Monday, May 4, 2015

Teaching Families, working hard, and no electricity at the house

Week of April 27-May 3

Tuesday- We are preparing Enoch and George for baptism on the third. Today we taught them about the gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, enduring to the end). It was sweet papaa. As I taught the lesson, 

Wednesday- I woke up at 5 and we went to the temple site for a big mission conference thing. Elder Evans came to speak to all of the Ghana Accra mission and Accra West mission combined. Elder Curtis and Elder Vincent were there also. Three general authorities. Evans came to talk to us about following the rules and how the church in Ghana can improve. The mtc is being built right next to the temple so it was kind of noisy but you could feel the spirit so strong. I don't know why but the hymn that makes me feel the spirit the strongest is Called to Serve. When both missions sang it together, it light up everything.  
Before we received instruction from elder Evans, my mission watched a movie called Freetown. It's about missionaries in Liberia during the civil war. I encourage all to watch it. Because it was filmed in Ghana and everything is exactly like my areas. You can see how the houses are, what it's like to travel, how the people dress, and learn more about the culture. The acting isn't that great though. 

Thursday- I woke up and I made me my first japotty. It's a popular Ugandan food. It turned out okay for my first time. When It was time to go out, we went out and first went to Grandma Kristy. This was the second time teaching her. Her concern was about baptism. She was baptized by sprinkling when she was a baby. And she believes it is okay. It was hard to teach her because she told us exactly how Christ was baptized and how that's the right way. But she still felt like her baptism is okay. I showed her a scripture in Ephesians about how there should be one baptism. We'll work on her more during the week. Then we met with Godwin(recent convert). He'll be goin to the temple on the 9th. It's sweet to see him progress and get into the temple. He's solid and is doing great. Has the priesthood and everything. Then we saw Balinda and talked about the Book of Mormon. During the lesson my companion asked me if I had my Book of Mormon with the mustache on it (I stuck a mustache on my personal bom just so you know). I cracked up during the most spiritual part because i just had the thought, "what would it be like if all book of Mormons had mustaches?" Ugh it was bad so I prayed and asked for strength to stop laughing. I then stopped laughing. It ended up being a great lesson and she'll read it. After lunch, we saw Isaac. Baptism will be the 3rd. He is so ready and we just answered his questions. He had a lot about how God blesses us and if he loves everyone. Then a scripture just popped into my mind. It was 3rd nephi chapter 10 I think. About how Christ will gather us like a hen gathers her chicks. Then he told us he was thinking about how hens do that just recently. After Isaac, we say Joyce and kingsford. They have a sweet family. They'll be going to the temple for the second time on the 9th. We also saw Enoch and George. They are so ready for their baptism. We talked about the commandments. Chastity, word of wisdom, tithes and offerings, and sabbath day. I realized that by paying your tithing is the best way to show God that you are thankful and that you appreciate Him. Light off at home again.  
Friday- In the morning me and Elder Carson played catch with the baseball. I'm helping him get back in shape for college ball. It was hard for me though. My eyes can barely see the ball. The only time I can see it is right when it leaves his hand. So I just have that to know where to put the glove. When we went out we went to David. He wasn't there again. We haven't seen him in about 2 weeks now. It's really frustrating. But we did see Charles. We read Moroni 6:4-6 with him and told him why we are baptized and go to church. I don't think he will ever come. Then the last part was very frustrating. He just was asking some questions that are unanswerable and didn't like anything we said after that. After I chopped fried rice and chicken for lunch, we went and saw some sweet French speakers. They are from Ivory Coast and Gabon but are here to learn English. They are doing very well! But I love them because they are so nice and they understand me and I know more twi than them. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and the restoration. They really enjoyed it and now they have a desire to know what church is true. We had our baptism interviews with George and Enoch. The zone leaders came to interview them. George is going to have to wait till next week and so Enoch was so sweet and decided to wait for George to clear some things up so they can be baptized together. They are so prepared and ready for baptism though. Light off again so that means no sleep for the 4th night in a row... 

Saturday- I love it when whole families gather around when we come and visit them. I don't really get to teach a whole family very often. Today we saw Marvis and her family again. They were all so nice and listened very well. We taught about the Book of Mormon and now they are willing to read and pray as a family. We then went to see some women named Unis and Angila. Angila went to church a long time ago but she wants to come again we found out. And Unis is her friend. They also have a nice family. Later in the afternoon we saw Isaac. He's so ready for his baptism and so excited. But he was kinda feeling down today. We were able to make him feel better and while doing so, I got really happy. By the end of the lesson, I couldn't stop smiling! Then we went over and saw Esther. She's sweet and is doing good. We didn't teach her. Just said hello and checked up on her. Hopefully she shows up to church. 

Sunday- Bishop invited the missionaries to pec meeting at 7:30. It was good to talk about things to help the ward. 4 investigators showed up to church. Isaac was supposed to be baptized right after church but he didn't show up. :(.  I went to the perspective elders class today and learned how to baptize. I like going in there because all the recent converts who are getting ready to receive the melchezedick priesthood go there. It's fun to help them. Later that night bishop invited us over for dinner. He's so awesome and a really good bishop. He's only been a member for about four years but he's great. We had yam and contombre. My favorite!!! Then we suffered because of light off again... Cameron Green  

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