Sunday, October 20, 2013


Wow. I am sure I have said this before but Wow! Time flies by so quick! It is probably because from dawn to dust we are busy busy busy. We walk allll day and its great! I have gone down 3 belt holes in my belt buckle! We are trying to get bikes so that we can see even MORE people in the day. That is our problem. We have so many people to see, there isn't even enough light in the week to see them all!

One of our biggest goals for the branch has been to set up a mid week! So far it has been a bit like pulling teeth... but we are on it! This week Elder Richards and I built a volleyball net! to go along with our Basketball hoop. It has been fun to see kids going and playing on our court. 

I had THE coolest thing happen yesterday. Totally fulfillment of Doctrine and Covenant prophesy. We were meeting with some guys who are in Agona for a national service requirement to graduate university. So they are very educated but also very polite. One of them is Muslim but knows the Bible very well. We were going over the Plan of Salvation. Everything we said, he really agreed with, or that's also what his religion believed except for the big separator in our doctrine. That of the Divine Ministry of the Savior Jesus Christ. Our Muslim friend, Khalid, pointed a scripture in the Bible where it says A prophet will come who will die for our sins. He read that thinking Mohammad. Then it happened. Words started coming out of my mouth that I didn't know and couldn't back up! I said that the Book of Mormon had the same prophecy in it. Shoot! I had no idea if it was or not! I started going off on this and I cant even remember the words I said. I said I would have to go and come to find it (thinking I was going to have to read 1 Nephi to Moroni) and then right then. Bam. I opened up my scripts and read 1 Nephi 10:4 "A prophet would the Lord God raise up among the Jews- even a Messiah or, in other words, a Savior of the World".

Had I read that scripture before? Yes. Did I know that scripture was there? No. But was I able to use it when I needed it most? Oh yes. D&C 84:85 "treasure up in your minds continually the words of life and it shall be given to you in the very hour that portion meted unto every man"

I think I just got meted.
I always loved hearing stories like that. It truly happens! 

Press forward in your faith!

Elder Riehle

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Water Situation

I have been asked a few times what the water situation is. We have a HUGE tank of water that has 2500 kl in it. For that we are set. BUT, the problem is power. Ghana's power is super unreliable. So last week, every time I tried to do email, the power would go out!! But its all about Priorities. If I really wanted to email friends, I wouldn't have gone to Africa for two years. Getting my priorities straight! If I
know why I am here I have no need to fear. This past week, I had a sweet experience with a man named Henry. I met with him the first time 3ish months ago and he was very contentious. For some reason, we felt like we should call him again. This time we met him with our Elders Quorum President and it went 100% better. Having a member there was key. Henry understood so much better what we were trying to say and said something so so powerful. "If this church is true.... there is a lot of work to do." Wow. So true. If there is truth, it is going to take a LOT of work to do. I have heard that Conference was great... I haven't actually seen it yet. I had no idea it even happened till I saw it mentioned in an email! The mission will probably send it out to the branches in a few weeks... but it will be in Fante... So one day one day I will see it. Some updates on Michael Dreamson I talked about a
few weeks ago. He is officially off the wanted list from Cote D'ivoire and is going to be baptized on October 27th. This week was the one year anniversary of him meeting with the missionaries!

This week was an anniversary to something else! Saturday was the day that Alma and Amulek rent the prison walls in twain! In Alma 14:23 it says "on the twelfth day of the tenth month." October 12th!!

I found THE greatest scripture this week, for me.. maybe not so much for you.... Whenever I am feeling down, I will ask my self, "Who is a super cool missionary?" and then I will open up to Alma 32:35 and read, "Oh then, is it not Riehle (real)?" Why yes Alma. I think you are right!

Shout out to Cub Scout pack 55 from Chesapeake Virginia for having one of their t-shirts make it all the way to Africa!!