Monday, March 14, 2011

Week 41

Hello my peeps on the other side of the world!

How it be going? Things here in Chimoio are GREAT!!!!!! I haven’t had a companion all week because mine went to Maputo, so I haven’t really walked in my area all week. But 3 people from my area were baptized on Saturday. Their names are Jose, Ivete who are brother and sister, And Piadade. Her sister was one of the first people baptized here in Chimoio. So it was really great to see them baptized.

So this whole week I walked in the city with Elder Russon and Elder Woolf. Elder Woolf just got here to Chimoio this week. And I already lived with him when I was in Maputo. And Elder Park, who is one transfer behind me, has lived with him before also. So when he got here to Chimoio, us two went to go get him. And the first things he said were `of all the elders to come pick me up, you two did` he was just kidding around. He is so funny. We will have 5 Americans in the house. My comp will get here today. There will be 4 from Utah, one from Washington, and one from Cape Verde. There islands off the coast of Africa that speak Portuguese.

During the week we visited Irma Filomena. She has had a hard life. Both the husbands she has had have both died, and some of her kids have too. She has been in about 9-10 different churches but she said she felt empty in them. Than when she started coming to our church, she felt happiness, peace, calmness, and joy. And she thought how these elders, still really young, teenagers, could take two whole years out of their life, to be on the other side of the world, away from their families, away from everything, just to preach the gospel, and was amazing. And how we put our needs in front of others. So that got me thinking of why i am here in Mozambique as a missionary of the Lord. She was baptized 2 weeks ago with her grandkids. She is so nice and loves us a lot. She also always gives us corn on the cob. Or in Portuguese its maça roca. It’s oh so tasty. It’s so much better here than at home because its allot more fresh.
Last Monday night we had an investigator get mad because I told him we wouldn’t be able to pass by his house this week because of the transfers and how I wouldn’t be walking in my area. And he lectured us about making sacrifices. And I was like We passed by your house to tell you this. Don’t you think this is good? And we are taking away 2 years of our life to be here, were away from our families and everything. We are on the other side of the world. This is a huge sacrifice. So that kind of humbled him about it. He still came to church yesterday.

There was this kid at a lesson, and I told him to come sit near me. And he said Nao quero, or I don’t want too. He was like 2. It was so funny. I couldn’t help but laugh.

We also had one of the mission couples up here last week. They are the Binghams. There from Idaho Falls, Idaho. They are so cool. They took us out to dinner. AWESOME!!!!

We had to break into our own locks this week at our house. All the Elders got home at the same time. And for some reason the locks were messed up. So we took an hour and a half to get in. It was Ridiculous. Ha-ha.

At ShopRite, where we get our food, I found some Frito chips. Like LEGIT!! They were only 35 metacias. They were so good. I loved them

Last night we had a drunken lady talk to us. She was soooo WASTED!!! She didn’t make any sense. She was asking us if we knew where her house was to help her get back there. So we asked her if she was lost, and she said no, my house is right here. We thought why she is asking us if we know where her house is. It was kind of funny too. Then we got this random ride home. It took off 20 minutes of our commute. Ha-ha.

Now answers to questions- Groceries aren’t that bad here in price. There a little more expensive than Maputo because we kind of far from it. But really not bad. The weather here is so crazy. It could be 119 degrees with 100% humidity, then the next day its pouring rain for 3 days. Then really hot and humid. So weather here is a little weird. Ha-ha.

And no, I will never go to Angola. From now on the church will send elders directly to Angola from the MTC. And they will serve their missions there. I think Angola will have its own mission. It will probably be called the Angola Launda Mission. But who knows. I will always be in Mozambique for my mission. I know Launda is one of the most expensive cities in the world. And they use the Dollar there also. It’s built to hold 1 million people but 8 million people live there. That’s crazy.

I emailed Opal.
Can you update the Blog? Thank You!!!

That’s about it for this week. I love you All!!!! FICAM FORTE, Or STAY STRONG

Elder Sirrine