One of our recent houseguests. Pam thinks he's cute.
Ham and eggs, anyone?
We buy our eggs from a poultry farm to assure they are fresh. They also raise LOTS pigs. This is one of their four enclosures full of pigs. If we were to buy a pig, it would not be from here: too dirty stinky. A lot of people have free range pigs. That is our preference. The elders found a good source to get fresh pork. Occasionally a call is made to the owner, telling him how much pork is wanted. He kills and butchers the pig early in the morning; they pick it up, still warm, before it gets to any market, and we or they marinate and grill it (usually for a transfer dinner). It has been very good.
Pam and a few sisters making water bottle dolls. On the far left is Prossy, counselor in Gulu Young Women's organization, baptized about 2 months ago. In the forefront is Beatrice, baptized April 6 and a dynamic counselor in the Bardege Young Women's organization. The one on the left is Nighty, our Gulu Relief Society President, mother of four girls. Her husband has married two other women and has told her she is no longer his wife because she has only produced girls. Sylvia, on the end, was baptized same day as Prossy and is President of the Young Women. Not many years ago she saw her older pregnant sister shot down by the rebels, Lord's Liberation Army (Joseph Kony). She was able to run away. Two days later they returned and shot and killed her father in front of her. For some reason they did not kill or abduct her. The sisters are excited to make the dolls for their children/grandchildren/orphans who generally have no toys. These are virtually no cost -- using scrap material from different seamstresses at the market. They have also made cloth balls, and will learn how to make stuffed dolls, frogs and teddy bears. The Relief Society is making these for themselves as well as for the very sick children in Lacor (pronounced "law CHO" (long o) Catholic Charity Hospital.
The Rock Quarry (pictures below):
We'd heard about this place on the Blog the previous senior couple in Gulu, the Wood's, posted before we arrived here Just happened to stumble across it the other day as we were sight seeing. It may come in handy for an upcoming Mormon Helping Hands Day of Service. Backbreaking, muddy, tiring, boring work. We spoke at length to the owner. He has an unlimited supply of rocks at this site and others not far away. He has purchased the land for the quarry but can't afford to hire more people..."no money" he says. This is manual labor in the true sense of the word. Pictures below.
The missionary elders held their weekly zone/district training meeting. Just to give you an idea of how good these young men are and how converted to the Gospel and dedicated to their faith...following are a couple of quotes that one elder offered:
"Obedience (to the commandments) brings blessings. Exact obedience brings miracles."
"One's obedience is a sign of one's love and faith in Christ."
Pam and I are always blessed when we sit in on their training meetings and teach each other the principles of the Gospel, the blessing of hard work, keeping their missionary rules..."exactly".
President Howard W. Hunter (1907–95) admonished each of us to forgive our enemies:
“Consider, for example, this instruction from Christ to his disciples. He said, ‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you’ (Matthew 5:44). (I sure struggle with this in respect to the boda drivers in this country. I don't feel like they hate me or are despitefully using me or even persecuting me...only that they are trying to kill me.)
“Think what this admonition alone would do in your neighborhood and mine, in the communities in which you and your children live, in the nations which make up our great global family. I realize this doctrine poses a significant challenge, but surely it is a more agreeable challenge than the terrible tasks posed for us by the war and poverty and pain the world continues to face, which we see firsthand every day here.
“We all have significant opportunity to practice Christianity, and we should try it at every opportunity. For example, we can all be a little more forgiving” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1992, 22–23; or