Family Photo

Family Photo

I’m standing in front of 35 teachers and administrators of the Main Street Primary School in Jinja. Behind me are five full time missionaries; two Sisters, two Elders, and my sweetheart, RaNae. We’ve come to share a discussion centered on The Plan of Salvation, as taught by our Church. Since this is a mixed group, I greet them first in the name of Jesus Christ (for the Christians), and second using the greeting Mash’Allah, meaning God wills it (for the Muslims). As we proceed to sing and pray and teach, I am impressed with the diversity in the room. I invite our missionaries to introduce themselves to the group. They hail from South Africa, Tanzania, Ghana, and the U.S. Today I am impressed more than ever how the origin, religion, position or background of any person has vanished like smoke in the wind. Of course there are obvious differences, but our unity as a human family and children of a loving God overwhelms me with a feeling of peace. Before coming here to Uganda, we knew this logically. But now that knowledge has migrated to our hearts. We no longer see race. We don’t see poverty or power. We just see brothers and sisters from all over, doing the best they can. I pray we will remember this when we return home next week. I feel certain we will. We’re all in this together, you and me. We’re here to live and breathe and learn and struggle, to forgive and love and teach and forgive again. As we pass out the American Donuts after singing Families Can Be Together Forever, I feel at peace. We...
A Last Gasp

A Last Gasp

Our time is at it’s end. We have visited the last village. We have shared our final testimony. We have chauffeured our last ward leader. We have made our final meal for missionaries. Soon, we will take our last missionary breath before leaving for home. We return to Utah on Wednesday, July 20th, where we will meet our family (including five grandchildren we have never seen), and celebrate family anew. After our family campout the following week, we will return and report our mission in sacrament meeting in the Mapleton 5th ward on Sunday, July 31st, at 9:00 a.m. We invite any who wish to worship with us, and stay for the other meetings so we can introduce you to our ward family. Mapleton 5th Ward Sunday, July 31 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon 970 North 400 East, Mapleton Utah 84664 You are then invited to join us in our apartment to visit and have a snack. Blue Barn Apartment 12:30-3:00 p.m. 1150 N 1700 East, Mapleton Utah 84664 Words or even tears cannot express our gratitude to God for the tender mercies we have received while on our mission. Both we and our family have been richly blessed, and we return feeling younger and lighter than we did when we left home. We will always shout praises to our Father for this great honor to serve. We hope we’ve made a difference, and are acutely aware of the change that has come over us. To our dear Ugandan friends, whom we expect not to see again until we meet at Jesus’ feet, we send our warmest love and heartfelt thanks. God be...