Monday, August 26, 2013

Week 3

Heyy family!! Whats up? Ok time to answer questions!!!! hahaha Yes we just got a new washer, I don't have to many mosquito bites. Don't worry I take my pills every day!! The language is coming  but its sucks not knowing half the thing that's going on in lessons!!! We are teaching 8 families right now!!  My companion is great!! We still have 6 elders in our house! We kinda have hot water its only one shower head that has it!! hahah and it shocks you sometimes!!! We get a debit card and they reload it every month but 8000 meticals isn't a lot of money I spent like 600 meticals on my personal card which is about 20 bucks and that's all i will probably use per month on that card! but the food is awesome because I don't have to make it!!! haha no but he just is a good cook he makes pizza, burittos and whatever you want him to make but its not as good as yours mom!!!  We get about one and a half hours on Mondays if you pay for it. The most exciting thing this week was i=I was in a shappa ( a 15 passenger van the use for taxi's and stuff as many people in as they can sometimes there are more than 20 people in them!) but I was in it and was in the back with elder Camrick I went on splits with him, but anyways the lady in front of us was texting  and a guy reaches in the van grabs her phone and robs her right there and when he grabbed her phone it like pulled her out of the van and she had a baby in her other hand and a young son ni front of her! It was pretty crazy!!!!
Monday: P-day soo nice! We emailed went shopping fixed the shower because every time you would try and take a hot shower the power would turn off so elder porter and I rewired it so it wouldn't do that!!Llater we taught a family that went well we got them to commit to the word of wisdom and that's big for him because he likes drinking!! And after we just contacted people on the streets.
Tuesday: we taught two lessons in the morning and taught a new investigator and found one more!! I studied and then my companion wasn't felling well so he took a 20 min nap and we went back out we started walking and he like I have to go to the bathroom now so we hustled over to a members house and  went to see if one of our investigators were home and he wasn't so we were going to go street contact but we had to run to another members house to go to the bathroom and he was like I cant do this any more so we went home I gave him a blessing that he would be able to resume work and feel better in the morning and that he would recover fully and he went to sleep and I just read the Book of Mormon that night!
Wednesday: my companion woke up and he wasn't sick at all !!! The power of the priesthood is real and god truly does answer our prayers!Like it says in Mormon 9:21 behold I say unto you whoso believeth in rist doubting nothing whatsoever he shall ask the father in the name of Christ it shall be granted him. and this promise is given unto all even unto all the ends of the earth. We had a training meeting, got home and taught some lessons.
Thursday:we had a lesson in the morning it went alright we went in going to talk about the restoration but ended up talking just about tithing hahah and how they don't like the pastors here because they all have nice cars and they make a lot. Most of our lessons fell through that night but that's when I went on splits, I went to the capital Maputo with elder Camrick from San Diego, and that's when the lady got robbed!!! 
Friday: the elders in Maputo have a way nice house compared to us!!! hahah they even have a baday!! its the toilet that sprays water on your butt and its awesome!! hahah but Elder Camrick is an awesome elder he has been out for one transfer(6 weeks) and he can speak the language like a boss!!!! During study time he told me that if you memorize one scripture per day for 2 years you will have a photographic memory by the end so Im trying it out so far so good !!!but he is awesome i learned so much from him one thing he said that i really like is "when you don't know where to go don't go where you want to go or where you think you should go go where you feel the lord wants you to go" he said to many missionaries forget that and do where they think they should go! but we taught a family that day and man it was flippen awesome I cried he cried it was awesome the family we taught was soo prepared!!! We had a lot of run ins with drunk people they are crazy!!! and they speak perfect English  but they cant speak a lick of English when they are sober.

Saturday: We watched the missionary broadcast because noone had seen it here yet but it was in portuguese!!! hahah we taught a few people and went home!! Well my time is up!! goodbye  I love you!!!! Elder Roberts

Monday, August 19, 2013

Week 2 in Africa

Hey everyone, hows it going? I can't believe I've been in Africa for 2 weeks already first off I will answer all questions. sadly i haven"t seen any awesome animals yet!!! I don't know my address here yet so I will find out and give it to you next week. We just got two new elders in our little house so now we have six!!! but one of them loves to cook and he is good at it so he cooks for us and its awesome!!!!  We aren't supposed to eat at peoples houses but sometimes we do!!! I love the people here they are awesome!!!  The language is hard but I know more than I did last week so that's all I can ask for. We get about 8000 meticals each month and it sounds like a lot but is only like 200 bucks!!! The country is very pretty but the place I'm at right now is very sandy and I'm not by a beach!!! we have to go like 30 min away and we hitchhike to get to the computers!!! Last week I had to wash my clothes by hand but we just got a new washing machine!!! We have a big supermarket like 15 min away and we take a taxi there and back!! We are teaching about 15 people right now so that's good we focus mostly on family's!! There are a ton of mosquito's here i'v been bit a lot already so I have to take malaria pills so I don't get it!!! I don't have much time on here today so ill just do a quick summary of the week!! We contacted a lot of family's and got about 3 new family's to teach. We have to be inside by 8:30 pm because people are killing people at night!!! hahahah we have 3 family's going to get married !!!!!! Here its expensive to get married so no one does and they have to get married before we baptize them. I ate  alot of good food here they have the best bread ever!!!!!!! I'm all out of time!! Tchau
Love Elder Roberts

I forgot to tell you one day this week we went into the capital city Maputo on like a 20 passenger bus thing called a shappa and here they put as many people on a bus as the can!!!! I swear we had at least 50 people in this bus all of the elders were standing and we are all tall so we were hunched over in this bus for an hour with like 50 other people there were even people hanging on the outside of the bus it was the most uncomfortable hour ever and it smelled bad to!!! Also when we were teaching a lesson This lady pulls out here boob right there in front of us and starts breast feeding and the baby stops but she dosen't put it back in! Do you know how hard it is to talk to someone seriously while there boob is hanging out? Its hard!! hahah

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's a Miracle!!
President Paulo Kretly, President of the Mozambique Maputo Mission, posted this on YouTube about the miracles that are happening in the Mission.  Truly a Miracle...

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Elder Roberts with President Kretly and his wife

                               Taylors new living accommodations w/mosquito nets and all

  No leg room for the toilet and bucket showers but hey they have indoor
plumbing and running water!

Africa Here I am!


Heyy!!!! Im finally in Africa!!!! I love it here!! we got here monday night and i went straight over to the mission home and fell asleep because 16 hours on a plane with little sleep sucks!!! tuesday i didnt do much either we went to a place called mundos for lunch i had a hamburger and they dont taste the same over here i like american burgers better!!! hahah we got trained by the APs for about an hour and then we all got to sleep or walk around or pretty much whatever we wanted to do. Wednesday it was another lazy day we got to wake up at 9:00 haha and we got ready and went to the US embassy to get some paperwork done and our visas extended!! we also got to meet president Kretley the mission pres!!! he is awesome!! and he is funny!! Thursday was another lazy day we went to immigration and got our green cards!!!! hahah went back to mundos for lunch and i a pizza with bacon chicken pineapple and bananas on it and it was freakin awesome tasting!!! after that alot of the new elders and i went around to talk to people around the city and thats when we realized how little we know!! hahah but we tried our best! its crazy here how accepting people are almost everyone we talked to wanted to hear what we had to say and said they would come to church!!! some even asked us to sharea message about jesus with them!! hahah the country is very poor and the people dont have much but they are all very happy!!! friday we all just waited to see where we were going i got sent to magoanine which is a suburb of Maputo the capital city and my companion is Elder Going he is from NewZeland and i is awesone he played rugby he is hilarious and he is a great teacher!!! saturday i started my adventure!! we had a baptism that morning for Zito and his wife that was awesome!! the font is just a big tank with a tarp over it to keep the bugs out!! on our way to the baptism we saw this other church sacrificing a little baby sheep!! hahaha it was the weirdest thing i have ever seen!! after the baptism we had a district confrence so we took a bus to matola another suburb of Maputo and there the have very nice chapel it was just built!!! after the confrence we went and contacted people my companion had to talk to everyone because i had no idea what was going on!!! we taught a lesson later that night to a family we found contacting taught them the restoration all i could do is pray and bear my testimony at the end!! hahah but its was cool we have another appointment with them on friday!! On Sunday we went and picked some investigators up for church and drove to matola again for confrence as far as i could tell the meeting was good!! hahah But I couldnt understand much!!! we got home about 3 pm ate lunch and took of to teach some people as we were on our way to talk to some people there was a guy in his car parked tin the middle of the road we were like whats he doing just sitting there and as we passed him we realized he wasnt the only one in there there was a naked chick in the car with him!! my companion and i were like Arggg we turned our heads and walked faster away from the car!!! he told me that i will see worse thing than that and that that was nothing!! hahahh Oh jeez!!!! but we got to the house were were teaching there names are luiz and luisa and taught them a great lesson!!!! we commited them to be Baptized!!! that was an awesome feeling!!! we also taught another lesson to this guy maned claudio he is a really cool guy he owns a pharmacy and is very excited about the gospel! last time elder going visited him he asked him to read the first chapters in the BOM when we got to teach him he had read 10!!! he had alot of questions about the book of Mormon but i couldnt understand him so my companion answered them all!!! the houses here where im serving are all small they are just concrete houses with no hot water or bathrooms!!! i have to take bucket showers hahah its awesome!!! there are 4 elders living in our house one is a native the other is from utah!! the church is true!!!
Elder Roberts