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, July 15, 2013

Pursuit of Happiness

Where do I start?  This week was full of greatness.  In last weeks letter I mentioned Claudio and Emilia, the family that we found after  church.  They are the next Omar and Gina!  What a blessing they are.  We had left him the plan of salvation pamphlet on sunday night and when we came back on Monday to teach he had read all of it and underlined various parts and had many questions.  He was very attatched to his father, and when his father Xavier passed away he was very affected by it.  When we started the lesson with him the first thing he said was that he didn't know he existed before coming to earth.  This realization seemed to give him a greater sense of worth.  He recognized that God is truly his father and loves him immensely.  That first lesson we answered his questions about the reading but didn't teach the Plan of Salvation.  We taught the restoration, and it was one of the most powerful lessons that Elder Hamrick and I had taught.  The spirit was so strong in the lesson.  We left a book of mormon and marked to come back on wednesday.  When we did he was already in 1 Nephi 9.  Claudio and Emilia only had one copy but Emilia was still able to read as well, just not as much.  After following up on reading we talked about the plan of salvation.  We asked a lot of inspired questions that had them interested, involved, and excited.  We talked a lot about eternal families and how they can live together forever.  He asked, "How can I seal my family?,  because I don't know when I or my wife will die."  He had a sense of urgency in his voice, he knew that this was important and that he really needed to seal his family.  Again Elder Hamrick and I walked out of that lesson so edified and with pure joy.  We were so happy to see them progress.  We marked again for Friday.   Friday I was not with Elder Hamrick I was with Elder Barros from Cape Verde.  He is the district leader in magoanine and we spent the day together on divisions.   I love Elder Barros, he is definitely one of the funniest Elders that I know.  We had a great day together, we found many new families.  For our last lesson we taught the law of chastity to Claudio and Emilia.  The adversary really didn't want us to teach so he was doing eveything to mess up the lesson.   Claudio and Emilia's son Chivarley  (one years old) was crying the entire time.  We still able to teach what needed to be taught and they said they would talk together about getting married.  They have already married traditionally so they won't have to worry about paying Lobolo.  the dowry.  They also came to church and loved it.  We went with a member to go and pick them up.  ELder Hamrick and I are doing super well together.  Yesterday we found some other prospective families as well.   Okay sorry for the short letter this time, but there is always next seek.  Stay tuned!
-Elder Greenman

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