Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Aug 1 ONE More Week!?

It's crazy that I have one more week left as a missionary. Last week I said that these last two weeks wouldn't be very busy and we would have a lot of time to proselyte, but once again, I was wrong!

As we looked into the calendar we realized that the month of August was so busy that there wouldnt be any time for a mission leadership council (MLC) until September unless we did it this next week, so we are going to have our MLC this week! We have 5 of the 18 mission leaders departing this month though so we invited the replacements to the meeting as well. So we were prettyyy busy with all of those transfer plans and putting together plans for MLC...My replacement will be coming to MLC and then he won't return to his zone but will just stay here in Lusaka afterwards and join my companion and I, so I guess that means I'll be released as an AP starting Friday! His mom reads my blog so I won't mention who it is (;

The highlight of the week was definitely our ward missionary activity on Saturday. Elder Ssengooba is a professional event planner, so he used his talents to plan an awesome activity!

On Friday we went to the chapel with some members and began the preparations killing and cleaning the chickens, peeling potatoes, makes ribbon flowers, etc etc. Then on Saturday we came together in the morning with a few of the members again and put it all together.

You dip it in boiling water to make it easy to pull the feathers off

As you can tell... that process smells really bad!

The theme of the activity was Families and Temples, so we made it look kinda like a wedding reception and had different presentations on things like Love at Home, family history, and the temple. My comp and I presented on the Temple and did a sort of 'open house' using powerpoint.

We as missionaries took care of almost everything - even the cooking! Elder Ss was the mastermind behind the cooking as well. The whole ordeal was just such a blast.
I think everyone's favorite part was the square dancing! Oh man everyone was having so much fun dancing!

That's what I call a pot!

This last week we have been having dinners with various people in honor of me going home. It's been really special and I look forward to even more this week with some of the people I taught like the Mweembas and Kanemas in Libala ward.

Just one more week until I fly out of here...I can't believe it. But I am so excited to see my family and friends again.

 Love you all
Elder Grant Hiltbrand

Ps: Also our flat had a flood thanks to my companion's leaky toilet, so we picked up the other elders to help us clear out all the water. Took almost 2 hours!

Elder Bobowski