Monday, December 23, 2013

Week 20 YEAH!! Christmas a call from Taylor

Hi mom  this wont be much of a letter either! but I will be on skype at about 7:00 or 7:30 AM on christmas morning but its like  10:00 or 10:30 pm in Arizona on Christmas Eve!!! I will give you all the stories on Skype!! I get 45 min on skype and I dont think skype costs so you need to make an account for skype and send me your name and email and all ASAP or we wont be able to talk!!!!

Week 19

Hey family how are you guys this week I'm a little late today and won't be able to write a huge email today because the power has been out all day!! but I'm doing good beside the fact that I don't have a camera!!! hahah  but yeah and I have been looking for it on the street but haven't found it!!! hahah ohhh and apparently the biggest black market in Africa is here in Maputo so if I want to buy stolen goods I can just go there!!! hahah and yeah there are lots of legit places to buy cameras here!!! and you don't have to feel bad about not sending a package but a birthday package would always make up for that!! hahah and the packages almost always get here I haven heard of any one getting theirs stolen!! They all tell me put pictures of Jesus all over it and you'll be safe!!! hahah  but Christmas money for a camera would be nice!!  and we are allowed to have i pods as long as its just church music and like EFY music and stuff like that!!   This week was good we made a lot of contacts by talking to people in the streets we have been trying to talk to every one and trying to find new way to be more effective because here its very hard to sit with people and have lessons they always make up stupid excuses on why they cant make it!! But this week we sat with a lot of new people we had 15 new investigators which is way better than last week!!! But yeah we have been trying hard to be more obedient and because of this we are seeing the lord bless our area we are having way more success! We still have some things to work on though like we aren' t exactly obedient because we don't like to work out in the morning and little thing like that but we are doing better on not showing up to the house late and going to bed late and waking up late!!! hahah  We are having another baptism this week and we will baptize a family and another young man!! The youth in this branch are awesome we this will be the second baptism in 2 transfers because of them being ward missionary's!! And the family we are baptizing is awesome and they are a living testimony that the gospel blesses familys because when we first got there they would always argue and they fight a lot and you could always feel the tension in the house when we went over there but now they are a whole new family!!! They read the scriptures every night together and pray as a family and they get along WAY BETTER!!!! They could never agree on anything but now they are one big happy family!!! Next week is transfers and I dont know if I will stay or leave!! I would be fine with either I love Magoanine but I have been here awhile but wherever the lord wants me ill go!!  okay and the elders in my apt. first we have Elder Robinson my companion! He is a goob!!! He is from Eugune Orgeon!! and likes to scare little kids here and chase them it's very entertaining!! and his jokes are soo stupid they are hilarious!!!! I will tell you about the rest next week just don't let me forget!! because I don't have much time okay and yes ill pray for help on what dad should do on work!! THAT'S AWESOME THAT YOU DID SO GOOD SELLING AT THE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT!!! and Saydi got an I phone 5!!!!! WHAT!! QUE ISSO!!! NAO PODE FAZER ISSO!!!  Tell Tobie to toughen up a little!!! hahah just joking but for real!! and nice job Kade on the cowboy poet thing!! and Saydi you cant date you are to young! haha and dad you knee needs to get better!!! Hows the ward doing in Wickenburg? This part is for Tobie and Kade last p-day we went to a zoo or kind of a zoo it had monkeys and crocodiles and that was it but we bought some live chickens outside of the zoo and snuck them in and fed them to the crocs!!! hahaha it was awesome!!! and the government here is a mess!!! yes bigger than Obama!! haha its very corrupt and up in the north there is a war going on between  two political parties!! its nice its between the people in power and the people who want to be in power and be just as bad!! haha but they had elections here 2 weeks ago and Frelimo is in power but edm the best party who actually fight for the people  won but the other stole votes and its just a mess!! but the war is between Frelimo and Ranalmo and Edm just wants the people to be happy!! haha  well that all the time I have and I didn't write to anybody else so post this on facebook or somthing!!! bye love you guys!!! talk to you in a couple weeks!!!

Week 18 They took my freakin' camera!!

December 12, 2013

This week was good except I need a new camera!!  and I already have these pictures!!   whats it look like we are doing? the weather is hot and humid and then it rains for like 3 days and then its hot and humid for a week and then it rains!!! hahah it gets like 100 but feels way hotter due to the humidity!! and yes I have only been cold once because it was pouring and windy and I was soaked!! sounds like you guys had a great thanksgiving I made pizza for ours barbecue chicken bacon and banana was freaking good! and pumpkin pie and rolls!! What kind of phone did Saydi get? Ok I will think  of some stories for you and the reason I need a new camera is our house got robbed!!! hahaha it sucks!!! but luckily I still have my memory card! (MOMS NOTE:  This was our personal email the other one is his general letter that he sends out to everyone.)

Hey everyone whats up!!! I had a good week this week except for Wednesday but Ill get to that later!!
Monday: we had a funeral for the other companions investigator he was going to get married and baptized next week but he got sick and went into a comma and died!
Tuesday: I have no recollection of this day I don't think it happened!!! hahaha
Wednesday: The day you've all been waiting for!!! We went on splits I walked in my area with elder Awbrey!! He is a funny guy and he likes video games a lot he has been on his mission for 21 months and is about to go home!! We didn't have a successful day  with lessons but we contacted a lot of people!!
Thursday:Thanksgiving!!!!! Well I made pizza for thanks giving lunch and it was dang good!!! and we had peanut butter cookies with milky ways in them!!!! It was Elder Awbreys birthday and one of the elders in our house made him a cake and forgot the sugar!! It was the worst cake ever!!  We had lessons with a few of our investigators one family we taught is getting baptized on the 13 of December so we are excited for that!! 
Friday:  We taught Adolf  about the word of wisdom and he is getting baptized on
the 13 as well
Saturday: One of the older missionary couples set up a Christmas program that the missionary's will do we will be singing Christmas songs to the branches here and we had practice for that on Saturday but it took us one hour and 30 min to get there and we were there for like 20 min it sucked!!! But after we went and had lunch at one of our investigators houses and it was freaking good!!!! We had chicken rice this salad stuff and peri peri which is the hottest sauce ever it destroys your mouth!!! haha but it is dang good!!! 
Oh and by the way we got robbed on Wednesday!!! hahah they took my camera and 3 other elders cameras and my comps deodorant and a pair of shorts from another elder!! They are the stupidest robbers ever I had my sd card and charger right next to my camera but they didn't take them!! and they didn't even take the other elders I pod which was right next to his camera that was stolen!! but so yeah mom I'm going to be needing a new camera for Christmas!! It sucks!!! but other than that I'm doing great!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Week 17

Heyy guys!!! I'm doing great!!!! I was soo glad to hear where Tyler and Riss are going!!!! They will be great missionary's!!! there is not much new with me I'm just doing the work of the Lord!!! hahah  What do you need a full length picture of me for?  I will get that to you next week! and my address is in my call book.  I got one letter from grandma Carol that was nice and just put whatever in the Christmas card  pick and choose from all my letters!! hhahah  And tell Wendy eccos are the way to go!!!! they are the best shoes for your mission!!!  and the pants all depends on the person  but i have no preference!! but i don't carry my passport with me I have a copy  my passport is in a safe at the mission office! I am way excited for Tyler!!!!! Haha More cats I cant believe Herman is still alive!!! hahah did Kade win or did you win? hahahah And if dad sold the rig would he work in Texas or take the rig to Texas? and that would be pretty crazy  if we moved to Texas!!! hahah who was the guy she was starting to date what was his name? hahah yeah that's good they broke up!! Tell Tobie congrats  and I wish I were there to see the game!! haha I miss those Sundays where Tyler and I would try to convince you guys to go over to their house for dinner!!! hahah and i  get whatever I make for thanksgiving!! hahah But if you want you can send me a recipe book full of everything  with all types of food because I want to try more stuff just send me a recipe book so I can make new stuff!! hahah  miss you guys to I love you and have a great week!!!

Heyy guys!!! This week  not much new stuff has happened!!
Monday: we had a half p-day because they were having elections and we weren't allowed to leave the house on Wednesday!!!
Tuesday: we found a few new investigators a young man named Adolf he is a friend of some kids in the ward and they gave us his reference and they all call him Hitler!!! hahah its pretty funny
wed: we hung out in the house all day and chilled I made rolls and pumpkin pie!! and the pie turned out pretty good even though I just winged it!! oh and I cleaned while everyone one else slept!! hahah I have the messiest elders in my house!!! it sucks!!
Thursday: we just worked hard and found a few new family's we taught this one family Olympio and Elsa and he doesnt have a job right now but we were talking about the commandments and how they will bless his life materially and spiritually and he just started asking what can i do to be blessed and then he was like I'll do everything!!! It was pretty cool!
Friday:we went to the city and had a district leader training and on the way back we took the wrong chappa (15 passenger van that is like a bus) hahah an it took us an extra 45 min to get home!! it sucked and they were playing terrible music!!! stupid African music!!
Saturday: we had to go back in to the city!! we had zone training!! it was great learned a bunch of new ideas on how to be a better missionary!! and that night we had a sweet lesson!!! with a guy named Irmenijilido!!  he is a big catholic but is open to new things  and while we were teaching he was like when you guy teach you teach with power and I feel like a warm peace in my heart!! We were like heck yeah!!! Thats the spirit!!!
Sunday: we had church!! haha and we were walking to a lesson and there was a huge wedding going on and the only way to walk by was through the wedding so we started walking through and they started cheering  so we were like waving like yeah were awesome and then we said shicanie which is good afternoon in African dialect and they went crazy and started cheering and yelling it was hilarious!!! That's about it for this week

Week 16

November 18, 2013

Heyy  family,  We had another great week over here in Africa!!! We had transfers last week and I stayed here in Magoanine I am way excited for Tyler and Marissa!! and Obama sucks!!  hahah Im glad  I wasn't home for yard work!! hahah  How is everyone doing?   Tobi, Kade and Saydi?? and that sucks about dads knee!!! and I'm kind of   jealous about you guys getting a cow!!! Hows work going? My comp is good but I've've been with him a while hahah  the cleaning is going a little better but not much  and my Portuguese is coming along and I can say the prayer just fine!! yes I've set goals !!!!
Monday: we went to the city and chilled haha we just walked around!!! bought the game Risk!
Tuesday: we went to a family's house and we were talking to their dad he is 87 and he used to be a boxer and his name was Boby Klobb haha
Wed:  we took the family we just baptized and took them to a lesson and they bossed it up!!! and now we are opening another process for marriage this week!!!!
Thurs: I don't remember what happened!! haha
Friday: we went over to one of our investigators house and they want to get married but her parents want lobolo (where you have to pay their family to get the wife) and they want a bunch of thing!! 30,000 met worth of things and that would take like 30 years to pay!!!  they decided to just get married behind their parents backs and not tell anyone!!!!! He works  a guard and he doesn't make like any money and to open the process to get married it costs like 500-1000 met which is a ton for the people here!!! and we were like we don't want you to go hungry  but he said it doesn't matter God will provide!!! we were just blown away!!!! Its crazy how much faith this couple has!!!!

Week 15

November 11, 2013

This week was kinda crazy!!!!!!!!
Tuesday: Elder porter got transferred so his comp was with us for the next 2 days!
Wed: we had to go to the big city of Maputo and pick up marriage documents for Joao and Zita!!!!!! and that took like all day so we didn't get much work done!!!
Thursday: we had to pick up marriage papers for Carlos and Joanna!!!! woot woot!!! and that again took most of the day!!! hahah
Friday: we had two weddings!!!! we were at the chapel like all day we helped set up one wedding for Joao and Zita they wanted a little  party so we helped set it all up they got married and it was awesome he cried a little during the wedding!!! and at 8:00 at night we had our other couple get married and they just wanted to sign the papers so they could get baptized they didn't want any party or anything!!!!
Sat!!!! we had 2 complete family's baptized and 1 young man!!!! and our mission president came to watch the baptism!!! I was kinda nervous because I had just barely memorized the prayer for baptism!!! everything went well and everyone was so happy no one could stop smiling!!!! It was a great day!!!! and you could totally feel the spirit there!!! specially when they bore their testimony's!!! It was awesome!!!!!!! I had a great week and it was one of the happiest things ever seeing the smiles on there faces because they knew they were following the Lord!!!! It was awesome!!! love you guys tchau!!!