“The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have approved the creation of the Mozambique Maputo Stake”
When Elder Ellis read that statement yesterday (Feb. 15), overcome by emotion, he could barely finish saying it. I too can testify the Spirit was palpable and incredible present in yesterday’s meeting. I can’t describe the joy I felt in seeing this district I have been working in for a year, become a stake of the Lord. President Castenheira (the old District President) was called as Stake President, with President Massango (the former Branch President of Magoanine) as First Counselor and President Ancelmo (our recent convert in Chamanculo) as Second Counselor. So incredible to see these wonderful members take on such an amazing responsibility!
Man, I know my language is super flowerly and extravagant, but this is an historic mark for Mozambique, and as President Kretly has said, “The Miracles Continue!” He was so happy yesterday. He brought every missionary down to Maputo from Beira, Tete, Chimoio, Quelimane, Maxixe, Nampula and Swaziland to watch the formation. We gathered and busted out singing the Mozambican national anthem together. (See video)
But in other news, I have been transferred! And I am “white-washing” an area, with a new missionary fresh from the US, Elder Johnson (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). We are serving in the ward of Magoanine. It is a little intimidating to start in a new area, with a new missionary. We both have no idea how to get around, and don’t know the members. But we do know that the Lord will help us. In fact yesterday we found a new family, Libra and Celia, who were about to get baptized three years ago. I think as we both enter the area with fresh news eyes, the Lord is more able to use us as instruments in His hands.
The area is pretty similar to T-3, still in the Maputo area. There is a ton of sand, and it lies directly behind the airport. That means during lessons, we have to stop, look up, and wait for airplanes to pass.
I’ll miss working in the office, working with President and the other incredible missionaries, but I know the Lord has a lot in store for his in Magoanine (and Malhazine)!