Monday, April 7, 2014

Muslim Mormon Missionary

This week my companion and I met this super nice old Muslim lady that wants to teach us Housa, which.. I think it is like Arabic... but not? I am not really sure, but it is fun to learn! Asalaam aleikum. Alaah kieme Gobe. You know. Stufff like that. Then today, we were walking in Cape Coat and a man called us over. He was in a little argument with a Muslim man and asked me the "pastor" to clarify. I answered the question and apparently it was on the side of the Muslim man because he yelled "Thank you" very loud and went down and kissed my feet. That one is new.

Another good week in Nyenasi and we have some good progression going on. We got a referral for a man named Kwaku whose wife just died from the Branch President. It wasn't really supposed to be a referral, we just happened to run into him in the town and he mentioned that he was going to a man whose wife had died. I remembered an instruction from President Monson that we should go to people with a recent death or a recent birth and share the plan of salvation with them. We started teaching him and all was going well. A few days later we checked in with the President on how Kwaku was receiving the message and he said, "Oh you actually went to see him? I guess I forgot to tell you that he was a fetish priest and is really into juju." Wow... great.. just great. The last time we had seen Kwaku, he said that if we don't come back there would be a problem. Now we understood that that problem could be resolved by him actually turning us into frogs or something!! So. We went back. A little cautious. But Armed with the spirit. He told us that he had a big question for us and he has faith in us and with act on any answer we give him. He asked if killing someone with juju who did something bad was a sin. To sum up the 30 minute conversation with him was, Yes. Yes it is. One thing led to another and he loves the Plan of Salvation and committed to be baptized. God is a wonderful God.

On Saturday April 5, we had a movie night and watched the Mountain of the Lord. To add to the list of all the cool things that happened on April 6th, the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated. It was a nice Sacrament meeting with people bearing testimony of the temple and of the Restoration.

It is so marvelous that Jesus Christ loves us so much. Oh it is Wonderful. Wonderful to me.
Pic 1- My companion, Elder Bannerman and me outside the chapel

Pic 2- Us and a sweet Recent convert family. The baby loves missionaries and one her first words was "Elder"
Pic 3-Beautiful Nyenasi
Pic 4- Our Draft board we made by hand!!

Pic 5- My friend the hummingbird

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This week has been yet another adventure!

This week has been yet another adventure!

Here is a few things.
While proselyting, we went to an investigator's house and no one was around except for a woman laying down by a tree. As we got closer, she sat up and started yelling at us and screaming. I was a little scared for a second until I saw that she was tied up to the tree... Wait. Who would tie someone to a tree?? Well. It is an everyday thing out here in the village.

People make the coolest things out of simple materials. In my mission, I have seen some cool stuff but this week one tops them! A Bike made out of bamboo!

We are teaching a sweet family, Clement and Victoria. The first time I met Victoria I told her that she had the same name as my junior sister. She got really happy and I showed her a picture of the Riehle
Victoria. Now I always call her "my junior sister". This week we went to teach them but they had not come back from their farm. Victoria has a little broom selling business. But not regular brooms. Ghana Brooms! Made from cutting bits of palm fronds! We sat there and just started making her brooms for her. When they came back and found us serving them they were so shocked and happy! The spirit was so sweet when we taught them after. Service is powerful!

Can't go to Ghana with out some sort of ailment. Right now I have this bacterial growth on my face under my nose. It is about the size of a thumbnail and looks like a Hitler Stash, which is a little
unfortunate. Luckily no one here knows who Hitler is and no one has made the connection. I have gotten some cream so it should be going away soon!

Ghana has a sweet game called Draft/Dam. It is alot like checkers but with some different rules and a 10x10 board. The biggest of which is that you have to be really extreme while playing, like slamming the pieces down and yelling expletives at your opponent. (I usually don't play with the last one.) Elder Bannerman and I enjoy playing (even though he is from Ghana and can kick my trash) So this Monday, we made our own Draft boards! It involved cutting out 100 pieces for the board and sanding and nailing and phew. It was work but they turned out really nice! I will send a picture next week!

All is Vell!