I believe it is very appropriate to publish some words from Boyd K Packer who passed away this week. He was a very straight forward man who taught doctrine and dealt with any possible variances afterword. He said in his talk These Things I Know, “We live in a very dangerous world that threatens those things that are most spiritual. The family, the fundamental organization in time and eternity, is under attack from forces seen and unseen. The adversary is about. His objective is to cause injury. If he can weaken and destroy the family, he will have succeeded.
Latter-day Saints recognize the transcendent importance of the family and strive to live in such a way that the adversary cannot steal into our homes. We find safety and security for ourselves and our children in honoring the covenants we have made and living up to the ordinary acts of obedience required of the followers of Christ…
Alma taught that “the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance.” In order to understand this, we must separate the sin from the sinner.
For example, when they brought before the Savior a woman taken in adultery, obviously guilty, He dismissed the case with five words: “Go, and sin no more.” That is the spirit of His ministry…
Tolerance is a virtue, but like all virtues, when exaggerated, it transforms itself into a vice. We need to be careful of the “tolerance trap” so that we are not swallowed up in it. The permissiveness afforded by the weakening of the laws of the land to tolerate legalized acts of immorality does not reduce the serious spiritual consequence that is the result of the violation of God’s law of chastity…
Of all that I have read and taught and learned, the one most precious and sacred truth that I have to offer is my special witness of Jesus Christ. He lives. I know He lives. I am His witness. And of Him I can testify. He is our Savior, our Redeemer. Of this I am certain. Of this I bear witness in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
We were invited to our two zone activities this past Monday. In the Iganga Zone they were all pitching together to prepare a meal and enjoy it. We were in charge of a game at the other zone so we just took a couple of pictures and let them have at it. I understand the meat was good but not real tender.
They could use some help from a boy scout on getting the fire going.
We then headed over to the other zone activity at the hotel we take visitors to see the monkeys. This one seemed to be cold.
I did try to use the opportunity to teach the good word of God. I think they were more interested in the parts of the cinnamon rolls I was willing to share.
However, when I opened the book to teach, they started to come around.
The good old egg relay.
Three legged races are the bomb.
And the winner is...
Water balloon volleyball. Where do they learn these games?
All fun and games until someone falls and gets hurt.
Next up, regular volleyball.
No, no, don't catch it, hit it over...
All worn out.
On the way out we saw this mom with here baby holding on for dear life.
Some of the really cool flowers they have everywhere.
Hey sailor, want to see my boat? Sure, whatever floats your boat captain.
Being a boat captain works up quite an appetite. Hamburger, schnitzel and potato puffs. She did eventually share.
We said goodby to two more couples this past week and had a wonderful dinner at the mission presidents home. These are some Indian type shells you put beans and potato in along with some sauces. Quite good.
One new couple and goodby to two couples. Welcome to the Howards (from South Ogden) on the right (their second humanitarian mission) and goodby to Hannans and Eklunds. We will miss them much.
While in Kampala Sister Squire wanted to buy this mask because she wanted something that would remind her of me when I am gone...wait, what?
Our elders in one area have the branch presidents wife do their wash and the daughter always gets a nice bath at the end of the day.
Just thinking about how nice it is here in Uganda. Come play with us.