Angola Luanda Mission
a Mission Region of the Mozambique Maputo Mission

A Mission Region of the Mozambique Maputo Mission

A Mission Region of the Mozambique Maputo Mission

Monday, November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013

1.)    Honestly I have not put it on yet (Hawaii shirt), but it looks like it fits.  What flag is on it? It is not the Hawaiian flag?
2.)    (Piano) Not too often Elder Chandler plays a little bit, but I play better then him.  Irmao Beato the Angolan American J normally plays. He is not incredible, but he is better then me.
3.)    Guilherme and Florença and their daughter are a toss up. They got the money to get married and should be getting married on the 6th of December, Florença is ready to be baptized, but we are not sure if Guilherme is, so I don’t know what we will do with that. But we are hoping and praying that they will get baptized on the 7th right before Elder Chandler leaves!
Thank you for praying for the people of Huambo. He have found a few young single adults that we are trying to work with Leny, Jacó, and another man named Manuel. However our focus this week is on a couple that we found a week ago, but the first time we sat with them was yesterday. They were in their car and they stopped us and started to talk with us! They are a really great couple that have been married for 11 years. IF they accept the gospel I think that he could be a future Branch President! Their names are Helder and Edna. They have three kids, but I don’t know their names. We have just introduced the Restoration and told them our purpose and they seem really interested! We talked about eternal families and they also seemed interested in that as well. They belong to a protestant church, but we are praying that their hearts will be open to the message and accepted it and be baptized. I have been praying very specifically for them these past few days. So maybe they are a couple that you were thinking of in the temple! Thanks for being in tune with the spirit.
4.)    No not yet. We don’t have that many members, so it wont take that long if I do it. I will ask President this coming week (tithing settlement)
5.)    I am trying to send it, but it is not loading very fast (movie of almost getting kicked by a horse)
6.)    No I wasn’t (in E. Craigs area)… however a lot of those videos that he put up of Huambo have Guilherme and Florença and their kids in them.
7.)    Yes we will be going to Luanda on Monday for a training by a member of the seventy I cant remember his name but he was the one in Conference that talked about going to all meetings at church even on vacation.
8.)    Still not sure yet (Christmas plans), when we go up to Luanda we are going to ask president if we can go to Lubango, but we will see what happens.

(When E. Tilley arrived in Angola he was told he would either leave 3 weeks early or 3 weeks late from his mission. He has planned on leaving in March, but Clark asked him if he had thought about earlier).

Honeslty I have not thought too much about it. It has come across my mind a few times, but never as an actual real option. I have always felt like it has never really been an option for me. I am not sure if it is pride or what that tells me that there is no way that I can go home a little early. I feel like I have been like that most of my life, I feel like if there are two paths placed in front of me and one is harder then the other then I was always choose the harder one. Why? I don’t know that is just how I feel.
Also I feel like Huambo really needs me right now and President Merrill really needs me to be Branch President until we get a new one. We have a few possible future Branch Presidents, but they will need to be trained and so either they will become my counselors or they will become the Branch President and me as a counselor specifically to train them! Having said that I would love to come in the end of January. I am really starting to get warn out and I would love to be there for the Temple dedication and to support Becca for her basketball season, but I really just want to forget about time and endure to the end.
This past week I had prayed and asked if there was any way possible that I could be home at least for Beccas Championship game (if she gets there) and maybe this is the answer to my prayer.
Also President needs to know in advance the date that I want to go home so I don’t even know if it is an option for me or not at this point, but we are going up to Luanda on next Monday and so I will talk with President then and see if he really needs me here in Huambo until March or not.
Love you Pops!!
Elder Tilley

What is up P-Dog!
How are you doing? I hope that you are doing well! How is school going and Basketball!?
I hope that you are doing well!

Love you Bro!

Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

I am trying to send pics, but they are not going through
Elder Tilley in Chianga
(Bec)  Hey how are things going this week? How were try outs?
So two funny stories. One was that we went to this zoo and there were some horses that were free roaming and I went and started to pet one of them and it was a little jumpy but nothing too bad, but then it swung its leg sideways and almost kicked me right in the back! The best part was that Elder Whitaker got it all on camera. I am not sure if I will be able to send it to you guys but I will try next week.
Also sometimes here in Huambo we are allowed to ride motorcycles to get around the city because there are not a lot of taxis, so we had to use them and all four of us missionaries were together on four separate motorcycles and I told the drivers that we needed to stay together. I was in front and we started going and my driver decided to go a different way and the ones behind me did not follow! :) So we got separated for about 5 minutes and then we met back up, so that was pretty intense!
         So how is applying for BYU going. Mom mentioned that you are not 100% if you want to go or not, but you should at least apply and just see if you get accepted and then make the decision from there. You will not have to make a final decision until February or March I think...
         Definitly stinks that I will miss (Girls basketball state playoffs) by a few days... pretty lame!!!! Dont worry about one on one... you got no chance! :) I hope that you are doing well!! Love you!
Sparkly Buns Power!! 
Elder Tilley

Yes I could see it (video clip of Preston playing the piano), but the computer I am on will not let the sound turn up, but his fingers look good :)
I am not sure (if I do tithing settlement) I was going to ask President Merrill here in a couple weeks.
(Do they have Christmas like us? Santa, Lights, Candy canes etc.) Kind of... they have that stuff but Christmas is not celebrated here in Angola like it is in the states. I had one investigator ask me what do people celebrate the 25th of December. She knew it has to do with Christ, but had no idea that we were celebrating his birth. Most people at least know.
(My package) was the one with the Hawaii shirt and the hot chocolate and dried apples.
They sent down some materials by bus the other week and sent the package with it. No one came (to see us).
(How have your shirts and shoes lasted so long)? No I dont know what that is about. I have actually taken really good care of most of my stuff, so it has not worn out as fast. I should be good with everything until the end of my mission

Part of a letter I sent to a friend I thought you would like to post on the blog:
I have seen the Priesthood session and most of the Saturday morning session which were really good! I really liked President Uchtdorfs talk!
Haha yeah getting Malaria wasn’t that fun! It was pretty miserable, but
all good in the end! I have found that my trials have helped me so much to grow, but also they have helped other people. I have already had a couple of experiences where I had finished going through a trial and then one of my investigators ended up going through the same trial and because I had just gone through the same trial I knew how to better help them!
Advice to missionaries: Start learning the language as much as possible! It will save you a lot of stress in the MTC and in the mission field!
Focus on growing your testimony. Those two things before you enter the MTC and while you are in the MTC and in the field, because with out a doubt, trials will come and your testimony in the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ will help you overcome your trials!
That is the advice that I would give!
Unfortunately there is no temple that we get to go to! I am so excited to be able to enter the Temple again though!

Rachel: Jayce, are you still on??  This is Rach.  I love you!!!!!
E. Tilley: I was looking at some of my sent emails and I thought I should write Rach and say " I love you!!!" And then I saw my inbox with your message! Thanks alot!! I love you so much!!!!!!!!
Rachel: Do you have to get off soon?
E. Tilley: 17 minutes and 40 seconds
Rachel: I don’t want to take up your time…but this is SO cool!  I don’t think i’ve ever talked to you back and forth through email.  It’s like you’re really here! :-) Joshy-boy (2 yrs old): Hey Jayce! Say hi to Jayce. Hi to Jayce in Africa. Love Joshy!
E. TilleyI loved the email! This is alot of funny!! Hi Joshy Boy! In America :)

(Dad) I am here trying to think of life lessons, but I am kind of going brain dead. But I gave a lesson this week on following the spirit while you teach! That is probably the biggest lesson I have learned in general. Being humble and listening to and following the spirit even when you think it might not work out! And surprisingly or not surprisingly if you do that it always works out!
I am glad that things are going well!! 
What is a life lesson that you learned this past week?
Let me know how you are doing! :)
Can you send this picture to Mom!? Thanks Love you!!
Elder Tilley

(Mom) I did hear about the Philippians! That is so crazy that that is where is Roxy is serving! I am sure her Mom was really scarred kind of like we were with Braden with the Earthquake! I actually tried sending her an email the other day, (I saw her singing in conference) but I don’t have her correct email address…do you want to try and get me her correct email? :) 
Love you  guys!
Logging off!

Elder Tilley and Elder McCune
(From E. Whitaker’s email)
This week was good.  One thing I like about Elder Chandler is that he knows Huambo and therefore we went on a little nature hike today and took some good pictures.  We went to Chianga.  I love Huambo; it might be the most beautiful place I have ever lived (if you look past the rundown buildings and dirt roads).  The sky is always beautiful.  The land kind of reminds me of Great Smokey Mountains National Park…I have a great district.  Elder Tilley, Elder McCune, and Elder Chandler are cool.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

(About Adilson) Yes there is a possibility he could be, if he wasn’t the branch President then definitely a counselor or something like that. When he was here he said he wants to stay and help the church here in Huambo. When I met him for the first time no, but she (his wife) is baptized now.
I am pretty sure in all the world the Branch President does not have to have a member wife or be sealed in the temple. A Bishop does but a Branch President I don’t think so. (But to answer the question no they do not have to be here in Angola... I don’t have a member wife nor am I sealed in the temple :) ( to my wife at least) :)
Yes I still should have them (Christmas decorations/tree/ornaments)
I dont need anything really... maybe you could just save the money and then get me something when I get home. But maybe could sent something goofy or funny or maybe just a candy bar if you really want to:) Or maybe put some more money in your account so I could buy some stuff here...
(Christmas plans) I have no idea. We are going to ask President if we can go down to Lubango for Christmas, but we have not asked him yet... So I am not sure. More then likely it will have to be Skype though, but I am not sure.
Yes I did (get the package) thank you so much!!! :) The other missionaries thought my nieces and nephews were sooo cute!

(Dad) That sounds like things are going really well with work! That is so awesome that you guys get to be on the missionary committee! That would be so much fun! Thank you for your Prayers!!
Love you!!
Elder Tilley

(Mom) Advice about being a missionary! I am pretty sure you got it perfectly! Just be humble and follow the Spirit! On my mission after teaching so many lessons I feel like I teach the lessons really well, and several missionaries have commented on my teaching, but I realized that as my own actual teaching got better sometimes the spirituality of the lessons worsened, because I felt like the way I was teaching was the best way! I felt like I taught the lessons really well, but I did not teach people very well, if that makes sense! So how do we teach people? By following the Spirit. I have realized that to be a good teacher you do not have to have a lot of knowledge, it can help you in your teaching the most important part of teaching is following the Spirit! That is what I have learned the past few weeks in my missionary work. Several times the spirit has whispered to do something and with out fail when I follow the promptings things start to blossom! It is incredible! The other day Elder Chandler and I were talking about how cool it was to follow the spirit because things just work out a lot better! So my advice would be to get all the knowledge that you can studying about how to be a good missionary, put forth the effort and show the Lord that you really want to help and be a fantastic missionary, and then humble yourself and become a Humble Servant of the Lord!  That would be my advice!
Love you tons!

Elder Tilley

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013

We went to this zoo park thing today and it was fun! Elder McCune is with me in one of the pictures.

Look who came to visit!? Adilson and his wife Camila and his baby Luziane! (See bottom of this post for his story). He was in Namibe and then he found out that I was the Branch President in Huambo and now he has decided to move here to Huambo were the church is at. He is here this week to look for a home and a school to go to, and he will probably move here in December!! Crazy right!!!  He also asked me to be his daughter´s padrinho, which is basically her Godfather. Nothing really official, but that meant alot to me!

Elder Chandler and I :) . . . In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle.......!!!!!!!!!!!

1.) People know (about Halloween, but) no kind of celebration
2.) No I haven’t (gotten package yet). President was going to come down this weekend, but now he is not coming until later, so maybe then. Also we are going up to Luanda December 2 because Elder Kevin Hamilton of the Seventy is coming to Angola, so maybe then!
3.)I don’t think I will be able to give a day by day, but this week as ben really good, I have had several spiritual experiences. (I don’t know what kind of detail you want, each day is very similar :) Knock Doors, Teach, Eat, Sleep :) and a few branch errands here and there :) Sunday Schedule. Have church from 9-12 typically after I might have an interview or two, then we go to lunch and a members house, Illidio and Tininha. Then we have our Correlation meeting right after with illidio (he is the Branch Mission Leader) Then maybe some Branch Stuff or Weekly Planning. This Sunday was so much fun because I got to help Irmão Benito do some of his Family History Work. He had the information and so we created and account for him and put his information in for him, he didnt really know how to use a computer and so we basically put it all into the computer, but I really enjoyed it and it made me feel sooooo good and happy afterwards, probably one of the happiest times i have had on my mission was helping him do his family history work and it wasnt even my family! It was probably the easiest missionary work I have every done :)
5.) Our main focus is Guilherme and Florença right now we are trying to get them married, we had a cool experience with that, but I will try and write becca that experience. we have a few other people, Leny, Edna, Marciano, Luisa and her kids, Isabel, João, and Domingos. It is really hard though because all these people are really cool people, just no body comes to church! It is starting to drive me a little crazy, but it is all right. that is our main trial right now.
6.) The Cookie Dough was fantastic (for E. McCune’s b-day), but the cookies were really flat, but they were good. yeah it was kind of bad (Elder McCune’s bike wreck), he was not hurt too bad, but he freeked out a little bit and I think it put him into a really really low level of shock, but he got over it. We still went out and worked after that. He has a pretty sweet Bruise on his knee though. I didnt even know he crashed because he was behind me. A few people had to stop me to tell me that my buddy was way behind me. But when I looked back he was already on his bike again so I thought it was just a little fall, but his hands were scrapped up really and bad and was bleeding, but he is alright.
7.) yep (Elder Chandler) is back for his last transfer :)
8.) No ID is required or anything, so if you just sent me yours that would probably be fine. If you sent it this week I probably would get it when we go up to Luanda. I think that would be better.
9.) Ok Thanks :)
10.) If I need anything I call and talk with him (President), and we email about once a week or every two weeks, so we are still in touch. We call\text with the other missionaries, but we do get lonesome sometimes.
11.) We got the (General Conference) CDs and we watched most of them in English but we will watch them with the Branch this weekend, the ones we watched were really good though! (Exclamation Point!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) That Seventies talk was pretty funny! I think I will use part of it for a missionary training that I will be doing in a few weeks! :)

Me with João and Me with Bia
then Illidio and tininha´s kids!

That sounds sick; you guys will have to work your tails off!!
So I wanted to tell you this pretty cool story. So there was this family that Elder Chandler and his companion found when we was in Huambo about six months ago (he was here for 8 months and now came back for his last transfer crazy!)  anyways so they found them and guliherme was a heavy drinker but they helped him to stop, but until now they have not been able to get married. So I have been pushing them to get married. We had planned for them to get married on the 6th of December and Elder Chandler leaves on the 12th of December so then I wrote a letter to President asking if Elder Chandler if he could come down to watch the wedding and baptism before he ended his mission because that would be an incredible experience for him (any missionary really, to see a family married and baptized that you found and to see if the last weekend of your mission! it would be sweet!, but President said no. Since Elder Chandler could not come down we decided because of other complications that we would have to do it on the 20th of December. (Also Guliherme´s mom works in the place where people get married so the process has been alot easier). So then Elder Chandler got transferred her to Huambo and so we went to Guliherme´s house to see what he thought about switching the Date back to the 6th, and he thought that would be ok, but we had to talk with his Mom first. So we went to her house next door and she said that she has been wanting to talk with us (also this lady is from the Jehovah Witness Church) and they believe hard core in the Bible! Anyways so she starts talking with us about how she feels that Florença isnt being a very good Mom and the church needs to give her training before they get married (funny because they already have six kids and they have been living together for years now) I don’t know what that even has to do with them getting married, but I was kind of thinking oh boy, we want to move the marriage up and the Mom who is our inside connection wants to move it back. So after she went off on how we should move the date back and started to speak and started to pull some salesman techniques and I kept saying "well the bible teaches us..." I knew she believed hard core in the Bible so I said that phrase probably three times to prove my point that that should not be a reason that they should continue to break the Law of Chastity, but that they should get married! And then I said in fact we wanted to move the marriage date up to the sixth. She then making excuses saying that another cousin was getting married on the 13th of December and so they couldn’t do it on the sixth (why? I am 100% why that even matters) in my mind I was thinking wow! There are so many obstacles that we have to overcome!! And then out of no where Guilherme says what if we do the wedding on the 6th and then we just to the party for the wedding a few weeks after. When he said that the Mom instantly agreed and said that would work out!  When I heard that I was thinking WHAT!!!! it was that easy to get over all those obstacles!!!? I felt like it was a heaven sent answer. I felt like all these obstacles were placed in front of us and then the Lord just gave us the key to up the door and walk right through them it was really cool experience!! So we are just fasting and praying that Guilhereme will get paid by his work so he has enough money to pay for the wedding by the 6th of December and baptized on the 7th with his wife and one of his kids! If you could pray specifically that they will get enough money and that everything will run smoothly so that they will get married on the 6th and baptized on the 7th and confirmed on the 8th!? If you could do that that would be great!!!
Love you Sis!
Elder Tilley!
Sparkley Buns Power
Teach me how Becca t t teach me how to becca!!

(copy of email sent to) President
This week has gone really well for me. I have had some spiritual changing experiences this week. This week I have been placed in situations where the Spirit tells me to do something and sometimes the things I was prompted to do normally I would have been scared and fought within myself whether I should do it or not because it may have put me into an awkward situation or made the person I was talking to feel awkward. But for what ever reason I was blessed this week to have full confidence in the Spirit and I followed the promptings and when I did I saw huge blessings come from it!  They were really incredible experiences that have really changed my life!

LOve you Mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is Adilson's story from past blogs:
January 14, 2013
Also with the other guy who I told you about on Chirstmas (Adilson). He is doing really well now. He had a period of time where he started to waiver a little bit, but he is back on track and hopeful will be baptized here in a month or two.
January 21, 2013
Then we have Adilson who is doing well also. He was not feeling well on Sunday, but he ended up coming to Sacrament meeting anyways!
One awesome experience that I had was at Church I had marked with Adilson to pass by on Monday, but I felt the Spirit tell me to mark with him that day Sunday, but for whatever reason I didnt. Then we left Church and that same feeling continued that we needed to sit with him today, but the problem was that he lost his phone the other week so I was not able to get a hold of him to switch the day, but miraculously his Mom texted us and in the end we were able to mark for that day Sunday, which that whole experience was a Miracle in itself. So we went over and their Family was having a Family Night with a Preacher from Adison's Mom's Church so we ended up sitting a listen for a little bit to the preacher until the family night was over and we were able to talk with Adilson. When the Preacher left Adison told us sorry because he forgot that his Moms preacher was coming over so we sat with Adilson and his Girlfriend and during the lesson I felt like I should bare my Testimony about the Book of Mormon and how much it has helped me on my mission through some of the hardest times in my life. So I did and the spirit was really strong! And I pointed out to them how they were feeling when the other preacher was here and then we were teaching! I was not trying to bash on that Preacher, but I just told them that that preacher is a good man trying to do what is right, but there is a different feeling between us and him and Adilson fully agreed and he said that he felt so much more peace and happiness and Joy when he is with us and I told him that is because this is the True Church of Christ here on the Earth and the only one with the proper authority from God! It was a awesome lesson and the Spirit was so strong!! Thanks Mom for everything! I am doing well and a lot better and I am on the upswing I feel of this trial! Please continue to pray for me though!! Thank you everyone for your Prayers!!
February 4, 2013
Adilson I really hope so. He lost his phone a couple of weeks ago and so we just have to pass by his house to see if he is home and he disappeared this week and could not find him at all and his family did not know where he was either, but on Saturday he called us from a phone and said he was in the city working. So he came to church on Sunday and said that he was having a lot of family problems and that his family was not talking with him partially because of things with our church. So after church we gave him a blessing and it said that if he put God first in his life everything would be ok. After the blessing he said that he felt like a burden had just been lifted off of his shoulders. He said that before he felt like he had this heavy back pack on but he felt like that heavy backpack was taken off of him. So we are praying for him especially with his family situation. So as of right now he is still marked for the 23rd of February, but we will see. But he will be baptized here in the near future I feel.
March 25, 2013 
Adilson and his fiance and I after Adilson's baptism.

April 1, 2013
Also Adilson got the priesthood this Sunday which was great, but he is in a sticky situation with school and he is probably going to have to go to Namibe (a city about 2 hours away from Luabngo) for school and the church is not established there yet and he will be there for about a year and a half. He tried to get transferred here to Luanda, but it was denied! We were praying for a miracle experience to happen so he could stay in Luanda where the church was and I had the thought to call a lady in Cassquele who works for the government and she pretty much can do anything (when Pres Thompson was waiting for his visa she went in and pretty much approved it for him) anyways so I called her and talked with her and it sounded like she could help so I gave her Adilsons number and they talked about it, but it just seems like Adilson is not trying very hard to stay here in Luanda. I am pretty sure that this was an answer to our prayers to call this lady from cassquele, but I guess you can lead a horse to water, but you cant make it drink! (Frustrating principle sometimes!) So I think he might have to go to Namibe for a while.
April 7, 2013 (From Mom)
Any updates on Adilson’s school location before you left? Maybe after Angola is a mission, you will get to go to Nimbia and open it and find him and he will become the Branch President or something :). As Elder Scott and Elder Perry said in General Conference, we need to trust in the Lord and His timing.
April 8, 2013 from E. Tilley (Adilson) just said  "it is complicated" (typical Angola excuse :) about his school. I am not sure...
April 29, 2013
The area is going pretty well. We have tons of investigators, but it has been just really hard to get them to progress. However Adilson (from Viana) is getting married this week so hopefully I can get permission to go to their wedding!