(Manihot esculenta), also called manioc, yuca, balinghoy, mogo, mandioca, kamoteng kahoy, tapioca-root (predominantly in India) and manioc root, a woody shrub is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropicaland subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates. No continent depends as much on root and tuber crops in feeding its population as does Africa. In the humid and subhumid areas of tropical Africa, it is either a primary staple food or a secondary co-staple). In the U.S. tapioca comes from the cassava plant.
Meanwhile, back at the bicycle shop...this fellow tightening the spokes so the wheel turns true. I can't figure out why this is done so often here. I don't ever remember having a bicycle get out of alignment...not back to my youngest days. Don't recall any friend, now or then with this problem. But these bikes here require hours of regular maintenance including tightening the wheel spokes. I've got some biker buddies in the states...can you shed some light on what is going on here? Is it simply a cheaply made bike? Or could it be all the potholes?
This is our mission doc sitting on the right. Elder Jonson. His wife standing. Having dinner at their apt one Sun evening in Kampala a few weeks ago with some other couples. The Jonson's leave to Utah from their mission in February. We will hate to see them leave.
I keep mentioning how ingenious the Ugandans are. They just figure out a way to get things done. Here are maybe 10-12 empty jerry cans tied together on the back of a boda headed to market. The empty can are used by locals to fill with water from a bore hole (water hole hand pumping station) for washing dishes, clothes and one's own body. This is as essential to our northern Ugandans as sinks, washing machines and showers are to us in the West.
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One of the attributes that distinguished the Nephite people (of the Book of Mormon) was that “they had all things common among them” (4 Nephi 1:3). President Marion G. Romney described what this phrase means and how it worked:
“This procedure [the united order] preserved in every man the right of private ownership and management of his property. … Each man owned his portion, which, at his option, he could alienate, keep and operate, or otherwise treat as his own. …
“… He consecrated to the Church the surplus he produced above the needs and wants of his own family. This surplus went into a storehouse, from which stewardships were given to others, and from which the needs of the poor were supplied” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1977, 119; or
President Romney also explained what leads a people to live in such a way: “When we reach the state of having the ‘pure love of Christ,’ our desire to serve one another will have grown to the point where we will be living fully the law of consecration. Living the law of consecration exalts the poor and humbles the rich. In the process, both are sanctified. The poor, released from the bondage and humiliating limitations of poverty, are enabled as free men to rise to their full potential, both temporally and spiritually. The rich, by consecration and the imparting of their surplus for the benefit of the poor, not by constraint, but willingly as an act of free will, evidence that charity for their fellowmen characterized by Mormon as ‘the pure love of Christ.’ (Moro. 7:47.) This will bring both the giver and receiver to the common ground on which the Spirit of God can meet them” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1981, 132–33; or
This is a state of living we as Latter-day Saints are striving for.