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!
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!
|Half missionary, half punching bag|
|Goodbye Elder Mantz|
|A free shower|