Well, it was transfers again. We had a large group come in again. We had 12 new missionaries scheduled to come. 11 came, and one stayed in the MTC to learn English for a few more weeks. There were also a few who were leaving from Uganda to serve in other missions. Their visas did not go through on time, so they became missionaries of the Uganda Kampala Mission. So we actually received 15 new missionaries this transfer. We are always so happy to receive them! They come to the mission field so excited to serve the Lord. It’s up to us to keep their flame of faith burning, and help them to start off on the right foot.
Twelve of our 15 new missionaries
Then we had another group come to the airport on Wednesday morning. By the time we got them all to the mission home and fed, it was time for orientation.
We went over some of the particulars about the mission, including medical, financial, visa/ work permits, and talked with them about the mission culture. They were all able to email their families and be interviewed by President Collings.
After orientation, we took them to their new areas where they were able to meet their new companions. We keep saying, we are given the BEST missionaries! This mission is blessed to have each one of them.
Once we took the new missionaries to their new areas, the missionaries who were returning home made their way to the mission home.
They spent the night at the mission home, and then we had the farewell dinner and testimony meeting the next day. Four very strong missionaries returned home... and I cried. I love these young men!! They are such great leaders in our mission! They have amazing potential, and I can’t wait to see where life takes them. We have been so blessed to know them, and to have them serve with us in the Uganda Kampala Mission.
Elder Moyes, Phiri, US, Watts, and Quinton
I didn’t take a lot of pictures while we were out together. They were afraid that my phone might be taken while I had it out. But, WOW! What a great experience!! I rode in the taxi’s that we have our missionaries ride in all the time. I went to the marketplace downtown. You can’t believe how many shops there are! I’ve been one time before with Sussie to buy some medication for the missionaries, but it was a really quick stop, and we went by car. This was such a blast. There were people everywhere selling everything you can imagine. Jackie and Esther would hold my hand as we crossed the crazy busy streets, and one walked behind me while the other one walked in front so that nobody would give me any problems. I don’t think there would have been a problem, but they really were sweet to take care of me.
At the taxi stop
Back seat of the taxi
A view from inside. We had about 16 people inside with us.
Stuck in a jam
This past week we went to the Mission President’s Seminar in Johannesburg. Can I just say, this is my favorite time of the whole year? We have really gotten to know the other mission presidents and their wives, along with the Area Presidency and MTC Presidents and their wives, and I love being able to see each of them, and spend time with them. But it’s also such a spiritual uplift to be taught and interact together. It really recharges us when we go.
We went a day early to Johannesburg so that we could get our teeth cleaned at the dentist. It also gave us a chance to see some of our return missionaries, and have a small reunion with them! We had worked it out with Roderick Duma, one of our missionaries, to schedule us to go on a session in the Johannesburg temple. Then we said we would like to be able to just have dinner with everyone so we could talk and enjoy each other’s company. He did such an amazing job!!
We all met at the Johannesburg temple.
This was our first time to go back to the temple with Conner. We only went once with him before he left on his mission. It was a great experience. I think he has had more experience in the temple in the last 1 1/2 years than we have. Apparently, if you are on the island where a temple is, you get to go once every 3 months. Boy do I miss going often!
By Wednesday, we had the Mission President’s Seminar. As I said before, this was a time to recharge our spiritual batteries.
Our son Conner served his mission in Hawaii, and while there he spent time in one of the Tongan Wards. We have a mission president and wife from Tonga serving in the Zambia, Malawi Mission. It was so fun for them to meet Conner. They know several of the same families, and it was so fun hearing them talk about and reminisce different friendships. Apparently, they say Conner speaks very good Tongan. I think he does, it sounds good to me, but it’s better to hear it from a native Tongan. Haha.
Conner with President and Sister Kupu
Me with my companion. 😉
I love these women!
We took a picture of the men and women together as a group. Needless to say, this is an experience I will treasure forever.
While we were in meetings, Conner was exploring! Roderick took him around and showed him some of the “must see” places in Johannesburg. He went to he home of Nelson Mandela, and a museum. He also went to an amusement park one day. We all enjoyed time at the mall, and just seeing the sights of Johannesburg. I would highly recommend visiting! It was so fun!
At the Mandela House
At the amusement part
Dinner together with Conner and Roderick
Visiting with Elder Duma!