This last week Elder A. and I had the wonderful opportunity to venture into the Upper East region of Ghana, where the Church has one branch. We conducted companionship exchanges with our elders up there, and it was a blast. The branch there is doing AMAZING. It was great to go up and teach a bunch of people. Thursday I was with Elders A. and S., we rode bikes all around the area and taught like crazy. I love building relationships with the members of our zone, and it was really great to see our elders that are so far from our area (about 3 hours to be precise). The scenery is different than our area, I tried to take some pictures to show you.
This week we will be having our zone conference with the visit of Elder Bragg a member of the Quorum of the seventy. He is visiting our mission, and he will speak to us on the 8th. We will be traveling to listen, and to have our zone conference, with our Christmas dinner with president and his wife.
Dear Family, I am doing really good!!! My first area is North Carolina.
Sister S. my trainer, is awesome, she is from Utah, she plays basketball and lacrosse, she has been out 10 months and this is her second time training. She is pure awesome.
The landscape here… there is no horizon because the mountains our view is mostly always trees. There are a lot of winding back roads, but it is beautiful! the leaves are starting to change colors. The people are mostly nice, even if they don’t want to talk to you. I have already had a good experience with rejection on the door step.
We are teaching some cute kids right now, they are a part member family. They are 8 and 9, and super cute. Their baptism date is planned for oct 22nd, so hopefully that will happen.
Tracting here is so different, the houses are not close to each other. Most of the time we drive to the bottom of a hill, hike to the top where there are three houses, hike back down then drive to another hill and hike up it to three or so houses, hike back down and continue the routine. We mostly get to the top and are kindly told they are baptist and not interested. Then we head off the hill and I make up some song about just wanting to give out a Book of Mormon or trying to get into houses.
The work is good 🙂
I AM HAPPY
The work here in this area is progressing well. Brother I. will hopefully be baptized this week. We are meeting new people all the time. One of the coolest things ever happened this week. Elder D. and I started teaching someone who Elder A. decided to drop from our teaching pool. We began teaching him and reminding him of the wonderful things he felt when he was taught the first time. In a lesson we taught him about the Holy Ghost and baptism, Elder D. felt prompted to do something really powerful. He looked at this brother and said “I want you to be silent for 60 seconds. All of us will be quiet and I really want you to focus on how you feel. I know that you will feel the Holy Ghost. When the 60 seconds is up, tell me how you feel.” We all went quiet. 5 seconds later, he exclaimed “I know that this is the truth!” It was so amazing to see him find the truth so boldly and instantly. He is a man of great faith. He came to church on Sunday and I know he will progress well.
Life is great. We got water back. I am learning how to cook all sorts of great Ghanaian dishes. People here loooove cassava and plantain. They use it in almost everything. They also love pepper, which is alright with me! The soil in Ghana is very fertile, so a lot of people have farms, where they grow all their cassava and plantain. Ha. It is one of the most popular professions. People here are also super good with their hands. Seeing a Ghanaian in the kitchen will blow you away! The people here are absolutely amazing. I will send a video of me pounding fufu very soon. I am learning new things every single day and trying hard to become like a Ghanaian!
Have a great week everyone. Stay blessed.
Je sais qu’il vit, mon Rédempteur! – 28 mars 2016
|What a glorious spring day after a beautiful day of celebrating the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. Though we should remember Christ’s Atonement and Resurrection everyday, I find it joyous to celebrate it on a specific Sunday as well.|
It was another great week in the N. A week well invested and enjoyed. As always, there were highs and lows, miracles and tragedies, and so many blessings.
As I am sure everyone is informed, more so than us probably, of the missionaries from this mission who were injured in the Bruxelles attack, I don’t need to write much. However, I am simply grateful for each one of them, their service, their examples to me throughout their missions, and their attitudes and courage through this time. I know each of them, Elder Norby and Elder Wells more than Soeur Clain and Elder Empey, but each of them have taught me something and I am glad to know they were protected and kept alive. I never thought I would experience 3 major terrorist attacks on my mission and be so close to it all, but it has been such a learning experience and testimony to me that God watches over and comforts His servants.
|I have gained a better glimpse of how badly this world needs the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It is truly by studying and living the teachings and following the example of He who was perfect. To finish my work in France with Easter has been such a blessing, especially following the events of the week. I know that this life is not the end. I know that Jesus Christ suffered and died for us just as I know that He lives for us. He lives! He has been resurrected and He lives today! What great joy and hope I have because of Him.|
I cannot express in words how grateful I am to have been given the honor, privilege, and responsibility to share the restored gospel with the people in France for the past 18 months. It has been absolutely incredible. Words simply cannot convey what it has been like to serve in this mission. I know that this is the work of God. The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true and living church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth today. It was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith by the priesthood authority of God. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and contains the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is true and it is real. The power from reading, studying, and applying it is real. I know that God has a plan and it is a plan of happiness, eternal and everlasting joy. It is in knowing this plan and doing the best one can to live the gospel by faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost, and finally enduring to the end, that we may achieve true happiness in this life and in the life to come.
|Jesus Christ lives. He is our savior. He is the Son of God. His Atonement is real.|
I love my savior and I love being a missionary. I have been bracing myself for the retour but I know that I don’t have to stop being a missionary once I am released and remove my plaque. This work needs everyone, member and missionary, every single person to being doing missionary work. It is the most important work. Inviting others unto Christ. Living the gospel daily, helping others know Christ through our actions and words, inviting them to partake of the joyous and delicious fruit of the gospel. It’s what it’s all about.
Je vous aime tous. Merci pour votre soutien et amour. Vous êtes les meilleurs.