Monday, June 1, 2015

June 1 Running all over...

Sorry I didn’t write last week..ya know we just got a bit busy going out to lunch at one of the nicest restaurants in town… (benefits of having a big abwana companion!) (I think Abwana means bossman -- because his companion owns a couple businesses in Uganda.)  It was my first time having steak in 9 months! I prefer kapenta though (Kapenta means fish like sardines?  Not sure on that, can't imagine him preferring sardines.)… Last week was great though, just like always. Sorry I sing that same song every week…(;

The week flew by because we were just running all over- District Meeting, Zone Leadership Meeting, and Immigration this week so that was fun waiting in the government office for hours..but I was with Elder Cahill and Elder Mwangi so that made it so fun. {Elder C and Elder M are office elders so they have to take care of all that fun stuff for all the missionaries. It's great being around Elder M again since he was my ZL in Blantyre for awhile! And Elder Cahill..that guy is just the greatest.}

We also had Zone Conference on Thursday which took all day, but it was a day filled with the Spirit. We are focusing on helping everyone as missionaries, not just focusing on investigators all day everyday. My comp and I have been doing that already and have had most of our success because of that, but this conference helped us fine-tune and refocus.  Actually last week, Sister Zulu, introduced us to a family friend, Nora, who had previously interacted with missionaries a year ago and has desired to join the church now for a year but had been at school. So now we have the privilege of teaching her! That’s a blessing of working with members! Also the 1st presidency and quorum of the 12 are putting more emphasis on the Sabbath Day and believe that through better Sabbath Day worship, faith will increase and more people will make it to the temple.

On Saturday the YSA’s were having a tea party so we decided we would eat our lunch with them then head over to visit with Sister Zulu. So I ate a bunch of bread and sandwiches and tea (herbal of course) then we went to Sister Z’s to find she prepared us a large lunch of nshima and chicken and beans…I was so stuffed already though but ate as much as possible to not be rude…I was so bummed though since her lunch was way better than bread dipped in tea… this is a common problem on mission stomach has for sure stretched. But good news is my comp and I started exercising again!

Well my brother, Rushton, otherwise known as Elder Hiltbrand, goes home in 1 week after 2 years of service in Kenya! I will no longer be Elder Hiltbrand, jr…but rather the one and only! I'm bummed that I'll be the only Hiltbrand walking the streets of Africa (well I guess he’s been driving for some time now) for this next year, but I'm also so excited for him!

Elder Grant Hiltbrand

Not just any ordinary grasshopper!