What a blessing it is to hear from Elder Fesolai this evening.
Elder Fesolai's new companion is Elder Bulunga. Elder Bulunga is from the D.R. Congo and has only been out 4 months. He speaks very little English and speaks mainly French. Elder Bulunga does online English assignments every Friday morning for 2 hours at the internet cafe, so we get to hear from Elder Fesolai. How awesome is that.
Elder Fesolai says he is definitely out bush and the dialect the locals speak is Ewe. So, he says will try and pick it up as quickly as possible as being in Nungua for the last 10 months they mainly spoke, Twi and Gha.
Bushionary is what Elder Fesolai is calling himself now that he is serving out bush in Juapong. They are in a Branch and his Mission President told Elder Fesolai that more than likely he will be called onto the Branch Presidency to assist the Branch President and serve in a leadership position amongst the saints there. President Heid has asked him to practice playing the piano as he will be playing the organ at church as well.
Elder Fesolai discribes his new area as "The Garden of Eden" Its just green, green, green. With mountains and Mango tree's all over the place. Its open slather on the mangoes too. Elder Fesolai said it has been humbling to prosylte in the outer villages in their mud huts.
So here are some pics of the new area!
So here is a pic of the mango tree near our apartment lol...too much enjoyment!
A pic of the mountain at the back of our apartment
Elder BULUNGA!!! Mr French man hahaha!
And the mountains in a place called mataiko!
It's really really pretty out here, and very different from Nungua!
Well we are back again!
Hey Mom and Dad!
It seems like time is going by faster and faster every week! This past week kinda just flew right by! Nonetheless it was a great week! We have been really doing a lot of finding and contacting again. Our teaching pool isn't too bad, but we are building it. At the same time I'm trying to go around all the area and contact so Elder Frandsen can get to know the area well. So we had a fun week talking to a lot of new people, and sharing the Gospel with them! Looking forward to seeing how they progress though!
The work seems to be going forward I'n Nungua District! We dont have any baptisms coming up this April, but in the first week of May we should have some! So, we are working really hard to help those people progress! I had some baptismal interviews to do this week which was interesting! It's really amazing to see the sincerity of people wanting to covenant with God and follow Christ!
Theres not a whole lot to tell you's about this week, so sorry this email is kind of short! I'm expecting to be transferred in the coming weeks, so it will be interesting seeing where the Lord needs me next! It will be another awesome learning curve! Going from a place that I know so well, to a new area! I't will be great to meet a whole lot of new people I'm sure!
Everything is going pretty well in Nungua though. We have quite alot of people to follow up on that we have met this past week so that will be fun. It will be interesting to see how many are really sincere and serious in learning too!
Hope you's have a wonderful week though! love you!
So, the pics I have from this week are small haha! Please manage it!
So, Elder Kambwiri and I. He's one of the Elders in the District! I went to interview one of their candidates on Friday.
This little boy namedIsaac. He is a thug lol!
And a pic with me and Godwin! Haha this guy is so awesome! One of the reasons I'm so grateful to have served in Nungua for some time! To see this guy progress!
Anyway, till next week!
Hey Mom and Dad!
So what a busy week it has been in Nungua! Where do I begin?
So we had Zone training this week on Tuesday, which was pretty good. The whole Zone came down to Nungua chapel so it was pretty sweet! Talked alot about the link between the Atonement, Grace and Humility! There were some interesting discussions and insights to be had haha!
The Zone Leader's conducted some exchanges this week too. So on Tuesday I was on exchanges with Elder Harrigfeld as his companion (who is the DL) was with one of the Zone Leaders so Frandsen when to the other Zone Leaders Area. So Wednesday and Thursday I was with Elder Okeke. He's from Nigeria! So that was super awesome to work with him for those 2 days. It's always fun and interesting working with other missionaries, seeing how the teach and go about the work. There is always so much you can learn from other people!
Elder Frandsen and I were able to go to the temple on Friday too which was awesome! We got permission from President to go, so it was an awesome opportunity! It is always so so nice to go to the house of the Lord and do temple work! We are blessed to have a temple in Ghana!
Overall this week has been a real busy one! We've been able to see and teach so many people! We spent about 3 days just going around and contacting and finding on the streets which was absolutely fun haha! It is always great to meet and talk to new people about the Gospel!
We are planning to do alot of teaching with Godwin Selom this week! Some crazy news! So he is currently preparing for a mission. He was talking to Bishop on Sunday, so that was exciting news! He will have been a member for 1 year in September so still 5 months away. But it's great to see that he has it as a goal and priority! It has really been so amazing to see how that guy has progressed over the short time I've been here! The miracle of change that the Gospel brings is too real!
Missionary work is awesome though! I've been studying the Book of Mormon again. I've come to love that book so much since I have been out. It's one of my firsts places to turn to for comfort, council, and knowledge and understanding! That book really helps us draw closer to God and continually build our testimony in the Savior and his Gospel. It is a great blessing to have it in our lives! It's really written for our times!
Everything is cool in Nungua though! We are planning to work with the members and Bishopric this week so it should be good. This Sunday at Ward Council Bishop Karikari brought up some awesome ideas to reach out to less actives.
Hope you guys are doing well though! Work and all is going good? Love yous!
So they pictures have returned! Sorry it's been a while! Alot has happened this week though so I took alot of pics haha!
We went to the temple on Friday which was awesome!
Tuesday and Wednesday were exchanges. The fair guy is Elder Harrigfeld, then I was on exchange with Elder Okeke, he's one of our Zone Leaders. Super cool ELders!
I saw Obed on Sunday, we dont get to see them much since theyre in the other ward, so I snapped a pic with him. He was trying to beat me up with that hymn book....
We were at one of my RC's house Kingsley. He's Nigerian and he made us Aba and Agusi stew! It was sweet! In that pic is ELder Ochieng, Winborgs new comp. He's from Uganda and goes home soon!
And then we caught up with Koronikalou, mr fiji!
Hey Mom and Dad!
So what a week it has been! So I got my new companion on Monday evening last week! What a relief that was! Being a solo missionary for a few days was definitely not my most favorite experience out here! His name is Elder Frandsen and he's from Utah! Pretty cool guy! We've been working really well together, and he is learning the area fast!
Haha this past week we were enjoying seriously! I really love this area so much and have just gotten to know the members so well! Last week, everyday we had FM's which was a record! The work has being going well. We have been able to go and teach with members and work really closely with the Ward mission leader which has really helped in our proselyting efforts. Having a local member from the ward with us just makes it so much easier in quickly killing false concerns or beliefs in the church and getting straight into lessons! We really have been blessed!
Last week primarily we just had been doing a whole lot of finding and contacting which is always a fun thing to do! Get to practice and work on my Twi and Ga skillz lol! The work is doing great though! Everybody in the Zone is starting to recognize that I've been here for quite a while now so amongst the missionaries I'm "nungua man" now apparently! Ah well!
Been working alot with Selom though! We see him quite regularly! He will come and proselyte with us this week I'm sure! So it will be great! It has been awesome to see the miracle of repentance and change that the gospel brings in his life! He is one of my closest friends out here! He loves french toast too much too hahahaha!
We have some baptisms coming up at the end of the month which should be exciting! I'm really looking to extend some more this coming week! So far in Nungua we have had 17 baptisms which has been nice. It's really cool going to church and seeing all the people you've taught just striving their best to stay strong!
Being district leader has been interesting too. District councils have been fun. We have them every Tuesday so it's always fun to prepare for. Sundays are usually busy after church doing call in summary reports to the district and ZL's too...It's really made me kind of look out more for others which has been great.
The ward is doing well and I'm still just absolutely loving it here in Nungua!!! I'm so happy you's got that package! The post office I sent it from didnt look to friendly so I was a little hesitant, but all went though well! I'll be sure to bring a bunch of Kente ties and other things back home! Thats some tradition wear haha! Glad you's liked it!
Im looking forward to this upcoming week though! Alot of work to be done and I've really just been doing my best to focus my efforts and everything on others! I came across a talk from David.A.Bednar on the "character of Christ" and I loved it too much! It was alot about how Christ looks out and how we having the "natural man" look inwards to ourselves. As we look outwards, forget about ourselves our own personal worries, stresses, and problems seem to just go away! Something that I've really been experiencing over these last few weeks! I'm so grateful for my Saviors example and I strive to follow him more wholly everyday! It's a process for sure, but in turn very rewarding!
I hope you have a great week though Mom and Dad! All is well in Nungua! Love yous!
Hey Mom and Dad,
So This week has been quite an interesting one! Where to begin?
So Tuesday and Wednesday Elder Madsen and I have been in and out of the hospital, patiently waiting for results and particular doctors to see. It sure was interesting. Elder Madsen and I kept ourselves entertained though! We were able to talk to a few people waiting around about the church and Gospel which was kinda fun.
Tuesday morning we made it too District Council though, Elder Onyeugbo was transferred and so was Elder Nissinen. So it was a great meeting to have in the morning, We went and got pizza afterwards, kind of a tradition when someone leaves Nungua!
Wednesday we were with the Area Office doctor though. We spent a day with him in the hospital and he took us back to his house in Accra whilst we waited for results and more testing Madsen had to do. He shouted us KFC though hahaha. mega enjoyment!
However from Thursday on I have had no companion which has been a really interesting experience. Definately not the most enjoyable for sure, but It has been okay! Elder Madsen was picked up by the AP's to go to the mission home so since then I have worked with one of the members who just returned home from his mission, Sammy Boateng! Shouts out to that guy, he is great! It has been okay though.
On Sunday all the members were really confused and I was bombarded with the same question, where is your companion haha...I know us missionaries are never alone though! I have definately felt the presence of my Savior and the Spirit over the last few days. It was kind of stressful as I didnt have alot of time to proselyte in my own area since I was working in a group of 3 with the missionaries in the other ward. But I felt comforted!
This Easter has been interesting though! It really isnt celebrated here too much! Coincidentally the spirit was so strong as the members in Nungua ward 1 sung I know that my Redeemer Lives in Sacrament! Over the weekend I hope we all remembered the Savior and his great Atonement! I know that he atoned for everyone of us, and that he has risen again! It is so great to be able to serve him here in Ghana!
It was great to close the day at church with a Baptism. One of our investigators Joel was baptised after church! He asked me to baptise him aswell, so It was another awesome opportunity and experience! I've really been blessed with many opportunities thus far in Nungua! The work sure is paying off.
I hope you guys had a good Easter though! We had a massive FM at a members house SAturday night! She fed us 3 elders sooooo much Banku haha! It is safe to say we enjoyed plenty! Hope you's have a wonderful week though Mom and Dad!
I get a new companion tomorrow, so I'll see who it is then! Nungua is going great, I've been well too. It's getting really hot nowadays though! It's kinda nice!
Anyway, love yous! Till next week!