Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Halfway through the last transfer.

I apologize for not sending out a weekly email the last 2 weeks.  All is well in the Uganda Kampala Mission.  The transfer is halfway done, and it seemed like the transfer started yesterday, Oh boy.  But right now, we are enjoying the work that is getting done.  We started interviews with some of the zones already, and the Assistants are providing training for the missionaries.  Our focus is we invite, they commit, we follow up.  So in other words, we are doing our best to boost our committing skills.  We are having a really hard time getting people to come to church so we prepared some really great insights that will help them.  We even included an old 70’s BYU short film called the phone call, and we made the missionaries apply it to commitments.  We’ve been doing our interviews at the mission home for most of the zones.  When we have time to kill, we would practice our roping on a dummy steer that he has in his yard.  President Chatfield is a huge cowboy kind of guy and he’s been in the rodeo for ages.  So he teaches us how to rope, and it’s a lot of fun.  Unfortunately, the mission home got closed down for refurbishing, because the new mission president is coming in a month.  So we’ve been kicked out of our mission office and now the mission home.  But it’s all good.

This past week, we had our Mission Leaders Council, and it was my last one.  I’ve learned a ton from all of those meetings that I’ve gone to.  I’m just grateful for my leaders and the way they inspire me to work harder and become better.  OH!  And we had a baptism this past Sunday.  His name is Floyd and his parents are both members.  He’s probably the smartest kid I’ve ever met.  Even smarter than me.  But we’ve been teaching him and he’s just a powerful kid.  And his parents have been doing a great job of teaching him at home about the gospel.  So it’s kind of just one of those things where we happened to be there.  Nonetheless, we are grateful that we took part in the teaching process.

On Tuesday, we travel to the north.  We hit Gulu first, then Lira, Mbale, and lastly Iganga.  So we’ll be having our road trip week for interviews this week.  Pretty excited and it will be my last time traveling around Uganda.  I’m so grateful for the mercy and love that the Lord has blessed me with.  Many a times, I just think to myself that you should be the most perfect missionary considering where I’m at right now.  But I still make a ton of mistakes and fall short.  The fact of the matter is that grace is not something that we need when we start our journey towards salvation, but it’s a continuous energy source that keeps us strengthened when adversity comes.  Yesterday we did some tracting and we ran into a drunkard.  Hilarious guy, bless his soul.  And he was dazedly lecturing us on why we didn’t talk to him before.  He said he saw us but we didn’t go over and talk to him.  I knew exactly why we didn’t go and talk to him…… because he was drunk, and you could tell from a mile away.  But it got me thinking about how some people must feel when we don’t talk to them about that gospel.  There are some that long for something greater than themselves, and we sometimes in our everyday lives look past the fact that we have the most important message in the world.  I’ve taken for granted the power of the message and the blessings of the spirit that the message brings.  No matter what circumstances we may be in in our lives, we must always reach out to others and invite them to come unto Christ.  I love the restored gospel, and even if I fall short, the Atonement can lift us up, that we may take the Spirit as our guide.  Never take for granted the blessings that you have in your life.  Have a great week!

Elder Wilson

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Last transfer

Not really much to talk about this week.  We just finished a transfer and now we are going into my last transfer.  Yikes.  Well, time sure flies.  This past week, we've been preparing ourselves with transfer planning and we have been traveling around to zone meetings in Kampala.  This morning, we just gave out the transfer news.  And for my last transfer I will still be in the office.  Tomorrow, we pick up the new missionaries from the airport.  We pick up 3 tomorrow and then 2 come in the morning on Wednesday, then transfers happen, which is just super stressful.  Plus starting at the end of the week, the office is getting renovated with new tiles and new paint, which means we have to move everything up 4 floors, so that's going to be fun.  Other than that, nothing is really going on, but I want to make a shout out to all those mother's out there.  Happy Mother's day, you're all doing a great job, especially the mom that sends these emails to you all.  She's actually the best.  Have a great week y'all!

Elder Wilson

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Last Zone Conference of my Mission.

Hey Family and Friends,

The last week of the transfer is now upon us, and all we will be doing is planning for transfers which will be next week (I can’t believe transfers are happening already).  We will also be going to Zone Development Meetings all around Kampala.  So we’ll be pretty busy this week.  This past week has been very busy as well.  On Wednesday, we had our Mission Leaders Council.  We changed it up a bit, we usually have it from 2 PM to 7 PM, but we changed it to 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, so that the missionaries can get to their areas and not spend too much time doin nothin.  It was a great meeting, a lot of ideas brought forth.  Then on Thursday and Friday, we had zone conferences for Kololo, Nsambya, and Kabowa Zones.  They were our last zone conferences for the transfer, and even for me, it was my last zone conference of my mission.  I’m just truly grateful for every single zone conference I’ve been a part of, and of everything I’ve learned to be the person I am today.  There’s nothing more joyful on mission, than to look back and see where I started and look at what I’ve become.  That’s not just something that happens, but it is because of the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ and using it on mission.  The Atonement doesn’t just cleanse us from sin, but it refines us.  It takes our good qualities and makes us better.  There’s no greater knowledge in the world, than a knowledge of the truth.  There’s no possible way that anyone in this life can understand fully the Atonement, but we will know at the last day when all is revealed unto us, and then we will weep with joy and gratitude for the Master.  The work is real and true.  Never forget how much Father in Heaven watches over you, yearns for your return, and lovingly forgives when we come to Him.

 I love you all, have a wonderful week.

Elder Wilson