Monday, February 2, 2015

A Trip to Jinja For A Wedding!

This week was a pretty great week. Lots of good things happened and cool experiences. First of all, I made a mistake last week. I said that Elder Harmon was from Sacramento. Actually he is from the San Francisco Bay area. So I thought it would be good to clear that up. Haha!

Tuesday was our zone conference. It was at the mission home. Cool thing is that the mission home is kinda in our area, we walk past it when we go to the church. Anyway, the zone conference was amazing. We got there 45 minutes early so we could have time to just chill until it started. So we also got about 30 minutes to just sit and chat with President Chatfield. I love every opportunity I have to just talk with him, he has the best stories. The zone conference was all about Unity and we did a bunch of activities to learn about building Unity in the companionship. I was reminded of some past things I used to do that I haven't done for a while :).

During the week we made some good progress. We set three baptism dates with some investigators and found an amazing family!!! We had just finished visiting a recent convert and as we started walking down the road this guy just randomly came and stopped us. His name is Moris. He said he had been visited by missionaries a long time ago and really wanted us to come visit him and his wife. So, of course, we agreed! The best way to find someone is when they bring themselves to you. :) We visited him and his wife and they were so focused in the lesson it was just amazing. After teaching about Joseph Smith we asked Moris what he understood about Joseph Smith to kinda check if he was really paying attention. He told us perfectly about the First Vision and Restoration of the Church. It was awesome because that doesn't happen very often. Moris even came to church early on Sunday and was intently listening in all three meetings. His wife didn't come to church becaue she had to stay home to take care of their small baby. So that is a cool family that is very promising.

Then Saturday we went to Jinja!!!!!! There was a family in Iganga that Elder Mkutswana and I were teaching for about three months. I think I told you about them; it is the family of Kenneth and Betty and they were getting married on Saturday in Jinja. Well at zone conference I asked President Chatfield if we could go and attend the wedding, he said it was ok this time but he usually wouldn't let us go. :) So we got kinda lucky and were able to go. I was soo excited! Saturday morning we went to Jinja. Elder Harmon was super excited to see some more of Uganda because he has only seen Kampala. It was funny watching him as we drove over the Nile River. Anyway, we got to the Jinja chapel at around 12:30. The wedding was supposed to start at 2:00, but the group from Iganga didn't show up till 2:00. So of course it started late. Elder Mkutswana didn't tell anyone that I was coming because I wanted it to be a surprise.  When they all got there we stood at the door but I stood in a way that they couldn't see me until they were inside. As soon as they saw me they all freaked out and came and hugged me to death. I know we aren't supposed to hug, but I wasn't hugging, I was being hugged! haha :) Some of the Iganga members were soo happy to see me especially the Elders Quorum President and Relief Society President. It was fun to see my people from Iganga. Then the wedding started around 3:00. It was a beautiful simple ceremony. They asked me about 2 minutes before the ceremony started to give a short talk about marriage. They thought it would be extra special for me to do it because I had come all the way from Kampala. So I quickly looked up some scriptures and made a few notes in my planner, then the Branch President gave some opening remarks and said like 75% of the things I had planned to say and everything I had prepared in 2 minutes was useless. So when I was giving my marriage talk it was literally pulled out of nowhere right there! haha. But afterwards everyone said I did a good job. It was just a fun and happy experience. That was the only couple that I was able to be a part of getting married, it was a happy moment for me. I love Iganga. The members there were soo awesome. Afterwards we had to take a taxi back to Kampala. It was miserable. It was hot and packed and took an hour longer than usual because of evening traffic. We didn't get home until about 7:30 and I was just exhausted. It was worth it though. We got some beautiful pictures.

Displaying IMG_0543.JPG

Displaying IMG_0562.JPG

Displaying IMG_0564.JPG

Displaying IMG_0569.JPG

Displaying IMG_0583.JPG

Displaying IMG_0590.JPG

Displaying IMG_0596.JPG

Displaying IMG_0600.JPG

Kololo is a great area. I am adjusting slowly and learning the area, it has a ton of potential. We are working on just building our teaching pool and getting it to be consistent because that was a problem for the past elders in this area. Things are happening though and we had a ton of referrals and investigators at church on Sunday. I also finished reading the Book of Mormon. We had started a 3 month challenge the first of November. A lot of the missionaries didnt' take it seriously but I did and finished it by the end of the three months. It was a great sense of accomplishment to finish it again. Now I want to finish it at least one more time before the end of my mission. The Book of Mormon is amazing!!!!

Today we went to the mission office because we had nothing else to do. I got some letters!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were my first letters in almost a year! So that was exciting. They were from Brother and Sister Scoresby and Sister West. SO thanks for those. It was nice to receive those letters. Then I got a package from Rebecca which was exciting. I haven't opened it yet but will tonight. So thanks Rebecca! You're the best :) All of those were sent before Christmas and just got here. It was nice because today I had Christmas all over again! :)

Pics are from the wedding. Some with the couple, some with me, elder Mutswana and his new companion, elder Sherwood. And some for the ladies... :) hahahaha

That's all for now. Until next week.
Elder LeCheminant the elder

No comments:

Post a Comment