Monday, June 2, 2014

Hi there! I am alive!!! Sorry, last week the power was out for Monday-Wednesday, so I didn't get to email!!! I was pretty disappointed, as you were I am sure haha! But luckily the power is on this week so I get to email!!! The rain has been pretty bad the past few weeks so it has gone off a ton!! Power in Ghana is not a champ like in the good ole USA haha!  But that is really pretty cool about that Ghana article in the Tribune. Yeah the church is very young here and it often shows. I frequently think about how in 30 years things will be so much better for the church because then there will be people who have served missions and really grown up with the church in their lives.  The Lord is making me stronger and stronger, so I am enjoying the little challenges that come every now and then! Really, adversity is great! Its like having soft hands turn into tough hands. Did that make any sense? It did to me haha! 
But yes, it has been an interesting last two weeks for sure. We had our baptisms, which were awesome!!! We had Hayford Ahonjo, his son Akwesi Mensah, and the old man Brother Amuadu baptized along with an 8 year old girl! So it was a great Saturday! Our ward mission leader baptized all of them, well kinda. Ahonjo is kinda a big guy and our WML is not at all. He reminds me of David Spade honestly. But yeah, Ahonjo was afraid of the water and when Rich Boy (that is our ward mission leaders name...) tried to put him down he would do this weird twisting of his body instead of going down, so Elder Ouma had to do it. But they are baptized!!! It was awesome, especially Bro. Amuadu. This guy is sweet, he is like 72 years old and walks to church  by himself each week with a cane. It takes him about an hour since he can't move too quick. But he was sooo happy when he came out of the water. I helped him out of the font and he was just smiling the whole time. That made me happy. Trying to collect the information for his baptismal record was really fun btw. He didn't know his birthday, or any of his children, let alone his mom and dad. So basically we just had to guess. Family history work in Africa will just have to wait for the Millennium honestly haha. 

On a nice side-note last week I had the wonderful opportunity to eat some nice dog. Yeah, don't tell Tiki, but I ate his cousin and it was delicious. When I come home forget about Wendy's, I am just gonna go get that Old Dog Special!!! I got some good pics though of the dog on the fire. We just went to visit a members house and they were grilling some dog haha! The highlight of last week though was that we had ward conference on Sunday. It went really really well! Lots of people came, investigators, less actives, and a lot of people from the stake!!! It was turning out to be the best Sunday I have had in Ghana, but it got a little crazy when there was bit of a disagreement on whether Elder O's hair was acceptable.  A few people thought it was not appropriate for a missionary. I will give it to the Stake President though, he handled it EXTREMELY well.  Well, the president talked to him for about 2 hours to calm him down.  But yeah, that was really fun to deal with hahaha oh boy. But look at the bright side, we got 4 people baptized and confirmed!!! They got the priesthood yesterday too so that is awesome!!!

I had lots of fun this week though, we went on splits 2 times! Oh and last week splits with Elder Doggett were awesome, he is a cool guy and can play guitar really well. We had fun with the guitar! But yeah, I went with Elder Cowan on Wednesday and that was too much fun! We joked that no work was gonna get done that day, but we worked really hard and had a great time! Reminded me of the Elder Cardon days! Elder Cowan is awesome though, we stayed up til midnight talking, which was probably not a good idea haha. But it was sweet. Then on Friday I was with Elder Larsen, the one from Logan! He is a sweet guy too! We worked hard and had a great time as well! It was fun talking about boating and stuff with him. He told me BreAnn always drove the GMC truck to school, so that is sweet haha. He is really good at rodeo I guess. Really, this week was fun! We have a baptism coming up on the14th for a sweet guy named Kofi Elijah Amoaku. He went to church 10 years ago in Assin Foso but had some money problems and couldn't afford to travel all the way there. When he found out the church was in Bereku, he started coming again! He has a great testimony about Joseph Smith. He is kind of an interesting guy, but he has energy for the gospel! Yesterday we were teaching him about the degrees of glory and I was explaining about how the Terrestrial kingdom is for those who are good but don't accept Christ's gospel and he got so mad and couldn't comprehend the idea of anyone being good and not believing in Christ! It was funny, you had to be there. But yeah, that will be a good day for him, going to the church 10 years ago and finding it again and finally getting baptized!! 

Oh and mom, you were asking about a future package... If you can find another pair of these waterproof rockports, BUY THEM!!! These guys are really champs and have done an amazing job, but I am kind of scared about how much longer they have!  I have another pair of shoes, but I doubt they can do half the job these guys have. Oh and some new ties and socks could be great!!!! Cookies and SPAM!!!! Spam is from heaven I think haha! 

Yesterday in church they FINALLY watched conference!!!! Except it was in Twi... So they told us we could watch it in the evening, but when we came back, yep ECG decided to be a pal and turn the power off... So I pray tonight we will get to watch it!!! I LOVE conference!!! I want to see it sooooo bad!!!! I want the Liahona to come too so I can read it and really study it! I love reading the  conference talks, hope you do too!!! But I am glad I got to talk to you guys this week! I am happy and healthy!!! I love being a servant of the Lord, this is His work and I am so blessed to get to be a part of it! Truly the things I have learned out here have been much a blessing and forever will be!!! I love you so much, you are the greatest mom and dad in the world!!!! Really you are!!! I hope you have a great week, good luck with all the baseball and stuff!!! LOVE YOU!!!!

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