Manhunt

Manhunt

I was sitting with two branch leaders in a nearby town in deep discussion. The branch president had been missing from Church activity for several weeks. He would not answer his phone, and could not be found even when people went looking for him at his home or work. The two leaders in our meeting were very concerned that perhaps the president had abandoned his calling, thus crippling the work in the branch. Our mission president and others had sought him in vain the week previous. We were meeting to determine how to reconcile the church records regarding donations and use of church funds. We could not see how to move forward in operations. We had reached an impasse without access to this man. I turned to the first counselor and said: How strong is your faith?  Very strong, he answered. I asked the same question of the branch clerk, who gave the same answer. Then we need a miracle right now, I said. We cannot move this work forward without the help of this man. We need to find him today.  I asked the young branch clerk to offer a prayer, asking God to help us find the president right now. After his wonderful and faithful prayer, I knew we would have success. As we left the church, we told the full time missionaries where we were going. They informed us they had not been able to contact the president for weeks even after many attempts. I asked them to pray for our success. They said they would start praying right away. The three of us got into the truck, and...
Lockdown

Lockdown

This week is elections here in Uganda. It is one of the most predictably violent times of the year, and almost all Ugandans and foreigners go into a kind of lockdown to avoid trouble. As missionaries, we are staying in our compound for three days. As such, we have time to be together, to play and to testify. We’re doing all of these. Here is the agenda we prepared for the three days: We started yesterday with fresh fruit and games. We really enjoyed playing Phase 10. Then we shared a hymn and prayer as a zone. Today has been great. It rained heavily on this election day, so the weather has been cool and sweet. We’ve made peanut clusters and donuts, sharing the recipe with the Elders for a skill they may need later. We also shared our feelings about remaining true to the faith after our mission. Later, we’ll watch a movie, share a hymn and prayer, and go to bed happy. Tomorrow we’ll play together again, eat big, watch another movie, and close with a spiritual song and prayer. We really love these six young Elders. It’s so fun to parent them during times like this. They often teach us as much as we help...
Thoughts on Health

Thoughts on Health

Everyone has his secrets to happiness. For some, it’s the next party or tryst. For others, it’s the next big game or new business contract. For me, it’s all centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is through the Gospel that I have my Queen today, who is my best friend and greatest joy. We’ve been blessed with a big, forever family. The Gospel has given me a sense of purpose to fill my days in service and learning. I feel my life is like a rock, even though I’m far from perfect and work every day to repent and try again a little harder. For 62+, I feel very healthy and blessed. I can do 50 push-ups in the morning, run four miles, or do sprints. I am slower nowadays, but still enjoy a healthy heart, lungs and other organs, muscles, joints and brain. I look young for my age. Some have asked what my secrets are. Well, here they are for anyone who wants to know. 1.     I work my body into a sweat every day but Sunday. I believe the body is intended to be pounded, stretched, twisted and flexed. It is not meant to sit continually in comfy chairs in air-conditioned luxury with even the brain in a low orbit. In fact, I think that is a recipe for atrophy and health problems. I do not worship my body or spend huge blocks of time working on my physique. But I have conscientiously exercised most days except Sunday for decades. 2.     I enjoy a whole foods, plant-based diet. Members of The Church of Jesus...
Happiness Documentary

Happiness Documentary

This is an early first release of a documentary on happiness, from an 18-month study of the people of Uganda. Its aim is to help you appreciate your own life and find happiness in any situation. The touching stories you will see will carve into your soul, and you will likely have a clearer perspective on your own happiness. There is a God in heaven. He has a plan for our happiness. We can find it if we pursue the path that leads to it, even when that path goes through valleys of sorrow and...