I can’t believe how quick this past transfer went by. This Friday will be the collective marriage. Elder Ostler and I will have two families getting married. Anastacio and Adollina, who have been investigating the church for three years and have been taught everything several times, but they didn’t want to get married, they got things worked out and will be baptized on Saturday the day after they’re married. The second family will be Nelson and Celia, found by Elder Barlow, who’s place I took when I came down to Maputo. Celia will be baptized on Saturday, but Nelson isn’t ready yet because he isn’t coming to church consistently. He has a hard time because of his work, and it’s been like that for the past 8 months that the have been taught. Celia has is super excited to be baptized and says she’ll be baptized without Nelson if he isn’t ready. We hope that Nelson will wake up and start making more of an effort to come to church.
In last weeks e-mail Laivino and Presalina were going through something. She left him for two days without saying a word. On Wednesday Elder Largent, Ostler, and I went together to them. (this is after Presalina had come back) Joaquim was not there, and has been skipping out on a lot of the lessons. Okay so the lesson we taught was on Forgiving Others. The lesson was so powerful. Laivino and Presalina was sitting as far away as possible from each other. When we came back, (I think it was Friday) We were overjoyed to see that the two were smiling, sitting next to each other, and back to normal, or even better than normal. The power of forgiveness is incredible. I was so happy to see that they had worked things out. We got a text late one night from Laivino saying that things have really gotten better. He and Presalina came to church with their little daughter Arishia. They were so happy, and I too was happy for them. Laivino almost has all of this documents for marriage, his last one is up in Gaza and this Thursday he’s going to find a way to get up there and get it. Elder Ostler and I are planning another marriage for March 15 and Laivino and Presallina are preparing for that date. This week we’re going to have to work hard with Joaquim and Argentina to help them get back on track. This mission is starting to baptize more families, and I’m super happy to be here for it. I think that we’ll have a stake before I leave. SUPER GOOD NEWS is that Angola will become a mission this summer. Angola really needs a Mission President; it is going to help them so SO much. Well this next transfer will be one for miracles, I’m super excited for everything that is happening right now.