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, November 16, 2015

I had to dunk her four times...

hello america! 

This week went by so fast. it seems like just yesterday i was writing to you. but this week was good. the teaching was a little rough this week for some reason, but we contacted some great people! i guess i need to stop looking at just numbers, what matters most is the effort you put into your work, and your effectiveness. i didn't feel very good at all this week, so i just kind of pushed through each day. i don't know what was wrong, but it wasn't good. but they took some of my blood on Saturday to run some tests, but i am feeling fine now so don't worry ;) although getting your blood drawn in Ghana isn't the most comfortable feeling haha. 

I am so mad that i forgot to bring my camera to the cafe because i took some good pictures this week, and i also had pictures from my first baptism!! freak haha. but the baptism went well, except for that i had to dunk her four times... the water level was pretty low, and she kept kind of freaking out about how far down i had to take her. it was a struggle, but finally we got her all the way down. it was such a special feeling that i will never forget. you could immediately see the difference in her spirit. i was so happy. this church truly is true, and when we do the things that heavenly Father wants us to do we will be so blessed. i love this gospel and the pure joy it brings. and i am so proud of L---- for taking the step she did in being baptized. 

On Saturday we had a memorial service for sister hill. it was really nice, but really sad. everyone from the whole mission was there! even the elders from the bush haha. it was a really good experience. president hill is such a great guy. i look up to him a ton. i am sad that he wont be my mission president for too much longer.

I guess our mission will be gaining a new zone from the cape coast mission. we are taking the winneba area for some reason. its just a little ways from kasoa, on the other side of budumberum. it sounds like it would be a cool place to go. they say it is kind of half bush half city.
i feel like i am going to spend a lot of time in the bush... once i get assigned there i don't  think i am going to come back to the city haha. but i also heard that some places in the bush are nicer than the city to teach in. they said that in the bush you have to start proselyting at around 8 and then come back to the apartment in the middle of the day to do personal study because everyone is either at the market or on their farm. and then you can teach the rest of the day. and it looks super pretty out there.
it is been a tough week teaching i think this week because the light has been off every night. and when the sun goes down at six, and it is light off, everyone just goes to sleep so they don't get bit by mosquitoes. it has been pretty frustrating.

Also the water pump in our apartment broke... so we haven't had water for the last two days in the apartment. which means that you have to shower with pure water which is this little tiny bag of water that you bite off one corner of the bad, and just spray water all over your body.. it sucks. you have to use like ten bags of water and you don't really feel clean after because the water is pretty chemicalized. water off at the apartment also means that you cant flush the toilet... so yes i sat on a couple bricks in the field next to our apartment, and pooped... lol it was not good. hopefully we get our pump fixed soon.

This week we got two free meals! ahh they were both so good. on Friday a member gave us foo foo. i took a picture, but i kind of looks like banku but it tastes way better! it was so good. and it was pretty spicy, and light was off so we didn't have a fan to cool us down, so i was sweating really hard haha. then on Sunday another member gave us joloff rice and fried chicken. it was really good. she gave me a mountain of rice. i was so full.

Oh ya this week we were contacting, and we walked into this compound, walked over to the first house we saw, and there was a woman sitting there just finishing to feed her child. she didn't feel the need to put her boob back in her shirt tho, so i just let elder Yao talk while i looked at the ground.. lol i don't think i will ever get used to seeing that.

Our investigators are doing really well. im pretty sure we are going to achieve 2-fers for this month, which means that we will have at least two baptisms, two less actives brought back to church, and two recent converts experiencing the temple! this will be a good month :) we have two more investigators with baptismal dates for the 28th and it looks like they will be able to do it. im super excited.

Wow your trip looked so awesome! i hope i will be able to go there some day. i can totally relate with the people asking for money or food. i wish so bad i could do something. whenever we take a taxi to Accra or something people who have polio will come up to your window in their wheelchair asking for money. or they even will be sitting on like a skateboard pushing themselves around. it breaks my heart.

That picture of Ainsley with grandpa asleep in the background made me laugh so hard haha. classic.
mom! happy birthday tomorrow!! i'm sad i wont be there, but i will be there in spirit ;) i love you so much! and also happy birthday grandma! love you!
sounds like everyone's week went well, and everyone is still alive. love you all! see you someday ;)
P.S. dad i think we need to unlock my card again. i tried to take money out, but it wouldn't let me. i only used it once since i have been here, so i don't think i made a good enough habit. so if you could have them unlock it today or tomorrow it would be nice :)

P.S.S i will make sure to bring my camera to the cafe next week to send pictures. sorry again that i forgot.

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