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, April 22, 2013

The Law of the Harvest

You reap what you sow.  Elder Berg and I are making an effort to find more people every week.  This week we found 60 families, of those sixty we found 20 people who will progress and we have 18 investigators with a baptismal date.  This week was a very successful one.   Elder Berg and I are always thinking of way to help our zone.  We went on divisions with the Magoanine and Maputo 2 district leaders.  On Wednesday I walked in Magoanine with Elder Fernandes from Cape Verde and my companion walked in our area with Elder Ensaldo the district leader, who is also in my group.  It was a super great experience walking with Elder Fernandes.  He is such a hard worker and is a convert to the church now for about two years.  Before he knew the church he played soccer on a team.  He not only played, but was payed well to play.  After becoming a member he sacrificed all of that to be a member.  The soccer games were always played on Sundays.    He is super dedicated, and knows his purpose here as a missionary.   It was incredible to see the sacrificed that Elder Fernandes has made to serve a mission.  Magoanine is a city that is about 30 minutes out of Maputo.  They have a strong branch there of about 150 people in sacrament meeting each week.   The following day, Thursday, we did a division with Maputo 2.  Elder Berg walked with Elder Miller and I walked in with Elder Ostler who is the district leader for Maputo 2, and also my previous companion.  This division had two purposes, not only was it to give training to the district leader, but to help Elder Ostler in the Office.  He only had one transfer in the office with me, so we spent a lot of the day in the office with me explaining and clarifying things.  After the division he was a lot more relaxed.  He had been very stressed with all of the work he had to do, and didn’t quite understand how to do all of it.  The funny thing about the division is that it didn't even feel like a division.  It felt like normal because we had been companions before and we were doing all the same things. 
We are also working with the district to organize a collective marriage for May 17. The matola zone is doing theirs on the 10th and we are doing it the following week.    Also there are some members who will be going to the temple for the first time.   The members who go to the temple for the first time can take advantage of the church caravaan that goes to johannesburg once a year.  The travel costs are covered by the church, for their first time.  They still have to buy food and other expenses.  As of now, the trip is only once a year.  I believe that now that so many more families are being baptized that that number will increase.
Saturday it rained like crazy!  It started raining after Elder Berg and I had already left the house, so we got completely drenched, and I mean COMPLETELY! haha.  There was also a lot of wind, and I can honestly say that for the first time I was actually cold in africa.    That night on the way home using a chapa (public transportation.  A small van that in america would seat 7-8 people here in mozambique they cram in 20-25 people.)    When we got in one of the men started speaking Xangana to me.  Xangana is the dialect here in Maputo.  I responed is Xisena which is the dialect in Beira I said, "Azungo alipano asafuna longaniembue"  Aparently another person in the chapa who's name is John is from beira and he started laughing.  Long story short  we contacted this John guy who lives in Polana Caniço which is our area.  It was already 8 oclock and John was on his way to work as a guard through out the night.  We took his number and Invited him and his family to church tomorrow.  Well, sunday came and he and his wife showed up with their two kids after church we taught them the restauration and commited them to be baptized on the 1 of June. (happy birthday dad)   
Well, my time is up, this week was awesome, and the work will continue forward.
I love you all!
-Elder Greenman

p.s. Write me.  (that includes my sisters!  xD  )

Before our haircut...

After our haircut...

And Completely Drenched...

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