Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hump Day

Hello People of the World,
Everything is going well here in Makindye! Elder Ncube is adapting well to mission life and giving lots of wonderful insights to the work! He definitely is more prepared then I was as a missionary starting off! This week nothing to extraordinary happened. We have been putting our shoulder to the wheel and doing lots of finding! It wasn't easy at first but the Lord is starting to give us rewards for our efforts. It is amazing how new missionaries can bring the spirit and also how the training they are given is really more for the trainer! I am being brought back to the basics again and working to improve them! This past week I hit my hump day as my family has been so kind to inform me. It is truly amazing how fast time goes by. I feel like there is no way I have been away from home for so long! (I treated myself to some nice ice cream, the brand that is closed to the real deal here called dairyland, it was very nice) Missionary work is a blessed experience. Tender Mercies always come as you do your level best. I witnessed it this week as we did finding. We hardly found anyone but each morning the Zone Leaders seemed to always have a new hand over for us to see and it blessed our lives. Also the Makindye ward was blessed with 2 baptisms yesterday. One for us and another for Elder Mukaro and Kampleya. Ours was a lady named Gladys. She married a memeber and so we started teaching her and at first we were concerned she was just doing it for the husband but we have seen the testimony form and it was a sweet experience.
Have a Great Week every one!
Love Elder Seibert
Pictures of the baptism, scenery and the nice hump day gift.

New Life

Hello Everyone
It has been an interesting week. Elder Myers and I wrapped up our time together this week and it was sad to see him go. I had so much fun with him. Luckily I will still get to see him around since he is in a near by area. So Wednesday was transfer day so very little missionary work was done but it was the day I met Elder Ncube (probably said it last week but the NC make a clicky noise that we make when imitating mice and rabbits but with an n sound in front). He is a good guy. He isn't scared at all about talking to others which is good. I struggled with that at first. Doing 12 week training is definitely a lot more responsibility then I once thought haha. It really gets you on your knees praying for guidance and you really recognize you inadequacies. You really start to think about every little thing you do as a trainer and say "Is this the best option? Could I set a better example then this?" There is no doubt I will be working on trying to more fully rely on the Lord these next 12 weeks. However, I did realize the Lord is always there to lift you up. On Friday I was doing my personal study as usual and I was on Ether 12 in the BoM for the day. And I honestly went in thinking I won't learn much since I have read it often before but As I read it I realized it was what I needed to hear that day. It really taught me, in a time of self doubt, that it doesn't matter about me. I just need to exercise my faith and everything will work out. I just need to do what I can and the Lord will make up the rest. I truly learned to love the Book of Mormon again at that moment. It truly can answer questions of the soul, both temporal and spiritual and that no matter the trail or times you've read it it will always bring peace and comfort to you! The Book of Mormon is true and is there to bring us peace!
Have a great week everyone!
Love you all
Elder Seibert
Elder Myers and I having fun with the effects and the cute kids of Makindye ward

A Week of Sorrow

Hello World,
This week was good in the missionary work but at the same time for Elder Myers and I just felt off. The problem was that our greatest investigator ever faced a few set backs. So Bonita is a 16 year old girl we met while teaching her cousin. Bonita and her sister stay at the cousin's home (sounds like they  don't have the best relationship with their mother, i guess the mom is pretty strict and a staunch catholic) Right off the bat Bonita took more interest and really started to help get her cousin more serious and then brought her sister into the mix. All 3 have been coming to church for a while and everything. Anyways Bonita has strong testimony. It is burning SOOOO bright and then this week hit her but also us pretty hard. Monday evening we found out her mom decided that she doesn't want Bonita to come to the church anymore. The other two told us she and the mother were QUARRELING and she was crying. We felt so bad but we confirmed we could still teach all of them. Then Tuesday we went to teach them and found out the mom went a step further and said she can't meet with us anymore too. Then Thursday the bomb was dropped that now the Mom going to put her in boarding school not day school. So we organized to teach Bonita Saturday and on Friday we got permission to go to the distribution to get a book called Gospel Principles for Bonita to read to help her keep a strong testimony for the next 2 years. I have no doubt she will be baptized as soon as she hits 18 years old. But anyways that was just a really discouraging moment for us here and I think was in the back of our minds the whole week. But not really much we can do but pray to the Lord and keep pushing on!
Lastly this week we got our transfer news and our new transfer began today. Elder Myers will leave me here to go to Mutungo and I get the privilege of training a new missionary. Poor guy haha. Anyways his name is Elder Ncube (the nc however make a sound like when you imitate a mouse or rabbit is the best way I can describe it.) I learned his name pronunciation from Elder Mukaro a Zimbabwean. Therefore we think he is from Zim but we will find out Wednesday when we have the transfer movements. Wish me luck.

Have a Great week everyone!
Love Elder Seibert

Lots of pictures this week thanks to the Gadaffi Mosque trip last Monday! Enjoy haha

Pictures from Uganda

Gadafi Mosque Tour

Hello People
This week was pretty mellow. We did our normal missionary stuff through out the week. We had a hard time finding new investigators this week but next week will be better. We visited a lot of members this wee in the evening and it was a really good experience. I felt so bad when one family said they couldn't even remember the last time the missionaries visited. It is weird how the missionaries seem to have control of the visits. there is no feeding calendar for members to sign up on and they seem to not like to ask us to visit.  On Friday though my companion had to go to get a new passport since his got lost at immigration so he was at the American embassy and I sat in on my zone leaders companionship study. and then I went back to the area. The embassy was much faster then these Ugandan agencies haha. Oh and yesterday was pretty  sweet. We got 8 investigators at church. I was shocked. usually we get about 3 or 4. It definitely boosted the spirits after a some how difficult week plus calling home is always really nice! Definitely a little surreal to me. It is weird how easy it actually is to call home when you go so long thinking I can't call home. Also to hear the voices but not see them is weird. Still seems like they don't exist in my mind anymore at times. You just get so used to not talking to them. Kind of sad in a way.
Lastly to top off our week we visited the Gadafi Mosque today. We were on our way to Kololo sports when we got a call on the taxi that due to rain they were postponed. So we went to Nsambya and the 4 Makindye elders and 2 from Nsambya last minute got on another taxi and toured the mosque! It was really neat. they had a huge spire we walked up. kind of like a light house lots of spiraling stairs. lets just say i realized i am out of shape. Great view of Kampala. Awesome designs too. Our tour guides name was .... you guessed it... Muhammad.  A little funny watching 6 LDS missionaries 3 of which were american walk around this massive mosque (largest in the sub sahara area i think he said).
The joys of Being a missionary! Have a great week every one
Love Elder Seibert
Pictures of mosque will come next week. these are from our hike last Monday. Definately got an awesome one of my comp holding the sun. Mine was a good effort but didnt work. Also the one of me and the man is to show how people here just hold your hand which to me just makes me uncomfortable. Hence the reasoning I am smiling so much in the pic. (I feel uncomfortable).