Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Yes my friends!I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas full of joy and happiness and love......... AND food. Don't forget food. So Christmas was definitely different here in Uganda, but it's also a Christmas that I will never forget. We visited some recent converts and shared with them the story of Jesus Christ's birth in the book of Luke. We even sang Christmas carols and we just loved reaching out to those who were alone. Because no one should be alone on Christmas. Later, we had like 3 dinner appointments all within 5 hours. And I just want to add, I ate everything and it didn't come out the way it came in. Super proud of myself. But the spirit of Christmas was so strong through out the day. It's not about the things that you get or the feast you have at the end. It's about remembering the Savior and the gift He is to the world.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, is what we need to always focus on. Not only on Christmas, but throughout the whole year. He is the gift that our Heavenly Father has given all of us. It is through Him that we can find true and lasting eternal happiness in this life and in the life to come. Never forget the importance of giving and gratitude. Christ, sacrificed His life for every one of us. Take the time this Christmas to find the things that you are grateful for and what you can give to others. Spend time with your families and show them how much you cherish them. I want you all to know that I know that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the light. He is the Savior of the world and He lives. I know that His birth marked the start of the gift of eternal life given to us by our Heavenly Father and I want you all to remember the true importance of Christmas. I love you all! Have a great Christmas and enjoy the time you have with your loved ones.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Yes, my friends!So, start of another transfer with my new companion Elder Wightman. So far so good. So since Elder Wightman is new to the area, I have had to show him around and lead the area, which I find pretty stressful. There's so much work when you are a missionary. And when you don't have as much experience as the other missionaries, I always wonder how much I've improved as a servant of the Lord.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Yes my friends,I hope everyone is having a good week getting more into the christmas spirit! I just finished my 4th transfer and now I'm starting another one with a new companion in the same area Kajjansi. I will be working with Elder Whiteman and I'm super excited about the things we will accomplish for the next 6 weeks. I'm so grateful to be serving the Lord and have the experiences that I've had.
Monday, December 1, 2014
What's up everyone,
On Sunday, Cyrus who we have been teaching was baptized! Such a great baptismal service and the spirit was very strong there. She is apart of a recent convert family of ours that has been away because she was in boarding school. She truly gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and I'm grateful for the opportunity that I have been given to see it grow within her. Even on this coming Sunday, we are looking at 2 more baptisms. Josephine is a referral from missionaries from Entebbe and she is the most prepared and powerful person to receive the gospel. She learns super quickly and she knows the gospel is true. Bashir is someone we ran into at the middle of last transfer who has been taught by the missionaries before. He is super crazy and funny, and he truly wants to be baptized so we are excited for him this Sunday.Being in Africa, all the things I eat are pretty normal but there are a few weird things that I have grown to love. There's a fruit here called Fene or called Jackfruit that is the size of two bowling balls sitting together. The Branch building that we serve at has a two trees that grow them all the time and man, is it good. but wow is it weird looking. But I was eating some one day and I'm pretty convinced that I am allergic to it because the inside of my mouth started to get itchy and my tongue started to swell a little bit. but it's not to the point of death so I might still eat it a couple more times in the future. Also, This month is the season of insenene, which is like locusts, or grasshoppers. I tried some myself and I have to say....... it's pretty dang good. Everyone here eats it and they will fry that stuff up like nothing. My companion doesn't really like it so I always eat his portions, and I ain't even mad. Some members of the branch have seen me eat insenene and they saw that I baptized one of our investigators on Sunday, so they would call me John the Baptist, because that is what he ate in the wilderness. No doubt, no doubt.I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the Lord, especially in this part of the world. There are so many experiences that I am having that will strengthen my faith and testimony, while I help strengthen the faith and testimonies of others. I truly can't imagine serving my mission anywhere else except in Uganda and i'm loving every moment of it. Have a good week everyone and remember that the Savior suffered so we don't have to.
Pics: Cyrus' baptism!Family portrait (my trainer and my trainer's trainer) (try to imagine us wearing black turtle necks and blue jeans)
I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and I hope that there were no unnecessary deaths on Black Friday, or as we like to call it here in Africa,..... Friday (New girl reference) ((But really Black Friday is not a thing here)) There is so much work to do in such a short amount of time. I'm already about 6 months into my mission and I need to take advantage of the time that I have because it's going by fast. The mission is a special time of your life where you have the opportunity to bless the lives of others for eternity. That's why it's important to not waste it.This past week has been full of sweat, blood, and tears...... but man, soooo much sweat. We've been trying to find more people to teach and the Lord has blessed us slowly slowly. We have been asking for referrals like crazy and we have gotten good feedback coming from both investigators and recent converts.