Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 18 - Chamanculo A - "Make it Home" by Hoodie Allen

Munhava B Week 11 Beira
Everyone all Together

With this being my last email for the blog before I return home I would just like to write a little bit about these past two years..

6 weeks of the MTC, 18 weeks in Magoanine and Mahotas, 18 in Beira, 6 months in Swaziland, 18 weeks in Liberdade and another 18 weeks in Chamanculo. Had the blessing to serve with Elder Teela, Elder Macanige, Elder Riberio, Elder Griffeth (twice), Elder Nelson, Elder Souza (twice), Elder Feliciana, Elder Bindanda and Elder Barros. Learned unspeakable things by two loving mission presidents, President and Sister Koch and President and Sister Senna. Tried to learn Portuguese. Adapted to very different cultures, climates and circumstances. Ate some dope food. Saw many miracles. Felt sadness, homesickness, discouragement but was also overwhelmed by love, happiness, and joy. Searched and fell in love with the scriptures. Missed two years of music, movies, football, and most of all experiences and memories with my family. Devoted this time together with my best friends for the same purpose all around the world.

And what have I gotten in return?

I have, as well as many others in these past two years came close to our Savoir, Jesus Christ.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." - Romans 5:1-5

I have been beyond blessed to see how truly the Gospel brings light to everyone especially to the people where I have been designated to serve. Words will never be able to express the love that I have for the people of Mozambique and Swaziland. And I will never be able to thank enough all of those who have helped me on this journey. But special thanks go to my Mom and Dad for making all the sacrifices that they have, so that I could serve as a full time missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and as a representative of our Savoir, Jesus Christ. He lives, and this is His Church. Joseph Smith is a true prophet and was called to restore all of these things in the latter days. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Heavenly Father loves us.

Elder Chipman
Mozambique Maputo Mission
Sept. 2015 - Aug. 2017
Alma 26:12

Fairview B  Week 1 Swaziland
Saying what up to the school kids. 

Munhava B Week 4  Beira
Getting some help crossing the Street. 

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