I got to ‘suck the (sugar) cane’

Elder Schachterle/Jarvis baptized João this week.

Elder Schachterle/Jarvis baptized João this week.

Although I don’t have any exciting stories to tell you this week, this was a week to count our blessings in Matola A/C.

So where to begin? This Sunday we had over 200 people at church, the most seen this transfer, which is more than double the number of attendees at this time last year. As a companionship we also had the most investigator families at church we have seen this transfer. We are getting ready to split our Branch and continue this rapid growth. The growth that we have will directly influence the creation of stakes in Mozambique in the near future, so hitting this number is a huge deal.

We also had a baptism this week of Zimba (who actually turned out to be 8, instead of 9, so our lessons were a bit unnecessary), which was great. When he was asked to bear his testimony, he gave a prayer; it was funny, but so heartfelt, all the same.

We had a lot of running around to make this area is ready for upcoming changes and the next transfer, but I know the work will pay off. Some highlights this week: I got to “suck the (sugar) cane” for the first time. Fresh cane is actually delicious. Much cheaper (free), and better than the cane I tried once in the States. We gave a blessing at a members’ house this week…and it was of the most beautiful mansions I have ever seen (pictures to follow). Estacia gave us some fresh pomegranate and quail eggs.

The mansion.

The mansion.

We started working with new branch missionaries this week, Patricio and Galinda. They are a wonderful family and we are going to help them get to the temple this year. Presidente Airres has really pushing missionary work in the branch. The past three weeks he has called about 20 branch missionaries, including himself! I’m so excited what the future holds in this branch. Also, I’m dying to know about transfers next week!

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Elder Bourne getting us a free ride "Bolea". This actually turned out to be a less-active member.

Elder Bourne getting us a free ride “Bolea”. This actually turned out to be a less-active member.

Simba with his older brothers/cousins.

Simba with his older brothers/cousins.

We found a huge frog as we were preparing the baptismal font on Saturday.

We found a huge frog as we were preparing the baptismal font on Saturday.

The frog...

The frog…

The pool at the mansion.

The pool at the mansion.

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