Crucible of Compassion

Our experiences this past weekend were both life-cleansing and challenging. We first went to a village near Jinja to help with another Jiggers service project. This time, rather than run the camera, I got into the action with RaNae and my heart nearly burst. We did the post-op wash and sanitize on the little guy featured in our video. As he stood in the disinfectant bath and we watched the water turn red with his bleeding toes, I could not hold back my tears. As I carefully washed and dried and put medication on his feet, RaNae and I shared a sympathetic look and kept on working.

I also worked on an old man (old here is about 50) whose tough feet may never have had a pair of shoes. This was the ultimate barefoot runner. I cried again as I washed and dried these tired gnarly old feet, then handed him a pair of plastic sandals as a gift. I wish I had a picture of his face wearing them. He was a rich man indeed.

When we finished, we wish every human being could have this kind of experience. There’s something about washing and treating feet that is so deeply personal to both the giver and the receiver. It pushed us once again into the crucible of compassion, and it was good for the soul.

We next visited a small orphanage in Bwenge and another layer of the world fell away.

And now this, from RaNae:

When we visited the orphanage Saturday I was talking with one of the guys who is helping there. He’s a handsome 21 year old from Spain. When I asked him what his religion is he simply said, “I don’t do any of that. I wasn’t blessed with the virtue of faith”. I thought alot about his response and how sad it is to live without faith in this world. “Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death”. Faith is something that needs to be continually cultivated all our lives. We can’t afford to go a day without doing something to build it.

David O. McKay:

An unwavering faith in Christ is the most important need of the world today. It is more than a mere feeling. It is power that moves into action, and should be in human life the most basic of all motivating forces”.

Spencer W. Kimball:

“Is there not wisdom in Heavenly Father giving us trials that we might rise above them, responsibilities that we might achieve, work to harden our muscles, sorrows to try our souls? Are we not exposed to temptations to test our strength, sickness that we might learn patience, death that we might be immortalized and glorified? If all the sick for whom we pray were healed, if all the righteous were protected and the wicked destroyed, the whole program of the Father would be annulled and the basic principle of the gospel, free agency, would be ended. No man would have to live by faith”.

Sometimes we do things being guided by the Light of Christ and we don’t even know why. Giving provides so much more joy and inner peace than any possession. To give is to truly live, and this past weekend we and many others were very much alive.


  1. Thanks Taylor’s. You express my feelings so eloquently. Such a privilege to be able to serve these beautiful children and people in Uganda!

    • Wow! It’s exciting to see what your up to. What a fantastic mission you are having. Thanks for the video!

  2. Bernell & ReNae, I can’t even begin to tell you how your video touched me…it went right into my inner core. For some reason, I felt my Reva close by as I was watching it. You are both amazing people and I am so blessed to call you friends. I look up to both of you, more than you know. I love you very much. Thank you for your valiant examples of Charity…My prayers are with you, Mike T.

    • Isn’t it amazing how people so often hold one another as heroes? We love and admire you just the same. So excited to see where you and Bonnie serve. Are you still at MTC? Gotta love that ride. God bless you and yours.

  3. I rejoice with you as I read each of your posts. As I was reading Brent L Topps book, Glimpses Beyond Deaths Door. He related several comments from people who had experienced NDE’s (near death experiences), where they commented on the large number of blacks who readily accepted the gospel of Christ due to their humility and love of fellowman. Your experiences in Uganda have cemented this concept into my heart. My prayers and love go out to you and RaNae

    • Thank you, our dear friend. The people here are so receptive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I heard that Uganda is about 90% Christian and from what we see, that appears to be accurate. It’s amazing how few have heard anything about our Church, though they are eager to learn more. Just today I talked with a man and shared my testimony. He promised to read The Restoration brochure and look into the Book of Mormon. I hope to hear from him again. Bless you and your family, Lloyd. Love you all.

  4. How wonderful of you to share your pearls with us. I am so inspired. Thank you

  5. i am so touched by your courage and Christlike love , you are such an inspiration !
    Please know you are in my prayers!!!


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