So I am not allowed to send pictures yet because the president doesn’t want me
downloading stuff onto the computers so I have to wait until I go into the field.
So sorry about that and I will have to work on taking pictures because at this
point all I have to show is a couple pictures of the MTC and a few pictures of
the landscape and the missionaries...so not too much so far. It was pretty cool
this week we had a huge migration of butterflies! There were like millions of
them flying around-it was like the air was painted white hahah.
Oh so a fun story for everyone. So we were sitting in class doing some personal
study and this huge flying insect flew into the room and it was a super slow
flyer. So Elder Morris decided to catch it. After catching it Elder Mosuba took
it and ripped off its wings and just threw it in his mouth and chomped on it
like it was a piece of licorice hahahah. I started going crazy trying to figure
out why in the world he would ever eat that. Well apparently he is from Uganda.
And apparently these big insects (They call them White Ants) are really common
in Uganda. They live for about two days or so. They crawl out of the ground and
then they sprout huge wings (the whole insect is about the size of half my
pinky when full grown. But apparently they are really plentiful in Uganda and
they catch them like crazy and eat them all the time. They say to get full on
them you eat about two cups worth. I was like "uhhhh...is this common that you
just snatch them out of the air and then just eat them?" Elder Mosuba and Elder
Kasikka went on to tell me that they basically make traps that catch them and
you usually catch with one trap about a milk jugs worth of white ants. So apparently
it’s impossible to go hungry in Uganda because they kind of eat anything that isn’t
poisonous hahah so I guess I won’t be going hungry any time soon :)
So I’m not gonna lie when I was preparing to turn in my mission papers I was
always really worried that I was going to gain a lot of weight on my mission.
That has been like one of my biggest fears for a really long time so I have
been asking around and apparently I don’t really have to worry about that one
:) so I’m really grateful for that one not gonna lie hahah
Oh yea I forgot when writing letters there are more rules then we knew
1. Must be only one sheet of paper.
2. It cannot be lined so it has to be like printer paper
3. When you are going to send it you cannot put it in an envelope.
4. Fold it hot dog style and then tape the long edge with one piece of tape.
5. Write the address with elder bitter and a return address.
If those aren’t followed it usually just gets tossed out hahahaha so a heads
for you all hahah
And apparently others are allowed to email me while I’m in the MTC. I just can’t
email them back so if people want to email me here is my email firstname.lastname@example.org
at the end of the email just put your home address so I can write you letters
back. Once I’m out of the MTC I’m pretty sure that I can email people back.
Now back to the the important stuff. So it’s kinda crazy how humble the people
are here like its truly remarkable. You can go around and talk to anyone about
the Gospel and they will always listen. They don’t always accept it but they
will always listen. I was talking to some of the missionaries who are from Uganda and
they were telling me that the people in Uganda love white missionaries because
they have read the bible and often times have never seen a white person before
so they see us as like special or something. So they are always so ready to receive
the Gospel from what I have heard. We had a speaker come in yesterday who had
recently returned from his mission in Uganda. Apparently in Sudan (which is
part of our mission) there are easily over 7000 people who are waiting to be
baptized. They are not yet allowed to be baptized though. The people there have
received Book of Mormons already and they have read them and are waiting to be
baptized but due to some laws and the location of these people they cannot be
baptized. So many people have been waiting for over 14 years to be baptized but
still cannot be baptized. These really faithful people are remarkable. They are
holding church meetings and reading from the book of Mormon every Sunday for multiple
hours. They have literally no money and many of them walk for a day or so to
meet for Sunday. When we sent missionaries there to try to figure out a way
for it to work for them they attended one of the "stake centers" they
had built. It was basically a huge room with mud walls. Those missionaries that
were not allowed to baptize the people were greeted by nearly 1500 people all
hoping to just hear their words even though they knew they would not be able to
be baptized at this time. So that is real faith in my opinion--waiting for
almost 14 years and just going to church and reading the book of Mormon. That
really blew my mind. So the field is truly white and ready to harvest.
So a little fun fact now. They have this stuff hear that is called POP--it
is so good. It’s like ground up corn that they make into a portage looking
substance that it so dense that you can cut it and hold it like bread. You all
should look up the recipe online and check it out. I think it would be something
different for dinner that you would all like to try.
Well I’m sorry if there are any spelling errors or stuff like that but I really
have to type fast while I’m in the MTC because they only give us a very limited
time on the computers in the MTC. And I’m sorry if I didn’t respond to everyone’s
questions in these emails.
And thanks Brendan it’s good to hear from ya. And thanks for sending all those Kari
And Jon yes the pillow tie worked awesome I slept so well on it :)
Well I love you all I really hope everything is going good back home.