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