Elder Grilliot in Uganda

Elder Grilliot in Uganda

Monday, November 26, 2012

50th Independence Day for Uganda

Yoweri Museveni Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and Chair-in-Office for the Commonwealth leaves Westminster Abbey after attending an Observance for Commonwealth Day service on March 10, 2008 in London.
President Yoweri Museveni
Independent Uganda finally clocks 50
Flag of Uganda

This is such a great article about the country of Uganda and about the character of the President of Uganda.
Elder Grilliot is going into a country that is ripe and ready to hear about the Savior and to be taught the gospel and this article is evidence of that.  I was very impressed with the prayer given by this President and his courage to proclaim his beliefs in God openly.   He gave this prayer in celebration of Uganda's 50th anniversary of independence from England.  Independence day in Uganda is celebrated on October 9th, 2012.

Let me know what you think of this article in the comment section below


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dear Family,

They don't give us tons of time to do email here at the MTC they usually like to keep us pretty busy, even on P-day. I'm going to have to keep this a little bit brief because of that, but I will make sure to answer all the questions you send me.



    My flight to South Africa went well but I didn't get a lot of sleep because we would hit turbulence every few hours. One of the times we got into some turbulence it was awful and I thought that I was seriously going to die, I spent like 10 minutes praying that i wouldn't die, and everyone around me were throwing up. None of us missionaries got any sleep that ride except for one elder who is in the army is used to turbulence. Needless to say when we got to the MTC all of us were exhausted.


   The food is good but they put us on rations. We usually get a main course and a side, (with breakfast you can also get cereal) but we can't get more than 2nd's. It's kind of funny because to me it's just regular food but my companion thinks it’s the greatest food ever.


   Temple trips are on Tuesdays. We already went once, and 6 people went to get their own endowments. Most of the people who live far away from any temple came for the first time, and were also able to do baptisms for their grandparents or uncles. It was a cool experience for them. A lot of people also came without a patriarchal blessing and so the MCT president did it for them.


   We are in two districts and one zone. In my district there are 6 people and in the other there are eight.


    Saturday is P-day/Proselyte day, Tuesday is temple day, and Sunday we spend a lot of time watching church videos, but on a regular day we mostly just sit in classes or teach. Yesterday we taught real people (we usually teach our instructors) and one of the people that me and my companion taught was a real investigator. I think we did really well, the spirit was extremely strong as we taught and we did a good job of helping her resolve her issues.


   I leave on the 2nd of November, don't have any other information yet though.


Love you guys- Elder Grilliot

P.S. I sent a hand written letter to home this week for Sarah and Todd

Friday, November 23, 2012

President Reber and his wife Sister Reber
Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Family History and Room Check

Dear Families,

Last Sunday, the missionaries (who wanted to) did family history work. 5 women names were found and 9 males names were found for the missionaries to take to the Temple. I also am sending photos of some of the missionaries receiving a candy bar because they had clean rooms when I did a room check. Thanks for teaching them to be clean and orderly! This is one of the rare groups where every room was clean! There is also a photo of Elder Nyambita...who had a birthday and kept it a secret. But I found out and we had an impromptu celebration for him...very fun. This group is doing so well. We love each one!

Sister Janet Dahl Reber

Doing Family History Work @ MTC
Tongue out for concentration!
Candy reward for a clean room!
Elder Nyambita's Birthday!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Time at the MTC Johannesburg, South Africa

Passports from fellow missionaries here at the MTC

 President Reber and his wife Sister Reber welcoming incoming missionaries
Dear Parents, Friends, Siblings, Bishops,
This is Sister Reber, wife of the MTC President. Your missionary has safely arrived at the MTC. We have had trouble with creating ldsmail email accounts for many of the missionaries....so although they have tried to email you, it hasn't worked.
I am sending a few photos of the group. They are a small group of 14 missionaries from 8 different countries: USA, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Ireland, Swaziland, Dubai, and Tanzania. There are 11 Elders and 3 Sisters. This is the first time we have had a missionary from Ireland....or Dubai. But Elder Bukenya, is Ugandan....working in Dubai.
They study together, sing together, eat together, play volleyball together, and pray together. We are blessed that they are all happy and healthy and eager to learn.
Thank you for sharing them with us. I'm sending a few photos of their arrival....and also of one where many are eating gem squash for the first time. The food here in South Africa is very good.


Sister Janet Reber
South Africa MTC
Dining on squash with fellow missionaries at the MTC
Filling out forums at the Missinary Training Center
Our MTC District


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dear Friends and Family,

Right now I'm sending this email from one of the MTC laptops. The Plane ride down was really cool. Only five min. after going through security in Chicago I met up with 4 other missionaries from the states (3 from Idaho, 1 from Utah).
When we landed in London we had a long layover so we all relaxed in some seats in an empty terminal. Then as we were all just sitting there a guy came up to us and said "Missionaries! This looks like a familiar site!" turns out he was a member from Norway traveling home from the US. He had been living in the states for about 10 years and was going through some tough time and was forced to have to travel back to Norway. We were able to talk to him and comfort him. He shared with us his conversion which was cool.
The MTC is awesome, I really love it here. We are the smallest MTC in the entire world with a capacity of I think about 45 missionaries. Right now though including me there are only 14 missionaries in the entire MTC. Five Americans (all going to Uganda), 1 from Ireland (going to Cape Town, South Africa), 2 Ugandans (going to Uganda), 2 from Tanzia (Going to Cape Town), and 1 from Kenya, and 1 from Switzerland (both going to Kenya). In this group there are only 3 sisters. My Companion (Elder Ramat) is a native from Tanzia and says he's been to Uganda several times before. He's given me some tips for when I leave for the field, like the kinds of food I should watch out for and stuff like that. He told me that I probably won’t need to know Swahili in Uganda because the only people who speak Swahili and thieves, police officers, and taxi drivers. In his country of Tanzia Swahili is the native language, most people know English there as well though.

Love Elder Grilliot

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Final Good-byes Flying Off to Uganda

Weighing in bags and making final adjustments
Excited to get going
Final hugs good-bye
Father's hug
Brother's hug

Monday, November 12, 2012

Chicago Times Together

Family Times in Chicago at the Bean

Hanging out together
(what was Todd up to bahhaha)
Great Picture of Mimi and Rick



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Survival Guide for a Uganda Mormon Missionary

My Survival Guide from Rick and Mimi

Rick and Mimi designed a "Survival Guide for me to "assist" me while I'm in Uganda. Some of the funniest art work and smart humor such as a "pig steed" to help me on my mission.

Mom and Dad

"Mimi, Rick, Renae, Sarah, Todd and I looking at the "Survival Guide"
 Renae and I

 Mimi, Rick, Mom, me, Dad Todd, Grandma, Renae and Sarah

Mom, Dad, and Stake Pres. Cummings at the setting apart as a Missionary of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 Rick, Pres. Cummings and Dad in the home of the Stake Pres.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Chicago Temple Trip

Got to the temple with Rick, Mimi, Mom and Dad.  The day started early as we picked up Rick and Mimi up from their hotel and headed to the temple for my endowments.  It was a great day.  We met up with Renae, Todd and Sarah afterwards and went onto the Cheesecake Factory after the session.
We all the that place, enough to wait 45 minutes to be seated.  Well worth the wait. YUM!