Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Week 23

This week has been a pretty good week. It was transfer week. Like I said last week, I am being transferred up to the Beira area. It’s called Chimoio. But for a couple weeks I will be in the branch of Beira 1. We are just waiting for the elders from the Brazilian MTC to get here. Than after that, off to Chimoio. I got here Saturday night. So I have only been working in this area for a few days, but it’s awesome. Beira is not nearly as big as Maputo. But the chapel here is like one back home. It’s so nice. It doesn’t seem like it belongs here.And you will never guess what I got last Monday....TTTTHHHHEEEEEE PPPPPAAAACCCKKKKAAAAAGGGGGEEEEEE. Yeah I finally got it. It had everything in it still. I also saw a monkey on a leash. Only in Africa will you a monkey on a leash. Very crazy. Since last week was the last week of the transfer, we had a beach bash. It was really fun. But I had to say bye to all the elders that were in Maputo. Out of the thirteen people that got here from my district, only one is in Maputo. So twelve of us are in the Beira zone. Besides the MTC, Magoanine was my first home away from home. So it was really hard to leave it. I didn’t want to, but the mission has to go on. Last week hopefully you got that address from Elder Woolf. In the package I want only a few things. I don’t really want any food. I don’t want to gain weight back. But if you already have, that fine. But I do want an American watch, the ones here suck. I also want pictures. Lots of them and letters too. I want those more than anything. But if you want you can send my iPod too. You can put church music on it and I could listen to it. You can send the home thing I have also. But with that, you don’t need too. It was just a thought.Yesterday I ate chicken gizzard. It was actually pretty good.Well I hope you guys know I am ten hours ahead of you. So hopefully I can get emails again. Without them my whole week is down. And the place I email I get here at 730 mozambiquan time. That like 930 Washington time. Just to let you all know. But if you all are super busy and, I understand.ByeElder Sirrine

Week 22

TTTTRRRRRRAAAANNNNSSSFFFFEEEERRRRRRSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So I am leaving Maputo and going up to....... CHIMOIO!!!! This transfer is only the fourth transfer that it has been opened. I will sleep in the city here tomorrow night and then at 4 o'clock in the morning I will take a bus for a 15 hour bus ride up to Biera. I will be there for two-three weeks. It’s because there are some native elders in the Brazilian MTC who won’t arrive till then. And so I will be with an elder who will have one of them as comps. once they arrive I will go to Chimoio. I will most likely be there for Christmas. So mom, I have not got that package, but someone I live with was up in Biera for most of his mission, and his parents have an address for a church place where they sent his packages for him. He is going to email his parents for it, email me, than I will email you it. But you have to send the package with FedEx; it will arrive there in like a week. But with FedEx, it’s more expensive but it is also guaranteed to get there. When it gets there, they call us, someone picks it up, and when I am in Beira again or someone from there comes from Chimoio, I will get it. So if you send like within two weeks, I can pick it up myself. Can you put pictures in it too and a recipe book. But if not I don't know when I would get it. Here is the pouch address if you need it- Elder Jacob Sirrine Mozambique Maputo Mission POB 30150 Salt Lake City, Utah 84130-0150 USAyou all can still use it’s still free. So last week when we went shopping, the place where we get our food had Christmas decorations up. Its only October. It made me miss home. We also went to a place to eat called Rodizios. It’s so good. It’s like a buffet where you sit there and they bring food out to you. It’s easily the most fancy restaurant in the country. It cost about 800 meticals.. Which is about 20-25 dollars. But it was totally worth it. I also made fried chicken this week. Everybody loved it. They said its better than KFC. I also saw a lady beheaded a chicken and then skin it. It was pretty strange. You see lots of strange things here. I want to wish you and dad a happy anniversary even though it’s late. And Chris a happy birthday too.I got really sick for the first time here this week. I think it might have been a small case of food poison. But I’m all good now. I’m sad about Opal’s situation. I will be praying for him. I can’t believe it’s been a year since that other Tacoma dome show. Time goes by so fast its crazy.Here are some pictures for you all, until Next week. With love,-Elder Sirrine

Week 21

OOOOOOOOIIIIIIIIIII DDDDDDEEEEEE AAAAAFFFFFFRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIICCCCCCCAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!Where does all the time go? This week we already have transfer meeting. Maluco! So I will let you guys all know next week. And for the packages, they have FedEx and DHL. But maybe you can check with the mail to see where it is. Its five weeks tomorrow. So hopefully this week I will get it. Did you send the package to the caixa postal address?I have not gotten to do any baptisms. I probably won’t because President Spendlove wants the members to do it to exercise their priesthood power. But if the investigator wants a missionary to baptize them, we can. The language of Portuguese is coming along. I am nowhere near fluent but it’s coming. I can speak a little dialect too. With that Mozambique shirt I sent home, where it has the languages, it’s the second language on it. It’s the most common one spoken here in Maputo. So last week we went to a museum. It was the natural history museum here in Maputo. It was so awesome. They had taxidermies of African animals. And you could touch them. They had like lions attacking animals and stuff. It was stuff you would never see in the states. I’ll send some pictures. We also went to the zoo. Oh man! My favorite P-day. They have a hippo there. It comes right up to the fence. And you could feed it. Elder Marlor tickled under its mouth. He almost got his arm bit off. Ha ha. They also have a monkey that does flips for bananas. They have this huge crocodile there too. And we bought a chicken on the side of the road. And we fed it the chicken. The only thing that separates you from it is a little chain link fence. So different from the states.This past week has been very stormy. It’s been raining every day, and we have thunder storms. One night we went on the roof and we were taking videos of the storm. I’ll send some home too. It was probably not the smartest thing to do.This week we also really didn’t have any water. There was something wrong with our pump. So we had to ration all the water we had to make sure we had some. But we have water now.I was just wondering mom, have you re-arranged my room at all. Just kind of curious. And I was just wondering how all the family was doing. I want some emails or letters.Mom, maybe can you send some pictures in emails of what’s going on with life. I would really appreciate it.Well that’s about it for this week. Here are pictures of my African adventures! Until next week! I love you all and have a good week!!!!-Elder Sirrine

Friday, October 8, 2010

Week 20


I am doing awesome right now. I love it here in Mozambique so much. It’s AAMMMAAAZZZINNNGG.

I miss having those family get together. And was there any new temples announced???
Yeah Terence told me a little about his situation. I am going to be praying for him and his family this week.

Well my house..... It has a total de six elders. It has two bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, and a garage. So it’s huge. I love living here. Friday of next week is already transfer meeting. President Spendlove is going to be opening up a new area from what I heard so maybe I will help open. That would be awesome. My schedule is never the same. Sometimes we have studies all morning than go out in the afternoon. Or have appointments in the morning and afternoon and do studies in the evening. You never know. It only depends on your investigator.

That’s weird how they all came home from their missions already. MALUCO!

Last week we had training on Tuesday and Wednesday with President Spendlove. The first presidency came out with some new ways to teach your investigator. So he was telling us about those. On Monday night, I slept at the assistant’s house because I had to do some Visa stuff. We waited two hours in line. Once I got up, they took my picture, fingerprint, and I had to sign something. That was it. It took no time to do it. ha ha. We have something called the banana break. We sing this song than eat a banana. President Spendlove called me into the middle of it. I had to sing the song by myself. I was so nervous. ha ha. And on the way home from one, we got in a little fender bender. The like stopped. But no one got hurt.

We also got 8 new investigators this week. So we have been pretty lucky and busy. One time coming home, we got a free ride from random guy. It was cool. ha ha.

Oh mom, in next week’s email can you send your fried chicken recipe. I have told other elders here about it and they want to try it. So that would be OPTIMO!!!

I had a bug fly into my eye this week. We were walking with a branch missionary at the time and they blew it out. It felt so weird. ha ha

since yesterday was a holiday here, every store was closed. So for this week that why we have P-day on Tuesday. But for only this week. And by the way, with daylight savings time in the States, I am 10 hours ahead here. So make sure emails are sent early please. Thanks.

In those attachments are some pictures for you guys. Enjoy. And for the package I have not got it. But hopefully this week or next week I will. And no on the letter still.

That all for this week. Until next week. And write me letters.PPPLLLEEEAAAASSSEEEE. And send them to the Utah address. LLLLLOOOOVVVVEEEE YYYYYOOOOOUUUUUU ALLLLLLLL.

-Elder Sirrine
p.s. with a Christmas package you should send at the end of October or 1st week of November since there will be so many packages sent and how long it will take. Love you