to you as well! Thank you for the b-day wishes! The b-day was pretty sweet! I am glad to hear that a cake was enjoyed in my honor!
I was hoping you would all go to that fufu place in Salt Lake or something, but
cake is good too I guess haha! You know what? Not only was it my b-day, it was
also Elder McKeon’s birthday as well! He hit the big 2 1, so that was pretty
cool! We went to a restaurant to celebrate the occasion, had some nice Hawaiian
style chicken so it was sweet! Sister Stevenson called and sung happy birthday
to us as well, so that happened! Yep it is 50% USA up the steps, so that is
kinda cool. It
was a pretty good b-day! I mean, I got to run around a tro tro station for 5
hours ;) to answer the question you asked,
we begin at 9 and go until usually 12, but we ended about 2 this time because
it was a nice big transfer! It went well though, just kind of stressful
haha! We gather all the missionaries being transferred, put their bags in
piles according to where they are going, then we have to go and find cars or
tros to take them to wherever they are going. We have to pay for them, we have
to coordinate because there are two stations and some arrive at one station but
need to go to the other, so we are just coordinating everything basically.
Kinda interesting haha. I don’t think this is probably how transfers work in
other places hahaha! But nothing went wrong luckily; I was pretty worried about
that as I had made a few errors when I typed up our transfer plan. But luckily
it all worked out well! Elder McKeon and I shared a good b-day! We went
to the restaurant and then we made the cheesecake you sent, lit the trick
candles and enjoyed it! Yes E. McKeon is from Oregon, not sure the exact place.
He has been out 6 weeks longer than me though. We are getting along just fine.
We went and taught a lesson to an investigator that night and found out it was
his son’s b-day as well! So we were feeling pretty proud about what a great day
the 18th is! The next day we went to go and teach a couple who we just met.
Their names are Ebenezer and Bernice. Bernice was pregnant, but it didn’t look
like she was way pregnant. Well, when we showed up she was sitting on her bed
and we greeted her only to see a baby on the bed next to her...she had
literally just come back from the hospital after giving birth haha! ... but yep
another Feb 18ther. A little baby boy, I told them to name him Hackmeister. We
taught her and she took some pain killers about halfway through the lesson,
then about 10 mins later she was falling asleep haha, those drugs worked! Kinda
awkward... Transfers are always just kind of an awkward week though when you
get a new companion, but it’s all good! E. Odongo went home to Uganda. Not Liberia luckily. Those from Liberia are just
having their missions extended since they cannot go home. That would be
interesting I am sure. We do have a sweet apartment now though, we are having
you got the camera card safely! That is so great he was able to take it and
deliver it! Sorry to scar everyone with the dog ones, but come on that had to
be documented! Haha, sorry....Old Yellers time was up! But I will be sure to
take lots of pics and videos as much as I can! That would be so cool to go with
Dr. Meier next year or something! I am sure he had a great time! This is a
great place for sure! IDK what you would be eating when you come here, I guess
fufu is probably gluten free, but IDK if you could eat it with your fingernails
hahaha! Oh well, I’m sure you could figure something out! He stayed at a place
called Coconut Grove; I have heard it is a really nice hotel. You'll have to
look it up! This has been a good week, but it’s really been pretty stressful. I
am not a big fan of transfers, just an ordeal haha. I also am not a fan of
drama, but its creeping back up again so that is fun...Ah well, it’s all part
of life I suppose. We are working to find some new investigators though;
hopefully we can work with the members and make it happen. We visited some less
actives and we were happy to see one come to church on Sunday, and after church
we visited another who left because he was an employee of the church and got laid
off. It sounded like he just needed someone to come and show him some love,
because he said he and his family will be coming back to church on Sunday so
that is exciting! It is so rewarding to see people respond positively to the
for the school situation, well I talked to Brayden and he is good with it. So
if you could talk to him that would be awesome! I will have to see who else
will be going to USU. I am pretty set on aviation. Sometimes I wonder if I
should do something else, but then I see a plane flying and remember how great
it is. As of now I suppose aviation is still the path! Good luck on the camp
planning, sounds like it will be fun, you will think of something awesome I am
Well, it’s pretty much
what’s going on. It’s been a pretty stressful week, not too much to report on
though haha! I hope this week will be more easy going, but we have to prepare
for Elder Dube who is coming on the 12th and then we have zone conference on
the 25th so sounds like it will be busy busy busy! But that is good!! I am doing good though, just
trying to get into the swing of things with the changes! Life is pretty sweet
you soooo much! Thank you for everything you do for me! You are the BEST!!!!
Happy sunshine week!
Looks like you guys are living the high life there in Vegas! I am doing
pretty good here in Cape Coast though. I am excited for you guys to get
the camera card! You will have fun looking at the pics and watching the
videos I hope! Glad it is in a safe place now though, I always hear
stories of missionaries getting their card wiped out with all pics, so
YAY! Take good care of it! Sooo weird that it is my b-day yet again. I am
indeed leaving the teen years, kinda weird. Yep it should be a great
birthday of moving people all over the place! And getting a new
companion. I will be with Elder McKeon, he is from the US. It will be my
1st American companion in a year so that will be interesting. But it
should be sweet! Also Elder Seaman will get a new companion, Elder
Joseph from South Africa. We should have a good time in the apartment!
Will have to go have a happy birthday pizza after the transfers are done.
That sounds fun that you went to the women’s lunch with all the Ghana
mammas though. Glad some GCCM mommies were there to represent!
this has been an ok week here! The highlights of the week were Selina's baptism
interview with President Stevenson and the baptism itself. She needed to
be interviewed by him because of the situation. We did it in the church
in Cape and we were just hanging out outside and after about 30 mins she
came running out clapping and smiling and jumping up and down! It was
like after someone wins the golden ticket on American Idol! She was
going to Hollywood!!! Actually she was good to go for baptism! We were
soo happy! President said that was the happiest person he has ever seen
to be baptized. So cool! Yes the baptism went pretty well. We were
planning for 8 between all the Cape Elders but ended up having 4. It was
great though. A missionary named Elder Chukwu (Choo Kwoo) baptized her.
She was really really excited and happy; it was her dream come true. Oh
and a really cool thing is that her son who is Brady's age got baptized
in Accra the same day!!! He had
been going to church for 2 years but was too afraid to tell his mom.
Well, she told him she was getting baptized and he said, guess what me
too! So cool! The Lord works in a mysterious way! She has gone through a
lot, and it is a big testimony to me to see her baptized! Sooo cool!
Yes so that was the big highlight of the week! Ah and transfers, but I told
you about that! We had a nice South African soup for dinner with the APs
and Pres and Sister Stevenson. It tasted a lot like your beef stew, only
it had chicken. We ate it with homemade bread too! Can’t complain
about that at all! It was fun! Well, the transfer has come, the transfer
has gone! It’s been a bit of a stressful week as I have been killing my
companion [his companion is going home, they say they “kill” their companion
when they are the last one who serves with them before they go home]. It gets
to the point where you kind of have to carry around a dead body and take
the responsibility of two. So next week should be a lot more stressless
haha! But it’s all cool! I am happy, I am healthy! Pepsi decided to start
selling in Ghana again so now a bottle of Pepsi is 1 cedi as a bottle of
coke is 2! So I am happy hahahahaha! But really, the Lord is so
wonderful! This is His work! I am happy to be a part of it here in good
old Ghana! I hope that you enjoy your little getaway in Vegas and you don’t
come back to snow! I love you more than anything! I am so thankful I was
able to be born to such a remarkable woman! You are the very best in the
whole world! I love you sooo much! Take care!!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!
MLC - Picture courtesy of President Stevenson's blog!
Happy Monday to you
all! Well let me just start out by saying WOW! You people are pretty
cleaver haha! I got a call on Tuesday night at like 9 by Elder Davies,
the area 70. He said something along the lines of, "there’s a man
at the hospital from Utah who has a parcel." I had no idea what he
was talking about, but I was able to finally get the full details out of
him haha! I was definitely not expecting that! Yes I was sad not to be
able to meet Bro. Meier but it was cool meeting Jonathan Curtis. I guess
he is Elder Curtis' son right? It was kind of awkward meeting him, it
was like,"hey there stranger! So I heard you have my package
right?" Haha but again THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am wearing some
new socks, new tie, and ring as I am
typing this! The sister missionaries stole the candy that was in Susan
and Gordies card, so it went to good use I guess. But yeah, after we had
MLC we drove to the hospital and located that bad boy! Tell them thanks
for me! Oh and I gave them my camera card with my 1000+ pics on it so be
sure to follow up on that one haha!
I am glad to hear everyone is doing good back home. Happy to hear you
are taking me up on that challenge. How about everyone else? Everyone should
do it! Right now I am reading both the BoM and the Old Testament. I am
in Alma 6 right now and somewhere in Judges haha. Let’s just say
the BoM is much easier to read than the OT. I LOVE reading the BoM
though, those quotes you sent are spot on! There is no greater
feeling than reading the BoM! As for me here in my neck of the woods,
life is good. I instructed in our district meeting on Tuesday. I instructed
on Charity. It is such an interesting topic to me. It is so deep and
something we can always work on and should work on. Both Paul and
Mormon really expound on it. I love Moroni 7 where Mormon talks about
it. It is wonderful. As followers of Christ we ALL must develop charity.
It is a commandment actually. The instruction went well, it was fun. It’s
always kind of fun to instruct, but man it would be tiring
to be a district leader and do it each week haha! After our meeting
though, we took the time to interview each district member individually
as there had been a bit of drama going on inside and so we shut that
down in a nice way! It’s always something that is going on out here!
There is never a dull moment for sure! But it’s fun! I was going back
through some of my old journal entries and man I love reading all the
crazy stories and all the wonderful stories as well! So I
guess all these weird things will make for good stories hahaha. Well as
you know, we had MLC this week! It was really good. We have Elder Dube
coming to tour the mission next month and we are also having zone
conferences next month as well, so that will be really exciting.
We talked about what will happen a little, and at zone conference we
will have to present a training instruction so that will be good. Also,
we talked a lot about obedience. That is something President keeps
stressing. It was a good meeting. After,
as you know, we went and got the package and then I tore that bad boy
open! Again, thank you so much for everything inside, it’s all awesome!
We then went to stake PEC and it was a good meeting as well. Those are
odd days; literally all day was spent in the AC! Can’t complain at all though
hahaha! The week has otherwise been good, we were hoping to have like 5
investigators come to church, but only 2 showed up. Still good, but not
quite what we were expecting. We are excited though about Selina's baptism
on Saturday though, it will be AWESOME!!!
Today was a good
day, we had a zone activity at this place called the FIFA pitch, it is a
turf field so we went and played soccer there. It was actually kind of
fun! Haha odd considering it was soccer! I got some nice sun though,
which is always good! Sounds like you guys will be getting some rays down
in Vegas! It is also our subsistence p-day as well, always a plus. Oh
and it is my 18 month mark, so some of us who came together went to
Hayfords and got pizza! It was sweet! Yeah it’s been a good day for
sure! Well, this should be a good week
here in Cape. All is going well, life is good! Thank you for everything
though, you are the literal best!!! I love you so much, thank you for
all you do for me! Never can EVER say it enough! Love you!
Happy Groundhog Day to you and to Bill Murray!
Hope you all have a nice day and that the groundhog sees his shadow! Or
not, I really don’t remember which is good. We only have grasscutters here, but
I guess they must be cousins so maybe I will go find one and have
him take a gander at his shadow (or lack thereof). This has been a good
week though, on the news of the WWE in the ward, we had a great day
yesterday because the stake pres came and released the bishop and Brother Ewudzie
is the new one!!! Yeah I am so excited, it is gonna be sweet! He is a powerful guy and will lead
things forward for sure! That quote from President Hinckley is just
wonderful though, thanks for sending it! [I plead with you to control
your tempers, to put a smile upon your faces, which will erase anger; speak out
with words of love and peace, appreciation, and respect. If you will do this, your lives will be without
regret.] How true it is! I will keep my eye out for Elder Johnson next month.
Gotta meet the boy from the home village (Preston) since that is where
my blood is from hahahaha. He will have a great mission, how lucky he is
to come to this place; we are the luckiest missionaries in the world!
HOLY COW!!!! I nearly had a heart attack when I read how much gas prices
are! That is crazy! Man I could fill the Mazda for like $10 bucks then!
Man here they do it by liters and it’s like 3.70 for a liter, so IDK how
that really converts haha... Glad to hear that sleepy little
Kaysville is getting the all star treatment! Just need an In-N-Out and
it will be set! Ah I never got to go to the castle to check on the nativity,
P-days are always hectic and every other day is hectic as well...sorry!
I will do my best to get around to it one of these days though I
promise. So my running shoes literally got stolen by puppies so I don’t
have them anymore. I need to go buy a pair haha!
Well, the week has been good. We had the
opportunity to watch the film Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration
with some of our recent converts. They kind of fell asleep, but I really
enjoyed it! The Prophet Joseph had such an amazing life. I always love
hearing about him and learning how the Lord restored everything through
him. The Church is true and anyone who denies that is missing out on
soooo many blessings! I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet because of
the fact that I have read and prayed about his life and the Book of
Mormon. The Spirit testifies. I don’t know if you are all reading the
Book of Mormon regularly back home, but I issue a challenge to all who
read this. I challenge you all to begin now to read the Book of Mormon.
Read it daily. I have 6 months left; you can finish by the time I get
back. I promise that if you begin to do so now, the Lord will open your
eyes to so many things. He will pour out His Spirit upon you. You will
know it is true. The choice is up to you, you can now choose to receive
that blessing or pass it up!
Fun fact, last month the mission baptized 123
people. We get a printout each month as zone leaders and it blew me away
when I saw that! Wow that is a whole ward that we are baptizing each
month! See how the work of the
Lord moves forward, a stone cut without hands and is filling the whole
earth! I am so humbled to be able to take part in this amazing work.
Let’s see, this week on Saturday we had the trainers meeting for the Ward
Mission Leaders that we were planning and it was great! We all instructed
as zone leader companionships and it went well! We ourselves instructed
on the importance of developing a ward mission plan and carrying it out
with the entire ward! It was great; everyone said they learned a lot
from the meeting. That is a problem here in Ghana, the WML's really don’t
know what to do and what their duties are. They are usually just called
and left with no training. So hopefully it will help them and the work
move forward. OH and we had a great miracle happen this week. S, the
woman with the debt problem who couldn't be baptized, informed us that
she paid it all off!!! So we are planning for her baptism on the 14th! I
am so excited, it is a miracle and now the family of the person who
cheated her is even paying her the money back! It shows how sometimes
the Lord will test our faith and loyalty but if we endure, he will exalt
us above our problems! That is the great test! Well, that is
basically what is up here! We are doing well though, life is moving
onward and it is great! I am happy and healthy! Thanks for everything! I
love you sooo much! You are the best!