Elder D. Andrew Greenman

Our son, Elder Andrew Greenman, has been called to serve in the Mozambique Maputo Mission. He has asked me to create this blog so that you, the reader, can read his letters to home. His current writing address is found below along with the most recent letter.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Contacting, Divisions, and a Crazy Drunk Lady

This week has been incredible, filled with a lot of contacting, divisions with the zone leaders and a crazy drunk lady.  Elder Largent and I are finally getting the hang of the office and we’re beginning to be able to balance the work load to find more time to work in our proselyting area.  This past week we had a goal this past week to work in our area every day.  In the past we’ve had to go a few days without because of the work in the office. But this past week we were able to accomplish that goal.  We were also able to contact a lot of new families.  Tonight we’re going to sit with three new families, and each of the fathers of the families are brothers.  Our goal this coming week is to sit with as many of the contacts we made last week as we can.
Thursday night the Zone Leaders came to start divisions with us.  Elder Adamson stayed in our area with Elder Largent and I went with Elder Berg to his area.  Elder Berg came to drop off Elder Adamson and together he and I walked to the Maputo 1 house on the other side of town (or rather metropolis)  We got there just in time to go to bed.  The next morning we woke up a little bit early.  We had planned to go to the Polana Hotel to eat an AMAZING breakfast.  Elder Ruiz and Elder Paxman had their birthdays that week so it was our way to celebrate.  The breakfast was incredible and was followed by Elder Berg and I starting the day off with some contacting in his area.  I really learned a lot from him we talked a lot about the power that language has, and how the words we use truly have an effect on the way we teach.  I’ve made a goal to improve and expand my vocabulary so that I can teach more effectively.
Last Friday was “Dia da Cidade de Maputo”   or Day of the city of Maputo.   Because of this, everyone on the streets were drunk in celebration of the 125th  year for the city.  At night time one particular lady, of about 30 years old, called after us saying, Amigo!  Amigo!   We made our way over to her, not knowing that she was drunk at the time.   In our eyes we say a thirty year old woman with two kids at her side.  We were thinking, Contact!!  And she even wants to talk to us.   When we arrived she told Elder Largent and I that we were extremely courageous for working in that particular neighborhood.  She explained how “everyone”  that lived there were “bandits” she said.  (I wonder if she was excluding herself in that classification)  She started walking, so we followed as she gave us a tour so to speak of many houses that she knew.  Pointing to one house she’d say that inside there lives 6 people and they’re all robbers.   She also showed us various homes of family members.  At this point we didn’t quite catch on that she was totally drunk,  In our eyes we saw a kind lady showing us houses and families that we could potentially visit.  This went on, when we finally began to catch on.  She began repeating a lot of things, complimenting us on our courage, saying how she was extremely faithful.  

On a side note,  I was extremely surprised by how involved other people are in the US Elections.  So many people here would ask about the Elections.  Kind of interesting.
-Elder Greenman

This is one of the paths we have to take in our area. 

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