About Me

My name is Ben Jamison Eldredge and I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For the next two years I will be sharing my testimony of the Gospel with the people of Ghana.

Monday, July 10, 2017

'Merica

Hey, everyone!

Abdul
Being a missionary just keeps getting better and better, sadly time is also going faster and faster. Gotta make the most of what time I have left. This week was such a great week though. It had some sweet moments. We made some tacos for our stake president and his family on Monday night, celebrated the Fourth of July on Tuesday, had a great MLC on Thursday, and got some good news on Sunday!

Monday night, we had some missionaries staying at our apartment because they are training and needed to come in close to the mission home because their areas are so far away. We all went to our stake president's house in the evening and made tacos for him and his family. President loved them, but most everyone else couldn't eat theirs.. haha so all the missionaries had to eat five or so to finish all of them. I don't think they will want us to make anything for them again..

We have four Americans in our district, so on Tuesday we celebrated the Fourth of July by going to Eddy's Pizza and bought the biggest pizza's possible. I couldn't finish more than half of mine and my stomach is still in pain... Cheese is a killer if you haven't eaten much of it in two years.

We had MLC on Thursday, and it was really uplifting. Our focus for this transfer is finding in all its forms. That is something we definitely need to work on too. Sometimes it is easy for us to get lazy with finding new people because it is kind of easy to get a big teaching pool, but it is our duty to continue to find all the time. 

One insight I liked is in Moroni 7, where tells us the role of angels: 

31 And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfill and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him.

32 And by so doing, the Lord God prepareth the way that the residue of men may have faith in Christ, that the Holy Ghost may have place in their hearts, according to the power thereof; and after this manner bringeth to pass the Father, the covenants which he hath made unto the children of men.

Angels are declaring the word unto the chosen vessels constantly so that they can bear testimony of Him. We are the chosen vessels as we keep the commandments and are willing to obey the Lord. This is how we can become an instrument in the hands of God so the residue of men may have faith in Christ. Awesome!

The rest of our week was great and busy as usual. On Sunday we had ward council meeting, and got some good news! Jeremiah will be able to get baptized as soon as we finish teaching him the lessons! Thank you everyone who prayed and fasted for him. The ward has been so loving to him and they are all still looking for a job for him. Hopefully we will find something for him to do.

Life is good. I love it here. I know this gospel is true, and that the Savior lives, and loves us. If we turn to Him, he will make life worth living.

Have a great week!! Love,


ELDER ELDREDGE

Tacos

Fourth of July


Monday, July 3, 2017

Lots and Lots of Walking

Hey, everyone

another week has just flown by. Can't believe it is already July! Things are still going great with Jeremiah. He is progressing quickly, but not sure when things will be in place for him to get baptized. This was the last week of the transfer, and it is crazy how fast the transfer went. Things need to slow down a little. 

This week was full of walking. Lots and lots of walking. We are getting a lot of great investigators and referrals, the only thing that makes it hard is that all of our investigators are on the edges of our area, so we have to trek pretty far to see all of them. It is a bummer when you walk super far and then people are not around, or busy or something. 

We had some really great moments this week though. One of them was on Sunday evening. We started teaching a sister last week and in our first lesson we basically taught her all about Joseph Smith and the Restoration, which isn't very common. Usually we don't get to that point in a first lesson with someone, but Sunday's lesson was perfect because of what we taught her last week. She gained a lot of trust in us and she told us a lot of what she is going through and some addictions she is having. We were able to answer all of her questions and give her peace by reading from the Book of Mormon. We read like 4 different passages from the Book of Mormon with her that day and it taught her way better than i could teach her. I felt good after the lesson feeling like the Lord lead us to know how to really help her in what she needed. 

I love the Book of Mormon so much. It can change lives, and it does change lives. 

Despite having a bit of a slow week, there were still some great moments. I love it here so much. 

Hope you all have a great week! 


love,

Elder Eldredge

Monday, June 26, 2017

Unspeakable

Hey, everyone

She smacked the camera
Where do i begin? This week was unspeakable for two reasons. First reason is because I don't really know how to describe my feelings to you, and that might be good because of the second reason why my week is unspeakable; Due to some situations we are having with one of my favorite investigators, Jeremiah. In order to keep him safe I wont go into detail, all that has happened with him. He is doing great! He has felt the Spirit of God. He is changing me. That will have to suffice I guess. If you want to know more into detail you will have to email me personally.

So, this week was AWESOME! I am at the point where i love being here so much, that i am even going to miss having failed appointments and having investigators hide from us! I love being a missionary. 

Angela is also doing great! She has some bad voices around her telling her a lot of things, and Satan is really trying to stop her from coming to church, but we are smarter than Satan. We woke up early on Sunday to go to her house and pick her up for church! She came and now has so many solid good friends! We were pretty happy about that. 

We went on exchanges with Akweteman this week, which was great! I spent the day with Elder Wunderlich, and we had a good time. Half of our day was spent trying to get their stubborn baptismal font filled up. We tried three times, but ran into random problems each time and couldn't get it filled up. 

Sunday night, we were on our way home and started talking to a super nice Muslim man from the Bronx. At length, our conversation came to the subject of how much money we spend on average a day, and we told him we usually spend about 10-12 cedis, which is about 3 dollars, and he just looked at us with the shocked/concerned look on his face and said, "that is just not enough! Come take some stuff!" And he took us into his shop where he sells bulk goods from Sam's club and gave us some coco puff and fruit loops and some cranberry juice! Jack pot! 

Today was a solid day too. We went to Achimota and played a game of Ultimate Frisbee, which made me think of Parker even more haha. I also brought my gloves and taught a Ghanian kid how to play catch. He loved it! 

I am so happy to be here, and to serve my Master. This is the greatest thing I've ever done. I love my Savior. His gospel is true! 

Have a great week y'all! 


Elder Eldredge  



Weekly Planning


Baseball has come to Ghana

Monday, June 19, 2017

Miracles

Hey, everyone,

This week was so good! We got to meet a lot of new people, and some are really solid. The weather was great all week with overcast almost everyday and one day was pretty rainy so walking around with umbrellas and no sweat dripping down my face felt pretty good. We were supposed to have a baptism this week, but turns out Wisdom, our candidate is still 8 years old lol so we technically werent supposed to teach him. It was still fun to teach him though, he is a great kid. 

The first half of our week was a little slow. We had multi-zone conference on Wednesday, and some good friends gave their "dying" testimonies which was so so so weird to me. A dying testimony is the last testimony given by a missionary at his/her last zone meeting. Elder Mantz, my former companion is Swedru gave his and I just felt weird the whole time. I dread the day i give my dying testimony.

Thursday, we went to get a free dental check up close to my first area. There were some people from the states doing a service project and they gave all the missionaries free check ups. Almost all of the people there served in Ghana on their missions. I only knew one of them but it was fun to talk to them about mission stories. Plus. they gave me a sweet Spongebob tooth brush. Score. 
Friday and Saturday were incredibly busy trying to make up for all the time we lost in Wednesday and Thursday. We saw the Lord's hand all over the place! We met some super prepared people! 

Miracles:

Miracle 1: We went to try to teach an investigator, but she wasn't home. We knew of a guy in her area who was spreading a lot of terrible rumors about the church and scaring a lot of the community. So, we decided that we would try to contact his house and talk to him so he could know what we really talk about. We went to the door we thought was his, and when the door opened, we were invited in and started talking to a young man. He told us that he wants to change his life and be baptized and asked us how he can do that.... My jaw was on the floor. We went there expecting to face an anti-Mormon, and got the complete opposite. His name is Greg. He was on his way to church yesterday when he had to go to the hospital because his aunt went into labor. so next week.

Miracle 2: We were walking through Nima, which is a really big Zongo (Muslim community) and we got stopped by a man named Jeremiah. He is from Burkina Faso, and doesn't speak English super well. Luckily he lives right next to our Stake President, who is from Ivory Coast. Anyways, we contacted him on Saturday, and he came to church! We taught him later that day with the stake president which was great! We found out that he grew up a Muslim, but both of his parents passed away not too long ago, and since then has had big questions about where they are and if he will see them again or not. He did a lot of searching through the Quran, but couldn't get what he was looking for, so when he saw us he said he had a strong feeling that we could help him. Right now we have to meet with him in secret because he is living with Muslims and if they find out they will stop everything and possibly shun him. But he said that if he comes to know that what we are saying is true, he will have the courage to talk to his family about his religion change. We could, and he more specifically Jeremiah could use some prayers! 

This email is too long, so i'll cut it off here. 

I love it here! I know i am in the right place. Have a good week! 

Congrats to Parker and Amber! Hope you too have a great day without me ;) Can't wait to meet you Amber. 

Happy late Father's day to all you dads!


Love,

Elder Eldredge 
Earnest

Half missionary, half punching bag

Goodbye Elder Mantz

Innovation

A free shower


Monday, June 12, 2017

The Middle of a Drug Deal

Hey everyone,

this week was really rewarding, and our area is doing great. The days are going faster and faster and faster. I can hardly remember what happened this week, but i have nothing but great feelings about it.
Gyan was supposed to be confirmed this past Sunday, but i made a rookie mistake and left his baptism and confirmation record at our apartment and Bishop told us that we will have to do it this coming Sunday. I felt so bad for Gyan. Sorry Gyan. We will make sure he gets confirmed along with Bro Wisdom this coming Sunday.

We started teaching a young sister named Angela recently who is doing really well right now. We contacted her mother a couple months ago when i was with Elder Udo, but she owns a small restaurant and is super busy all the time, so we started talking to her daughter. At the beginning of our lessons with her, she was having a hard time understanding what we were teaching and we really struggled knowing what to teach her so she could get it. After we taught her about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, we read with her from the Book of Mormon in Mosiah 3:5-12 which talks all about Jesus Christ and his mission here on Earth. We were going to share the reading by taking one verse each and taking turns, but she loved it so much that she just read it all by herself. The Spirit was strong, and you could tell she definitely felt it. From there on she started getting it a lot easier. She kept her commitments and her faith has noticeably increased since that day. Sometimes i take for granted what i have, and sometimes i forget how great of a blessing it is that i get to read from the Book of Mormon and study about the Savior from it every day. There is so much power in the Book of Mormon to change people and to feel the Spirit. I am going to do my best to never take for granted God's blessings in my life.

Mom wanted to know the funniest thing that happened this week, and there were many so it will be hard to put one down but i will try. On Thursday, we were walking through the heart of our area where there are tons of small pathways and closely packed houses and TONS of people. As we walked down a narrow alley way we had to squeeze past two guys, who just so happened to be right in the middle of a drug deal... we got really scared at first, but then they just looked at us, laughed and greeted us. We tried to act like we didn't see anything, and walked away holding in our laughter until we got around the corner and then we let it out. Ghanaians are really nice people :) was that funny? or have i been out too long?

We finished off the week at the Munro's house (our office couple). They fed us sloppy joes and milk shakes and finished it off with some fudge brownies. I basically inhaled the sloppy joes they were so good. By the time i got to my milk shake i looked like a two year old slurping on a straw trying to get the last bit of chocolate out of the bottom of my cup with my face covered in sloppy joe sauce. No shame. I think i might die from the food when i get home.

Hope you all have a great week! The Gospel is so true and i love it here!

LOVE YOU!


ELDER ELDREDGE

Monday, June 5, 2017

Wild One

Hey everyone,

Go Gyan
This week was a wild ride! We were so busy with exchanges and instructions, that my mind is blurry. Hopefully i will remember some things that happened.

I guess to start off, we had a baptism this week! Gyan got baptized on Sunday. He is a sweet kid. He is 14 and he invited some of his friends to come haha it was cool.

Elder Nilsson and i spent half of our week with different missionaries going on exchanges. Unfortunately for Elder Nilsson, he had to go to the other area each time because he doesn't know our area well enough yet. Our area has improved a lot in the last couple of weeks though, so i think elder Nilsson has some sort of magic touch. Super grateful he is my comp.
We didn't find time to follow up on the president this week.. hopefully we will check on him this week.

Rosemond, our recent convert is doing great! She got called as the young women secretary and is preparing to go to the temple! She is really excited to go and has been doing her family history. We hope to be able to go to the temple either this week or next week with her.

I got to go on an exchange with my former companion, Elder Sakala! He is awesome. I learned a ton from him and his example. He goes home at the end of the transfer which is crazy! i feel like i was just companions with him, but it has been 17 months! Time is going too fast.

We found a lot of really cool people this week and were able to set some baptismal dates. We are looking like we might be able to meet our goal of three baptisms this month. Keep your fingers crossed.

We proselyted with the stake president this Saturday. He was baptized when he was 18 and due to some health issues was not able to serve a mission, but he takes every opportunity he can to go out with the missionaries. We had some great lessons with him and it was cool to see his diligence in trying to be like Christ.

Things are looking really great here in our area. I always get excited to go out and see our friends and teach them and help them. Life is great as a missionary. I am going to enjoy it while i can!
Have a good week!

Love,


Elder Eldredge 



My Guy Wisdom

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mr. President

Hey everyone,

MLC
Week one of the transfer was great! If each week of the rest of the transfer goes as quick as this one, i am in trouble. Time is going too fast. Elder Nilsson and I are having a blast! I feel comfortable teaching with him and things are moving very smoothly. I am super grateful he is my companion. We had a super crazy week with transfers and MLC and meetings, but it was so great! We have been able to find some new people and things are moving forward in our area.

Each transfer, our mission has a theme that we focus on for the transfer, and right now our theme is, "teach people, not lessons." I love this theme because this gospel gives everyone a personal relationship with their Savior and Father, and everyone has their own needs that can be taken care of, we just need to follow this Spirit to help us know what they need. 

Eric was supposed to be baptized this week, but for a couple reasons we weren't able to baptize him. Hopefully he will be ready in a couple weeks. Gyan is still doing great! We are hoping to baptize him this weekend. 

This week we went to see one of our members who likes us to come and read the Book of Mormon with her, but she wasn't feeling well, so we thought we would stop by the President and see if he was home. The guards of his house are super nice, we just walked right up to the security check at his house and talked to the bodyguards and police and asked them if we could give the president a Book of Mormon to read. So we gave it to the bodyguard to give to him. We are going to follow up this week ;) 

Sunday, our stake president held a meeting with all the missionaries in our stake and we talked about how the missionary work is going and how our relationships are with our wards. It was a great meeting, and we were able to discuss a lot with him. He also scheduled to proselyte with all the missionaries in our zone in the coming months. It is awesome to see everyone's love of the gospel and willingness to share it. 

Everything is going great! I'm excited to see what will come ahead in the next few months! I love my mission, and i am so grateful to serve the Lord. 
Have a good week! 


love,

Elder Eldredge

Eddy's Pizza


City Bush Falls