Hey Mom and Dad!
So this past week has been pretty awesome for Elder Winborg and I. We currently are preparing someone to be baptized this Saturday so that is exciting!
We've been teaching alot of people this last week! We recieved alot of referrals from members and have contacted alot of people who have shown some real interest! So we've been trying our best to keep up with it all! We are blessed though!
We had a really awesome lesson with this guy named Fred! He's a bit older almost turning 60 but he is definately young at heart! Haha this guy provides more than enough laughs for one day so we always look forward to teaching him! He has been progressing so well and we were helping him understand more about the Book of Mormon the other day! You could just see that things were clicking in his mind and he teared up small! We saw him at church this Sunday just gone too, but he is coming along!
We have been teaching and seeing a family where the Father isnt a member and that has been going really great too! The father is preparing to be baptised next month! But they really love not just learning together but looking after us missionaries! They make some nice, nice banku! We've been helping them get into a habit of FHE each week and praying each night!
Elder Winbrog and I have been in the Ward choir for the week so that has been so fun aswell haha! We're singing at Ward conference next week! I think it might be the last week before they split Nungua 1st ward! So there will soon be 3 wards here in Nungua! Exciting!
I've really been seeing how the Lord uses raw materials and shapes them into some effective instruments! I'm still working on being a more effective instrument everyday! But I have definitely seen how much the Lord has helped and put me and Elder Winborg and situations to do his work and guide those lost sheep back to the fold! Mission life is so awesome, and even though it hasnt been very long yet I have loved every second of it!
Sometimes or always from what I've seen is that the Lord doesnt provide answers, miracles that we want! But rather he provides what we need, and it always works best! Something I've really come to know from being out here!
Elder Winborg and I are well though! We have been having comp's seeing who can cook the best rice, beans and whatever. I think we might be equal at this point in time haha! The area and ward is really going well! We're blessed to be here!
Hope you and Mom have an awesome week though! Love you's heaps! xx
So here are some pics from this week! (elderfesolai.prophotography.com.gh) Haha
The yellow thing is a Cocoa bean lol...I thought it was a fruit at first, but yeah its a cocoa bean. :] No, I didnt try to bite it!
Some pics in the apartment of the Elders Onyeugbo and Mickelson.
Me preparing my beans haha. You gotta pick them and sort em before you cook! Too many bugs rocks and dirt if you dont! Yeuck!
Jayden and Jason the little rascal twins! Haha they are the sons of a lady (Hannah) we are teaching!
And That kid would be Obed...haha straight thug!
till next week!
Hey Mom and Dad,
So we've been blessed with another great week out here in Nungua! Been keeping super busy teaching and finding in the streets of this place. Being here for so long is starting to feel like home! We are now half way through the transfer now though, so maybe change is coming my way!?
This Saturday just gone we proselyted the whole day with one of the Ward Missionaries. Eric has been a member for just over a year now and is married. He is a super awesome guy though. We were teaching a lesson to one of our investigators and for Eric, he is the really quiet type but he starts opening up during our lesson and just shares this amazing experience about how he came to know the church was true. It just filled the room with the spirit, and I'm almost positive the guy's heart was touched! We saw him at Church the day after which was awesome.
Working with the members has really helped with our efforts, but I've really learnt alot from their experiences and wisdom! Good thing we've been striving to take them out proselyting alot!
One thing that has really strengthened my testimony of the Book of Mormon out here is seeing its powerful effect on the minds of those who read it with a open heart! When people fail to keep commitments reading we just decide to read with them. One thing I really noticed the other day was one of our investigators face and reaction when we were reading from a chapter in 2nd Nephi. He just looked stunned haha, you could see the spirit working in him! I know it is true, and the keystone of our Religion and testimonies!
We've had a pretty solid week though. We're currently preparing 3 candidates for the 30th of Jan, so that's exciting stuff! The last few weeks have been somehow rebuilding our teaching pool and it has payed off!
Been cooking at the apartment now though, havnt been buying food! So im working on my Ghanaian stews and soups with rice haha! Being taughtby the members so hopefully i become a master chef! For now, they continue to laugh at my attempts hahaha...sad guys man!
Hope you's have a wonderful week though! Love you heaps Mom and Dad! We are well and staying safe hehe! xx
So Here are some pics from this week!
All the Elder in Our Apartment at the front of the Chapel after church. From Left to Right. Elder Onyeugbo (Nigerian), Elder Fesolai (Ghanaian lol), Elder Winborg (Alaska,Usa) and Elder Mickelson (Wyoming,Usa).
This has to be my favorite picture ever! Its Obediah ( Naomi's Son) and one of the neighboring kids Pastor Sam (they call him that coz his dads a pastor lol) getting pulled around on an oil bottle. Their Smile says enough! But its awesome to see what makes these kids happy, small and simple things. Humbling!
Heres some pics from the African sunrise this morning. I never really took notice of it until this morning during working out. It's pretty awesome if i say so myself lol!
Elder Winborg being a fatty. Dude loves his biscuits too much, probably why he gets a bad stomach lol.
And just a pic in of part of our area. Its what we call the Fish district lol. Fish markets left and right, they were all closed there though.
Hey Mom and Dad,
So this past week has been not bad at all! Elder Winborg and I have been well, we decided to go deep into parts of our area that we havnt been and do some small finding and contacting. We were able to find some who were interested but it was pretty fun getting lost haha.
We have been working with this less active family quite alot though. The Husband is a less active member and so are the children, but the mother isnt. So our goal over the last few weeks was getting him back to church, and its been wonderful to see him come. He's even fulfilling his calling in the church now. Our goal is to teach his wife now and help their family get onto that straight and narrow path! The wife is definitely progressing which is really awesome to see.
Another interesting experience the other day was during the middle of one of our lessons. Since we teach outside most of the time, people always interrupt and see what were doing. So this one guy (they call them selves "Rastas") had tatoos, dreds, and looked off his face and is like hey where do you worship? So we give him a rundown of who we are what we are teaching and all, and he's like okay ill come to church tomorrow. So we were like okay cool (alot of Ghanaians love to make you happy and say they will come but dont lol...). But anyway Sunday Morning he rocks up an hour early according to bishop and stays for all of church and wants to learn. It will be interesting to see how this all goes though!
We have a really good teaching pool at the moment though. I think ill be in Nungua for 7 and a half months by the look of it. I really just want to leave this area with it being as good as I can make it. So Im pretty glad I get to stay here for another transfer. There are still alot of people I want to help/guide onto the path of Salvation!
During my studies this week and someone mentioned in a talk at sacrament yesterday, I've really been thinking about how powerful the gospel and atonement is. And even more so, how important it is that we make it part of our lives whether we be full-time missionaries of members to share it, guide others to it and live it. In my short time here in Ghana, I've seen the enabling power of the Atonement work wonders in our investigators, and I've experienced n my own efforts as a missionary!
Elder Winborg and I have been so blessed to hear of our Recent Convert's experiences doing family history work, being worthy to enter the temple and then do baptisms for their ancestors! It is absolutely awesome to see how much joy and happiness these people have recieved in living and doing the work of God! One of the guy's we baptised a few weeks ago, Dominic, is preparing to go through the temple later this year and get sealed to his wife which is a member! So awesome!
Over the last few weeks we have really been witnessing the "small fruits" of our labor haha! It is so marvelous the work we get to participate in as members of this Church!
The weather is slowly getting better though. Harmattan is going away small small, and its getting more humid which is nice. It has been way too dry and dusty!
Lol got destroyed yesterday when we were eating Fufu at a members house. My eye was irritating me so I go to rub it...with my hand that had pepe all over it. Have to say it was one of the poorest life decisions ever as I felt fire in my eye lol! Maybe thats what pepper spray feels like...hmm
We are all well and happy though! Been enjoying banku like almost everyday this week lol! Hope you are all well back at home though! Seems like everyone is doing okay! Love you's lots! Have a fantastic week! x
P.s This is the smallest coconut tree Ive ever seen!!!
Hey Mom and Dad!
So we are now officially into 2016! I keep writing 2015 in my planner each day, but thats how it is at this time of the year lol! So we just had transfers, and I am now in wait for it...Nungua! Haha yeah, still in Nungua which is sweet, so I think I'll be here for maybe 8-9 months which is cool! We are really close with the ward here which is awesome too.
Sounds like you guys enjoyed new years. Our's was pretty fun. We went to our ward New Years eve party which wasnt too bad! Alot of people and members just dancing lol! Was pretty funny.
This past week we've just been in and out of members houses. Being fed so much food, so been trying to run each night so i dont get fat lol! The work is sweet though! We've bumped into President Heid and Sister Heid a bunch this week too so its been good to chat with them and recieve some small council from them.
There was some sad news for one of the Elders in our Mission Family just the other day. His Father had passes away in a car crash which was really sad. His name is Elder Harvey so keep him and his family in your prayers. He's one of the Elders from England.
We are so blessed with another year and it is so important we make the most of every minute and second we have on this earth. After all it is just a small amount of time we have to prepare to meet God!
Elder Winborg and I are well though. Winborg is no longer a greenie haha and were done with training! So im pretty keen to start heading out at 10 am now.
Its such a blessing to see the change Christ and his Gospel brings to individuals and their families! We are so blessed to be apart of it and share it with others. Our fathers Plan for us all is so perfect!
Anyway, have an awesome week Mom and Dad! Love you's heaps! x
Hey Mom and Dad!
It was so awesome to chat with you guys this Christmas just gone! Cant believe this year is already coming to a close! Even more so the fact that its already been 6 months since i've left! Time is just going like crazy!
The last few day for us have just been tooooo crazy! Been in and out of members' houses eating so so much rice! Haha, i dont think weve ever eaten so much food in our life! The members have been too nice to us!
There are still like another 6 families who have invited us leading up to New years, so i think were gonna get fat haha. Even gotta pack food and hide it in my bag lol! I dont think I've ever seen and eaten so much rice!
Nevertheless though we have been enjoying this Christmas with those families in our ward, and our recent converts and investigators. Alot of people have travelled because of this time of the year to the villages and what not, so teaching is kind of difficult!
The mission work is awesome though, coming up to the end of this transfer this week. So itll be interesting to see if I'm going to get transferred or not. If not all good, the chief of Nungua will have to stay in town for another transfer haha!
I loved the pics you guys sent! Gotta miss those Christmas mornings at McDonalds haha! We cooked that french toast with Godwin in the morning which wasnt too bad...kinda like them maccas hotcakes lol!
No pics this week as i sent them last week, but hope you guys have a wonderful week and an awesome new years! As we come to the close of this year and begin a new one, look at the things that you've done well and the things that you guys havnt done well. Look for new habits (scripture study, FHE as a family) that you can better incorporate to be more in harmony with our Father in Heaven!
As a missionary it is something im striving to do everyday. Assessing the way i teach, talk and just conduct myself as a representative of our Savior, and becoming better than i was yesterday.
Anyway, I love you Mom and Dad! Hope you guys are all well! Enjoy celebrating new years! (watching the fireworks on tv hahah!) Love you's!