Saturday, May 25, 2013

Letter from May 20, 2013 (One week after Mother's Day)

From everyone's letters I can say I also enjoyed the phone call home!  I am not really sure what to talk about today...  I guess I can share a little about my week.  Well the Zone had 9 baptisms! We had 3 for our companionship! And also a wedding!  We just had a great week! I love my comp! I love my district and I love my Zone!  It is a super young Zone!
(There are 11 zones in the mission.  2 in Ethiopia, and 1 in Rwanda, and 8 in Uganda) We are over Iganga Zone. One of the 8 in Uganda.  With 12 missionaries.  We are the youngest Zone in the Mission. Only 2 Elders are over one year.  So just to give you an idea. 
A cool experience this week is a guy came to church yesterday and he talked to the branch Pres.  and the Branch Pres called us into his office and introduced us to this guy who is a Bishop of 8 Christian congregations.  With over 200 members.  So we sat down with him, just Gacula and I.  We asked him what he wanted to get from us teaching him.  And he said his whole life as a Bishop/Pastor, he has always wondered why there are so many baptisms and why why all of these really famous pastors who teach the "Gospel of Peter, and John and James" he said, "Where is the Gospel of Jesus Christ!?",  as he said this we pulled out the pamphlet that says.. The Gospel of Jesus Christ..  He looked at it as if it was pure gold.  We taught him the gospel and he was so excited! He accepted a baptismal date and he asked if he could teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in his churches.  He asked us if we could teach his congregations.  We said heck yeah!  So we told him to gather ALL of his 200 members and meet in one place.  And we will go to that location and speak and teach about the Gospel of JC...  He said EVERYONE at that church was asking the same questions he was.  So yeah, this week we will see how it goes.  A huge opportunity has presented itself.  The guy was awesome and so humble.  He wants the Priesthood so bad but we will see how serious he is.  He understands the concept of being baptized correctly.  He even asked us if we could go this Sunday and baptize his whole congregation, because he KNOWS we have the priesthood and he does not.  WOO! 
So about the wedding.  It was Henry and Sarah who were married and Baptized and a kid named Delousi(De-L-ow-see).  Awesome wedding.  The Mpumudde district guys had a wedding also.  And three of my recent converts were there.. I now have a firm testimony on how the gospel effects people who join the church and live the gospel...
You remember Florence from Mpumudde.  That woman could hardly speak English.  But she was speaking fluently to me! What!!! That was only 4 months ago! She was incredibly shy and now she is the 2nd councilor in the Relief society.  Her SMILING face that beamed when she saw me instantly brought tears to my eyes... I know we are not suppose to hug girls but I hugged that 50 year old woman and did not care:)!  The Gospel truly changes people! It is amazing the change you see!  And I baptized her and her whole family! WOO!
Lets see.  My comp and I had 6 Baptismal interviews with investigators on sat.  It was a long day.  And my comp has had this TERRIBLE cough.  I gave him cough drops and Tylenol and Anti allergy pills because i also think it is allergies.  But he is doing a lot better today! 
ZLC was awesome like usual!
I'm gonna send some pics..  I love you all and I love it here so much... It feels unreal on how fast time is going... But I don't think I will want to come home after  another year.

Till next time,
Elder Lloyd

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