Monday, March 21, 2016

Servic Project

Hey everyone,
    Another week gone by and a lot of work happening.  I've been really busy, but we've been seeing a lot of good things coming about in the Uganda Kampala Mission.  On Tuesday last week, we went on exchanges with Elders in Mutungo.  It was super hot, and I forgot my hat/sunscreen.  So got a bit scorched, but it was a successful day, we taught a lot of people and found some people who were interested.  When we were walking to get to an appointment, there was just a random guy that asked if we could talk to him for like 10 minutes.  He said that he wanted to know about the church, and he's been trying to find the best info about what we believe.  We taught him the restoration, and he wanted to meet with us again.  The Lord is preparing the people, we just have to find them.  He is leading us to them or he will lead them to us. 
     On Thursday, we had 2 missionaries leaving to go home from the missions.  One of them, was a former companion of mine, Elder Njoko.  I spent 3 transfers with him as zone leaders in Mukono. To see him go was hard, because I've learned so much from him.  And our friendship had grown tremendously through the work.  I'm going to miss him, but I know that just like Alma and the Sons of Mosiah, we will reunite at some future point and find each other still brethren in the Lord. 
     On Saturday, we went for a big service project with the mission president and his wife, all the senior couples, and the workers in the office.  We traveled to Jinja to a certain village, to do some work for the children there.  In the Jinja area, there are these bugs called Jiggers, small worms that can enter through the skin from the ground.  We went to a school with about 200 kids that had Jiggers in their feet.  Some local doctors would remove the worms and leave some large wounds in their feet.  It basically looks like small craters at the bottom of their feet.  Super nasty looking and looked pretty painful.  My job was that after they removed the jiggers, I had to apply Hydrogen Peroxide and antiseptic to their feet.  This stuff stung, but most of the kids were super tough, wouldn't even wince.  If I was in their feet, I would not be reacting as tough as them.  But we went through a lot of kids.  Just a great service project that just made me feel good to serve others.  We are going to be doing another one in two weeks time, so we are excited for that. 
     All in all, the work is moving forward.  We are preparing for transfers this upcoming week.  We have a mission leaders council in two days.  We are pretty busy.  I've been working on being more humble and patient when it comes to some of the responsibilities that I've been given.  I've got a great companion, Elder Ruell, that's teaching me so much about these attributes and is helping me to be a better missionary and person, i'm grateful for him.  I'm also grateful for the Spirit, the comfort and peace that it brings to me.  It's something that I always want with me.  And even though it's not easy to do so, we have to try.  Because if we don't we'll just pull ourselves farther and farther away from our Heavenly Father.  I love you all.  Seek the Spirit.  God Speed.

Elder Wilson

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

2 extra weeks for transfers

So, I haven't been able to type a letter the past two weeks because our P-days have been hosed.  Last Monday, we were even in Rwanda, which was super fun and exciting.  But anyway, these past couple of weeks have been great.
    We have just finished up interviews at the mission home, and they have been really great.  Throughout interviews, we've had the missionaries watch the missionary broadcast that was put together in January, and I'm pretty sure that I've watched that thing like 11 times.  It's gotten to the point where I can quote the missionary department in their talks and training.  But now it's all over and I must say, that broadcast was truly inspired of God.  I've been seeing the missionaries changing their teaching and finding methods.  A lot of improvement is taking place and we are starting to see good things happen because of that broadcast. 
     Also, I said we went to Rwanda.  Super great.  We went for interviews for the missionaries there, but the branches in Rwanda were putting together a branch conference for all three branches.  Super great turnout and the meeting was held at a hotel conference room.  I've only been away from Rwanda for 2 months but it was like coming home.  I was so happy to see so many friends and members that I truly love.  The Lord is truly blessing the church there, because the foundation of the church there is growing stronger and stronger.  Even though I was there for one transfer, I'm just glad that I had the opportunity to serve there.  It truly was God's will that I go there. 
    So now we are finished with interviews and now we are getting into preparing for transfers.  It's actually super weird because this transfer is an 8 week transfer because of the MTC change for english speakers.  So right now it's week 6 and we haven't even started transfers.  So, we'll be a bit busy, the next couple of weeks. 
    This past weekend was quite a testimony booster for me.  There's just such great power in fasting and prayer.  I have committed myself to improving in every aspect of my life and I allowed the Lord to assist me in doing so.  My testimony has grown a lot just from simple pondering, I've felt the Spirit more abundantly.  I know that Christ lives.  and He has restored His church through the Prophet Joseph Smith.  I know that he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and he did Not lie about it.  We are reading the Book of Mormon as a mission for 90 days, and I'm focusing my study on obedience to the commandments of God.  I've been able to understand more and more about the way the Lord works through His commandments.  I love this gospel, it's the only way to true and lasting happiness.  Think about what you can do to improve this week, find ways to be more happy and increase in your faith.  The Lord will help you if you feel like you can't do it.  Have a great week!

Elder Wilson