Monday, May 30, 2016

Week 45

"We have a choice; be faithful and show our good works, or lack faith and have no good works to show."

Monday, May 30th, 2016

 Those faces though...

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Just a heads up, transfers aren't for a while so that's why I said still in Baixa last week. 

This week was fun. Found a lot of new people and a lot of those people came to church.

I had a division with Elder Openshaw and it was very relaxing. Not having to plan for the day or take charge because of the lack of knowledge of that said area is quite a blessing. We taught a couple of families for the first time and they came to church the next day. 

That's about all the news!

This week I want to talk about faith and our actions. A man that we met and began teaching has trouble walking. He can not stand up without the support of a wall or pole or person. When we taught him he accepted and believed that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he needed to join this church. He had a Book of Mormon and had read it wanting to be a part of this church but he didn't think he could because of his condition. Him and his wife and 5 children, they live on the 9th floor of a building and he usually never leaves the house because of his condition. The kids are highly responsible for their father, practically doing everything for him. He expressed his faith and desire to come to church and be baptized and we expressed our desire to help him.

Early on Sunday morning we planned to go help. He was ready at 8 o'clock to leave. And so he was lifted and carried down 9 floors. Then after going to church we returned with him and myself and Elder Ortiz proceeded to carry him up again. 

As representatives of Jesus Christ we have the duty to do everything we possibly can to help his sheep come back to Him. 

This man has such great faith when he lacks one of the most basic gifts that God has given us, to stand and walk. He will have a perfect body once again and will live with our Heavenly Father forever. I am grateful for this man. I hope to see the day when he and his family will be baptized. 

 "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone."      James 2:17
We have a choice; be faithful and show our good works, or lack faith and have no good works to show. 

I know that faith in our Savior Jesus Christ is the first thing we need in our lives. 

I hope you have a good week!

Elder Nimmo

Elder Openshaw planning our day.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Week 44

"When we work hard and we give our all, to do what is right and to serve our Lord, we will be blessed."

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

"...Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3

Hello everyone!

Still here in the Baixa! It is very weird to be in an area for this long. I haven't been in this area very long if we were to compare with other missionaries. 

We had a pretty good week. We went to Praia Nova a lot this week. The little kids there are so funny. Also I believe that our area has the prettiest sunsets out of all the areas in Beira but then again haven't served in any other area here. 

I think either myself or Elder Ortiz will be leaving. But I have no clue when, it comes down to the facts. 

The sunglasses and hats rule is way weird. I accept it and it is interesting but I would be shocked if wearing Fedoras became a common thing to see on the mission. 

I honestly don't have that much to say this week but I will say this...

I meant to say that, Elder D. Todd Christofferson said,

"Keep going, and the Lord will help you. At times you may not know quite what to do or what to say - just move forward. Begin to act, and the Lord assures that "an effectual door shall be opened for you." (D& C 118:3) 

Begin to speak, and He promises, "You shall not be confounded before men; for it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment, what ye shall say." (D&C 100:5-6)

I believe this full heartedly. When we work hard and we give our all, to do what is right and to serve our Lord, we will be blessed. We have His promise. I know that He is always with us. Remember that!

Hope you all have a good week!

Elder Nimmo

Praia Nova...

...and the prettiest sunsets,

out of all the areas in Beira!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Week 43

“A missionary is someone who leaves their family for a short time, so that others may be with their families for an eternity.”                            


Monday, May 16th, 2016

(Just one photo this week, with no description)

Hello! I hope everyone is doing well! 

Not a whole ton happened this week but we worked as hard as we could. A few things were relatively new to me but I'll get a handle of them in time. I know that everything happens for a reason and that sometimes things happen and we want to change it but it is out of our hands. 

Today I just want to share a scripture that my father shared with me in his email to me this week. I think it applies to something every one of us can control. 

In John 14:6 it reads:

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

I think that this scripture, in its simplicity, shows exactly what we need to do in this life. If we want to live again with our Father in Heaven we have to come unto Christ. We have to know Him and be like Him. This is my testimony and of this I am certain, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

I hope everyone has a good week! 

Elder Nimmo

Monday, May 9, 2016

Week 42

“I promise that because of your faithful response to the call to spread the gospel, He will bind up your broken hearts, dry your tears, and set you and your families free. That is my missionary promise to you and your missionary - message to the world.” 
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Monday, May 9th, 2016

 "The many faces of Elder Nimmo! I know that as much as I miss my missionary, as hard as it was to hang up from the Skype call today, as much as I would love to put my arms around him right now and hold him, I was able to "dry my tears and bind up my broken heart." I am "free" from dread and pain of having him gone because his purpose of spreading the gospel is far greater than my missing him. As long as I know he is safe, healthy and happy, I can wait until that beautiful reunion when I will throw my arms around him with tears of joy and a full heart."     
Brandi Nimmo aka Mother of Cole

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day! 

Short but sweet letter today but what I lack in message I make up for in photos! This week went by very fast. We had a lot of stuff to do and a lot of things happened.

Elder Carvalho went home today so to celebrate we went to Biques for lunch on the beach Friday. The food was great as usual. 

Saturday five couples were married and 29 people were baptized. No one really gets married in Mozambique. It was a great day! 

And to end the week I had the opportunity to speak with my family and to see my mother! Skyping always goes by so fast for the little amount of time that we have. After our call, we were fed by the senior missionary couple. It was a great end to our day. 

I just want to testify that I know this church to be true and that this is the Lord's work and it is progressing. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Elder Nimmo

Beach life with my comp!

Goodbye lunch for Elder Carvalho.

First comes marriage...

...then comes baptism!

A memorable day.

Missionary madness

and mayhem!

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Week 41

"This is one of the most special experiences I have had so far on my mission. For a second I felt as if I had a glimpse into what it must have been like to be The Savior teaching a multitude of people."

Monday, May 2, 2016

We spent Family Home Evening with a cool kid named Donaldo!

This week some fun stuff happened!

First off we had some people come to church, that is always a plus. Also a family that I love very much down in T-3 was baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday! I was so happy to know it finally happened! Besides that a pretty normal week. 

There was a fuss about manifestations that could happen because the inflation of the Metical (Mozambique currency) and the change in prices. Besides that nothing spectacular. I wasn't able to do email yesterday because of a national holiday. Dia dos Trabalhadores - (Workers Day). So it was on May 1st (Happy Belated Birthday to my little sister Savvy BTW!) Because it landed on a Sunday they recognized the holiday on May 2nd so that no one has to go in to work. So therefore every place that had internet was shut down for the day. We played basketball for our P-day and that was fun. 

So as for my scatter-brained summary of the week I feel the need to apologize, sorry. 

I had a really cool experience this past week and this will be my spiritual thought. 

Praia Nova is a very poor area in Beira, if not the poorest. Because they live on the beach, and due to the weather here in Mozambique, many of their houses were destroyed. They were placed in a refugee camp outside of The Pavilion (The place where we play Gatorball.) 

Elder Ortiz and I decided to go and help as much as we could. When we arrived, all the children flocked to us and it was very odd to me. I'm pretty sure it is because we are just a couple of white guys in Africa. We played with them for a little then we asked if we could help them with a message that we had to offer. 

They pulled out a straw mat for us to sit down on and when we sat, over 35-45 people sat around us in a circle. We began sharing a small message about how this church and gospel blesses the lives of all those who accept it. It became very quiet and everyone was focused in on us. We ended with a prayer and we left. Little children followed us until a little ways down the road and then they left us. 

This is one of the most special experiences I have had so far on my mission. For a second I felt as if I had a glimpse into what it must have been like to be The Savior teaching a multitude of people. Now I am not comparing myself in any way, shape or form to Christ. That, quiet frankly, would be sacrilegious. But I realized something - that as a missionary, a representative of Jesus Christ, these experiences will happen. Not only good experiences but bad ones as well. 

Elder Jeffery R. Holland said:

"I offer this as my personal feeling. I am convinced that missionary work is not easy because salvation is not a cheap experience. Salvation never was easy. We are The Church of Jesus Christ, this is the truth, and He is our Great Eternal Head. How could we believe it would be easy for us when it was never ever easy for Him? It seems to me that missionaries and mission leaders have to spend at least a few moments in Gethsemane. Missionaries and mission leaders have to take at least a step or two toward the summit of Calvary."

I feel this is true. But I also know we will feel some of the purest joy as well. A glimpse of the joy that Christ felt. 

I just want to testify of the miracle of missionary work. It is the greatest blessing anyone can ever receive. The ability to carry the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I feel happier than I ever have in my life. I know as we truly do the things Christ would do we get a small portion of what it must have been like for Him. I know He lives and that this is His work. In His sacred name, Amen.

Love to all,

Elder Nimmo

Dia dos Trabalhadores! Worker's Day in Mozambique!

Joao Amelia Dalton and family getting baptized.

A sleepy, exhausted selfie.