Well what a week it has been. Unfortunately this week alot of people decided to dodge our appointments and not keep commitments but it was a sweet week nevertheless!
I've been doing alot of pondering and thinking during our down time and it hit me pretty heavily this week that I would be coming home rather soon than it feels like haha! So I've really just been striving to leave my all out in the field and preach, teach and just open my mouth and get the good word out!
This week we were able to continue to teach this man Joe (Joseph). We met him contacting one day. He actually stayed in the house next door to the person we were supposed to meet with but he was outside digging a make do drain for water to pass. So we spoke to him. This week we followed up with him and he has been reading the Book of Mormon. We taught him about the Gospel and Baptism, and he accepted a date! We were teaching with Buckman, one of the branch missionaries and we invited him to testify about his own conversion to the Gospel and the Savior. The spirit was strong as we also testified and it was just a super cool experience! He proceeded to follow through by coming to Church yesterday! So good!
I also had to do an interview for the Zone Leaders during the week. His name was Kwadwo, and he is deaf. So the way I conducted the interview was with good ol pen and paper! It was a real humbling experience, and he was so ready and prepared to enter into a covenant with god and enter onto the covenant path back to our Father in Heaven! He was really kind, humble and had a burning desire to follow the Savior! I felt the spirit as he wrote his testimony on the paper...really great experience!
It has been awesome proselyting with Bro. Buckman though! It has helped us so much with teaching as we can only speak so much Twi. We were able to visit and teach a heap of people and find some people who are really interested. I feel there will be some awesome work coming along in the up coming weeks!
As I've been studying the Book of Mormon this week, I just hit Alma by the way, I read some interesting things about this not serious guy Nehor haha. He was an anti Christ and went around teaching false doctrines, flattering the people with his words and talking pretty boldly! I pondered it and wondered, man if this guy can teach false doctrines boldly then we knowing the truth, even the restored gospel can do so even 100x more powerfully, effectively!!! In a world where there a doctrines and philosophies of men leading us away from the Savior, we need to open our mouths and help people know about the true source of happiness, hope and peace. Jesus Christ! It is awesome to get to do this day in and day out and see the miracle of change it brings to the lives of those that listen and apply it to their lives!
I think that's all for this week though! Only a few more weeks till Mothers Day lol! Keen to get to talk! Hope you's have an awesome week though! Love you Mom and Dad!
Well Happy Easter! Sorry we were unable to cafe yesterday! So coming in a day late! It was a public holiday here in Ghana so most of the cafes were shut!
Anyhow, our week was okay! We were'nt able to teach as many lessons as we planned or liked, but it was alright! The rain continues to disturb every other day, and when it does, people hide...lol it can flood pretty hardcore sometimes! Nothing to serious though. Enough to scare the people though haha.
One of our investigators Rose, is progressing super well. We were able to see her a few times during the week, and she is always reading the assignments we leave her in the Book of Mormon. She expressed her concern of coming to church though as she attends the same church as her mother and she is pressured alot by her! So we plan to see both her and her mother during this week and try and teach them together. We've tried in the past, but it kept falling through. Praying this week it will happen though!
Each week we also try to visit Sister Comfort she is an Elderly lady who cant make it to church because she can't walk. However she is always reading the Book of Mormon that is in Twi. She doesn't speak english either so we go with Bro Buckman to teach her and speak what we can! We saw her this week though and taught her under an Orange tree, whilst eating oranges lol. Was pretty awesome. She is such a devout member tough and just loves the church and it's teaching! She loves the Savior!
During the week we went and visited this one less active sister. Her name is Rose aswell and she hasn't been to church in ages. We visited her with the Branch President the week before last and we followed up with her again. We talked about the temple and she had been in before to do baptisms. I asked her how she felt when she was inside the temple and these were her words, "I never wanted to leave". Wow. I know temples are like heaven on earth, and they give us a slight glimpse of Heavenly Father's Kingdom. So we told her for her to enter again and feel of that peace and joy, she has to start coming to church, reading and praying again. She committed!
Easter weekend was pretty sweet though! It made teaching a little sucky as literally everyone had their church programs to go too! Full on easter camps for churches and all that stuff from Thursday to Sunday where they just pray, dance and have live bands lol! Funny guys! So it disrupted our teaching appointments!
Sunday was wonderful though! We confirmed Samuel too which was sweet. It was nice to just reflect on the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ though. You simply just cannot comprehend it all. We just have to be grateful and show our love back through our obedience to his gospel.
That's it for this week though! Hope you guys have an awesome week! Time is really working against me here! I want to do so much, but time is ticking by too fast! It's scary! Love yous though!
Well we have now entered into another transfer (6 weeks) Making this my last 'full' transfer. Having mixed emotions about it all but I've really enjoyed my mission so far and learnt so many wonderful lessons! Keen to smash out these last 9 weeks though haha!
This week went by too fast to be honest! Things are kind of just a blur in my mind but let me type them out to the best of my ability lol!
We have been teaching alot of new people which has been great, and it's always just fun to meet and try help and serve new people each week! As we were going to new areas we haven't really adventured into too much we met this one guy Steven. He was just chilling at his house, and so we felt prompted to go and talk to him and see how he was doing. We ended up teaching him, and we got quite into the Restoration. Was a sweet lesson, it was so quiet, and we all just felt the spirit strongly. He didn't make it to church on Sunday because of commitments he already made, but this week he promised to come!
Elder Bankole and I have also been going through our area book and looking at some of the old investigators previous missionaries have taught in the past. We met with 2 this past week and it has been a great experience...kind of one of those 'area book' story/experiences haha. So we called a few and managed to tee up an appointment with some!
One was this lady Deborah, who had previously been taught but traveled to Accra and just lost contact with the mishos! We found out she was back in Effiduase for good, and she had been taught a whole lot actually, even was planning to be baptized. So when we met her we just had a long conversation and discussion about the things she had previously learnt and come to know were true! We also extended a date to her again which she accepted!
A similar story, we were able to meet with this lady Francisca. It took us about 30 mins to find her house as we were in an unfamiliar area and it was dark...but with reasoning and the guidance of the spirit...we finally found the place lol! And we had a solid lesson too. It's interesting to see how happy these people were when they were able to meet with missionaries again!
Thursday evening we went out with the branch presidency visiting less actives and to invite them to branch conference. It was really awesome, even though I didn't understand half of what was said lol. They love speaking the local dialects out here, but I felt the spirit, and the love and appreciation of those we were able to see.
Branch Conference on Sunday went well too. Saw one of the members from Nungua who was visiting which was sweet! He was surprised to see me, though I had gone home already lol...nope! But after church we were blessed to have a baptism! Samuel was finally baptized yesterday and the support from the branch was so awesome! We held it straight after church and it was an awesome day and experience for Samuel!
Elder Bankole and I are doing great though! Just continuing to look for ways to improve and serve each other and help the area grow at the same time! We're having a heap of fun, and time is just going by super quick!
I hope as Easter approaches though, we continue to have the Savior on the front of our minds. The world, or mostly Christians tend to remember the death of Christ, but we remember and know that he lives! I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ! For his perfect example! It is so amazing and gives us reason to rejoice that although we are imperfect, there is one who is perfect. One who strengthens, supports, lifts us up and help us to be perfected through him! Jesus Christ!
Hope you's have an awesome week though and don't pig out on too many hot cross buns and chocolate eggs and what not hahaha! As for us here, think I'll just eat normal eggs...on toast or something lol! Anywaaayy, love yous!
Well another week down in Effiduase and it was okay! So in Ghana the tradition here is usually beginning on Fridays there are usually funerals where people dress in black and red and just eat food and celebrate the life of the person that has passed on. So this weekend there were many funerals in Effiduase which made it super difficult to teach, as many investigators were attending and most people on the streets were either going to or just coming home from one.
Anyway, though during the week we were able to have some pretty sweet lessons! Elder Bankole and I have been doing alot of finding and knocking on peoples houses and what not. We approached this one fairly nice house and on the front door was a sticker of a pastor advertising his church. When the person opened the door, we realized it was the guy on the sticker haha...a pastor. So we had a pretty interesting lesson with him about the Book of Mormon and the Restoration but it went pretty well! There was no contention or challenging coming from any of us and the spirit was there! He was really open and willing to learn! So we plan to see him again this week!
So hopefully this Sunday we should have 1 baptism which should be sweet! Hopefully there will also be another 5 by the end of this month which will be exciting too! Trying to just continue teaching, helping people and finish my mission as a servant of the Lord strong! It's not easy but the joy that comes as we labor diligently in the Lords work is so great!
This weekend we were privileged to watch General Conference too. We only watched the General Priesthood session, Saturday morning and evening, and Sunday morning sessions which were just awesome! I felt that a common theme amongst many of the talks was charity. President Monson spoke directly about charity, and gave a brief but powerful talk which I feel the world needed to hear! I've come to learn since I've been on mission how important it is to seek the gift of charity, even the perfect love of Christ in our lives. A greater light enters into our lives, and we are filled with compassion and love for others as we see them through the eyes of our Savior Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. We see peoples potential, and not their mistakes, weaknesses or flaws. I know that is how the Savior sees us. I know his love for us is real, and that it will never fail us.
Elder Bankole and I are doing great though! He is a legend and we're just steady doing all we can do each day to help the work go forward in this part of the Lord's vineyard! I'm grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary and learn the many lessons I have come to learn so far!
I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. He is the rock of our salvation. He is our example, that if we follow, he will lead us safely home. Being a missionary and striving to do as he would do has helped me to see how much he cares and loves us. I hope we continue to always learn of him and follow in his footsteps. I know it's the only way to true and everlasting peace, joy and happiness.
I hope you's have a wonderful week though Mom and Dad! Don't start counting down, because I'm not...well I try not too lol! Love and Miss you's a heap though!