As a child Dan Balyejusa lived near the shore of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, Uganda. The lake is beautiful, but Dan was too busy to spend much time admiring it. He could often be found digging in his family's back garden under the broad leaves of banana trees. Here he cultivated and harvested cassavas, yams, and potatoes.
Seeing himself differently, Dan began seeing others that way as well. “I love my brothers and sisters like I love myself. I would do anything for them.” Dan changed in other ways, too. Barely able to read, he studied hard and became a good reader and a good student. Brother Balyejusa noticed a change in all his children. “Since we joined the Church, I don’t have as many problems with my family. We are now like one person. Before, we were divided.”
On any Sunday morning, one of the finest sights in Entebbe is the Balyejusa family walking to church in their Sunday best. Their faces shine with joy at the prospect of taking the sacrament and studying the gospel with the brothers and sisters of their branch.
Uganda, like most of Africa, is a land of many ethnic groups and languages. Dan speaks Bugosa and Buganda as well as English. Better yet, he is becoming fluent in the most important language of all—the language of the Spirit.