What is up fam?! Sounds like everything back home is going great! Loved seeing the pics from Teag's dance recital/competition and from Burke's basketball games. Baby Renz is looking like the cutest guy on the block and big shout out to Stacie Bowen for the water painting... pretty much the coolest thing that I have ever seen!
I am writing this email after playing soccer with the zone and I realized two things... Africa is hot and I still suck at soccer hahaha. But it was super fun to be with the whole zone together playing around a little bit. Now I am just feeling bad for everyone in this humid internet cafe because I stank but its whatevs!
This past week was really good, involved lots of running around to other areas to do interviews for upcoming baptisms in the zone, preparing Cacilda for her baptisms and trying everything to pull off a combined baptism on Saturday without water. So the plans this past Saturday was to have a baptism together with three of the wards here in Matola and it seemed like everything was going to run smoother than Usain Bolt but... how soon we forgot that Maputo is on water restrictions and we pegged the day at the church when there was no water so trying to work out things with a water tanker to come and fill up the font we decided to just moved the baptisms to this next Saturday but we still went through watching some videos we had plan to show with the baptisms and had snacks so people weren’t mad at all haha. But other than that it was a pretty average week, trying to find new people and get the area popping. This next week should be pretty great... hopefully with some cooler days, Leadership Council on Thursday and baptisms on Saturday.
For a quick spiritual guy... I am just finishing up the book of Alma in the Book of Mormon right now and with all of the stories of wars, battles, and contentions I have realized something. The Lord always favored the side that was most prepared and the side that was most prepared in this case was the side of the Nephites because of their righteous desires. Elder Dallin H. Oaks taught, "Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving and our becoming." Throughout the later chapters of the book of Alma we see that the desire of the Nephites was to protect their liberty, their families, and their religion. Set by the example of Captain Moroni, their desires were not worldy things. We should remember that righteous desires cannot be superficial, impulsive or temporary (the treasures that we cannot bring to heaven). They must be heartfelt, unwavering and permanent. So, motivated we will seek for that condition described by Joseph Smith as the state to "overcome the evils of (our lives) and lost every desire for sin." I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can obtain these righteous desires and receive all the blessing that Heavenly Father has to give us to overcome and to achieve the righteous desires of our lives.
Love yall!! Shout out to Chance to the Rapper for balling out at the Grammys and shout out to the KFC's in Maputo that have new Pina Colada and Strawberry Lemonade Krushers! Have a great week!
|Divisions with Elder Da Cruz|
|I was missing home and Mexican food do I attempted to make a|
Cafe Rio Chicken Salad.
|"Heroes get remembered butlegends never die" #RIPSamora|
|Watercolor by Stacey Bowen from a picture taken|
of Elder Chipman and friends last March while he was serving in Beira.