Monday, July 27, 2015
Sorry there was no letter last week. We had very little time so I apologize for the wait.
Another great week has passed. A lot to learn from and a lot of miracles. This week I was able to focus a lot about patience through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We've had plenty of finding opportunities and a lot of spritually strengthening lessons. There is no doubt that I've been working hard to make sure that the zone is achieving our goals, but I'm just so grateful for the opportunity to serve others out of love and not for reasons other than that.
Some people that we have met, we have tracted into a couple named Aaron and Rose. At first, we weren't sure that they would progress at all towards baptism. But it was such a great miracle to see them both come to church. And the best part was that they absolutely loved it. Such a great thing. The only issue is that they are not yet legally married, so we are working on helping them to get that legalized so they can continue towards baptism.
Ntambi Richard is another who's getting baptized even this sunday. He's been coming to church every sunday and he even introduced us to his mother. We got started teaching her, and would you look at that.... she came to church. Just powerful. I'm really excited to help this family receive the blessings of eternal life.
So, there are perks to driving a truck and then there are issues with driving a truck. A couple of days ago we got a flat tire, but lucky for me, my parents taught me well on how to change a flat. Considering that no one else knew. I know, that wasn't the craziest story you would hear from Africa, but it's something.
Lately I've been studying and focusing on the importance of following the spirit. Last night, we had a lesson with a family and one of the girls is having a hard time getting a testimony. She was commenting on her thoughts about the way she viewed living apostles and a living prophet. In this lesson, I knew it was pulling the spirit away from the others, but the spirit directed me to Alma 32 where alma teaches about how in order to increase our faith, we need to nourish it. Even for me I can testify that no one can have a firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ if we don't fill our lives with the scriptures, diligent prayer, and consistent sunday worship. But I know that through the Savior, we can have the opportunity to have that seed of faith grow into a redwood. I love missionary work. It's a part of me that will never go away, and I wish that you have a great week filled with small miracles that bless your lives.
Monday, July 13, 2015
On to another transfer in the UKM. I'm staying in Mukono and my new companion is Elder Njoko from South Africa. Currently, my biggest work right now is to get the district settled because everyone in the district is new to the area except for me. So, I've been up and down and busy busy. But I'm super excited for this new transfer.Here in the Mukono zone, things are starting to pick up. This last sunday we were able to have 11 investigators at church at sacrament meeting. What a blessing. Especially with the whole 3 hours being super spiritual and uplifting. We've been able to find new people to teach and we are also helping the other missionaries in the district as they get to know the area. Just recently there was a wedding for the second counselor of the bishopric in the ward and it was quite the event. We were able to do some contacting with people and finding even more people to teach.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Another week and another transfer has passed on. I'm still in Mukono and my new companion is Elder Njoko from South Africa. Literally everyone in my district is leaving except for me, so this should be an interesting transfer. The fourth of July has passed and considering I'm the only American in my district, there was no celebrating except for the singing the national anthem at the top of my lungs throughout the apartment. Because of me, all of Mukono knows that it's American independence day.All is well and Philip got baptized! He's such a powerful guy who has such a strong testimony. He told us that he was the first to hear about the church about 4 or 5 years ago and his sisters joined the church but he didn't. He was always reluctant about the Book of Mormon, but ever since we have asked him to read, he changed completely. Such an awesome guy, and hopefully we will be able to make it to the mom who is not a member.