Monday, September 8, 2014

Morning there Kaysville City! Why yes, I am healthy, I am happy! Glad that everything is going good on the home front! We are doing well here as well!!! We here in Akonfudi are feeling a bit daring, we think we can make some banana bread, but we need a recipe! Can you please send me one? Thank you!!! We will Macgyver an oven on the stove using some pots so that shouldn’t be a problem! We will see if we are successful or humbled. We had a pretty busy week this week, taught a lot of people and had 9 investigators come to church! We were pretty happy about that! We have 5 people with baptismal dates, though those with their dates on the 27th are a bit shaky right now. One is G. She is still saying she is keeping the Word of Wisdom along with her family, so we are taking her word for it. We are praying for her that she is keeping it and so we will keep working with her. One problem with that is next week the church in Bereku is changing locations to one a lot farther from her house, so we don’t know if she will continue coming since she has some leg problems. We are praying though! We also will be baptizing a young man on that date who is 16 and was supposed to be baptized as a child but somehow that got skipped over. Another man is set for the 4th of October. He is probably about 30 and we met him a few weeks ago and taught him about the Restoration. He accepted it well and committed to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. We called him Sunday morning to remind him about church and he said he would try to come. Well, he came and bore his testimony in church. He said on Saturday he decided he wanted to come, but felt something telling him not to. Sunday morning he woke up early and prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and felt the same way that he should come, but something was telling him not to. Right as he felt that is when we called him to come. He knew right there he HAD to come. We taught him after and he told us more about it and some desires he has to follow God and reconcile with his father who is a part of some traditional Ghana faith. We read through a lot of scriptures in the Book of Mormon with him and ended with 2 Nephi 31:13(I think, don’t have my scriptures handy right now...) talking about following Christ into the waters of baptism after we have repented. We committed him to the 4th and he agreed! It was a pretty cool experience to see how the Spirit worked to answer his prayers and that we were able to help him recognize that! The work is going well but we need to go to Bereku and make a couple things clear. Some girls wrote a letter to Bishop demanding the church pays for their school books and pens and so forth. Sadly this is a common misconception about the Church here. There are a lot of people who only want to come to church because they think the church will just throw a ton of money at them and pay for everything. I remember when President Shulz came to lay down the law in Axim, he quoted an account from the book of John, after Christ fed the thousands. They were following him and wanted more food. He told them He didn’t come to feed them or give them anything, except the Gospel. After that, many turned away. He told everyone not to expect anything from the Church except the Gospel. It’s not here to buy your things or give you money, it’s here to teach you the ways of the Lord. We need to do something similar in Bereku, especially because it appears that some people in the church are telling others that in hopes to get more members in Bereku. Lots of members think it’s about having a ton of members and they don’t consider the importance of conversion. So we gotta make that clear haha.. Also, thank you so much for the DVD's! We watched "17 Miracles" with the Bishop’s family on Saturday night and it was sweet! About 30 minutes in though the power went out so that was frustrating, but after a little prayer it came back! That usually doesn’t happen fast like that so it was a tender mercy and answer to prayers! But the film was so powerful! What our ancestors gave is unbelievable! They gave absolutely EVERYTHING for the gospel! They lived so faithfully, if I can live even half as faithfully as them I will be forever grateful! They are an inspiration to me. I felt their presence as we watched. If you or Grandma West could mail me some of our family's pioneer stories that would be sweet! I know mail takes a bit longer, but I would be fine to wait. IDK if there are any in the 1st place, but I assume there are) I have really been enjoying the music as well, thank you sooooooo much for sending it. I LOVE the Mormon Tabernacle Choir so much. I think that the Spirit talks to me a lot through music. It brings words that cannot be spoken. One song that strikes me particularly that is on the flash drive is their rendition of "How Firm A Foundation." That has always been one of my favorite hymns. The final verse is quite poignant: The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose I will not, I cannot, desert to His foes That soul, though all Hell should endeavor to shake, I'll never, no never, I'll never, no never, I'll never, no never, no never forsake. Quite a powerful message in words alone, but when sung it becomes even more so. That is how we need to always live. We can turn to Christ for rest, He is our Firm Foundation. Though Hell and demons and devils may try to sway us from our course, ours is the unfailing chorus, "I'll never forsake." How great will be our joy when we stand before our Maker and can look upon His face and say, "I never forsook Thee. I stood true. I lived as my ancestors did." That is a great desire that I have. 

I’m one step ahead of you on handing out the giraffes haha! I gave one to a little girl and got a nice picture that I will send to you at some point! I will take pics as well in the future!  As for favorites from the package, the cookies are always a hit! Along with the Hershey's things haha! Those were really good! Bacon is always a plus as well! No wrongs were done! The shoes are awesome so thanks a ton for them! Glad that Frank is still holding on, he must be made of titanium or something! Thanks for the missionary emails as well, always fun to see what everyone else is up to! Sounds like all is well everywhere! Thanks for everything, you are the absolute BEST!!!! I love you, good luck with EVERYTHING!!!! LOVE YOU!!!

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