Well, this past week has been wonderful! It was so awesome to be able to skype with yous this Saturday gone! Technology is really sweet, and I'm grateful for the Howard family for the opportunity!
Last week was good though. We had our Mission Christmas conference which was fun. We were able to catch up with a bunch of missionaries and it was just an awesome day.
We were teaching one of our investigators (patrick) during the week and straight after we had finished teaching him, a truck with all these cans of liek fruit drink rocked up. They sell like fizzy drinks in bulk. So we helped him unload it as the other dudes that work with him went to a wedding that day. Reminded me of the warehouse days lol...
Christmas here was awesome though! We had our 1 hour service, and immediately after church the Boakye family invited us over for a feed. Was nice as. Then straight after them, the Howard family invited us over, and it was safe to say that I ate more than I should of that day lol...BUT it is Christmas so it is a good excuse to indulge right?
But really, us missionaries have been blessed and looked after this Christmas by some wonderful members! Many more are inviting us over during the week...so I'll probs put on some KGs lol.
Hopefully the new building that is being prepared for Sakumono to worship will be ready soon too. AS soon as it is it will really help the missioanry work move forward rapidly as a big problem at the moment is getting our investigators to church. It is a bit of a ways for them to get to the Nungua and chapel and transport can be a bit much for some.
Elder Kallon and I are doing well though. Everyone is happy and enjoying this time of the year! We are grateful to be missionaries and serve the Lord here in Ghana! Looking forward to the new year! 2017 sounds cool!
Anyway Love and miss yous! Hope you have a wonderful week!
I cant believe Christmas is this Sunday! Where has this year gone? Looking forward to being able to chat though!
This week has been great. Elder Kallon and I have been proselyting a lot in the area that was added to Sakumono called Lashibi. A lot of humble people there willing to learn. Only struggle at the moment is them coming to church due to the distance at the moment. They are currently preparing a meeting house for the members of Sakumono, so until it is ready we are still worshiping at Nungua chapel.
In Lashibi there are alot of people from the Volta Region so they speak Ewe and it's good to be talking and learning more with them. Feels like I'm back in Juapong lol! There is a member who stays in that area, Doris, who is so firm in the faith and loves missionary work. She is a bit older, but she still took us to meet some people she has been trying to share the Gospel with. She is a great example to us missionaries seeing her love for the gospel and her desire to share it with others.
We've been teaching Patrick still and he has been progressing. Went from not really believing God hears and answers prayers and not praying to regularly praying with us. As we've been teaching him we have really seen his faith grow, and we will keep doing our best to help address his concerns and keep commitments.
On Friday morning we helped one of the Sisters in Ward 2 with her shop. We pretty much just sorted out a bunch of clothes into sizes and what not. There were soooo many to do, but it was really fun and we smashed it all out in a few hours as there were 6 of us missionaries. It is always great to be able to serve others, and we've been doing our best too look for service projects to do each week. The joy from helping our father in Heavens children is real!
Saturday we attended a funeral in the morning of one the Recent Converts of one of the missionaries in the District. The guy has been a member for just over a month before he passed away. Pretty sad, but he was a super solid member! The knowledge we have of the Plan of Salvation helps us keep the eternal perspective of things though ay! It was a great moment for members to help comfort the family and close friends.
Elder Kallon and I are doing great though, super pumped for Christmas this weekend! I think all the missionaries are just really keen to call home...including me lol! Hope you's have a fantastic week and reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas this week! I know that Jesus Christ was really born of the Virgin Mary and he came to this Earth to Save us all.
Well this week wasn't that great. This week the elections for the new President were underway so people were anxious and getting involved in all sorts of things. Which really made it hard for us missionaries to be teaching people, especially in our area. Everyone was out and about and those that were around seemed to just be busy and occupied with whatever was going on their T.v about the votes and all that lol!
During the week we had a good lesson with one of our investigators Patrick. He's been reading the Book of Mormon and praying which is great! So we invited him to be baptised next month and he accepted, so looking forward to continuing to help and teach him!
We had Zone training on Tuesday which was good. President Heid and Sister Heid came too, and they gave us some great instructions and council. I think we will have our christmas conference next week so that will be sweet! It really doesn't even feel like Christmas...gong loL!
Whether or not it feels like Christmas, it is always great to reflect and ponder upon the mission of our Savior, his Atonement and it's wonderful blessings that we are able to partake of as a result. Even I'm so glad to be able to share that awesome news with others, that we can be redeemed from death and be able to receive eternal life according to our own choices.
Sorry this one is short though, next week will be filled with much more missionary action...and pictures lol. Hope you's have a wonderful week! Love yous!
Well how is everyone going? I cant believe it is December already. Entering into my 13th transfer, only 4 more left after this one! Still, keeping my mind busy and we are doing our best here in Sakumono.
On Sunday (yesterday) we confirmed Portia, who was baptized last Sunday. She was at church super early so that was awesome and things went smoothly. Fast Sunday was great though. Only 6 more till July lol. We taught the youth in Sunday school about the temple and baptisms for the Dead, as they were preparing to go to the temple for a trip this week. We also have a new tract about temple work to which we now are using to teach investigators and recent converts.
This week is going to be interesting though! The 7th Dec, Wednesday is when people will be voting and they are also electing a new President this year. So we have been told to stay inside on Thursday! People have been driving around with big trucks blaring music though to promote a peaceful election! Ghana really is peaceful though!
During the week we were proselyting in the new area that was added to our boundaries. It is really on the far end of our area, but that place is awesome! It's called Lashibi and it seems to be a really fruitful spot. Alot of people that live there come from the Volta Region, where my old area was so it feels cool to talk to them in Ewe again. There is a member there we visited who gave us 2 referrals and the people are really keen to learn which is so so great! It was a miracle as we were wondering what we can do to increase our teaching pool.
We've been teaching Patrick this young guy about the Plan of Salvation and he has a minor concern about faith and prayer. he doesn't really believe that God would answer if he prayed as he has been stuck in confusion for years going to and from churches. But we taught him about the Godhead, about How we communicate to god and how HE communicates back to us through the Holy Ghost. He has a book of Mormon and committed to Read, ponder and PRAY about it. He is very sincere and it was wonderful to hear him pray at the end of the lesson. you could really feel the spirit as he done so.
Last week though on Tuesday and Wednesday Kallon and the other Africans in the district went to the temple so we done an exchange. SO I proselyted in my old Nungua area TUesday and Wednesday which was really awesome. It was sweet to go and visit some of the people I used to see regularly and also see many of my Recent converts who are on fire in the Church! Seeing them keep the faith just fills my soul with joy! I was able to also show the Elders there some of the people we used to teach and some houses of members so it was good.
Elder Kallon is doing well, and he is all good and happy now. I'm doing fine too. We're just steadily trying to help the ward grow and go about doing good wherever and whenever we can. It's been super hot lately though. And for the first time since I came back to the city it rained on Saturday! And it poured. We didn't get caught in it though since we were at a members place lol.
Looking forward to the upcoming weeks though! The Christmas hymns have begun in Sacrament and missionary meetings lol. Keen to get to talk soon! I hope you's have a wonderful week! Especially to Mom! HAPPY BIRTHDAY for this Saturday! Dont send too many pics of desserts or anything...lol.
Well this past week has been a nice one. I guess to begin yesterday we were able to have a baptism which was sweet! Sakumono isn't the easiest of areas, but it was really awesome to see one of our investigators enter into the waters of baptism. The first baptism for the Sakumono ward as we are the 'pioneer' missionaries for this ward haha.
As for many of our other investigators it has been interesting. Patrick the young guy we have been teaching has been progressing little by little. He has alot of different ideas and wants to understand things. We've been teaching him about the Plan of Salvation which is great. It has helped him understand some questions of the soul and sparked more interest in the church and it's teaching, and grow in faith in Jesus Christ as we taught him about the Atonement.
We've been teaching this lady Efia and her daughter Gladys about the Restoration and Plan of Salvation too. It's reall interesting how many questions and concerns the PLan of Salvation sparks. Alot of people lack guidance and direction in terms of if death is the end. It's always a great opportunity to teach them of the Savior and the great power of his Atonement and how it is central to Gods great plan of Redemption!
This next week we are trying to get as much as we can done though. I remember Christmas this time last year and it was not easy to teach people as they are all celebrating. So we are gonna do our best to teach and keep on teaching and finding. I cant believe how fast November has flown by!
I hope you guys are doing well though! Only some few weeks till we get to call or skype! Last Christmas away from home doesn't sounds too bad hey (mom) lol. Anyway hope you's have a wonderful week! Love yous!