We had an interesting Family Home Evening with the District President, Brother Castanheira, who brought his wife and children, and Samo, one of the counselors in the Mission Presidency. After a light dinner we watched “It’s A Miracle” a video about the success of the family approach to missionary work here in Moçambique referred to by Elder Anderson’s April 2013 conference talk. Hopefully this video will eventually be available on YouTube; we’ll let you know when it is posted. We also watched “A Pioneer Miracle” a short video about a child’s prayer for safely being answered and we highly recommend it!
On the way "home" we got stopped by the police (very official green uniformed police armed with rifles with bullet magazines) who detained us for a while (we had made a left turn from the wrong lane). After calling his "boss" the police gave back Dad's international driver's license and sent us on our way. After getting Dad's credit card back at the Kretlys, because we thought we needed more than 500 Meticais for groceries, we headed out and missed the street where the Premier grocery store was. We got lost! We were on streets which were off of our map and we were "driving blind" dodging cars and people. Word to the wise – don’t go driving on Saturday!! We finally got back to the city and thankfully Dad saw our soon-to-be apartment building on the right and we knew we were on “Avenida de 24 Julho” and we got our bearings to get to Premier. We purchased only a few things – spent 313 Meticais. So, we didn’t really need the card, but we used it :). Almost got lost again going "home." We were very thankful to be safe here at the President's house. Just think, all of this adventure happened before 3:05 p.m. (or 15:05 as they refer to it).
The weather here is very moderate. One morning the clouds rolled in and it rained a lot, but by 10:30 a.m. it had cleared up. During the service project it also rained for a while; by the time we were walking back to our car it had cleared and was getting hot. We've seen lots of palm trees and other tropical plants. This red flowering plant grows outside (in Utah this plant is only an indoor plant).
For our 2nd Sunday here, we attended Church at the T-3 branch with the Hobsons. On the way there we passed many women dressed in white coats and white hats. We didn’t know what Church they were going to, but it showed that this people are devoted church-goers. There was an accident on the main road to T-3 which backed up the traffic. We noticed the huge well-kept gardens at the sides of the road.
We miss our family! There
is an 8-9 hour difference between us; when we wake up our children’s families
often have already gone to bed; when we are sleeping it is afternoon for our
children’s families. Although it is
pretty tricky to arrange, we are really enjoying Skyping with our family!