Last Feb we blogged about What A Mess We Made in Masaka.
When Kaden and Matt, the USU students, left to go home Pres.Jackson sent the full time elders in to work with the new members of the Masaka group.
Elder Doney, Elder Ashman, Elder Chola, Elder Lyman
|New member Monday, Elder Gotora, new member Santos|
Elder Lyman was the district leader for the missionaries and was put in charge of the Masaka Group while Elder Barlow was asked to be in Masaka every Sunday and preside.
Elder Lyman went to conduct that first Sunday and turned to Elder Barlow with the look of fear on his face and said, "I don't know how to do this." Elder Barlow assured him he did know how, he had been going to church all his life and now it was just time to be in charge. It took a few Sundays and he had it all running smoothly.
About that time some new students from USU came to finish their project and showed up at church .
|Kyle, Benjamin, Sam and Katie|
They came up their first Sunday and asked what they could do to help. We got Sam and Katie busy teaching Primary
Kyle and Benjamin, both returned missionaries, jumped right in to assist the missionaries in working with the investigators.
They all came to Tues and Thur evening study group and worked right along side the missionaries. There seemed to be very little need for tracting as the people just continued to show up at the study group and were added to the missionary teaching pool.
Every week there were baptisms and the missionaries procured a font which eliminated the need to rent the hotel pool to do the baptisms.
On July 31st Pres. Jackson came to Masaka to ordain elders for the Masaka Group.
|Historic day when Masaka group got the |
Five elders were ordained and it wasn't long before three more were ordained. The group continued to grow.
|New Relief Society Presidency|
Now here is a new Primary Presidency having been members of the church for less than 6 months. They have never attended Primary before, they don't know any of the Primary songs or how primary is suppose to work. They have a challenge ahead of them. I set them up as best I could telling them that I would not be back as I would be leaving to go home very soon. I promised them that Pres. Jackson would not forget them and he would be sending them Elder and Sis Crayk by the end of Sept. They will make do. They will survive. Oh Hurry Sis. Crayk and get here they need you to shepherd and lift up the hands.
There is only one member of this new branch that has been in the church more than 7 months and she joined as a child but hasn't attended for several years because of now branch in the area.
We left our little Masaka Branch that day with wonderful memories of Saints who have such great faith as to join the church without expectation, only faith in their Savior, Jesus Christ, and a hope for all things. The Lord will bless these beautiful people, as they will do what they are asked and the blessings can not be constrained.
Masaka are special. We felt that way back last year when we started the water project in this area and it has been verified as we have watched these members study the gospel and accept the teachings and principles without hesitation.
Back in he beginning of the Masaka group some children came to the meetings faithfully. I eventually took them aside during study group and started holding Primary. That was back in the first of January. They came by themselves dressed neat and clean and ready for church. The have continued to come, every Sunday without fail. Their parents have never come. They are beautiful, precious children who will forever be in our hearts as they are a bright spot in the Masaka Primary.
Who would have thought back in Sept. 2010 that we would be a part of the formation of the first branch of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Masaka, Uganda.