Tuesday, September 23, 2014

This little girl is always so excited to see "Elda Hackmeista" 
(even though you can't tell by this picture).  He gave her this 
giraffe that we had put in his hump day package.

Happy Tuesday! Sorry, yesterday was Kwame Nkrumah's birthday so Ghana kind of just shut down haha. But we are live now! I am sad to report we did not attempt the banana bread experiment.  We just didn’t have time or the needed ingredients on hand, so it will have to wait for a future date I suppose haha... Wow it sounds like Adam is doing just awesome in football!!! That is really cool! Tell him congrats for me! That is cool you got to see all the Cape Coast parents. Thanks for the pics, and that roller coaster looks so big! Man it will be awesome when it is finished! Keep me posted on future progress! Sounds like sleepy little Kaysville and area is really starting to flourish. We’ve got Station Park, Smith's Market Place is coming, and this giant roller coaster. Not to mention the new Ogden Temple! I am glad you got to go to the dedication! Did you go to the open house? I hope so!

This has been a pretty good week, had an unexpected trip to Takoradi on Thursday! On Wednesday around 12 we were proselyting and I got a call from Elder Doggett. He told me the assistants had called and I was going to be emergency transferred. What the heck?! He was joking it turned out, but I DID need to go to Takoradi the next day to renew my non-citizenship card ... Sweet!!! So yeah, on Thursday me and a few other elders from Foso got on a tro, sailed on down to Cape Coast where the Assistants picked us up in the mission van and drove us to Takoradi! It was kind of fun to get to go on a road trip haha! It was raining all day so it was nice and cool. We got to Takoradi and went to the classic chop bar which we affectionately refer to as McDonalds. We saw the Julanders in there as well so that was a fun reunion! That fufu is soooo good there too so I was happy! Then we went to a bank where we waited forever to get our things renewed. There were a lot of other missionaries there from Western Region doing the same, so it was fun to see some people I hadn’t seen in a while! Also, I found out there is a Best Western right on the beach in Takoradi and it is REALLY nice! But after we got our cards we drove into town and we got 3 cedi hamburgers from some stand. They left a lot to be desired since there really are not hamburgers in Ghana, but they were pretty good for 3 cedis! They were wrapped in real Burger King wrappers haha! We drove back to Cape where the AP's left us to get a tro back to Foso. Well, we got on the wrong one it turned out...This one had a problem and had to stop every 5 miles to fill up the radiator! We must have stopped like 7 times! They had to scurry into the bush to find water each time, so that was great! I had to use the bathroom sooooo bad too! I was tucked away in the back corner so there was no getting out for me either, just held it for 3 hours. The situation turned even better too when a preacher started preaching from within the tro. We had two Nigerian missionaries that started trying to argue with the guy and then everyone in the tro got really angry with them and it turned into a whole big deal...Oh and we hit a dog too ... When we got back to Foso it was like 8:30 at night. E. Assibey spent the day in Foso with those who didn’t go so when we got back we grouped back together. There were no cars going to Akonfudi so we ended up getting stuck in Foso. We went to E. Larsen’s apt to spend the night. We put two mattress' on the floor and laid like sardines on them hahaha...not the best way to sleep at all. It was me, E. Assibey, E. Brown, and E. Wightman...I got about 2 hours of sleep that night, not really a comfortable way to sleep at all haha. So yeah, it was a really good day but had its downs as well! Good memories for a lifetime though eh? Oh and another thing that happened is there is a  missionary FROM Liberia named Elder Freeman whose sister died of Ebola this week and his family is now in quarantine so we did a mission-wide fast for him on Sunday. That must be so difficult to deal with, can’t even imagine. Also, the missionaries serving from those two countries cannot get back into their countries as of now when their missions end, so their mission just gets extended until the gov't allows them back. Sooo difficult I imagine. Akonfudi is doing fine though, we are planning for hopefully 2 baptisms this Saturday and one is  G! We called President about her and he said to baptize her and make sure she gets the sacrament taken to her like 1 time per month. I am happy to see she will finally be baptized; it has been a long time and a lot of work to get her to this point. She is finally ready! She will be interviewed on Thursday and we will do the baptism at 4 on Saturday! Also on the program is a boy named D who I think I told you about. If not, he was never baptized when he was 8 and has always been coming to church. He is now 16. Somehow they overlooked him I guess ... But we are not sure if he will be ready by then since we need to teach him a lot still.  We spent a lot of time this week as well in the next village over called Endwa(en-jwa) contacting people there. We really have never spent time there, but former missionaries had. It’s pretty dang small and it’s a ghost town kind of, but we contacted a lot of people this past week so who knows, maybe we will spend more time there! I spent a lot of time pounding people's fufu as well, always a good way to start talking to people! That’s what’s going on in my neck of the woods! I have been thinking about how blessed I have been in my life, I am so thankful for all that I have been given! I have an amazing family! Thank you for all you do for me! You are the absolute BEST!!! I am very very blessed! I am so blessed to get to serve here in Ghana among such good people! I am so happy that conference is coming as well! Can’t wait to listen to and read it! It will be awesome I am sure!!!! But yeah, I love you sooo much! Thank you for all you do! Hope you have a GREAT WEEK!!!!

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