Hey Mom an Dad!
So What an awesome week it has been! Tuesday and Wednesday we were in Accra for Elder Bulunga. He had computer classes that they hold every month or 2 for those learning English. So Tuesday night we got to go to the temple an then stayed the night at the Mission Home! They gave us pizza too which was sweet lol! Wednesday morning we had the comp class and they had me do it as well haha! Was interesting!
The rest of the week we spent just preparing our candidates for baptism! There's a whole lot of things we want to get done and it just feels like the time is so short! I think thats why as a result time is going by so quickly!
Elder Bulunga and I are planning to find, teach and conver ta whole family over the next month or two. That one of our goals, and I'm sure it will really help the branch grow! Really looking forward to trying our best to achieve it!
Elder Bulunga and I have been studying together alot to help him with his English which has been fun! Just reading from the Book of Mormon, but I really love the comfort, encouragement and council that the book brings/gives when needed! Sometimes on the field you feel discouraged, stressed or tired haha, but the Book of Mormon prophets never fail to have some powerful words, advice written in the Book of Mormon! I know studying the scriptures helps us put on that armor of righteousness an gives us the support strength we need everyday as we study them!
Anyway, thats all for this week! Hope you's have a wonderful week hey! Love you!
Hey Mom and Dad!
So this past week was really great! You know, Juapong branch is really small, since it is a fairly new branch! Our attendance last week was 43, and our branch President wanted us to do the best we can to increase it for this Sunday just gone! So we really worked hard trying to see members who havn;'t been coming along as teach our investigators! And so we were pretty stoked to see the attendance jump to 53 this Sunday just gone! The hard work has been paying off! 6 of our investigators came to church aswell which was awesome!
So yeah, we have about 5 people who we are preparing to be baptised on the 29th of May, so there is alot of teaching and work to do! It's great, really! It's funny, the fatigue doesnt kick in until we come back to the apartment and I take of the black name tag! I know the Lord uses us as his instruments to do his work, and in doing so gives us the strength and support to do so each day! The work is just so awesome!
Elder Bulunga is doing great too! It's a really great experience to serve with him and help him in learning English! Some days, you just have to be really patient, but I cant imagine what it would be like having to learn english and then the local dialects at the same time! He' really diligent and an awesome example!
Everything is great though! As you already know, I'm loving the area so much! We are all happy and well out here in Juapong! It sounds like everything is same old back home lol! Hope you's are well though! Have an awesome week! Love you's! xx
Hey Mom and Dad!
It was really awesome getting to talk to you's this Mothers Day just gone! Was great to hear your voices and see how everyone was doing! Was awesome to hear from Uncle Junior and Grandma and Grandpa! The blessing of modern day technology!
This past week in Juapong has been great! Elder Bulunga and I have been really striving to hit the Mission standards and really just work, work work as much as we can! President Kassa has some awesome goals he wants us Elders to achieve, and we are doing our best to step it up and achieve them! As a result time has been going by alot quickly as you want to achieve so much in little time each week! But all is well! The Lords work is great, and we are trying to keep up!
Anyway, this past Sunday we had some baptisms which were great! I'm really looking forward to seeing this branch grow whilst I'm here! I pray President will see fit that I can stay and serve here a while! Maybe I'll only serve 2 or 3 areas by the time I'm home hahaha!
Elder Bulunga and I are doing great though! We've been just giving it our all in Juapong! Eating heaps of mangos too lol! Anywyay that's all i have for this week! Love you's! Have an awesome week :)
Heres a pic of the girls we baptised this Sunday...Martha, Ruth and Selase! They're all awesome!
And a pic of one of our investigators, Linus at church this past Sunday! Poor dude has a 10-15 min walk from is house, and he does it even though his leg is broken! Such an example of faith and will to to what is right! He'll be baptized in 2 weeks!
Hey Mom and Dad,
Wow is all I can say! What a wonderful week it has been here in Juapong! Elder Bulunga and I have been able to get so so much work done this past week! It really is an added blessing that these people are so humble too! They are so willing to learn and love contact with the missionaries out here!
It's really really humbling though. We are quite out in the bush, and seeing the mud huts in villages was a really cool experience! Even teaching in and amongst them, it was neat! It is really nice to see their desire to want to learn the truth though!
So the branch is really awesome! We have a great Branch president! He is a really down to earth young guy! President Kassah, is his name! He loves missionaries too, so he helps us out ALOT! The members are so welcoming though! We are also involved in many things. I'm currently as of last week the institute teacher on Thursday nights, for the branch and the ward organist lol. It's all awesome though! The members are fun!
It rains alot though since we are in the mountain ranges! Random storms and all, but it is so so nice out here! Fresh air, really quiet and cool, and no mosquitos lol! Mango and Banana trees are everywhere too! So free fruit!
My new comp Elder Bulunga is awesome too! He is learning English, and is just so diligent and hard working! I love serving with him, we have alot of fun and get along so well!
It was so so awesome to see 7 of our investigators at sacrament this Sunday! Even one of them had a broken leg, and walked from the far end of the village to the meeting house! What an amazing example of Faith he was to me and Elde Bulunga!
Thats really all for this week though! Till next week! We are all well, and healthy! I love you's! Looking forward to this Sunday!
Hey Mom and Dad!
Wow, so what a week it has been! This past week with Elder Fransden has really been great! We were able to teach quite a few people and extend some baptismal dates! Really trying to leave that area the best I can!
During the week I conducted an exchange with one of the Elders in the District and went and showed him some members houses in their area and what not! His name is Elder Randmall and he's from the same MTC as me, so it was a really fun, productive day! We were able to teach and find alot of people in that one day.
So, Saturday morning I was informed that I would be going on transfer! I'll come to that in a second lol! So that evening we had a district feed at the apartment! It was really nice, we had a bunch of food that we all prepared and it was serious haha! Godwin came to!
Some relly cool news is that Godwin will be advanced to the Melchizidek priesthood this coming Sunday! I'm really stoked for him, that guy is just too Golden! He hs really come so far! I'm guttered that I wont be there for it, and I'll miss him and many other members alot! The FM invites were real when the Bishopric announced I was leaving!
Getting up to share my testimony before leaving I was really just overwhelmed with so much love for these people! I was just so happy seeing them all in the congregation! The members of Nungua ward have really just become like family! They made it so easy to adjust here because of their love and respect for us missionaries! And saying goodbye was real bittersweet! You really make some great relationships with many families and individuals! I am really just so grateful for the opportunity I had to serve there for the time I did! To see the ward grow to where it needed to be split, and see individuals and even families enter the waters of baptism! I will miss Nungua too much!
But that is mission for you! So the new area I'm being transferred to is a place called Juapong, in the Kpong Zone. It an hour or 2 north of Nungua, in the Volta Region. So it is a big change and will be an awesome time to continue to learn, grow, and further my own conversion in the Gospel! It wil be wonderful to get to know some more people to! I'm really looking forward to it all! My new companion is a frenchy from I think DR.COngo or Cotedevoir (Ivory COast) , I wil meet him later on today! At the moment I'm in a 3 with the Zone Leaders and they are driving me out!
Anyway, I will send all my pics next week! This cafe doesnt have the plugins for the usb stuff! But thats really all for this week! I hope you guys have a wonderful week! Love you's!
The pic is of the Missionaries of both the Ghana Accra & Ghana Accra West Missions at a special Missionary conference back in March when the Elder Rasband came to visit the saints in West Africa. See if you can spot me.........the below link is of the article from the church news on lds.org