga when I was in Chamba, but because the Manga district is currently part of our Beira stake (where I currently am) we need to also have a certain amount of baptisms and frequencies to show that we can stand as our own stake without Manga. We have been working like crazy to achieve this! Baptisms after baptisms! But good news, the manga stake is being proposed at the end of September. Which means the Stake will most likely be created in October or November. How crazy it is to see the fruits of our labors?! We all have been working so hard for this. This will be the third stake in Mozambique. Hopefully, I am still up north for the creation! I will keep you all updated on this!

Also, in Baixa, we will be having a wedding this week! Pedro, a member, and Fatima, non-member, she will then be baptized this Saturday as well. We will have 2 more baptisms along with her, Gabriel and Romao!  Romao is from a part member family and Gabriel is a reference from a member.

Now for the bad, I will not be saying names just to keep anyone from getting offended. But, a very lovely Elder, who conveniently strongly dislikes me, decided to lie to our mission president and tell him that I am currently "having inappropriate relationships with young women in my ward". Before I continue let me emphasize the fact that HE LIED! I have not done such things. He simply lied to our President to get me out of our house. So I was Emergency Transferred to Maraza (also in Beira) and my President bought me a plane ticket to Maputo. I was very very very upset considering I knew it was a lie but no one believed me. I sat with our Zone Leaders and my companion and we explained everything and how it was a lie and I have never done anything. So I stayed in Maraza for 4 days then received a call from President Koch last night explaining how he misjudged the situation and how I would be staying in Baixa. So now I am back :) My president said "I would rather lose the money for your plane ticket than punish you for something that you did not do." Thank you President! As my mom always used to say that the truth will always set you free!!!!! Don't lie, it is not good!

To celebrate my staying in Baixa and not getting Et'ed, we cooked and ate shrimp.

So that was my rollercoaster of a week! Thanks for reading this long email. Love you all!


Here is a picture of me cooking the shrimp. 
Shrimp before being prepared and cooked!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Frutos de nosso trabalho

Bom Dia!

What a great week! So much happened!

First, we had 2 baptisms! Deolinda and Antonio! I attached a picture from the baptism. Both of them are so strong and have much time investigating the church! It was nice to see them finally baptized! 

Saturday was a pretty crazy day. We had a ward activity where we went to every single members house to update their records.... that took forever and was hard since no one has a real address here. But we found a ton of inactive members that we can start helping!

Also this week a couple of other missionaries and us had a family night with our Stake President and his family. It was so much fun. All of the family speaks English because they are from Zimbabwe so it was weird teaching in English... Also that was the first time I sang an English hymn on my mission. So. Weird. And the dinner we had was also amazing, they made us banana bread!!!!!! 

You know you have been out of America for too long when you have to renew your immigration documents... I also did that this week. I am officially legal to stay in the country for one more year... yay.

Another exciting part of my week was walking with an RM who just got back from her mission in April. She served in Georgia, so she speaks perfect English. It was nice just talking about America for a day and everything we miss from there haha!

We will hopefully be having a marriage this Saturday!!! The couple is called Fatima and Pedro. Pedro is already a member but Fatima is not. She is so strong! She has not missed church for a year!!! So if everything goes well with their marriage documents, they will finally get married. They are at the register as I type trying to open the process for their wedding! Lets hope for the best!

I think that is all for this week. Quite a bit more than usual... I hope you all have a great week!


Here is a picture of me, my companion, Deolinda, and Antonio. 
Here is a picture of me and a member, Milena.
I am forever happy that my area has part of the ocean.



Monday, August 15, 2016

Vencedores!

Bom dia pra todos! 

So, I won’t write too much, but I just wanted to give a quick update. 
My comp and me pretty much did what we call a whitewash, where both the missionaries are new to the area so, that has been stressful. But, we are finding many new people to teach and less active families that we did not already know! So the work is going. 

This week we will be having 2 baptisms! Deolinda and Antonio! That was a crazy experience. They are both very prepared. Antonio does not know how to read or write, so that has been a challenge that we have had to work around. 

I had a division this week with Elder Costa, from Brazil, so that he could do our baptism interviews. 

My district right now is a couple of Africans, Brazilians, and then me and Elder Perez, who is also from Chicago!!!!! Repping Chi-town!

Sorry that I do not have too much to say this week, but next week I can update a lot more!

Amo-vos! Espero que tenham uma boa semana!

Tchau!

Monday, August 8, 2016

New Companion

Boa tarde!

This week was pretty great! We have a couple great investigators. This week was mostly me trying to get to know the area since I just got here. We had interviews with President on Friday and those went super well! 

As you all can see, I have a new companion!!! His name is Elder Tovela. It is weird because he is from Maputo! So I actually knew him from when I was serving in Mahotas! He is called to serve in Durban, South Africa, but he has to wait for his Visa, so I am his comp and trainer! I am very excited to train again; it will help me grow a lot. 

Unfortunately, my old companion, Elder Sanders, went home. He had been having some personal problems, so he requested to go home. I am pretty sad about it, I really liked him a lot. But everything happens for a reason, right?

That is pretty much everything exciting that happened this week. I ate chicken stomach and it was actually super good. 

I hope you all have a good week!



Here is a picture of my new companion, Elder Tovela and me!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Downtown

Hey everyone! 

What a week. As I mentioned last week, I was transferred into the area of Baixa B! I am so excited! Baixa translates to downtown, so I am literally working in downtown Beira. I have never worked in a city, so it is a pretty big change for me... I am having to contact huge apartment buildings and walk 20 flights of stairs... It is a lot of work haha, and it doesn’t help that there are foot long rats running around... But it is a fun area, lots of work to get done. So if you want to look at my area, just Google Beira, Mozambique and that is it.

I will be serving with Elder Sanders from Kaysville, Utah and I am supposedly training him because our mission president extended his training for reasons I shouldn´t talk about :) But I am so happy to help him in any way that I can.

Not too much to write about this week! Getting to know a new area is always hard, but I am excited!

Have a great week! Seya!


Here is a picture of looking down a predio! (Apartment building)
I found an American flag in our house. So I put it on my bedroom door. And yes. I am wearing a flamingo tie.