Elder Grilliot in Uganda

Elder Grilliot in Uganda

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Zone at Chobe resorts

   This has been a great transfer, Alot of good memories. My companion and I are staying the same, but my zone leader companion is leaving.
   Today for a p-day activity our zone went to Chobe resorts, We got to eat an incredible breakfast and see all the animals. It was really cool.
   Mango season is ending here in Gulu, but now orange season is beginning, should be good (we will be fed oranges like crazy).
   The work is going well right now. Still trying to find out how to get people married from here, hopefully we will figure out a way soon.
   Love you guys, have a great week.

-Elder Grilliot

This is a picture of my zone in Gulu
My companion is the one on the far right.
The couple is the missionary couple for Gulu My zone leader companion is the second to last one on the right back.
(he's getting transferred though).
This is In Murchisine falls national park we went there for our p-day activity.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Gulu Fair

Elder Scott Grilliot with huge Snake at the Gulu Fair

Bird at the Gulu Fair

Ostrich at the Gulu Fair
   This has been a nice week. My companion and I have been hard at work this week and we have received a lot of blessings from the Lord.
We found 3 families this last week (2 of the as referrals), which is awesome. The only difficulty with that though is just that none of them are married properly yet (which is common in Uganda because it can take them years to raise the money to pay dowry to the wife's parents, which is usually required before the parents allow them to be married). On top of that, there isn't a place that is credited by the Ugandan Government for the Church to perform marriages in Gulu. The nearest place would be in Kampala which is about a 6 hr drive. So either we would have to perform the marriage in another church (like a catholic one or a protestant one), which would cost us a lot of money, or we would have to pay a lawyer and perform the marriage in the judicial court (which would also cost a lot of money). We will figure out a way for it to work eventually though.
    This last week we have had a fair come into Gulu. It is pretty sweet, they have a few rides and a ton of cool crafts to buy (but at ridiculously high prices). They also had some animals that you could look at. They had a lion, a lepord, a crested crane, a monkey, a snake, an ostrich and a giant turtle. I'll send some pictures. we paid the caretaker of the animals a little bit of money and he let us take some pictures withe the snake which was pretty sweet. However while they were taking out the snake it bit one of the caretakers on his hand he stated bleeding everywhere. It was pretty gruesome, he should be alright (it wasn't a venomous snake). I'll send some more pictures in another email.
   Love you guys have a great week!

-Elder Grilliot

Monday, June 9, 2014

Best Baptism Yet!!!

   It's been a busy week for myself. We had several baptisms this last Sunday so we had to make sure that they were well prepared, and all of that good stuff. It was a great baptismal service too. It was probably the best baptismal service that I have ever been too (either on or off my mission). The spirit was so incredibly strong that I almost shed tears. The talk on baptism was given by a 94 year old man who had been a member for about 6 years. His daughter was getting baptized that day. It was one of the most heartfelt talks that I have ever heard in my life, he struggled a little to get all the words out, but his words were clear and the spirit was strong. I felt really happy about the people who were baptized yesterday, they are really strong people who will help out the church in Gulu to continue growing.
   I sent some pictures in some other emails. hope that they go through well. Love you guys have a great week.

 Me and Elder Antony (he's another missionary in our zone). He's from Kenya.

Me and our police officer friend

Me and my companion

Found this guy outside of our house one morning

Me and Elder Lombola (my last companion)

Soon to be my pig stead 

Gulu District April to May 2013