Week 36: Weekly Report Email Thing… Birthday recap

July 24, 2017

So my 20th birthday was probably one of my favorite birthdays so far! Only other one was probably when I was 7 (we had a wicked cool water gun fight in my back yard with loads of kids) or when I turned 17 (we watched the new Godzilla and ate pizza with my family).

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My birthday dinner was rice and spaghetti with a fish!

A guy who is a cake decorator made me a sweet cake!

And there was an activity at the church so lots of people were around to dump water on me (its a tradition in Africa) so I was soaked most of the night…

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also the power was out most of this weekend as well so headlamps were very useful for this week as well!

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One cool thing this week was a new investigator we got. His name is Vincent and he is from the north of Uganda in a place called Gulu. The man is very smart and is a very staunch/ stubborn person. Frankly we were confused why he likes meeting with us so much, and in his own words, “As of now, I don’t see any difference between my religion and yours, but every time you call I get a feeling that I should come and visit with you guys.”  After a talk about the Holy Ghost and how God can answer prayers in 100’s of different ways and that one of those ways can be promptings/ thoughts, he seemed still just as stubborn in most aspects, but you could see the small difference in his eyes.

I’m happy I get to share with Vincent.

Elder Trippe and I are getting along great; we actually like being the only missionaries out in the middle of Africa! It makes the reality of how important our work is that we are the only ones!

Thank you all for the birthday wishes again, truly it means a lot! Hope you all are safe and sound!

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Week 35 Oh Nelly

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O nelly, what a week.

So these pictures are all of the normal things I see in UG. The Jerry cans are what are used for water. They come in 20, 10, 5, and 2 liter jugs. Most people carry them 1k-2k away to their homes. Some people make a business out of it by selling each 20L can of water for 400 shillings each.

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The gate is what we call a compound. Most are 2-3 meter walls with broken glass, razor wire, and electric fence on top. Sometimes all 3!

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So my primary source of food is eggs. Eggs go on everything no matter what. For dinner we have this thing called Rolex (it is just chapatti and eggs with some veggie’s). It comes on the form of a taco looking thing and it used to be called “rolled eggs” thus the word Rolex came to be!

As for what people do for work here, basically if it has value someone is selling it. Most people have 3X3 meter shops with soda, water, and snacks and there will be 6 shops right next to each other selling the exact same thing. So supply is high and demand is low, and so everything is DIRT cheap.

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Also lots of street venders, especially at night. Most people eat once a day and that’s at night. So soon as the sun goes down. The food comes out. All types of meat, fruit, bread, porridge, rice, Rolex, and fry stands appear on the roads. Also a very popular form of transport are taxi motorbikes called boda boda. Boda’s came from the word Border when the bikes used to carry people only from country to country. But now it has spread to all over Africa.

For me this week it’s just been the usual. Honestly I don’t really know what to talk about. I turn 20 this next week… that’s cool! These next few weeks things should be bumping, but as for now we are still setting up the groundwork for the next month.

The work is sweet here in UG. I love the people. This ward is my family now. I have been here in Mukono for 6 months and it has felt like 3 weeks. Some missionaries know how long 6 months can be in one area, but for me this is way way fun!

But that’s it for this week sorry it has not been too exciting!

Love you all!

Elder Moncur

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Week 34

July 10, 2017

Elder Trippe from Cali!!!!!

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4th of July was celebrated with a few burgers with cheese and Pringles

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Sugar Cane fields

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So I’m training this new missionary from California and we are the same person, we both run make dumb jokes and love the work of the Lord!

We went to the falls again just so I can break him in to the life of Uganda!

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Also with other news we are only 2 missionaries in a crowd of 2 million people hear in Mukono so lots of work to do! We never have down time these days it is insane! As a mission we are doing a book of Mormon 90 day challenge, where we read it all in 90 days! And we are going to highlight anything that talks about the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is faith, repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost, and endure to the end!

So I’d likes to tell a story about a man who we have been teaching for the past 3 months, I’ll call him JOHN. John is a teacher and a well to do man. He loves the gospel but he is not 100% married to his wife who lives in the west. Well after a long talk about how it is important to be married so that you can be fully following the commandment about not committing adultery (the law of chastity) but sense she stays so far it is expensive to go out there. Well a month or so latter John had $ saved to take a 10 hour bus ride down to where she is and to get married. Once he got there though he found out she wanted nothing to do with the LDS church or Christianity as a whole. So on the long ride back John decided that this disappointment was an answer to his prayer. Just before he was not to sure if he wanted to marry this girl and was just doing it because he knew it was the right thing to do. In doing so he found his answer!

We can take this story to our own lives. Sometimes answers are given through ways of disappointment. If John had not acted in faith to spend all that $ to go see her he wouldn’t have found out what he wanted. He would still be stuck in the same place he was 2 weeks ago trying to decide to follow Christ. I know all of us can do this as well and “just do it”

I love you all hope you have a great week!

Love

Elder Moncur

PS: This picture is to show the “irony” of wearing a CTR (choose the right) shirt behind bars LOL

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Week 33 Ants, Middle School and Baptism! 

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Ants, Middle School and Baptism!

So the ants in the picture make a tunnel of bigger ants and if anything gets in the way they attack it! They put a hole in my shoe so id imagine that would hurt…

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The random guy by me he is wearing an old middle school shirt from Gruening middle school!!!!!! So funny to see that all the way out here!

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The baptism from this week was a blessing 2 weeks prior to this photo all of their parents/ relatives wanted nothing to do with the church. Some threatened to kill… but over the past weeks the lord has soften their hearts!!!

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Elder Tembo my companion is going home this week keep him in your prayers life is very hard hear and I know what he is about to return to…

I’m getting a new companion Elder Trippe! He is brand new I’ll be training him. The other area in Mukono is getting closed so it will be just him and me alone in the district!! It will be way fun!

One thing I’m doing these days is I’m reading the Gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke, John) and writing down every question the Savior asked, and it is amazing it gives you a different idea on how the savior teaches!!

Hope all is well I’m pressed on time so not much stories these days sorry!!

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Week 32: Digging In

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Digging in the mud–

This week we went digging a lot, my companion is definitely ready to go home and avoids me at all costs, disregards everything I do or say and attempts to do the opposite. And to be honest I’m burnt out.

There was a ditch full of grass and moss that we cleared out this week. It’s one of the underwater springs that most of the people in town get water from so we made a better drainage system for it! We got covered in mud! It was way way fun!!

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Lots of baptisms lined up for next week! This week we had stake conference so all of the north part of Kampala came together! We filled a taxi with all of the people recently baptized and left early in the morning to get there on time!

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One of our investigators, named Faith, had an experience of the atonement this week. She had been stealing from her dad small small and felt bad about it and did not know how to tell him about it. But after we said a prayer together she went and told her dad that night. (Now this man is Muslim and already is not a fan of us, but he is by the grace letting us teach her) and when she told him he was totally cool with it! All he asked her was to not do it again. I’ll let you that this man at first threatened her and us pretty severely. And now he is 100% ok with us now and her confession about stealing! It is interesting how God can soften hearts. And when we follow Christ we want to do better that what we are doing already!

Love you all be safe!

Elder Moncur

JULIUS!!!!! On Sunday at Stake Conference…

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Week 31 sick…

June 19, 2017

So I have been sick all week so no pics of me.

From Thursday to Saturday I have been super sick. Not many stories to tell except I’m one of the first picked in soccer when I’m with all Africans!! It’s an achievement to me at least!

Spiritually wise I read Luke 7 and it really helped me understand why god loves people who repent, its the last 10 verses or so, the one who sins the most will understand grace the most (forgiveness) now that dose not mean go and sin, but it means we can be forgiven for any sin we commit and feel guilt for, and in turn feel gods love and grow our own love for god! Sin is a painful but important learning experience and god knows what we can learn best from.

Once again I have nothing to say, like at all. I was sick all week. So uh…. have a good week haha!

Love you all

Elder Moncur

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Week 30

June 12, 2017

So right now I’m jam packed in an Internet cafe with 20 other people. The town of 2 million people is all out of power and this is the only cafe with a generator!

This week went well. Lots of stuff happened and it was exciting! The pictures are of this local place we eat at almost every day and of a baptism of John I talked about last week!

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So this week we met with our mission president who is basically in charge of my life for the next 2 years. He told me I’m going to be training a new missionary! It will be way different from my companion now who only has 3 weeks left till he goes back to Zimbabwe it will be interesting to now see how it is to train someone that is new in the mission field. The way I like to describe mission life is I break it up into 4 sections: the first 6 months is freshman year of high school/ collage. The next 6 months is sophomore year, then junior and senior. At the start you think you know what you are doing but in reality you have no clue, after a while you learn the ropes but still make some errors. And by the end you are an all knowing big shot, but in reality you still have no clue about what it is like in the real world.

One aspect of life I’m trying to focus on is loving everyone, enjoy the obedience. I met with a man before I left on my mission and he told me to follow all of the mission rules because it would keep me safe!

When I first heard him tell me this I was thinking that if I did not follow them id get hurt or robbed or attacked by a lion. But these days following these rules is much more important spiritually than Earthly. Being obedient to Gods rules don’t always keep us physically safe, but they will always keep us spiritually safe! I know if I’m slacking a bit I notice I’m not as happy or excited about missionary work, or anything in general. But when I do follow Gods rules I enjoy all aspects of life! Even the ones that stink like having no power for the past 2 days in a town of 2 million.

Not too much crazy stories, I got hit buy a boda the other day but I’m fine, it was his fault for driving on the sidewalk anyway 😉

Love you all and hope the week goes well!