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Sunday, December 30, 2012

 This is my companion and I helping one of our investigators carry her things back into her house because it flooded during a rain storm!  she gave us capulanas so we wouldn´t get dirty!!
 This is what briliance looks like...Book of mormon quote
  • Jacob 6:12 "O be wise; what can I say more?"

  •  This is the possible new house!!!  The door on the roof WILL be closed!!!
    ME!!!!       Before looking at this next picture note that there may be graphic content namely containing the head of a cow on a table!!! with tongue sticking out!!!!  B-WARE!!!!!!!

    HEAD!!!!   sorry it is just super wierd seeing a cow head just being sold on the side of a path in the middle of no where!!!  Oh well I guess its just me...
    This is a picture I took while riding in the back of a truck I wasn´t as quick as would be nice but I like both buildings!!!

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

    Letter from Alexander

    WELL MOMMY HERE GOES!!!  It was a dark and unstormy night/morning we woke up at 3:30 in th A.M. and we quickly prepared our selves for the rigorous Slave labor that we would soon perform(not actual slave labour it was actually super fun, BUT THAT IS NOT THE POINT!!!) We walked rapidly almost to the limits of our endurance(not really) in order to get the the designated meeting point at which we had previously agreed with our source!  When we got there, we sneakily yelled SENSA!!!(short lazy portuguese for excuse me!!)  and response...We then tried again, this time a little louder but still very sneakily SENSA!!!!!  Then the gentleman with whom we had planned our Mission appeared in the door way very mysteriously...  We then met with the one who was hiring our services(his mom).  She then led as we moved to the "job".  We walked until the sun came up ; ) and then we walked some more all the while pushing ouselves to the limit, to the point of near exhaustion!!  As we walked I noticed a tree it appeares as any other tree it was tall with branches and leaves and some *sharp intake of breath* flowers!  Any other mortal may not have caught the significance of such a tree as this but I with my keen mind and masterful deduction skills noticed the shape of the leaves and the color of the flowers and saw it for whats it trully was...A MANGO TREE!!!!  I was taken aback to see a mango tree on the way to our mission because there are only approximately 5000000000 Mango trees in the city of maputo!  Continuing on with our journey we came to a village or rather a small group of shacks!!  where there was a nearly destroyed bus waiting for us!(actually no exageration here it was just about done!) We boarded our chariot
    fit for the gods!  And it began to move towards our mission site!!  I and one of my comrades spent nearly the entire journey on our feet due to the hostility of the surrounding province we were given weapons in order to defend said bus!!(jk all exageration here we stood so the old people could sit!) We then at long last arrived at our destination and made our way to the machamba (mashamba a farm basically) and we helped her prepare some land for planting and gor quite a few blisters, I also learned that when you pack some sandy mud between your blister and the tool it doesn't hurt to work!!!!  And it helps the healin process(I think) we worked there for a few hours then we headed home and rested our weary bones a bit!!!  How did I do mom?!?!
       Investigators, we have been trying to get some couples that want to learn about the gospel but they either have no initial interest or they stop being home when they planned to sit with us...However we have a man who seems to be full of interest and drive to read!!!  He is 26 living with his parents and is working as a guard(that is one of the most popular professions here(random fact guns are outlawed here)) We are trying to find a strong family that will learn and grow together, but it is a work in progress!!! 
       For thanksgiving we had hotdogs sliced o so delicately and cooked in tomato sauce and mayonaise with some onion and garlic!!! Followed by a cake which we sliced into fourths and I ate my whole fourth without a problem!! 
         I am starting to realize how easy it is to start good habits here and if I didn't grow at all as a member I would still come back with tons of good habits hopefully that would last but I am growing as a member and as a disciple of Jesus Christ, we were watching the past general conference and I greatly enjoyed Elder Holland's talk on the apostles and how he connected that with missionaries, it was super meaningful!!!  I have made plans to study the last chapter of John shortly before going home so as to remember it!!!!  Anyway I love you all DFTBA!!!!

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

    This is a picture of our mango tree!  One of the members here said that the fruit that adam and eve ate was not an apple unlike popular belief but was indeed a mango, reasoning : Man eat man go!!!

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

     This is a beautiful may be the only shirt I wear when I get is beautiful!  It was cheaper than any shirt I would buy in the U.S....did I mention how beautiful it is?
    This is how brazilians make their sandwiches...bread in the middle food on the much better!!!

    Sunday, October 28, 2012

     These are ducks...Everybody has ducks here in Maputo they eat them!  I would like to try some duck while I am here!!
     This is called a pillão it is used to crush herbs and stuff in large quantities!
    This is a Soda that is not available in America Fanta Ananas!!!  Pineapple fanta...SO GOOD!!!!

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

     So this is a trash yard we passed by, I don't know why I took a picture of it it isn't all that interesting!
    In Chimoio they just lump their trash into a pile and burn it!
     This is my companion being completely exhaust from his jet lag! Elder Wartena!
     This is Elder Francisco sprayin pam on a pan before he puts the cake in it!  He puts a ton of pam in there I don't know if you can see the cloud coming up!
    This is a map of the mozambque mission!  The are circled in red are the districts (like stakes but not yet stakes for those of you that like me didnt know that!) the areas circled in teal are the places I have served! So far just two!!!

    Monday, September 10, 2012

     This thing passes us everyday in every part of my area.
     This goat is not great with child it is just great...yeah it looks like a tumor...
     YAY Baptism!!!  My first one EVER Mapingue asked me to be the one to baptize him, so yeah it was great!!!
    This is aparently what my companion and I will be like this next transfer...Yep you guessed it I am training a new elder...hmmmm not sure how I feel about that...a mix of excited super pumped and scared out of my mind!!!!

    Monday, September 3, 2012

     This is one of the guys that tryies to make you buy his stuff!!!
    Coca cola is everywhere!!!

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    sorry about that didnt take a ton of pictures this week and last week I didnt do a whole lot either but I am taking lots of video which is not uploadable :(.  This is a picture I took while we were helping a family make bricks in order to build a house!!!  The bricks are made of mud.  Just mud,  yea and the mortar they use to keep the walls together guessed it!! also mud!  yea mud is a multipurpose item here!!  The child sitting on my shoulders is one of the children of the single father we are helping in this pic!!  They are a family that is probably going to be getting baptized quite soon so we are all excited about that!!!!  I promise to take more pictures this coming week!!!  But video is just so much more!!!

    Monday, July 30, 2012

    Most of these pictures are from Cabeca do velho (old man head(mountain))

    The FBI...They're everywhere...
    This is proof that one can be cold in any environment!!

    These are rice from America...This is the first time I have seen familiar cereal!

    This is the thing in missionary form!

    Elder Awbrey and Elder Gomes the two best missionaries.

    Our newest member in chimoio!!!  He is a so much happier now that he has been baprized and he's always full of energy now!!! amazing what the gospel does for people!!!

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

     This is a really interesting bug that was just chillin at our house so I took a pic!!!
     This is one of our investigator's kids he just looks like he's the lazy boss at a huge corporation!!
    This is how people make bricks here, it is basically mud...nope just mud!  We shape it into bricks and dry it in the sun!!

    Monday, July 2, 2012

     These are monkeys that we saw and took pictures of on a mountain called Cabeca do velho!
     This is Elder Awbrey's only wall decoration!  And its a good one!!
     This is part of my district taking jumping pictures on a mountain!!
     This is President Obama, the people here believe he and Micheal Jackson were born in Africa!
    This is a picture I actually had not intended to post but this computer is a little tricky but this was my whole district when we climbed the mountain a few weeks ago!  We will probably be going again next week!!!