Week 46 Entebbe

Week 46

October 2, 2017

week 46 Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria

So my companion is Elder Phiri he is from Zimbabwe and is 28 years old and this first week with him has been so much fun! This man is the must humble person you have ever met! (He is the dark one in the selfie.) I actually forgot to take a good pic with him so ill send one next week! The other two in the pic is Elder Young USA and Elder Dlahmini From Swaziland! Also LAKE victoria practically surrounds us!!

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So driving hear is insane, the lord is protecting me for sure. Only 4 close calls this week though so it was a good week! Here diesel is the cheaper fuel and petrol is expensive. It’s about $1 per liter! Entebbe has the state house here so for lack of a better term it’s like I’m in DC so lots of crazy drivers. The president of Uganda is my neighbor, and there’s some crazy cult that kills 19-30 year olds for sacrifices. So far there has been 38 confirmed murders last month.

Spiritually wise the Unit in Entebbe is strong! They meet in a house that the church rents and they love to help missionaries with the work. We can call anyone in the unit and they will try their level best to help us with out question! In the neighboring unit called Kajjansi an elder found a family of 25 people all living in the same house! So we had to drive out there to deliver some Book’s of Mormon so the whole family did not have to share one book!

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I have been super busy this week and I have only been in Entebbe for less than a week so I don’t have too much to talk about for now.

I hope all is well I love you all!!

Elder Moncur

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Brother Matambalas’ House in Mukono. Matambalas is like a second father to me.
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Lizard in Entebbe
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Goat meat with fermented rice
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Week 45 Worms and Automobiles

Week 45

September 25, 2017

 

week 45 2So to explain the title of this email. Elder Trippe and me have a worm problem.

There is a certain fly in Uganda that lay’s eggs on to wet/damp clothes, and when a person wears the clothes that the eggs are laid on the eggs hatch! So yeah been dealing with that all week. Lucky for us though they don’t go into your blood stream or anything they more just act like a mosquito and stay on the surface of your skin… but still it sucked!

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And for the second part of my title. So the transfer news has come! And I have been called as a Zone leader for Entebbe, (a Zone Leader basically is in charge of missionaries who are serving in multiple church buildings/ units in a surrounding area) which means me and a companion now have to deliver supplies and transport missionaries via car. So now I’m driving in a city of 20 million people on the wrong side of the road in a stick shift… the only way I can describe it is its like the video game GTA except that there are not even cops, and cows crossing the street is a regular.

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My last day in Mukono was a special one. We had 4 people get baptized and saying my goodbye to the ward was bitter at best. This place has become my home and the members of Mukono have been my family.

Hope all is well love you guys​

Elder Moncur

Week 44 Matambala

Week 44

September 18, 2017

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Uganda cranes!!!!! (soccer aka Football jersey)

Bro Matambala, James

And a toad (scroll to the bottom)

This week was hard. Lots of prep for next week basically we are planning for 4 baptisms we had 5 but one of them is practically enslaved to his parents and cant make it to church

So Brother Matambala is the man I wan to talk about this week because my week was disappointing and busy and boring.

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This man is 52 years old and is in charge of the missionary work for Mukono

He is a landlord for about 4 houses (1 room) and he has established a farm system that makes it so every food you can imagine grows all year round, (except things that are seasonal) but he has to do virtually no work, he made is own miniature Forrest, so all he has to do is go pick the fruit or veggie, then make sure to throw the seeds back into the Forrest and it will make more!  He has pigs and chickens in there as well that feed off the smaller plants.

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So next week I’ll be getting transfer news to see where my next adventure will be. I could stay in Mukono for another 6 weeks, but you never know!

Hope all is well love you all!

Elder Moncur

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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!!

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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