Sunday, February 8, 2015

Feb 2 letters

To Mom: My comp will probably be transferred this next week so this is my last week with him most likely. The house is really nice and I'm loving the vibe everywhere. Everyone gets along and it's all good at home. It's super hot here right now and rains a ton but other than that everything is going great. 

We had 3 conferences with the seventy Elder Ellis this week. 1 zone conference for the missionaries. 1 Saturday night leadership session and, also on Saturday, an adult session. And on Sunday, the general session. Mozambique will receive stakes on February 14, 2015, which is a huge accomplishment. The first stake to be established will be in Maputo. That is the only currently authorized one, though, so Beira has a little longer to go before we will be getting a stake. It's all good. In the meantime, we will continue to help the branches and district become self sufficient with better leadership and higher attendance so that we can be ready for stakes here shortly. 

This week we started marriage documents with several of our families. It looks like in the next month or so we'll be getting 3 more families to the waters of baptism. This is all super exciting and I love how the lord is preparing the way for so many people in this area.

This week I had a super spiritual experience. We were walking and we passed a family walking on the road. We were walking with another man to his house for a lesson so it would have been very inconvenient to stop this other guy to contact this family. We walked past them and I just glanced and didn't think much of it. Then, a couple seconds later, I got a super powerful spiritual prompting to go back and talk to this family. I stopped, following the prompting, and the next day we visited them. They are an amazing family and I know the spirit has prepared them. As of right now, they haven't progressed very far because it's only been a few days. But I have a lot of faith that this family's life will change and they will be baptized. 

To Dad: This week the announcement that we are getting the first stake in Mozambique came in so that should be nice. We will have another meeting this tuesday with Todd R Callister, President of the Sunday School and former seventy presidency so that should be nice. I really enjoy reading his talks. I'm curious to see if we will be receiving some sort of an apostle for next week or what. I hope so. 

This week was super awesome. We found some really awesome people and a lot of our investigators are going super well. We had to have a few heart breaking dropped families but other than that the work is definitely accelerating. I'm super pumped to start the final leg of baptism and marriage with some of our current families. 

One thing that we do is always work in the finding sector, as well as all other sectors. But we find it super effective to try and find 1 new family to teach every single day. This works out really well and we can get a good consistent 20 or so investigators at church. We are trying to increase this number but it's been a little tough with some sicknesses in our investigators. Also some of the wives of our investigators are being tough cookies so that's another tough difficulty. Work is another big hindrance for church attendance. We are having good success fighting through a lot of these difficulties, though, and should begin to see a bunch more baptisms. This week we will baptize a 14 year old girl that we have been teaching too, so that should be super great as well. 

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