Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Week 10 - Fairview B - "It’s our thing, Dudesgiving" -Schmidt

Alright sports fans, what is up?! So, I have officially been away for two high school football seasons which means next season it is nothing but Billy Bob Thornton and Friday Nights Lights for me haha. But s/o to Berg and East for the the back-2-back state championship win! Also, Happy Birthday to Colin last Friday and Happy Birthday to Brody this Thursday!  Also, Happy Thanksgiving for all ya jive turkeys out there.

This past week was yet another good on out here for ya boys Rev Run and DMC (Elder Feliciana and I). This week has been full of long days, lessons falling, new investigators, lots of Coke, lightning strikes, Mozambicans, usithiles, and lots of love from our Heavenly Father. This past week we started teaching a Mozambican lady named Ancha. Ancha works super close to where we stay at a fruit stand. About two months ago she had a dream that she was in a church that she had never seen or never been in, she said she felt like she was at home. Then about a month ago some missionaries just invited her to church when they were buying some bananas and she decided to come. When she got to the church she realized it was the exact same church that was in her dream and ever since then she has been coming to church. So, we have stopping by every day to teach and to read with her. She is super funny cause every time we visit her she says, "Ok vamos revisar porque eu naõ demoro para esquecer!" ("Let’s review because it doesn’t take long for me to forget!") But she is doing great and has a baptismal date for the 4th of December. Also, this Saturday we headed out in the morning to get some work done and visits in before lunch but right as we got close to our visit a big ol' lightning strike cracked right above our heads and then the rain commenced and it was legit like someone turned the shower on full blast. It cleared up though and we able to get in a visit and some contacts before heading and getting some lunch. That night we had a really great night with three of our lessons falling and being able to find 3 different families that we hadn't planned to visit.  The work is coming a long every day here "kancane kancane" (little by little).

On Sunday, José and Zethu were confirmed which was great to see because they had been waiting for the wedding process to get all finished up. Also, Bheki (recent convert) received a calling to teach the young men and Sakhile (a perspective elder we have been working with) was called to be the Branch clerk! It has been super cool to see how the gospel can truly help people progress in their lives and be able to fight through struggles and difficulties.

For a spiritual thought, it will also come from a talk that was giving by a sister during sacrament on Sunday. She opened her talk by saying, "Today, I am celebrating the death of my oldest daughter, November 20th, 2012. The reason why I say I am 'celebrating' her death is because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and because of that I know about the Plan of Salvation and I know that I will be reunited with my daughter again with my entire family and feel the joy and happiness that our Father in Heaven has for us." First line of her talk and I was already in tears. My fellow sister went Mike Trout and hit it out the park with her talk but ever since I heard that opening line I haven't been able to get it out of my head because it is honestly so true. We know about the Plan of Salvation, it gives us hope, comfort and joy and it’s up to us to help others come to know of this special, perfect plan as well.

I hope y’all have a great week! Eat some turkey, play and watch some football and watch the Thanksgiving episode of New Girl for ya boy down here!

Love and miss you guys!

Elder Chipman

Our dinner with the Dlaminis's...Prince was already digging in. 

Street names aren't much help here. 

Couldn't fit all of the house in the pic. 

S/O to the 0 contacts that we made in this area. 

Visiting Sister Gill at work.

Lunch with the Martins. 

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