Sunday, November 7, 2010

My companion is doing good. He's been working harder
and following the rules better once I explained to him
that he wasn't a part time missionary like he thought,
but a full time one and he needed to start
following the rules as best as he could now, and not later.

It's not so humid here but it is mainly just always hot. The church
isn't too hot because it's kind of an open building with a covered
roof. It was just a hard day to stay awake with the heat though. The
only air conditioning there is here is if you have a car or you are
wealthy enough to get a system in your home but the only place I've
seen with that is the Mission President’s home.

General Conference was amazing! I was so glad we got to see those
talks despite all the noise from the little kids that were there
during the sessions. My favorite session was the first one on
Saturday. Jeffrey R. Holland's talk was so amazing even though it was
mainly full of thanks. It made me think of you guys so much and I was
almost crying throughout that talk and a lot of them during the
Conference. We had a lot of people go to the Sunday morning session.
About 108 people came for that one and my side had 14 investigators
over the two days. We even had a guy who we ran into last Sunday in
Bugembe and even Monday in Jinja come and say he felt the spirit so
much and how it made him want to change his life because he has
neglected to have God in it lately. He kept telling me he had a lot of
friends he wants us to teach haha. He wants us to come during the
lunch break at his work and just tell people about the church. We
might have to do that one of the days this week.

This week was pretty great. On Monday and even today we went to that
restaurant with the Dr. Peppers and American style pizza and it was
amazing! I haven’t had such a good taste in my mouth the entire time
I’ve been here but I loved it!
On Tuesday we went to the church and helped dig a ditch below the
church so that the water from emptying the baptismal font would stop
flooding the people’s homes below the church. They were thankful for
that and the ditch we dug is in one of the pictures. We saw a guy from
New Jersey that works as a Catholic missionary here on our way home
and he saw us in our shorts and t-shirts and asked if it was our day
off or if we had been gardening. You know me I was just like, “Na, we
were digging a ditch below the church since we’ve been having so many
baptisms each week and the people below us were complaining of all the
On Wednesday the eventful thing was that my companion killed the rat
that was in our garage. He was walking outside with a box and a stick
and we followed him asking what was in it and he was just like “I
don’t know.” He says that a lot but it turns out it was a big mouse,
or a rat and he just chased it down after it came out of the box and
killed it. It was pretty funny to see this guy chase it down actually.
He was like a pro!
On Thursday Elder D tried talking to a member of the church in
Bugembe he recognized and the guy totally denied that he knew Elder
D . It was funny because I thought Elder D was mistaken but
Elder D had the guys number in his phone and started calling him
as he sat at the table next to us and it was hilarious to see the guy
pick it up and Elder D saying “it’s me Issac!” The guy was still
like oh I don’t know how you got my number or know my name.
Even the Branch President came in and saw the guy and greeted
him and the guy was just like “tell them you don’t know me.”
It reminded me of Peter denying Christ thrice for some reason.
On Saturday and Sunday we got to watch General Conference which was
awesome! The highlight of my week. I totally took General Conference
for granted before mission but now I see how amazing all the talks
were. I saw how filled with the Spirit the Apostles, Prophet, and the
Seventy were. I realized that when you see someone almost weeping when
they talk that they feel the spirit so much and it makes me feel the
spirit and almost weep myself. It reminds me of Christ when he visits
the Nephites and he weeps as he blesses the children and sees the
peoples love and faith. That truly exemplifies the Savior and showing
the power of the Holy Ghost. It truly is a great and wonderful feeling
that I’m glad I’m familiar enough with that I can recognize it.
Also on Sunday Elder D scared Elder M just to have some kind
of feeling of Halloween. He took out the light bulb in the room and
hid in his closet and jumped out at him as he opened it. That was the
excitement for my Halloween. At least we did something right? :)

keep on being awesome!

Elder Welch

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