Monday, March 28, 2016

Week 42: From the Beach to the wet Machambas, he'll teach the gospel ANYWHERE!

So this week has really flown by. I really feel like it was just yesterday that I was emailing home! But quite a few great things happened this week!

On Tuesday we had to go down to the hospital in order to get Elder Perez's ears checked out, because he still can't hear all that well. 3 weeks ago he woke up and wasn't able to hear me speak at all. He is doing better now and can function to some degree, but he still can't hear all that well. But when we went to the hospital we met with a doctor who is from Cuba who spoke Spanish with Elder Perez the entire time (He is fluent in Spanish as well) and I was blown away by how much I could understand. I always knew that Portuguese and Spanish were somewhat similar, but I could actually follow the conversation and know what the Doctor was talking about! Crazy!

On Wednesday a few different cool things happened. In the morning we had to go to the Central Hospital of Beira which is right on the beach to meet with a different doctor, also a native spanish speaker. When she asked me if I understood what she was saying, I replied, "No hablo." She just busted up laughing and then continued rambling on in her Spanish to Elder Perez. After the hospital, we decided to enjoy our time in that area, and we decided to take a little time to do some studies on the beach! So gorgeous! Have you ever read the Book of Mormon, in Portuguese, with a Mexican, on the Beach, In AFRICA?!? I highly recommend it. Later that night as we were walking around in our flooded area with massive rain boots, we encountered a "venomous" snake (or so we were told) just crossing the road. People began freaking out, so I took the initiative and killed it. People here are really afraid of reptiles and amphibians.

Do you remember that story of the contact with the man whose house is in the middle of a rice machamba that I  had the super spiritual encounter with? Well we went and sat with him on Wednesday night. Definitely a very humble and spiritual family.

On Thursday night we sat with a family named Lorenzo and Amelia and talked with them about the Plan of Salvation. At the end of the lesson we briefly spoke of the Law of Chastity and invited them to be married before their baptisms on the 30th of April. At first, the wife was very apprehensive and told us that the baptism may need to be moved until next year so that they could prepare for marriage and baptism. Then, out of nowhere, Lorenzo spoke up and testified about how this is a commandment of God and how they NEED to follow it as soon as possible. He told us that he would talk to his wife and try to help her understand the true nature of Marriage and Repentance. Whoo hoo! They spirit works miracles within people!

I don't have a lot more time, but I just want to mention and say that the Lord has been extremely generous in blessing us with 13 families that have both Marriage and Baptismal dates in the coming month and a half. Please pray a lot for;

Calisto and Tania
Tony and Carolina
Joao and Julia
Duarte and Eliza
Lorenzo and Amelia
Zacharias and Elena
Eduardo and Dusha
Buracha and Tereza
Souza and Adelina
Joao and Fatima
Shawn and Fransisca
Sergio and Katya
Celestino and Zinia

These are the families that we have really come to love and we are helping them all work toward temple marriage here in a year and a half or so.
I love you guys so much!
Elder Ryland Rash
Coconut water helps hydrate them during their long day

This log path they have to walk down almost everyday

Public bathroom just out in the open

Beach in Beria

Investigators house in the middle of a rice machamba

Beautiful sky in Mozambique

Durante and Eliza's family (investigators)

Morning hugs

Elder Rash made Easter Crepes for his buddies

He was so proud of his crepes!

Getting ready for some Futbol on P-day

Indoor futbol arena on P-day

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