current mood: thankful
I confess that my time in Uganda hasn't made it my favorite trip. The hotel isn't conveniently located, I've had the fun experience of blowing my nose and having the gunk come out black, and the food at the hotel as been pretty dreadful. (Firstworldproblemsmuch?)
However, I had an amazing spiritual experience today. I'd been talking to my co-worker about my religious beliefs over lunch. After lunch, we went to the zoo. On the way there, we passed the LDS chapel. I was super-excited. We stopped and pulled in. There were a couple of guys there, and I talked to one for a few minutes. He said that they're the Entebbe ward, having over 100 members, and they're looking to get a branch going in a nearby town, as well. I'd mentioned to my co-worker that I had ancestors who were in the early days of the church. She told the guy (Lawrence) this, and he was really impressed. He said he'd been in the church only like 10 years. I had such a strong impression that I couldn't speak and started tearing up. I shared my email address with him, and finally managed to choke out that, some day, his descendants would regard him with as much reverence as I do my pioneer ancestors. I do not have words to express how strongly this feeling filled me, even now relating it. It was such a brief but beautiful experience that has completely changed my point of view on this trip and this country and, well, possibly my life. I am so humbled to have been a part of such an experience.
It's interesting, because before I went on this trip, my mom mentioned to me that my grandfather's patriarchal blessing had said that he would share the gospel around the world, but that he never really had the chance to do so in this life, but that his children and grand-children are doing it for him. I'd not known about that, but had hoped to find a way to better share my beliefs this trip, so I was looking out for experiences more than I might have been otherwise. So glad I was, because ... such a blessing.