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, January 4, 2016


ma macheian! i realize that as i am writing this all of you are probably asleep, and will wake up to this email. so good morning! 

This week was great! trying, but great! we found ourselves walking around a lot trying to find people to teach. a lot of contacting. a lot of our investigators were gone for the new year. Ghanaians love the new year for some reason. it is a big deal. but our lessons we taught were awesome! i committed two people to be baptized at the end of this month, and we will commit one more this week. and we got three investigators to church! hahah i was so happy! although there were points where i just wanted to give up and just stop, the Lord blesses us for our hard work, and determination. December was the hardest month i have had on my mission. it tested my physical and mental well being. i am so grateful for the trials that i had tho. they forced me to think solely on the work, and forget about myself. doing the work makes you forget about how dirty, tired, discouraged, homesick, and frustrated you might be. the Lord will always provide away, but we have to work to find it. i love this gospel so much! put your full faith in the Lord. He knows you, and what you need perfectly. if we put our trust in something else before the Lord, it truly is foolish..  

This morning, THE WATER CAME ON!!!!!  hahahahaha hallelujah. i almost cried tears of joy. i never thought taking a shower with a hose would feel so amazing and clean. wow it was great. and we finally cleaned our apartment for the first time in a month. you don't even want to know what it looked like or what it smelled like. you can only imagine it as... death... but we brought it back to life hahah and i ate food off of a plate! a plate! haha finally. annnddd.. elder broadhead and i went to a store this morning in our neighborhood and found mountain dew!!!!!!!!!!! it is from Dubai, so it tasted different, but it was still wonderful haha. 

Yesterday, a recent convert had us four over for dinner. first of all it was a miracle that i found her house. it was dark, and i had only been there like two times before. when we got there, there was a giant cake, and alvaro which is this super good soda, and we all got two. then she brought out the biggest plate of rice i have ever seen in my entire life... I'm pretty sure she was trying to kill me. it took a good twenty minutes, but i chopped all!!!! hahahaha i could barely walk afterward. and this morning i woke up and it was one of those "why did i eat that much food? i think i am going to die." feelings. ( the Norton fam knows exactly what i am talking about lol) but it was so good. she is an awesome person. 

Looks like you had a great time in Mexico. i cant wait to go back there! I love TJ too much. thank you for all the pictures! i will try and send some in a few minutes.  also, my package hasn't come yet, but it could be in the office or something. the office elders have been super busy with president hill leaving and president snow coming. so hopefully they will be able to come to the apartment with it soon. 

Have a great week! love you all! 

Elder otoumfore ketchwe nana kojo Eldredge

me and the other elders in my apartment. the leaf represents your age on mission. my is super green, along with elder fryar, while elder kabwika and elder broadheads are getting a little yellow. 

the beautiful african sun. sorry for the low quality pictures.

just a pic from a while back, when i was with yao. his pants ripped and someone let him wear this cloth while his pants were being mended. then i wanted to wear one too. people just laughed at us.. i learned why later. apparently in ghana if you wear cloth like that and you are a man, it means that you just got circumcised... lololol

now i am just sending random pictures. this is the fabric for the suit i am going to have made. the picture makes it look kind of brown, but it is more of a maroon. it will be sweet!

i did a little decorating in my closet :)

elder broadhead and i popped the champagne with one of our friends selorm at the stake christmas party, that was a mess lol

me and one of L-----'s little brothers

elder nilsson and i after our birthday lunch. we were in the mtc together! he is super cool. sorry the picture is super dark..

my delicious birthday dinner! banku with pepea and chicken instead of thalapia! so good!! but so spicy!!

we showed up to a less-actives houses on saturday, and he gave us this. it is called ebba. it is a nigerian food made out of gari. which is just ground up casava root served with stew. it was different, but good. he didnt come to church tho..... 
MTN DEW!! hahahaha

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