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, June 10, 2013

When In-Laws are the Problem, Invite them to Church!

This week was another week full of fun and hard work.  It passed by super quickly.   Just a quick update on Omar and Gina....they are incredible!!!!   We are going to go open up the marriage process with them today.  In one week Omar and Gina were able to get all of their marriage documents.    The hardest one was up in Beira.  He was born their so we had to get his birthcertificate from there.  Elder Gray and I called the Zone Leaders up there and they took care of it and sent it down to maputo through the plane mail.   On saturday we went and picked it up, but the place was closed.....luckily someone was still in there and and after talking to them we finaly convinced them to help us out and get the document for us.  Omar and Gina are reading the book of mormon a lot!!!   Yesterday Gina was already in 2Nephi.  Omar was in 1 Nephi 17 and said that after church he was going to read a lot to catch up to Gina.   Their parents still aren't 100% for them getting married, but the cool thing is that Gina invited her parents to come to church.   And they did!  and her mother loved it, as for her Dad  he liked it but still is just really confused.   Gina said that her parents probably came to church just to talk them out of getting married, so elder Gray and I had the branch councilor announce the marriage in sacrament as a branch activity.  Now it's official, especially because we are going to open the marriage process with them today.

In other news....
our DLC went really well.  The other missionaries in our zone are already thinking of new ways to do things and finding what works best for our area.   Elder Gray and I are working more with the members now.  We have marked to sit with the Branch President at his house this week.   yesterday we went to a members house for lunch.  Their names are Isaac and Louisa.   It was so nice to sit with them, get to know their story and how they became converted.  Their children were baptized in 2009, but they didn't want in.  One of their daughters left on a mission to brazil at the end of 2011 and they still didn't want in, but supported their daughter serving a mission.   In november  it finally happened they were both baptized and since then are doing so well.  Isaac is a worthy melchezidek preisthood holder and Louisa teaches in the relief society.    After dinner we talked about missionary work and how important the members are.  We explained that we need their help in finding people to teach.  The members here in Maputo aren't very involved in missionary work.  Elder Gray and I believe that that is the only thing that is holding us back from having the same growth here as their is in Beira.  Since December  50 families have been baptized up in Beira.  The members are super involved and are constantly helping.    Every member is a missionary.   What we are trying to organize is that the members invite a friend over to their house then we come as well to teach them.  
well...times up!    more on getting help from the members next time.

-Elder Greenman

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