Monday, November 29, 2010

My new area is pretty sweet. It’s right in Kampala

and it has the American Embassy so like I said before,

that means pretty good American food around here.

Being a DL is a little more responsibility but it is pretty

awesome. It makes it easier to be the DL in the same

apartment as the Zone Leaders. They help me out a lot.

Elder T is a pretty cool Cali boy. He’s lost like 45 pounds

on mission apparently and looking at pics of him in the

past is hilarious. Both my companion and him are like 6’4

so I’m the short guy in the District unfortunately. The

Ward is good, except yesterday we had the Kampala

Stake Conference so I don’t know how many people

from Nsambya were able to make it to that.

The wedding sounds BALLER! I’m sad I wasn’t there

physically but I was definitely there spiritually. We almost

had a mock wedding at our place last night where we

were going to make my companion put on a mop for hair

and do that recreation so I could be there. We didn’t

end up doing that though unfortunately. We have a lot

of fun being able to understand each other and

having similar interests. Pretty legit.

The week was great. Monday we just emailed and ate

some pretty tasty sandwiches at a Belgium hotel place

called La Petit Village. They have amazing breakfast

and amazing deli sandwiches. I love being able to go to

a place like that!

Tuesday we were able to get a referral from the former

ZL in Nsambya who is now the AP and he showed us a

family of like 10 that is really eager to hear about the

church but was forgotten about by the people who replaced

this Elder. We’ve been trying to see them and 3 of their

daughters have been coming to church weekly even though

they live about a 50 minute walk away. They are awesome

and I’m so blessed to have been able to have found this

wonderful family!

Wednesday was good. We had a ZDM here at the church and

it was cool. Our zone is pretty small, only 10 missionaries,

but it’s getting more powerful by the day. The time spent

was pretty uplifting

Thursday we helped this woman cross pretty much all of the

area we cover, carrying her tubs and child for her and her

daughter the entire way. The whole time I was thinking

“man this lady is really taking us far.” Well totally worth it.

We got to their home and she had a pretty large extended

family there of adults who were extremely eager to hear

from us. Each time we’ve gone back, and even that day they

have bought us drinks and fed us. I’ve never seen people so

Christlike before who weren’t already members of the church.

It’s like they already were members and understood how to

be a good Christian. We gave them 3 Books of Mormon and

have been teaching them the past week. They are awesome!

They are seriously so interested and treat us like we’re

Christ himself. I wish all the people could be like this family,

even members of the church here!

Friday and Saturday were full of lessons and on Saturday

we got to work with the “Special Assignment Missionaries.”

They are two Elders who have extended and just help out

giving trainings and make sure we are teaching well. They

gave us a small training and worked with us and it was good

for my companion and I to go on an exchange with these

seasoned veterans. We even commited a baptismal date on

Saturday to a Husband and Wife who were being previously

taught in Mbali and we found them again just this last week.

They are totally humble and awesome as well as the other

family we met. They have three awesome kids too and we are

really working to bring more families to the church here in

Nsambya. They have enough single adults so now they need families.

Sunday was the Kampala stake conference.

The second ever too! It was pretty cool. We had

a video broadcast from SLC of Boyd K. Packer and

Dallin H. Oaks. It’s like they knew exactly what to

say to all the people here. They talked about how some

of the local traditions need to be stopped in order to

follow the traditions set forth by our Heavenly Father.

That the man should help the wife in all things, just like

Adam and Eve worked together for food and to live in

the beginning of time.

So the week was good. Enjoy life and know that God is

always looking out for us. Keep being amazing.

Elder ‘Tex’ Welch

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