Monday, May 4, 2015

Week of April 20-26

Week of April 20-26

Tuesday- I woke up early in the morning and found out that the zone leaders called and they wanted me to go on a 24 hour exchange with one of them. So I packed my bags and got ready for it. I went with Elder Beacom to his area and I stayed the night in his apartment. It was a really cool experience and helped me a lot. It was just nice to get out and do something new for the day. One thing that I learned from him was that speaking twi can help in the lessons. We convinced two girls that he was from Kumasi and that he is black. As we make friends with our investigators, they will begin to trust us and will start to be more open. 

Wednesday- It was a pretty good day. We met a cool lady with a Mohawk so we taught her. She had some good questions that we were able to answer. One of the questions was "what does the word 'saint' mean"? The word saint means Sanctification through Jesus Christ. As we follow Christ, we are cleansed and become saints. Most people here think that saint means that we drink blood or call demons. Later in the day we had a very powerful lesson. We took Isaac (the person who we baptized last Sunday) with us to teach another guy named Isaac (who should've been baptized last week but had to travel so he will be baptized on the 3rd). We found out that Isaac has been drinking and smoking a little bit so we taught him about a lot of good stuff to help him stop but we pretended like we didn't know about his problem because he never told us about it. The Isaac that was baptized helped a lot and it would not have been a successful lesson without him. Teaching with members is necessary and needs to happen more often but sadly, it's pretty hard to get them to come out with us. 

Thursday- We did finding and contacting first thing in the morning. We met a girl named Latishia. She let us sit down and talk with her. She had some cute puppies so I held one while I taught. We talked about why there are so many churches in the world today and what we need to do to find Christ's church- The same church that He established while he was on the earth. She wants us to come back and learn more with her. 
       I have been trying to follow the promptings of the spirit more often. Especially during lessons. When we taught my recent convert Godwin, I was able to do that. We planned to teach one thing but then I ended up only talking about the priesthood and I know that it was what he needed. Later that day we saw another recent convert named Joyce. The whole family is a member and lately we've been teaching about family prayer and then family scripture study. My companion and I were trying to think of something else to teach to strengthen the family. Both of us thought about service. It was perfect. 

Friday- The morning was really rough for me. We were out all morning and all of our people weren't being serious so they told us to come another day -.-   That means a full morning of finding and contacting. In the hot sun. So we found some people that might be serious. We met and sat down with this 19 year old that is learning English. He's teaching himself and is doing very well. Then later in the day we read Enos 1:2-8 with Isaac and it helped him understand forgiveness and repentance and faith. He told us that we can read his mind because that's what he needed help on.  We then went to see my recent convert Jessica. She turned 11 today. Before we got to her house we bought her a big fanta. But then we found out that she travelled and won't be back home until late next week! So we drank half of the fanta. Then we let a little kid have a sip but she slobbered all over that thing so we just gave it to her. Then we taught Enoch and George. They should be baptized on the 3rd. They are sweet and have good questions and really want to know the truth. I explained the bom to them and now they have one. Now they can know that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer, Joseph smith is a true prophet of God, and that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the one and only true church on the earth. 

Saturday- Another hard day trying to find more serious people. We met this old lady and she let us sit down with her. She is a catholic and has been all her life. We talked about following Christ and then about how the Godhead is three separate beings. She tried to argue and then ended up proving herself wrong. Because of that, she is willing to pray and have us come back again. Then we met a lady named savina. She's really really cool and had her whole family gather around us to listen. I don't get many opportunities to teach whole families so it was way cool. She had a nice house and has been to the US many times. She was receptive and loved what our purpose is. We'll visit her again soon. Then we taught McCarthy. He comes to church a lot but has a lot of issues with things. His best friend is Chris and Chris is a member but he is iffy on coming to church. Us teaching McCarthy is helping Chris come to church more often. For dinner, a member fed us fufu and it was absolutely delicious. We ate it too fast. I'm getting to love fufu. It's not as spicy anymore and I can swallow big huge chunks of it now. 

Sunday- I went to church and four of our investigators showed up. They all are progressing very well. Three of them should be baptized next week and the other one I just met today and found out he just moved here from another ward close by. He's been taught all the lessons and well see If he's ready for baptism or not. We are being blessed right now. New people are finding us and are prepared. It's really cool to see how The Lord works. Right when we think we have no more serious people, someone is placed right in our path. I hope everyone had a nice Sunday and that you learned a lot. I sure did. 

Today- I am at the temple site and it is so beautiful.
 Elder Green

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