Monday, August 18, 2014
Elliot in Kajjansi - week 2 in Uganda
So I was hoping that I would get used to Africa already, but everyday, there is something new that I have never really seen before. I'm super grateful for the opportunity to be here and to serve on the other side of the world. But anyway, my past week has been pretty great.
This past week, Elder de Lisle and I have been finding so many people to teach and we are getting new investigators like crazy, but when we have time to kill we just quote the office and laugh till we can't remember anymore references. There's a Sabo, Peter who is so ready to be baptized and his wife Lynette as well. Lynette has been going to church every sunday, but Peter has been having a hard time trying to get out of work on Sunday. They are finding so much joy in learning about the gospel and I can't wait for them to be baptized.
A Sabo James who lives in Entebbe has been coming to church and he is very interested. We have been teaching him the lessons and he tells us of the joy he feels when he learns and he wants to keep learning. We just have to make sure he keeps coming to church so he can get baptized at the end of the month.
David is a great investigator of the church who was referred to us by recent converts to the church. He loves the lessons that we have and he understands most of what we teach him. A problem we have is that he lives pretty far, so we have to meet him only once a week, twice if we are lucky. I have high hopes for this crazy awesome guy.
Lorent and Willie are two amazing people that we teach that also live far away, but they come to church like it's nobodys business. Teaching them takes some time because we always have to have some translate for us because all they speak is Luganda. But no problem whatsoever. Lorent's wife doesn't like the church but we are hoping to help her to understand that the gospel will help her to find joy in life. And I'm so glad that Lorent is stepping up and being an example to her.
Just recently yesterday, we found a family! When we were at church, this man showed up out of the blue not knowing anyone or anything about the church. We talked with him and his name is Bosco and he is interested in the church. We scheduled to teach him later that day and he brought his sister to the lesson. We invited them to be baptized and they accepted! Then Bosco wanted to show us where is mother lives and when we showed up, his wife and kids were there. And get this... yep, we taught them and they asked us to come teach them again on Tuesday!! Such a fruitful week it has been.
The Kajjansi Branch is incredibly supportive of the missionary work. In the Branch, there are several young men who are heading out on their missions soon who are actively helping us with lessons and giving us referrals. We feel incredibly blessed and we find a lot of success with their help. The Stake is trying super hard to set goals to have 16 convert baptisms within 10 months so that another stake can be made and hopefully in the future, a temple in Uganda! I feel so incredibly blessed to be apart of this exciting time. On Saturday, we had a Mormon Helping Hands service project at a primary school near the church building. It was amazing to see so many people willing to help strengthen others and serve.
I'm trying to think of some weird things that have happened and I can only think of a few. Today, we were waiting for a ride and this crazy woman was asking for my companion's coke that he was drinking and it was super funny because after he said "Nada Niabo this is mine" she just pulled it out of his hands. Lets' just say that my companion is a lady killer.
I am growing in ways that I would have never imagined. For instance, my facial hair is growing faster than I expected..... Alright alright, guys enough with the jokes. But seriously, I am at a point in my life where I am learning to mature and learn about my purpose on this mission. My testimony is being strengthened by all of the miracles that I have witnessed and all of the joy that I feel when I teach others. I know that this is the true gospel. before I never really knew what that meant until i came on a mission. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to feed his sheep. I love that I get to teach people that this everlasting gospel has been restored. And I love teaching these people because they are so humble and loving of God and Jesus Christ.
Have a good week everyone. Love who you are and find your purpose. Know that I love you and your Heavenly Father loves you
Ps. Pictures will come soon. Computers are sketchy here