Kidnapped

February 19, 2018

Week 66

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River Nile

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Village life

 

This week we work hard! I was so happy with all that we accomplished, yet in the end loads of things went wrong. so we were supposed to have a baptism this Saturday but the guy got kidnapped by his brother and has not been able to leave the house since Friday… And a second guy who is just as prepared for baptism got locked in his room from his uncle so he could not come to church… we still had 7 others come and it was a huge blessing, but man the 2 who got fixed by there family is very sad..

So I have no time this week the power has been out all week and now we our out of water as well # dry season is not fun

Enjoy your week!

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Compound where we knocked each door

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So this week was a lot of driving, we had to drive to Kampala to help a sick elder get to the hospital, but got some cool pictures of the drive!

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It’s not in this picture, but sometimes you can see monkeys jump from tree to tree across the road.

 

We had a baptism this week for a sister whose name is Peace! She looks like she is 12 but she is actually 18.

Week 65 Peace

So most of this week I was not in Jinja actually, Tuesday I was in Njeru that is just across the Nile and Thursday and Saturday I was in Kampala! But Sunday morning I made it from Kampala to Jinja in 1 hour! And if you check the map it’s quite a long distance (3-4 hours with traffic) but Sunday morning you can fly my goodness!

Also this week we hosted a ton of missionaries over for lunch today and while the lunch was going on I got 200,000 Uganda shillings stolen (55USD)…. I walked into my room to see my closet and bathroom destroyed you could tell someone was going through it. Lucky me I don’t keep my entire mullah in the same place so the missionary only found some of the hiding spots, still annoying though.  So hope I don’t starve this month ha-ha, I think I should make it but ill be balling on a budget! #eggsandflour?

Sister Peace is a very smart person to the point I feel dumb when I talk to her, she reads the scriptures and history books like nothing! I feel very humbled to be able to teach her the Gospel.

Other than that I’m alive this week! All is well hope you enjoy this week everyone!

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JINJA!

So my new companion and me are in the picture on the bike! Elder Kampelya (Zambia)

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The other two guys on the couch are elder Opong (Ghana) and elder Ncube (Zambia) his name has a “click” in it. These are all the elders who are in my district.

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Our car is a Ford Ranger 6 speed and it accelerates fast!

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So Jinja town is a lot like Mukono where in there is a town with slums, but if you drive for like 5 minutes you are in the village/bush. The River Nile is just west of us and you can see crocodiles and hippos if you are in the right spot. We are going to go look for them next Monday!

The ward’s attendance hits around 100 for church and the Young Adults are many here! It seems like a fun unit and I’m excited to be around it. Elder Kampelya is much different from Elder Anim. He grew up from a hard back ground and does not like to talk about it much. He is very humble and loves to serve the Lord!

All in all I’m very happy to be here in Jinja. one thing I learned this week is in John 14:26-27 it talks about the Holy Ghost and what he can do for us. studying these 2 verses I have been able to pick out a lot of things it can do for us if we pray for it!

Hope all is well and that you all have a great week!

All of January

January 29

I’m leaving Entebbe everyone! I drive out to on the 31st I’m going to a place called Jinja it is literally right on the start of the Nile its a tourist village, I’m still a driver/ delivery boy (ZONE LEADER) I’m in charge of the missionaries in the units of Lugazi, Njeru, Walukuba, and Jinja town. My new companion and all that will come next week!

So the pics are of us sitting in that weird box is a brick maker we helped build. It makes 500 bricks in 2 hours! Now most of the time bricks are made by hand and 500 bricks take 1 person 3 days. But with these bricks we made is what helped make the house I talked about a few weeks ago. This machine will start to be sold/ donated to people in Uganda to help with the construction of cheep 1-room homes.

One last pic by the fishing village we spend most of our time in

A selfie in our matching ties/suits with our of the members we baptized 3 months ago (Kenneth)

We painted one of the houses that was built this young man with me is actually 23 and is about to serve a mission in Liberia (at least that’s our guess) his name is Morro Mathias

I think of all the things ill miss about Entebbe is my companion Elder Anim my goodness this man is my best friend, I might shed a tear when I have to go to my new area, I’m thankful that he is moving close by to be a driver in Iganga district towards the east of Jinja. (A district is like a county/province/state back home) truly he has helped me learn a lot like to much words can’t really describe but man ill need to plan a trip to Ghana to visit this guy, he is 25 and a really good tailor, if you ever meet him you will like him. He taught me Pidgin as well 😉

All in all it’s been fun in Entebbe but yeah I’m going to miss anima… very sad but the only constant in this life is change, and growth is never comfortable. I pray you all have a great week!

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January 22

So this week I drove 413 kilometers…. yeah today for P day I walked I’m sick of the car as per now haha!

All the pics were from the zoo that we went to hear in Entebbe

 

I’m not sick anymore! And I have gained 8 of the 20 pounds lost so far! I’m drinking lots of milk to try and get my fat levels back to a healthy ratio
As for spiritual things we have a girl named sherry who has had tons of family problems but she met with us on Saturday and told us regardless if she can come to church or not she knows its true and she will always find a way to reach the church even if her family is against it. This has been a testimony builder to me because it shows me that at least Elder Anim and me are doing something right in the world!

Not much else for this week. Hope all is well!

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January 15

I got sick again! No cat bite no bad food nothing we don’t know what happened but its running rampant throughout our missionaries in Uganda hear are the symptoms and the days it happens

Day1

Woke up with splitting headache in my front forehead and upper neck and muscle pains all over (like when you work out to much and now its a bad kind of sore) so all day trying to fight it then when the rain starts for some reason while everyone is running for cover closing the windows and such. I get a fever it was bad 102F I was sweating like mad

Day2

Muscle pain gone

Headache less but still there, fever the same, but now my digestive system decides to declare civil war on itself… after 15 plus unplanned visits to the men’s room and a trip to Kampala to the ER I find myself with a total of 8 kilograms of weight lost, like 5 different tests that surmounted to no conclusion of what it was. And to top it off the doctor accidentally gave me the wrong pill and it could have stomped my kidneys

Day 3

My companion gave me a priesthood blessing to help me heal, and after that the symptoms started to die down, I made it to church ok.

Day 4

No symptoms sickness gone but my stomach is wrecked beyond all belief, all I can eat is rice, apple, banana, and toast (dry) so yeah this week has been rough, I’m grateful for my companion for helping me though this truly the priesthood helped me though this, if you don’t think you understand the priesthood well enough or what it mean look it up!!!

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/the-priesthood-and-the-saviors-atoning-power?lang=eng

I’m alive and improving but please pray that I don’t get sick. The story of job dose not sound pleasing…

Love you all be safe!

January 8

So this week was nice, we had some monkeys attended sacrament meeting this Sunday! The people getting baptized are sherry, Tracy, and Douglas! They all happened over the past few days due to their schedule they could not be baptized all on Sunday!

No cops no crashes this week! We were very busy yet nothing really exciting happened. It’s kinda like how to most of us a fire is exciting and cool but to a firefighter its just work. So with like work hear in Africa yeah I see some goofy things and weird stuff but these days I’m pretty numb to most of it. But ill be honest the monkeys were pretty cool.

So this week Tracy’s baptism was the most powerful one I have had. She has wanted to be baptized for a month now (her sister was the Muslim who got baptized at the end of the year her name is trinity now) but her mother would not allow in the slightest to be baptized and would not sing the paperwork. But on Saturday we came to her house and shared about the priesthood and how baptism needs to be happened in the Church of Jesus Christ, and you can only know through prayer and not just from us talking. Well after a long conversation the mother of Tracy decided to pray. And after praying she said, ” ok ill let you baptize my daughter, but I want you to come back and teach me” it sounds kind of lame in a email but I was speechless… 100% I had nothing to say this woman called us every curse word in the English dictionary and in her local language. Yet this time it was all different. The spirit was there and now we are teaching Tracy and Trinity’s mother!

That’s all for this week thanked you for your prayers and everything!

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Week 58 Christmas Eve Arrest

So sense I’m the only person with a white skin color in my area I was chosen to be Father Christmas… me.

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Christmas in Uganda is called Sekkukulu and to celebrate it starts on the 20th and ends on the 31st and during that whole time people just destroy food. No presents are given just neighbors invite over everyone in the compound and they all eat!

So I was able to call my parents this Christmas and this year I was blessed to also talk to Sophia, Treyton, my Grandma and Grandpa Moncur, Scotty, as well as Travis and CaMee Nichols family!!! So big shoutout to all of you who said hi even if it was for only 6 seconds!!

This Christmas away from home was much easier id say, mostly because I’m comfortable where I am now Uganda is my home. But like any home there are always complications. So the reason why I’m emailing today and not yesterday is because me and my companion actually got arrested on the 24th. We were driving home and I did a U turn. Not even 5 seconds latter 2 bikes with officers showed up yelling at us that we did a Illegal U turn, I asked where the sing was that said I was not supposed to turn (because it wasn’t there) they told me it was there I was just to blind to see it. (We went back there today and there is still no sing) anyway after getting to the police station and talking to the cell guards we made a few phone calls settled on a fine of 100,000 UGS well I did not have that $ on me then one of the guards said ” if you pay me and my guys 50,000 UGS we will let you go with no charges” once we paid the “fine” which was really a bribe they wished us a merry Christmas and said “God Bless you for supporting us!” so yeah my home is pretty corrupt.  This arrestment, and traffic violation never went or record and the officers refused to ever tell us their names.

So that’s my Christmas miracle is that I’m not in prison until the 7th of January!!

Hope all is well for you!

Elder Moncur

Lake Victoria

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Week 59 New Year 2018

Week 59

January 1, 2018

We had a bbq today for the first of the year! 1kg of chicken 1kg of pork 2 kg of beef and 2 kg of vegetables for the flavor!!! And 4LT of soda! All for 22 USD (80,000 UGX)

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Lake Victoria!

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And this man (Amos) he built that house from scratch in 12 days!! The bricks, cement, and all! Only thing he bought was the roof sheets!!!

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This New Year is the year I return home! It’s kinda weird to say that because honestly this country has become my home!

Not a lot happened this week really, like at all. We had a baptism this Sunday and it was pouring rain and the water was freezing but the spirit was there and I enjoyed the service! This next year me and my companion want to slow down on the baptisms and just want to help the ward! So we will only teach people who want the Gospel we wont do finding anymore. This year our mission The Uganda Kampala Mission had 1,166 baptisms and now the goal for this year is to get a temple into Uganda! What is needed is a lot of work. But truly it’s not that far away. In the year of 2018 (mom you will have to explain what all these “Mormon lingo” words mean) we will be getting another stake in Kampala. 1 stake needs 5 wards 1 ward needs 200 members making a total of 4 for the country. Also in the bush/ village parts of the country the branches that are really far away will be created into 4 districts 1 district requires 3 branches. 1 branch needs 40 members as per now we only need 3 more wards to create the remaining stake and only 4 branches to make the 4 districts (1 branch for each district sense the areas in most locations already have 2 branches) now most of what I just said will not make to much sense, but it makes me excited for Uganda to progress!!

Hope you all had a Happy New Year!!!

Weeks 54-57 Catch up

Week 55: December 3, 2017

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So my mom won’t let me send pictures of it, but we killed and ate a cat today. If you want pictures you can ask my brother Ethan or Treyton Winborg for them!

This week was stressful at best.  But I made it!

So the cat bit my hand and its kind of hard to type right now so I’ll is short.

I split firewood for a family that we are teaching. The mother in the pic is taking care of all of her extended family because the parents ether died or left them.

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Week 55 splitting wood

What I learned this week is if you have a problem with someone be bold in expressing your feelings, but don’t insult them. And after you express what you want, listen to them as well. After that ask how you can improve. It’s what I have learned this week.

Love you all have a happy Christmas season!!

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A chameleon for my sister. It’s alive!

Week 56: December 11, 2017

Cat bite has no infection!!!! I’m alive.

New car (truck) it’s a 2018 ISUZU. I call it my space ship.

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So this week I was busy but also not very busy. We taught lessons and tried our best but nothing mentionable really, got a hat for free! That was cool (pic 2)

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We are teaching a girl who is named Alesia, she is Muslim but after a few weeks of teaching she is now getting baptized the 17th of this month, this morning we went to her house and washed clothes for 2 hours with her sister Tracy. Washing by hands is different but not that bad, if you think about it, it takes the same time as a washing matching but you are the one washing and can’t do other things.

So the new car is a beast. I can’t describe it but this is the first time in my life I drive a new car, and sense I have never been driving a car newer than 2007. It’s quite an upgrade it’s like having a flip phone to an iPhone

So that that’s all I got for this week it’s the city what can I say…. Enjoy the week everyone!!

Week 57: December 18, 2017

Settlers of Catan

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Fetching water

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Bad football turf burn

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Elder Young getting a Dear John (girlfriend dumped him)

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Elder Young leaving for Rwanda

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Almost blew out my knee this Saturday in a football game, I went for a header and while I was in the air some guy ran into me and I fell sideways. But we won the game 2-0 so it was worth it!

So I have no time to talk today. We had a baptism for the Muslim girl, she changed her name to Trinity. It is the custom for Muslims or Christians to change their names to a Christian/ Muslim name…  it’s quite interesting.

So that’s all I got for today I have to go back to Kampala again…