Monday, November 26, 2012

Nov 26th 2012

Hey there Friends and Family!!! It has been quite a week for us here in Mbale, Uganda!!! Before I speak of myself though, I must give a HUGE shout out to my brother Kyle who will be soon ELDER WINTERS!!!! He has officially been called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to labor in the Birmingham England Mission!!!! The only person happier than me right now is Kyle Winters himself!!! You have no idea what excitement has gone through the mission field as the announcement to lower the age of missionary service to 18 for young men and 19 for young women!!! We are STOKED!!!! We can't wait for the floods to start, especially here in the UKM where we have been experiencing a slight de-population problem...haha If you are a young man or young woman and currently are able to serve a mission, DO IT!!! One thing we will see is stronger families and stronger wards and branches because of the increased number of return missionary Sisters, and also the younger age and greater maturity of Elders. This is what God needs right now, strong leaders and parents to strengthen the rising generation!!!!

This week's highlight must definitely be the open house of our new building in Mbale!!! For the longest time the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been meeting in a rented building outfitted to be a girls hostel. Now however, we are in our new building which is owned outright by the church and is outfitted for our personal needs!!! The open house, which we have been planning for the last 4 weeks or so was an outstanding success!!! The senior couple here spearheaded things which we were very grateful for, we couldn't have done it without them. We were so excited to see 180 people show up for Sacrament Meeting which is a new record for the Mbale Branch!!!

So with all the open house preparation we have not been able to do much in the way of actual proselyting this week, it was a little slow, but has really helped to stoke the fire to finish the transfer on a strong note this week!!!

All my love from across the miles!!!

-Elder Winters

P.S. Read Alma 22:15 in the Book of Mormon. Hear what a Lamanite investigator has to say once he has heard the truth. Ask yourselves, "What am I willing to give up to know God?"