Alright sports fans how is everyone doing?! It sounds like everything back home is going great. Big S/O to Mom, Colin, Dev and Brody for running the marathon this weekened!! Officially means I am the only Chipman that hasn't run a marathon but it’s all good cause just thinking about running now I get tired so we will see how that goes haha. But I hope everyone had a great Conference Weekend! We will be watching all the sessions this upcoming weekend and I am too pumped.
But this week was another really great one for team Steve Nash and Leandro Barbosa. Yesterday, we had the baptism for Hlobisile! (Pics coming don’t worry) Elder Feliciana started teaching her with Elder Watteyne the last week of last transfer. She was super to excited to be baptized and to be an example for her younger sisters so we will see if we can start sitting with the rest of her family.
Also this week I had the chance to a division and walk with Elder Copitsky. After we got done with visits and contacting in the afternoon we stopped to get some coke and cookies and take a little break. A big cloud cover was moving towards us and Elder Coptisky goes, "I think we might be getting some rain." Me being me said, "Nahhh!! We guci man!" Then once we left to our next visit I straight felt like Harry and Dudley in the 5th Harry Potter when the dementors swoop in. Nothing but rain, huge burst of lighting, and loud thunder. It was one of the coolest things that I have been in but after 5 minutes of walking, being wet and cold I spazzed out haha. We ended up taking cover in a grocery store and a gas station and while we there, got some supplies for a FHE that we had with the Gumedzes. We showed them how to cook donuts and they LOVED them! Babe (Siswati for father - pronounced Bah-bee) Gumedze made us make extra batter so he could cook some up for breakfast the next morning. So after lots of oily fried Jerry's Jonuts and lots of yes chants we made the voyage home in the rain.
Then to cap it all off we visited the Mngumezulu family last night who live in the Swazi version of Pepperwood. Elder Feliciana found them last transfer but this was first time that I met them. Got there, with dinner and everything prepared for us. After helping them wash the dishes we sat and had a lesson and reviewed the importance of the Book of Mormon. Everything went great so let’s hope they progress. But just to give a hint how this fam is, Babe is basically Denzel Washington, Make (Mother - pronounced Mah-gee) is mom from America and all of the kids are studying outside of the country. One in Cyprus, one in Tanzania and one in China. They are such a nice family!
Also, yesterday for lunch after church we had ROAST NIGHT!! Roast, mash potatoes, gravy, carrots but not rolls but it was still too good!
But because of the long update I will just hit you guys up with a quick thought. In Mormon 8 verse 38, Mormon drops a bomb when he simply asks, "Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?" I pondered a ton about this scripture this week. We know that when we were baptized, but also before this life, we chose, promised, and covenanted with our Heavenly Father that we would take upon ourselves the name of Christ. But, along the road sometimes we forget or we change. Whether it’s because we feel we need to "fit in" or maybe its cause of changes happening around us. This is such an important time for us all to remember the name we have taken upon us and to try and become like Him and to let His light shine through us to help ones that we are around daily. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, He is our Savior and He is our endless happiness!
I love you guys and hope everyone has a great week!
|Love me some Matsapha|
|Showing the Gumedzes how to make donuts|
|Jerry's Jonuts were a success|
|Beware of Snakes|
|Almost like Home!!!|