Monday, November 24, 2014

Sightings of Elder Green at the Ghana MTC

What surprised Cameron upon arriving at the Ghana MTC (all U.S. missionaries were asked this question): "Africans eat everything, even the bones on chicken."




Slide show of the November 14 Ghana MTC Group (Cameron's Group). Can you find Cameron among all the missionaries?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MTC Temple Trip in Accra Ghana

Hey everyone! I have so much to tell you and i dont know how much time i have. The mtc here is so so awesome! i am learning tons and it is so spiritual. there are tons of pioneers here with me. my roommate is the first person to serve from his country Zambia. there are 19 countries represented in this group which is like the most countries here at one time ever. My companion is Elder Eybio. (eh-e-bee-oh). he is so amazing. he is 23 years old and short. he is the only member in his family and just joined the church three years ago. he is from nigeria and speaks english. i am just now starting to understand what he says. the nigerians are the hardest to understand. me and him like to laugh and play jokes on each other. here in the mtc, is very hot. i never stop sweating because there is no air conditioning in most rooms. i stay very tired because i have lots to do and study for. the food is not what i'll be eating out in the field. for breakfast we have a boiled egg, lots of good yummy bread, and oatmeal. lunch we have rice, chicken or fish and fruit. dinner is the same kind of food as lunch. they feed us so much here so don't worry about me going hungry. all the africans don't understand why i am not green. they are seriously so confused that my name is green but i am white! its funny here because most africans dont know how to pronounce other african's names haha. 

i had the opportunity to go to the temple today. it took about an hour to get through accra and tema. i saw some interesting things on the journey. chickens roam around everywhere. lots of dirt and unfinished buildings. everything is sold on the streets. i saw two dogs trying to create life with each other. all of the police officers carry ak-47s with them. signs that say"ignorance of the law is no excuse". i am so ready to get to my area because it is so so so cool!!!!!! most of the americans are serving in accra west mission. i guess its because its the safest. the temple is absolutely beautiful and its so cool that the church here is alive and strong.

i have only worn two shirts and one pair of pants this whole time because i dont feel like handwashing my clothes. my district has five americans and five africans. i have grown to love them very much and we like to have fun together.

i have been studying and teaching a ton. i teach a couple investigators each day. my companion and i have a hard time since we can't understand each other very well. i don't know if we talk about the same topic while teaching. i will get better so i am not worried.

the mtc is great. the gospel is true i promise. i will endure to the end and do great many things. last year, there were 20,000 people baptized in west africa. we are on track to go over that number this year even without the ebola countries. we weren't allowed to shake hands the first day i got here but now we can.

Love, Elder Green








Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 14 MTC Group


Elder Green on the right hand side, fifth row on the end. 95 missionaries in the November 13 Ghana MTC Group. This is the most diverse group to be at the Ghana MTC; missionaries in this group are from Benin, Botswana, Congo, DR Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Philippines, Samoa, South Africa, Togo, Tonga, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

African Statistics: LDS Church

African Statistical Snapshot

Our misssions come to the MTC from the following African countries: 
Benin
  •  | 1,439
  •  | 1
  •  | 11
  •  | 1
DRC
  •  | 37,909
  •  | 2
  •  | 130
  •  | 11
Cote D'Ivoire
  •  | 22,576
  •  | 2
  •  | 72
  •  | 9
Ghana
  •  | 57,748
  •  | 4
  •  | 168
  •  | 1
  •  | 34
    Kenya
  •  | 12,184
  •  | 1
  •  | 41
  •  | 2
    Madagascar
  •  | 9,826
  •  | 1
  •  | 38
  •  | 1
Nigeria
  •  | 118, 139
  •  | 5
  •  | 378
  •  | 1
  •  | 45
    South Africa
  •  | 59.385
  •  | 3
  •  | 154
  •  | 61
    Togo
  •  | 2,307
  •  | 12
  •  | 1
  • Uganda
  •  | 12,380
  •  | 1
  •  | 26
  •  | 2
    Zimbabwe
  •  | 25,001
  •  | 1
  •  | 60
  •  | 4
Africa
  •  | 421,892
  •  | 29
  •  | 1,281
  •  | 3
  •  | 193
Worldwide Statistics
  •  | 15,082,028
  •  | 406
  •  | 88,000
  •  | 15
  •  | 143
  •  | 29,253
  •  | 4
  •  | 397,007
  •  | 359,828
  •  | 4,789
  •  | 133
  •  | 182
  •  | 11,925
  •  | 189

Friday, November 14, 2014

Made it to Ghana: God Answers Prayers

Well I am here and I am safe. it was a long flight and I was all by myself! -.- All the other seven elders met up in London so they got a nice flight but I guess I was by myself because im the strongest ;)

I was feeling really sad and lonely when i left. but then i prayed the whole way to Atlanta and i read my patriarchal blessing. i have so many good things going for me and i know that my father in heaven loves me. i have never been happier in my life. mom, i am so happy to be here and i hope that me crying at the airport didn't make you worry.

Today, i am checking in and i just got my nametag :) my companion is elder Eyibio and he is from Nigeria. I have not met him yet so i am not sure that he is coming. my roomates are from Zambia, tonga, and samoa. they are so cool and i love them. it is hot in the mtc because we have no air conditioning in most of the rooms. but it is okay i will get used to it maybe! I know that this is what i am supposed to do and it is worth missing you guys for a while.

Much love, Elder Green

p.s. i don't capitalize very often because the shift key is tiny!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Heading to Ghana

Cameron (now known as Elder Green) left Arkansas on November 12, 2014 to report to the Ghana MTC on November 13. His flight took him from Little Rock, Arkansas to Atlanta then to Amsterdam and on to Accra. What an adventure!

This is the place to monitor what is going on with Elder Green over the next two years. As he sends letters and pictures, I (Dad) will post them here for all of us to enjoy.
Cameron in the Little Rock Airport


video
Cameron waiting in Atlanta for his connecting flight to Amsterdam