Monday, March 14, 2011

Week 42

Thanks for the email on the taxes. Time to party it up a little bit here in Mozambique! Whoop Whoop!

So this week has been pretty boring. Things here in Africa are growing on. Not very many things are as strange to me. I realized this month I hit double digits in how long I have been here on the mission. The big 10!

So I got my new companion this week. His name is Elder Baldwin. He is from Sandy Utah. 5 of the seven companions I have had so far have been from Utah. Utah is for sure the missionary factory. He is about 7 months ahead of me in the mission. So once he goes home, there is only 2 other groups of missionaries who go home before me. He goes home in October, than elders go home the end of January, The beginning of March, Then it’s my group of 13 Americans, and 4 natives that go home. Yeah, I will go home with 17 people. Elder Baldwin is funny. It’s weird speaking so much English after speaking pretty much Portuguese for 3 months. Ha-ha. We also taught family night last week at the church. The teenagers’ here are amazing. They are so willing to accept the gospel. That really does amaze me.

We have an investigator name Azetona. Azetona in English is olive. So when we started teaching her I accidentally called her Olive in English instead of Azetona. But luckily she doesn’t speak English so she didn’t understand me.

We were also at another investigators house, Arlete. Then her 4 year old son came up with only a shirt on, and no pants. So I ask " Onde esta suas cal├žas", Or "where are your pants". And he says "Eu estava cagar" or” I was pooping". We started busting up laughing. It was one of the funniest things I have heard in a long time.

Then we had to chase a cat out of our yard. All six of us. It almost killed us. It did not like us one bit. But it left soon after. So it was quite an adventure.

Yesterday a newly baptized member bore his testimony. He said that when the missionaries first started teaching him, he didn’t want to come to church and he didn’t want to read the Book of Mormon. So the missionaries stopped teaching him. And when Elder Bene and Sirrine came back to teach him, something in him changed. He started to feel the spirit, he wanted to feel it all the time, and he started to read the Book of Mormon, and started to come to church. Now he is baptized and is the YM president. So he thanked me over the stand for helping him come to church and to one day live with Heavenly Father again. So that made me think that I actually helped someone come closer to his Heavenly Father and live with him again.

Yesterday at a member’s house, I saw part of "See Spot Run", Look it up, it was filmed in Seattle. So it made me miss home a little bit.

Well that’s about it, I love you all

Elder Sirrine