Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Week 15 - Chamanculo A - "Hills and Valleys" by Tauren Wells

Happy Pioneers Day Yall!!

Last night with the stake we watched the Pioneer Day concert with Alex Boye. It wasn't translated into Portuguese but everyone loved it especially the song they did from Lion King and the organ solo haha they were going nuts when everyone saw that the you have to play the organ with your feet as well. But I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and continues on having a great summer!  If anyone is looking for a new summer jam... look up they song that I put in the subject it is super-mega-dope-swag.

Twas a blessed week for the HoodElders of Chamanculo. We pulled a 2015 Drake and went back-2-back with divisions on Tuesday and Wednesday. First with Assistants so I walked with Elder Smith and then with the Mahotas Elders and I walked with Elder Fernando. We are teaching and working with some pretty amazing people right now. Last week Nelio and Suzy brought one of their friends, Pedro. So, Pedro, also came to the family night we had on Monday, English Class on Tuesday and Thursday, integration night on Friday, the missionary activity on Saturday and then Church again on Sunday.  You could say he is progressing really well for us only visiting him twice lolz. Benjamin is still doing great. He asked if we could move his baptismal date to August cause that is his favorite month so he will be getting baptized here in a couple weeks. And we are working with a lot of teenage hoodlems right now that have been embracing the message of the Restoration and the activities at the church as well. Chamanculo is being blessed a lot right now and so many people have been and are being prepared to receive the Gospel. Updates on the recent converts as well.. Nelio blessed the sacrament for the first time on Sunday and Junior was ordained a priest and will be speaking in sacrament meeting next Sunday.

For a spiritual thought, it comes from experience that happened to Wezi this past week and what he did and how touched I was by it. Last week when Wezi was on his way to church he came across 100 MT in the road. During our visit with him this past week, he asked us what he should do with that money. Elder Souza wisely asked what he thought he should do and pausing for a second he responded, "Pay tithing!"
I was taking back. A 13-year-old boy, freshly baptized who still needed to be confirmed, made a choice that I don’t think I would have ever made in his position. On Sunday, Wezi was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and received the Holy Ghost. After returning back to his seat, he turned to me and said, "Now, I need to pay my tithing." So, after all the meetings were over, we filled out his first tithing slip and he put one 10 MT coin into the envelope and went straight to the Bishops office. I think Bishop Manica was blown away too, when this young man who he had just confirmed came in with a tithing slip. Wezi showed me what Jesus meant when He taught His disciples in Mathew 18.
"1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

Wezi showed me what is means to humble ourselves like a little child. He showed me that as we show faith and act, even when we don't understand fully or when we are having hard times, and we are obedient and full of love, then we will be converted.

I love you all, have a great week and don’t forget to weeze the juice!

Love,

Elder Chipman

A new investigator family, Nunes
and Esperanca. In our first visit with we found out that they hadn't
named their new baby boy. Jokingly I suggested that they name him Braxton....
When we came back for our second visit, we found out they that their new boy's
name is Braxton Nunes Muchanga....

I got to say goodbye to this little Darrell one last time.
Elder Feliciana was reassigned to Johannesburg Mission with all the
other Elders in Swazi.  He is going to kill it there!

Our set up for the missionary activity. 

#TheMotto

Leia hooking us up with some greeny fresh matapa. 


Elvira and Martinha made us dank covey. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week 14 - Chamanculo A - "Taking Over" by DJ Khaled

What it iz everyone?!

Sounds like it is nothing but good times and summer vibes coming from back home which is what I like to see yall! I hope everyone keeps enjoying the summer and all the fun activities that come with it!

This week was pretty dope you could say. The homeboi Wezi and the homegirl Martinha got baptized on Saturday! After a couple visits in the morning on Saturday, Elder Souza and I went to set up things for the baptism at the Chamanculo Chapel but because of that scumbag Satan, there was no water to fill up the font haha. Too bad Satan doesn’t know that missionary work is like the Princeton Offense and there is always another way to score. So, we had to hurry and get on the phone and tell everyone that we would be doing the baptism at the Sommerschield Chapel. We got it all worked out and set up and the baptism ran smoothly.

Everyone we are teaching right now are doing great. Carlos and his family are working towards getting all their documents ready to open up the wedding process so that they can get married and baptized all together. Benjamin aka the Mozambican Ryan Gosling is progressing well and everything should be ready for his baptism on the 29th of July. We have been blessed with teaching some really prepared people lately and through the Book of Mormon they have been able to feel the Spirit confirm all that we have been sharing.

These past couple of weeks I have been studying a lot about Alma and Amulek's mission to Ammoniah (Alma 8-16). For a couple days, I didn’t really understand why the Lord had sent Alma back to Ammoniah after being rejected once to only be rejected again with Amulek's help. But then I realized that in chapter 15 is when the blessings came from Alma and Amulek' struggles. The church in Sidom was able to be established and many were brought unto Christ. I was able to see that sometimes the Lord will put us through things that in present don’t make sense but later we will be able to see why. Whether it is to help us personally or to help others in the future.  God's plan always has makes sense but it is just up to us to enjoy what He gives us in that moment. "When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives." - President Russell M. Nelson.

Love you guys! Have radical week!


Elder Chipman

Wezi and Martinha's Baptism!




Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 13 - Chamanculo A - "Top of the World" by Hoodie Allen from the Hello Americans!

I hope everyone enjoyed and had a great 4th of July!

We have had a great week, adjusting with all of the changes that have been happening of late. But things have been going great and it has been so nice being back with Elder Souza. We have been spending lots of time getting Weze and Marta all ready for their baptisms coming up on this Saturday. We also had the Maputo Zone conference on Friday at President and Sister Senna's house. It was a small conference in terms of missionaries but it helped with participation and lots was learned. Especially everything that President and Sister Senna learned while they were at the MTC a couple weeks ago. On Saturday, the AP's dropped off two brand new Elders to walk with Elder Souza and I for the day. Like all new missionaries, the first thing that they will ask when they meet new missionaries is how much time they have on the mission. So, when it got to my turn to respond, I decided to just answer nicely and replied with a smirk, "I have been here for a minute." hahaha

We had a couple of amazing visits with Benjamin aka the Mozambican Ryan Gossling. On Tuesday, we had an visit about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and invited him to follow Jesus Christ, being baptized by someone who holds the proper authority of God and he was a little tentative about it. He said that it was his desire to follow Christ and be baptized but because of his Catholic background he felt like it wasn’t the right time. So, we invited him to re-read Alma 32. We met back with him on Saturday night and the first thing he says is, "I have some good news, I am 100% now, I will be baptized." He told us that he had recognized that the little doubts that he had in his head weren't coming from the right place and now he will prepare to be baptized on the 29th of July.

With the experience of Benjamin, I have been thinking lots about how it is so common for us to have doubts, especially doubts about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Doubts are a part of this life, even our Savior was tested with doubts by Satan when he was fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. That is why He tell us "Look unto me with every thought; doubt not, fear not" (D&C 6:36) because He knows what it is like to have doubts. Since He knows how it feels like, He will always be there to help. In the experience of Oliver Cowdery in the same section of the Doctrine and Covenants it says, "20 Behold, thou art Oliver, and I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires; therefore treasure up these words in thy heart. Be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love. 21 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the same that came unto mine own, and mine own received me not. I am the light which shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.
22 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.
23 Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?"

I know that the Lord will speak peace unto us and as we strive to be  faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God, the love of our Savior with fill our lives so that we won’t even have room to doubt. I love you all and I love this Gospel! I hope you guys have a great week!

Love


Elder Chipman Album All American

Happy 4th of July from the Red, White and Blue Boyz

The Sommerschield Sisters had a baptism for Gino
and Elder Souza baptized him. 

Julieta made us covey!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Week 12 - Chamanculo A –

What’s good fam???

First things first, Happy 4th of July to you all tomorrow! Fireworks and the Red, White and Blue... nothing better. It sounds like everyone is taking full advantage of the summer with fun vacations and I hope it stays that way!

This week has been a great week! We spent the first couple days getting Elder Griffeth already to go and saying goodbye to everyone for him.  On Friday, Elder Griffeth left and I got my new comp. I will be serving with another ex comp.... Elder Souza. Who was my first comp in Swazi! I was his first comp in the mission field and now he will be my last, how fitting! But we will have a great transfer, finding elects or die tryin!

Other blessings of the week, Carlos and his entire family came to church on Sunday! Carlos is an inactive member who we found a couple weeks ago through the AP's talking with him. We have been visiting with him, his wife Elsa, his children Letta, Filipe, and Rosana and his niece Nosta. They all started out a little cold towards us but now they love us. And when I saw all of them walk through the doors into sacrament meeting, I kid you not I hit the dab super hard haha. All is going great with the rest of the investigators. Weze and Martinha will be getting baptized on the 15th July so that will be the next big thing! Also, Nelio received the Priesthood yesterday!

Spiritual though of the week comes from Elder L. Whitney Claytons talk from this past conference. I have been pondering on this statement a lot this week, he says "When we decide to do “whatsoever [God] saith unto” us, we earnestly commit to align our everyday behavior with God’s will. Such simple acts of faith as studying the scriptures daily, fasting regularly, and praying with real intent deepen our well of spiritual capacity to meet the demands of mortality. Over time, simple habits of belief lead to miraculous results. They transform our faith from a seedling into a dynamic power for good in our lives. Then, when challenges come our way, our rootedness in Christ provides steadfastness for our souls. God shores up our weaknesses, increases our joys, and causes “all things [to] work together for [our] good."

There are so many ways we can apply this teaching into our lives! So, I hope you all have a great week and that you can continue on seeing how the Lord blesses us when we do what He wants!

Loves and hugs!

Elder Chipman


ps. "I just found fireworks in the men's restroom.. would like to light them off?" -Rico

Carlos, Elsa and the fam!

Irene and her family made tseke for Elder Griffeth and I before her left. 

Tseke com Xima coma Anima!

Beat Street

The Fajardo market

Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 11 - Chamanculo A - "Put It Down" by Hurris and GIG

Feliz Dia de Independencia!
June 25th is Mozambique's Independence Day and with the end of Ramadan yesterday there is some good partying going on down here hahaha.

This week was another great one. We had the chance to visit with Junior to get him all prepped for his baptism and everything went so smoothly for his baptism. The best part was that his family showed up too to be with Junior on his special day. He was super scared to get in the water and then it didn’t help that the water was pretty chilly. His testimony was great that he bore and it just solidified the fact the Junior will be a solid member and priesthood holder here soon.

Other than that, we had a couple of improvisations go down with a division with the AP's on Tuesday. It was very nice tho, I was able to walk with Elder Smith. It was our first time walking together since Beira and it will probably be our last time until August. But we are teaching some really great people still. Elder Griffeth and I found Sheila this week knocking doors on Tuesday, taught her on Friday and she came to church on Sunday. Sheila is an older lady who just recently moved backed to Mozambique from South Africa because she divorced from her husband after 25 years being together. She said that she has been looking for something that can bless her and her family’s life after many hard years of trials and problems.  She told us that it seems like she found it right off the bat with our message and the feeling she had a church. We are also teaching Benjamin who is probably the closest thing to the Mozambican Ryan Gosling haha. He is a super smart business man and has been loving what he has been learning so far about the Church and the Priesthood being restored in these later days. On another note, all of the recently baptized members are doing great. Lurdes is participating in seminary, Nelio gave a talk in church on Sunday and will be receiving the Priesthood this Sunday, Shanaya gave a talk at the baptism which she was super nervous about but did a great job. So Chamanculo is really being blessed right now. And since I am hitting close here to 50 days the motto for these next couple of weeks comes from the homie, 50 Cent, "Find elects, or die trying."  

For this week, I would love everyone to read, Elder Neil L. Anderson's talk from the past conference titled, "Overcoming the World". It is a simple message of how truly we can be in the world but not of the world and the things that we can do to always press forward in what the Lord wants no matter how much the world is changing around us.

Estamos juntos! Love you guys!

Elder Chipman


Shoutouts... Happy Bday to Ez on Tuesday! And shoutout to the homie Bubs for killing it on his homecoming talk! Miss ya boi!

Junior's Baptism





Our Pday Meal #ChineseRestaurant

Bishop Pavava and Milo from Mahotas

More Food Pics...

Dope Sunset

Family Night at Irene and Senna's home. 

Family Night

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Week 10 - Chamanculo A - "Like Father, Like Son" by the Game


Alrighty yall!

This week was pretty great for us down here. A week full of the sweet spirit of service and the overall highlight came from Wednesday, when we helped a group of audiologists from the States, at the hospital all day. Last Sunday night, right before a stake devotional with President and Sister Senna. Two Americans just showed up at the chapel, walked right up to us missionaries and introduced themselves as brother and sister Rakuskus and so that gave it away that they were members haha. But it turned out they were in Mozambique on a charity event called "Hearing the Call" where their objective was to help test for hearing loss, distribute and teach the use and care of hearing aids, to those that do not have the conditions to receive this help. And Sister Rakuskus came by to ask President Senna if there could be some missionaries at the hospital Monday-Wednesday to help them out with translating. Elder Griffeth and I had the blessing to go on the last day to help out and it was such a special day. Elder Griffeth and I were able to work in the rooms where they put the hearing aids in and turn them on for the first time for the people and seeing their faces light up every time is something that I will never forget. We got to the hospital at about 7:00 AM and left there at 5:30 PM so it was a full day of work but it was well spent.

The work is still progressing as well! We are planning on having the baptism of Junior this week and on top of him being confirmed on Sunday, Nelio (who was baptized a few weeks ago) will be speaking and receiving the Priesthood as well. So, it should be a great week for us teaching and seeing the Lord's work move forward here in Chamanculo!

To end I would like to throw out some shoutouts. First S/O goes the only Parker Henry Chipman for going beast mode and getting that master’s degree! Second, to Corey and Teagan! I hope you guys have great birthdays! And last but definitely not least, to Papa B! With yesterday being Father's Day I would just like to let you know how much I love and appreciate you. I am so grateful for all the sacrifices that you have made in your life to bless my own and the lives of everyone else in the family. In short terms, if the Chipmans were like the Mighty Ducks, you are our Emilio Estevez hahaha. Love you tho Papa B!

Have a great week beach bums!

Elder Chipman


Pictures from "Hearing the Call Mozambique"

These are the last two little girls that got their hearing aids on Wednesday. The first is Rofin (age 10), who lost her hearing when she was 6 because of Malaria. When her hearing aids came on that smile would not come off her face! When I went to take a picture with her she gave me the biggest hug ever and thanked me. In my mind I thought, "Well I didn’t do anything." But then it hit me that if you are serving someone, through a huge act or small, everyone that is involved can feel of God's and of Jesus Christ's love them. The second, is Albertinha who is 15 and was so happy that when the Doctors put on music she started dancing.



Relaxing
Elder Griffeth and I eating PB&J's at KFC after a long
 day of service. haha











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Monday, June 12, 2017

Week 9 - Chamanculo A –

Hellooooo loved ones!

Twas another great week down here for ya boys in Chamanculo! Lots of fun activities and lots of work. Elder Griffeth and I are working very hard with some investigators, preparing them to get baptized on the 24th of June. We are teaching Elvis and Nelson, who are twins and they are really great and humble and want to learn. The only thing that isn't helping is that they are soccer rats haha they are playing soccer 24/7 so whenever we pass by their home and they aren't there we have to go the closest field and try to find them which always leads to fun experiences. We are also teaching Junior, who is the neighbor to our ward mission leader, Xavier. Junior is the most mature 16-year-old I have ever met. At night, he is usually taking care of his little brother, cooking and prepping everything for the next day. With every visit, he is breaking out of his shy shell haha. And we are also teaching Marta, who is the nanny/worker of Amilcar and Elvira. We went by the other day to teach Junior a follow up lesson and Elvira told us that Marta was already reading the Book of Mormon and that the she was already in 1 Nephi 9 sooo she is pretty dope.

Monday night we had a meeting with President and Sister Senna at their home speaking and conversing about the work that needs to be done to help the Matola Stake be created.  On Saturday, the stake had a big open house at the Summerschield Chapel. They took the chance to do a blood drive and open the doors to everyone that wanted to come. It was a great turnout and we as the missionaries were in charge of the after snacks for giving blood.  We went out in turns talking with everyone in the road and inviting them to check out the open house. It was something so simple as a missionary but something that we don’t do much in this mission of just walking up and down the streets and parking lots talking with every person that we can. It was an amazing experience talking with everyone and seeing all the members that were participating as well. Two returned missionaries went out and were bringing people to the church like crazy. Elder Griffeth and I went out with some perspective Elders and they would just talk to everyone so naturally. Elder Griffeth and I were so amazed about how much more prepared they were than we were going into our missions.

All in all, the work is rolling on like it talks about in Daniel 2! The work of the Lord will continue to go on, no matter what! Even if we take a back seat, lose motivation, or just think that we don’t have time in our role of sharing the gospel, Heavenly Father will still find ways and give us opportunities to share. His work and His glory is that all His sons and daughters hear of the message of happiness and joy, which is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Love yallz! Have a great week, signing off

Elder Chipman


ps. Shoutout to Parker for graduating this upcoming week. I hope you listen Graduation by Kanye all week. Another shoutout to Devin and Emily congrats on another baby girl coming your way!


Pics from the Open House



Elvira made us luch after a visit.
Fejiao Nhemba, best beans in the world!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Week 8 - Chamanculo A - "Tacos on Broadway" By Brothers From Another

Coming at ya live from the English School that is next door from our apartment that offers internet,

How is everyone?! I absolutely loved seeing the picture from Diem's baptism! Diem, congrats, you and the whole fam looked beautiful! I am so happy that you were able to have such a special day with all very big and very special family!

It sounds like summer is bumping for everyone and I cannot wait to hear about this DelTaco incident when I get home. I hope everyone keeps having a great summer with all vacations and fun activities coming up.

As always, the week was very good for Elder Griffeth and I. We were able to put in a lot of time this week finding throughout our whole area and through all ways possible. One way was through English Class. The Elders and Sister here in the city have been teaching English class on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays and it has been a huge blessing with finding new people to teach, integrating investigators, and strengthening recent converts. Elder Griffeth and I taught a lesson with 6 college students who have been coming to English for a little bit now and it was one of the coolest lessons I have had on my mission. All 6 vary in religion and faiths, from Catholic to Muslim. We taught them in the chapel and the spirit was definitely there and you could tell from their excitement and desire to know more and keep asking questions.

The highlight of the week probably comes from Wednesday, when we had the blessing to spend the whole day with President and Sister Senna and Elder Palmer and Sister Palmer (of the 70s) at the Matola Chapel for our Mission Tour. I won’t try to describe all that went down cause I wouldn't be able to do it justice but Elder Palmer helped ministered, inspired, and motivated everyone that was present at those meetings. The Lord truly does extend His hand to us by the leaders of the church that He calls. For a spiritual thought, I would just like to leave you with a line from Elder Palmers talk from the last general conference. "Anytime you feel you are being asked to do something hard, think of the Lord beholding you, loving you, and inviting you to follow Him." I want to invite you all this week to read Elder Palmer's talk and to study the story of the rich young man in the New Testament. Charity is the pure love of Christ and it never faileth! I promise to you all that if strive to develop that type of love for everyone in our lives we will feel of the spirit more fully, be able to bless more lives, and feel more joy in our own lives.

Love you all so much! Have a great week!


Elder Chipman


Titos turned 10 the week and is pumped about his talk
in Primary next week (haha). 

Selfies with Zinha and Ana

Sunsets from the Varanda. 

More Views




Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Week 7 - Chamanculo A - "Power" by Big Sean

What it is?!

It sounds like summer has actually hit in Salt Lake and what a coincidence cause it feels like winter has hit here haha. But it sounds like last week was a rager, s/o to Burke and his little league team, s/o to Teags, Haddie Girl and Wrenly on their dance recital, s/o to all the kids who finished school, and s/o to Diem, who will be getting baptized this weekend, can’t wait to see the pics!

It was a good ol' week down here for ya boys! The highlight came on Saturday, with the baptism of Nelio, Junior and Lurdes. Everything went smoothly with Bishop hooking it up by filling up the font for us and with Xavier, who is our ward mission leader, putting together a star studded baptismal service. All three gave great testimonies but the one that hit out the park was the testimony of Irma Lurdes. Lurdes has been receiving the missionaries’ visits since April as a reference from a member. She loves the Book of Mormon and has learned a ton about the Gospel. The only thing that was missing was her Parent/Guardian permission to be baptized. Lurdes' mother lives in Quelemane and has never spoken with her.  Her uncle and aunt were not super excited about her wanting to get baptized. Lurdes would always pray before/after visits asking Heavenly Father that her uncle and aunt would let her get baptized. So, last Tuesday we went by to visit her and she wasn't home.  We started talking with her uncle a little bit and of course with a baptismal service already planned for that Saturday we started talking to him about Lurdes getting baptized. After talking and more explanation he said would happily let Lurdes get baptized and he even came to the baptism and said he loved it. In Lurdes' testimony she thanked Heavenly Father for her family, for the Book of Mormon and for the chance that she had been given to be baptized.

After the baptism, Nelio put together a little dinner with the help of Suzy and Dalia cooking. It was a super fun night being with lots of members and seeing the friendships starting between investigators, recent converts and older members. Other funny story of the week, when we were walking home at night, a lady stopped and said, "Alright, I see you guys everywhere. I need to know who are you?". We explained to her and she instantly sounded relieved cause she had been hearing that we were working with the CIA haha. After, a long talk with her about what it is that we do and what we share with families, her eye just shined super bright and said she would love for us to visit her and her family.  Let’s hope all goes well with us trying to visit this new family this week.

Long update so I will try and share a quick spiritual guy. In the April General Conference, President Nelson gave a talk on how we can receive the power of Jesus Christ into our lives. He gives a couple of things that we can to do more fully receive this power.  Such as studying and coming to know better our Savior, acting with faith and when we make covenants with our Heavenly Father and keep them with precision. The last thing that he mentions is a true desire to reach up diligently and receive His power in our lives. When I was studying this talk I thought to myself that this was obvious and something that everyone had but President Nelson spiritually back handed that thought of my mind when he gives the example of the women who exercised her faith but just touching the robe of Christ and was healed (Mark 5:28) and then says, "When you reach up for the Lord’s power in your life with the same intensity that a drowning person has when grasping and gasping for air, power from Jesus Christ will be yours. When the Savior knows you truly want to reach up to Him—when He can feel that the greatest desire of your heart is to draw His power into your life—you will be led by the Holy Ghost to know exactly what you should do." I instantly thought about the motivational video on youtube that I always watch to pump me up for football practice haha. But I know that as we search and strive to receive Christ's power in our lives and it will bless and help us through any personal problem or any social issue that we come across.  This ended up not being a quick spiritual thought, but I hope that we all can continue to understand better, receive more and be blessed by the Savior's power that He has because of the sacrifice that He performed for all of us.

Love you guys so much! Have a great week!


Elder Chipman
3 ball...Splash!

Junior and his family

Lurdes with friends and fam. 

Nelio's family

Chamanculo Ward!

After party