Monday, May 15, 2017

Best Birthday Present Ever!

Well.... Hey folks, this is my last email to you all... Bittersweet.
This week has been crazy. I have been running around like crazy trying to say goodbye to a bunch of people because this week I won't have time to do a whole lot... 
I gave a talk yesterday in church! It was nice, although they made me speak for 30 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!! I was assigned 10 minutes.... Oh well, I guess I have 2 years of experience of publicly speaking, so it wasn’t too big of a deal.

I cannot honestly believe that 2 years have already passed. It passed by so fast (most of the time).
This week I will mostly be saying bye to all of my favorite families and a couple of dinner appointments. On Thursday morning I leave Nampula to Maputo, Friday (my birthday) I will buy souvenirs and visit Mahotas (my old area).  Saturday I will spend the day with the President; Sunday I will go to Mahotas for church then I have a coming home training and my final interview.  Monday I leave Maputo to South Africa then I am traveling until Tuesday morning at about 9:30 a.m. then I will arrive in Chicago! 
I was reading my emails from the beginning of my mission and I can say that my English is horrible. How am I supposed to go to college in 3 months??  I don’t know my native language, math, science, ANYTHING. Oh well...
I have honestly loved these past two years, though difficult, very rewarding! To all of those who actually wrote me, THANK YOU! To all of those who supported me in another way, THANK YOU! To everyone, THANK YOU for all of the support and love. I truly did feel the prayers and support even though I am on a different hemisphere than all of you.
It will be hard leaving Mozambique, especially the people here. I am expecting to have a bigger culture shock going home than I had coming here, so y’all will have to help me with that transition. They always say that going home is harder than entering the field.
I can say that I know this church is true and was restored by Joseph Smith. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that we are truly children of God, our Heavenly Father. 
It has been a good two years. Thanks again for everything that everyone has done.
Seya in a week! 
Elder Draney

Monday, May 8, 2017

Qual E A "Senna"??

Hey everyone! This is my penultima P-day!!! WOOT WOOT!
This week flew by! We had a special Zone Conference this week in Beira. We were supposed to leave on Thursday, but our flight got canceled... So we ended up having to catch a flight Friday morning. It was crazy though because the Zone Conference started at 9 and we landed at 9... But they were nice enough to wait for us to get there. We were running around like crazy though....
I met the new mission president, Presidente Senna! He is super cool and super funny. Too bad I only have 2 more weeks with him!
Friday night I went with Elder Chikopa, since we served together in Beira, and we visited a bunch of our families and members that we knew. Super nice. I am glad I got to see most of those people before I go home.
On Saturday, we went home. We left Saturday morning to Pemba then sat there for 7 hours. BUT SOMETHING AMAZING HAPPENED! The Mozambican President was ALSO going to Pemba that day, so when we landed there was a lot of commotion. We asked a bunch of people what was going on and they said that the president is coming. We saw his helicopter land and all their cultural dances and celebrations, super cool. I got kicked out of the airport though when he came cuz they thought we were from the CIA... awkward! I’m just a missionary doing missionary things. But I found a hidden place and we watched the president get into his car. He was like 10 feet away from me! I have passed 2 years here in Mozambique and only now am I seeing the president. Good way to close the mission I guess.
Well, that was my week. Super nice. Now I have to start saying bye to people here in Nampula because next week I leave to Maputo then HOME!
Next Monday is my FINAL Pday on the mission. Bittersweet!

Have a great week! Seya!  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mexican Vampires

Hey everyone!
Sorry for the late email! Yesterday was dia do trabalhador (labor day for ya english speakin folks), so everything was closed...

This week went well. We had a skype session with President and Sister Koch this week. They gave everyone some final words of advice then we said goodbye... So that was sad. Our new President, President Senna, got here on Friday!! We are flying down to Beira this week to meet him and his wife.
Yesterday I was helping a kid from our branch make some copies in our chapel of his math worksheets and I started getting super excited because it was calculus. But then I got sad because I forgot how to do it..... college will be fun here in a couple of months...
This week a member asked me and my comp if vampires really exist so of course we said yes. Then we went on to explain that is why Donald Trump wants to build a wall between America and Mexico because Mexico has lots of vampires... She believed us and now I think she is scarred for life. Opps!
Well, that is about it for this week! two more chances to write me!!! :))) Have a great week!

Here is a picture from a family night we had yesterday!