Week 43 picture overload!

Week 43

September 11, 2017

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We went exploring on the golf course! Had a baptism and did some gym stuff at the church!

Sister AIDAH has been coming to church for 7 months now, the reason why she was not baptized is because she is super smart! To let you know let me explain the school system

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School starts in UG at age 3, and you go till age 6, which is called E 1-3

Then after that you go to a primary school for 7 years P1-7

And then high school, which is 1-4 but if, you want to go to college (university) you have to go to high school for an extra 2 years!

AIDAH is now 16 and has graduated high school and the extra 2 years. And will be starting college in January…

So for lack of a better term she has been busy.

Um that’s all for this week, I have been very busy this week no crazy stories (for half the week I think I had typhoid but I’m good now)

Hope you are all doing fine and dandy!!

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Week 42 The Nile

September 4, 2017

Pork Joint!

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1,000,000 UGS in sets of 50,000 (its only $277 USD)
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Rain Rain Rain! We have gotten so much flooding the past week!
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THE NILE!!!  We went to Jinja to buy some souvenirs and wow its beautiful out here!

And we really aren’t supposed to take pictures of the Nile here because it is near a prison and the police will take your camera in case you are trying to make plans to break someone out.
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Lots of work this week! we have been so so busy! One thing I’m trying to do these days is just plan effectively, today I’m going to explain how my normal mornings go: 6;30 wake up and work out, 7-8 shower, get dressed, eat, 8-9;30 study 9;30-10 plan, then from that we go digging (ditches, clear farm land, cut trees etc.) for 2-3 hours go home cook lunch then after that we are out from 3-9 teaching people about Jesus!

This week I have had the very sweet experience to see a sister here in Uganda discover that the book of Mormon is true, she said she was reading the pamphlets that we gave to her sister, and she felt this “Burning” to read the Book of Mormon as she read she felt that burning turn into a “growth of warmth” so when we came to meet with her older sister, before we could even get into the door she stopped us and begged us for her own personal copy!

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So I got some news, I’ll be leaving Mukono on the 27th of September, I can’t tell you where I’m going yet because it’s subject to change. But it’s confirmed I am leaving! It’s been long in Mukono, but TBH I’m ready for something new.

love you all have a great week!

Not sure what they are doing here, but it looks like they are moving a shack into a truck!

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Week 41 Making Stoves, rain, and Sugar Cane

Week 41

August 28, 2017

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Digging lots and lots of digging,

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also we made stoves!

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And Elder Andriatsitoherina clime a tree!

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The selfie is me under a petrol station in the rain! The rain shuts this country down… I’m telling you, when the floods came in Noah’s time it actually did not rain hear, it just lightly sprinkled for a week and everyone starved,

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A picture of sugar cane.

And by the way, I am up to 175 push-ups a day. Oh so the pic with me holding that purple stick with that guy ( Benidicto) that is sugar cane, it costs 13 cents per stick and it is the most pure sugar in the world, one stick makes 3 cups of juice. The sugar cane tastes like pure apple juice.  You chew it then spit it out after you get the juice

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So not a lot happened this week, just busy, we found 2 new families to teach! One is a fam of 8 and the other 17! Lots of people, they want to know more about Christ but I think the walk to church is a bit to far for most of them so we will see!

One thing I have learned this week is that unity is the key to happiness

The key to unity is the gospel!! Now I’ll use my experience with that so far on my mission

My first 3 months in Kololo my district was disobedient, we did not follow the mission rules, we woke up late, we watched football and practically wasted 3-4 hours each day, for a bit I thought it was just what you do as a missionary in Uganda, but I felt like I should have said something but I never did, feelings of doubt and inadequacy as a new missionary stopped me from saying anything.

Now after that I moved to Mukono where I have been sense, this area was OBEDIENT, at first it was hard repenting and trying to step up to the plate, but now days I’m never tired, sleepy, angry, frustrated, with myself or anyone else. I get along with my companion 100% in fact we had to make a goal to talk less to each other and more to other people so they don’t feel left out!

Follow Gods commandments. And you will feel better, it will be hard ask anyone, it’s not easy but it defiantly is worth it. The commandments you follow wont seem to make a direct impact off the bat. But do it for a while and then turn around and look back. After you look back on your life look in the mirror. And see who you are now.

So after that cheesy comment I hope you all can try and apply at least one Commandment this week and see how it affects you,

Love you all have a great week!

Elder Moncur

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Week 40 The Cook

Week 40

August 21, 2017

So I’m a cook now. All the food was from yours truly.

Elder Chandler came back from Ethiopia finally!!! He was in the MTC with me, and everyone in my group left Uganda to different countries once we got hear….

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Elder Mambuo is from Congo Parzival not DCR he is the tall dark one he speaks French and Lugwata and English

Elder Andriatsitoherina is the small brown one, he has 6 weeks left on mission, and he speaks Malagasy, French and English

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I got a backpack today! It has an elephant on it 😉
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Um not much else has happened this week to be honest, My companion gets stressed out in UG sometimes but these days nothing surprises me, I have 0 stress. The most exciting part of my day is when I leave the house to go talk to people, anyone about anything. I love the people!!

So we did a multi area exchange this Saturday and I was with some elders in Mukono (my area), we found a girl who asked us specifically for the book of Mormon, I was surprised but she had met with Elders before and they had given her a book, but she lost it. She said she missed the good feelings she got when she read it. The word of God brings power, read it and you are promised to receive it!

Love you all have a great week!!

Elder Moncur

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Week 39 Walking the Jungle

Week 39

August 14, 2017

Well another 6 weeks have passed and Elder Trippe and I are staying, but we are getting two new Elders!! Elder Mombo (DRC) and Elder Andriatsitohering (Madagascar)

pics!!

One I’m in a suit so I have to put that one in!

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So the one where I’m with a guy and a girl is of my two favorite people in Mukono

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Awourunga Stonic and Kigundo Lilian. They are just way to much fun and are basically my family these days

A pic of a guy on the top of a pole

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Me in the jungle (we were finding)

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So this past 6 weeks has been rough to say the least. Elder Trippe and I get along great, but the ward of Mukono is excited about missionary work as much as a 3 year old about broccoli. For anyone who has been a missionary before knows that getting a member referral is the best way to teach people. Well so far the past 2 months we have gotten 0… it’s been rocky for sure but the work still moves forward

So we walk, in the jungle, with a Book of Mormon in our hands and try our best!

We found a family of 8 that we were teaching but it turns out they live in another area so we had to transfer the family to another branch of the church that was closer to them. It was sad but the right thing to do. (less walking for them)

All is well in Mukono as a whole though! The things we struggle with is out of our control so no complaints my side!

Love you all hope you have a great week!

Elder Moncur

Week 38 Monkeys and dead shoes

Week 38 Aug 7, 2017

So elder Trippe had his birthday this Sunday!

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Some dead shoes…. yeah those are fun to walk in. I’m getting my other pair fixed so I had to bring out the spares

… found a random ditch that was chest high,

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And thank you all who were apart of writing me letters!!! I spelled “Thank you” like how the people in Uganda spell it 😉

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I also got a box from my mom! It had seasoning salt in it! Imagine!!! Flavored salt! Freak what an idea

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We also went to find monkeys out in the hills today and they surrounded us. Easily 40-50 were all in the trees around us. It was really cool!

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So in spiritual news we are teaching this 17-year-old kid, his dad left the family and moved to a different town. And lo and behold the missionaries contacted his dad! After the dad was baptized he wanted to make things right and so he got in touch with us to go and share with the family that he left behind.

 

For now we are just teaching the oldest son who I just mentioned. And for the most part I’m pretty this kid is smarter than us; he has had the book of Mormon for 1 1/2 weeks and is already in Alma 7 (pg. 224) and knows the doctrine that apples to it.

God is the one who brings success to his children. As a missionary I’m just a tool in the workshop. The screwdriver is never the one who gets the credit for fixing the job. It’s the man who is using it. God is that master workman. And he knows how to fix every problem.

Love you all have a great week!

Week 37 in the Pearl of Africa

Week 37

July 31, 2017

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So I ate this fruit thing called dragon heart! It tastes like a starburst and is crazy juicy!!

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The picture of all the people is market day (every Tuesday) and

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then the open landscape with all those brown buildings are stacks of bricks that people make by hand!

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Um a lizard is for my sister Olivia! That is the amount of wildlife this week…

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Well life is moving forward here in Mukono. Each day when I wake up I say, “Just another day at the office.” We started a “get jacked” work out plan after reading a scripture in the Book of Mormon: 2 Nephi 1:21,23. The basic thing of the scripture is a father talking to his children on his death bead. Some of his last words to his sons are, “Rise from the dust and be Men.” So the actual meaning behind the scripture is super deep and you can learn a lot out of these two scriptures! But what we took out of it was to get buff so we can become men! So as of now I’m at 125 push-ups a day with 10 minuets of abdominal workouts. Stay tuned!!

This week we walked for 2 hours straight to visit this man who stays far (hence the 2 hour walk) but if he comes to church then we can make the walk to get to him! The man’s name is Godfree and he is so happy to find a church that has answered all of his questions! He said that at the beginning of the meeting before we even started sharing! All Godfree needed in life was coming to church and seeing the service. Sometimes all it takes is a small step of faith and you get the answer.

And also this we have a man named Vincent, I think I have talked about him before about always getting the prompting to come to church. Well this week he got his answer!!! I haven’t talked to him much about it, but seeing him come to church this Sunday with a huge smile on his face. (Now with Vincent we have been sharing with him for 2 months) sometimes it takes perseverance to get an answer

Regardless how you get an answer it takes faith and steadfastness to god’s commandments. The commandments are not rules, they are directions.

Hope you all have a good week thank you so much for the support!!

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