Monday, December 8, 2014

The Finale - December 8, 2014

Dearest People out there!

I look forward to seeing you this week and think it will be very exciting. This last week we had a baptism—Janet is now a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It was a nice way to finish. On top of that Elder Whitworth will be training a new missionary this next transfer! Basically he just finished his own training and will now be a trainer! This is awesome. He is a boss for sure.

Good news of the week is that this Saturday, we will have another baptism. Of course, I won’t be there but I am so happy that Amos has chosen to be baptized. It will be a good experience for Elder Whitworth and Elder Dabb (the newbie).

Unfortunately, I am not feeling 100% right now so my email is short. Thanks for all of the support during the past two years. See you soon!

Love you all

Elder Bitter

P.S. In answer to the question of timing, I head to the mission home on Tuesday. I am unsure what I will be doing all day Wednesday and Thursday.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving over a Fire Pit - December 1, 2014

A lot has happened this week. We have narrowed down the people we are teaching. The ones who have chosen to continue are very promising.

One that is doing well is Sister Janet. She is the sister to Tony Atyang who was baptized a few months ago. She is a seamstress. Most of her work is repairing and patching clothing. This is a steady job which is awesome; but not an easy one.

The other people that we are continuing with are Helen, Amos, and Vincent. They are doing really well also but are moving quite a bit slower; yet, this is not a problem. In fact, it is actually a really good thing because Elder Whitworth will have someone to work with when I leave. It is really hard to start from scratch and have a new companion. Instead he will be able to continue with these people while teaching his new companion the area and finding others to teach.

This past week went by so fast. First because we were working and doing a lot of teaching, second because we had a great Thanksgiving activity. It was awesome and fun! I guess the most notable thing regarding this activity is that I ate a chicken head! For our Thanksgiving, we had some of the other Elders come and we all pitched in for a BBQ. Fortunately, our fire pit was finished. We put charcoal in the pit and laid a grate covered with foil over the coals. While the coals were getting ready, we marinated the chicken in a lemon sauce. The food was good!

Also, this week we traveled to Kampala and had a planning meeting for our goals for the next year for the mission. Our focus was moving the mission forward. On the way back from Kampala, (We were carpooling with the Gulu Elders trying to save money.) Elder Wolfenstein got pulled over. He did not have the money to pay for a ticket…so he looked at me and said, “Bitter you gotta help me on this one.”

The next thing I knew, I was cracking jokes and teasing the police officers. We were having a good old time! After a bit, I was out of the car playing with their radar gun. I was actually checking the speed on cars going by while the officers were cracking jokes. After playing around for about ten minutes, they let us off and gave Elder Wolfenstein the sign “free to go”. It was pretty awesome.

Lastly, I was able to witness the birth of a lamb. It was cool to see the miracle of life.

That is all I have for this week. Thanks for all you do! I appreciate you!  I am sorry that my emails have been short lately. Lots of work to do.


My High School in California

Yes, it is a chicken head!
Chicken for our BBQ!

Watching our fire pit do its work!
Our Thanksgiving Dinner!