Monday, February 23, 2015
Another week!Yes, the week has already passed and now I am here to report. So, over the past couple of days we have been seeing some amazing stuff happen. For one thing, we have two young boys, Jordan and Phillip, who are sons of James, who was baptized earlier in the month, who are getting baptized this upcoming Sunday. They have such a strong desire to learn about the gospel and their father sets a good example for them. They love the gospel and they love the church so much. And since James has the Aaronic Priesthood, he will have the opportunity to baptize his kids. My heart is hurting right now just thinking about it. Then there is also Barbara, who was baptized two weeks ago. I remember when we first started teaching her and how she was somehow shy about us teaching her. Now about 7 months later, everytime I see her, she is glowing with the spirit. She has never looked happier then she does when she comes to church. She even came to stake conference yesterday, and the stake center is really far. It just goes to show that the Lord works in his own time. Even if they are not fully committed at first, if you give them time, they will come to feel and understand the spirit when they exercise their faith. She is a person I will never forget because of her faith and love for Christ.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Hey everyone!I hope yall had a superb week. Everything here is super nice. The rain is falling, the sun is shining, the tank is clean(Finding Nemo reference), it's been a good week! Now since it's halfway through Feb, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy valentines day and I hope you all ate as much chocolate as I did, which you probs didn't but that's ok.
Monday, February 9, 2015
What a blessed week!My companion and I have been working hard to bring as many people into the fold of God as we can. Even though we find disappointments here and there, we are never disappointed in the work that we put in. I've been learning so much from my companion and I've really strengthened my Christlike attributes. The point of the work is love, love and charity. When we help others when they are down or struggling, we have to always remember the Savior and how He sacrificed His life for everyone, even those who are not willing to accept His gospel. I have so much room for improvement and as a trainer, I'm learning so much more about the weaknesses I have, but I also remember that through the Lord, we are able to make weak things become strong. It all comes from humbling ourselves and aligning our will with the Savior's. I truly have a testimony of the Savior and the importance of His work. Now before my mission, I would occasionally have doubts about my testimony. There were times, where I didn't know for sure of my knowledge of Christ. But, I have strengthened my testimony so much since then. The result from seeking that testimony is me going on a mission. And now I have learned to let questions arise, but never doubts. This gospel is the power of God unto salvation. As missionaries, we hold the keys to bringing the world to the knowledge of the Savior and the way we can live with Him in the mansions of the Father. This email is short, but I want to just say. Never doubt the Savior. Never doubt His power, His gospel, and His church. It is through Him that we can receive eternal life and we can have true and lasting happiness in this life and in the life to come. I'm so grateful for this calling that I have. Being a missionary is the greatest thing that I will ever do in my life. And I know that it will bless the lives of others here in Uganda.
Monday, February 2, 2015
Yes my friends! Mbalamusize!This week has been pretty dang powerful. My companion and I have been working hard to find more people to teach. And the Lord has blessed us with exactly that. We have found a couple families to teach and they are prepared for the message that we have for them. Something else really awesome happened. Sunday evening, Elder Kapatamoyo and I were trying to think of who we could see. When we were walking along the main road, I looked down this one ragged street, and while walking I was debating whether we should bother, and then the spirit pushed me towards that direction. We were looking around down the road and we saw a house that was open, and it just clicked in my head "This one" We went in and we found a husband and wife at home together. They were just relaxing and they welcomed us into their home. They attend the Anglican church near our apartment and we taught them the Restoration. And they were genuinely interested. They really wanted to know about Joseph Smith and whether this is a message that they need to act on. God works in mysterious ways and I'm blessed to be guided by Him.
Something crazy that happened was that apparently a mob tried to break in to our compound when we were sleeping last night. Luckily our guard/branch missionary leader called the authorities and they got arrested. And all of the missionaries slept through it. Goes to show that missionaries work hard. Plus there's news that the Kajjansi Branch will be splitting and one branch will be attending the newly constructed chapel. Nutz! This area is really pushing forward.
Anyways, I hope you all have a lovely week and that you stop and look at all of the blessings that the Lord has given you. And know that the work moves forward in Uganda.