Well, Mom and Dad
This past week with Elder Kallon has been pretty fruitful! Last week Elder Kallon and I got a ward directory so we were really able to go through it and identify the people who have fallen less active. Some of them have, I guess just traveled and others just disappeared. We've been able to start seeing some though.
There is this one guy, John Amada, dude is a crack up! He was baptised a few years ago and started falling away only some few months ago. He's big into golf and loves New Zealand lol, he has a NZ flag up in his room! He's just caught up in the struggles and hardships of life and just put aside the Gospel. He was happy to have us over though and he called us during the week as he was free to come and to learn and study with him. As we read from the Book of Mormon together, talked, invited him to church and keep other commitments his attitude was changing.
Over the few times we saw him during the week, he had been reading regularly from the scriptures which was great and he even came to church again on Sunday which was awesome! My testimony of the Book of Mormon and the spiritual power it contains continues to grow each day as I see these small miracles happen and the spirit work in the lives of God's children each day.
We have also been seeing this older lady Elizabeth Asampa. She is a member fallen less active as her family members are kind of against her going to the church. She is a sweet soul, but family is such an important thing to Ghanaians so they try keep the harmony. Elisabeth is really into sharing the Gospel with her friends though and she introduced us to this cool family in the next area who we have begun teaching! It's interesting how there are many different ways the Gospel can enter into the lives of people!
Transfers rolled through during the week and both Elder Kallon and I are staying. One of the Elder in the apartment was transferred and Elder Fuller is going to be training so there will be a greenie in the apartment which will sweet! He'll get picked up tomorrow so we're not sure who he is or where he is from yet but we will make him feel welcome haha !
I cant believe that my birthday is coming around again already. It's just another day I suppose, but turning 20 sounds super out of the ordinary haha! It's pretty weird to think that my next birthday will be back at home! I'm born in the 'one true' month though according to President Heid haha, probably because he also is born in October!
Church was great on Sunday. One of the members gave a sweet talk on studying the word of God! I love nutrition and working out and he related it to that. But how our spirits are just like our bodies. They both have need and require nourishment. However unlike our Physical body when our spirits are malnourished we don't physically see it. Well we do but it is rather in the behavior and attitude of the person. This is so true. I know that when we are praying, studying and searching the scriptures and doing as God commands we are more loving, full of faith, and hope and most importantly our spirits are nourished!
I guess that's all for me for this week though. Really keen for the upcoming week, a new transfer, and new missionary in the apartment (greenie fire), it's gonna be awesome. I hope you have a wonderful week though Mom and Dad! Love and Miss yous!
Hey Mom and Dad!
Well this week has been so busy and full of fun things and excitement...really! So during the week we started teaching a girl who stays with a member who was a referral! We introduced to her the Restoration and she was really interested in the Book of Mormon which was sweet. She even has come to church the past 2 weeks and so during the week we extended a date for November! Feels great to have some goals and children of our Heavenly Father develop the faith to act and eventually make covenants! We are starting to see some sweet progress little by little here in Sakumono. Line upon line hey!
I've really been doing my best to go out of my way and get to know every member, and their families better and just serve and love them more. It has really just kept me in a happy and refreshed mood as I am striving to do it. The past few weeks have been a bit tough, but we have been keeping our heads high, and striving to keep the hope and success is coming!
On Saturday we had the Annual Tema Cultural Festival for the Tema stake, I was able to witness it last year. This year however was a little different. So each ward has to perform some traditional presentation and Elder Kallon and I helped the Sakumono ward and participated in it. It was super fun practicing during the week with the members, and it helped us to just get to know them all better. On the Saturday we all sung some hymns in Ewe, and we performed a hunting call/chant from the Fanti Region which was sweet! I have the footage so I'll try upload it...But that is why in some of the pictures we are wearing the cultural smocks and kente cloth/wraps...that's what the chiefs wear too...lol. Overall we came 3rd out of the 11 wards in the stake so the member were stoked and they prepared it all in 4 days lol.
It has been really great to see things start to get better! We are planning to work with some of the members this week and go out teaching with them so I'm really looking forward to it. We are also doing something where we try to atleast see 5 Less active families or individuals a week at the minimum too, so it's nice to meet and know new faces and help them get back onto that straight and narrow path.
Something that I have really come to see and know is true, is that the worth of EVERY soul is GREAT in the sight of our Father in Heaven. I've also strived to see everyone like so and as a result it helps me to be more loving, considerate, patient, of/with others. I'm really really grateful to be laboring among Father in Heavens children here in Ghana, the people are just so so awesome. I know that as we keep the greatest commandment, to love the Lord, that all other things will start to fall in place and we will experience the love of Christ more in our life and be filled with greater love, joy, and comfort.
I hope you both have a wonderful week in different parts of the country lol! It's crazy that I'll be 20 next week...what an old guy...Anyway love and miss yous a bunch! xx
Hey Mom and Dad!
So this past week was another trip down struggle street, but I sense things are going to be getting much better. It has been a bit difficult trying to find the Lord's elect, or those that are ready to hear/accept the gospel. Contacting is very interesting out here, and most people are out during the day at work in Accra or other places. So during the day it seems like a ghost town, then in the evening people are busy, but we are trying!
Elder Kallon and I have as a result been visiting and getting to know very well, members in the area. We've also been focusing alot on Less Actives as there are many in the ward, and our sacrament attendance can improve! We've gotten some referrals over the past few days too, so that's exciting! We're hoping to work with the members and help their friends/family members to know more about the Restored Gospel.
We were able to go out teaching with the Bishop during the week and see some less actives which was great. Doing our best to just get to know all the members very well and get them excited and involved in the work.
There is one lady we've been teaching who is progressing little by little. Her name is Jeniffer and she was the lady who is the sister of some members we used to visit when I was back in Nungua 1! We are planning to start teaching the Plan Of Salvation this week, as she had some great questions which when we answered she was surprised!
This week as I've been studying I've really come to love the scripture in D&C 19:23. To me it is an invitation, and it is something that I've come to see is true. As we learn of the Savior, listen to his words and walk in his way, we will have peace and joy in our work, trials, lives. It is an invitation that is life long and worth while!
I guess that's all for me this week though! I'm sure there will be more to talk about next week! I love yous though! Thanks for inspiring me to be better every day!
Hey Mom and Dad!
Well this week has been quite good! On Tuesday we were called back into the mission home to stay the night to do computer classes.
The rest of the week we spent doing finding, teaching and visiting members. It isn't easy, but a challenge is sweet! Finding in this area is interesting as most of the people live in compounds or estates with huge gates. So when you knock or ring their bell, the anticipation or build up is real haha. Most of them just ignore it though or their guard at the front of the house tells us to leave and come back later. Ah well.
We've been teaching some people at Sakumono village which is right by the beach which is cool! A lot of the people who do fishing stay there, so it's a nice place to be able to go to and talk to people and try and teach them.
Elder Kallon and I have been getting to know the members well though! We've been doing our best to just get to know them, serve them and just build this area up. We've recieved a few referrals which is great. We also plan to go out teaching with one of the RM's this week to which will be an awesome help!
On Sunday we were able to watch the Priesthood session, and then later on we were able to view the Sunday Morning session live which was great! All the talks that were given were wonderful, so plain and simple. We are blessed to be lead by amazing leaders in these last days! I enjoyed one of the talks by Elder Curtis who used to be the Area President in West Africa. HE talked about the Book of Mormon and the spiritual power it brings to individuals and families! I know this to be true! I know as we heed the councils, warnings and instructions from our leaders we will never be led astray!
I hope you both have a wonderful week though! I cant believe we are already in October! Time is going going, and soon it will be gone lol. Love and miss yous!