Monday, September 17, 2012

Picture of Brady

Elder Adair at a meeting with his mission president -President Shultz. 

Mission Zone Conference Picture

Can you see Brady? He is in the middle at the very top 3rd row down with a pink tie 

September 17 2012

I've heard that they have honey farms here as well, but I haven't seen
it. The only one I can find is the expensive one from back home. None
of the missionaries seem to have seen it either, maybe it's out of the

Nope no elephants, I'm pretty sure Elder Rogers told me they don't
even have Elephants at the zoo here. (The zoo isn't too great either
from what I hear haha, which is strange because I thought Africa would
be the place to be for a zoo)

Sweet! Does Adam take off for his mission this Wednesday? I'm glad he got my
letter. He sent me his email in letter form because it was taking me
so long to write so I was wondering if he got my letter.

Ya Adam was doing those night shifts when I was home even. I don't know
how he did it, but I'm sure he'll be super happy when he gets to sleep
from 10:30 to 6:30 now. It's actually been easier then I thought. The
only time I've messed up is when I'm rushing for bed or my alarm
wasn't set in the morning (which I'm with Elder Saili and Elder Adair
as well so their alarms ring like 5 times before we wake up now haha.)

The companionship is going well, We are working on switching off in
the lessons though - I talk too much. Which surprises me because I
thought I'd not be talking enough. Elder Holder is a funny guy and he
makes people feel comfortable quickly. His first name is Seku, how
cool is that?

I got to give Elder Barnett a hug at the mission conference. I'll
forward the picture of our mission conference to you. I'm standing
next to my companion in the picture and you can see Elder Barnett and
his companion below me with the red and black ties with arms around
each other.

Ya the week went better. At church I was worried because no one was
showing up again. But in the last 10 minutes of sacrament meeting
Daniel, Lawrence, Erik, Echo, and Francisca showed up. I was so
excited. But once again it's only one week and it will take time to

Ebenezer is still doing awesome. He's a powerful recent convert. He's
always calling the other guys his age to come to church and he comes
and teaches with us.

Selima and Racheal are doing well as well. Racheal is still waiting
for her test scores and she might be going to a boarding school at
Mafansiman, but luckily if she does they have Seminary and she has a
good friend who is a strong member there as well. Selima is staying at
home going to school.

Josephine didn't come because she was washing her clothes.. Lame
excuse, but she's going to Institute now and she's been coming for
like the past month.

I'm not having to go to the bathroom as often. Well.. except in the
mornings I always have to go once during personal study and then once
during companion study haha. I think it's cuz I drink more water in
the morning though so I don't have to be going throughout the day with

My week has been intense. We've had mission conference, apartment
checks, a baptism confusion, and one of the less actives that we teach
had a baby recently and had a C section but apparently they didn't sew
it up to well because it opened back up. So yesterday she got rushed
back to the hospital and we went and visited her. There were no
doctors at the hospital and the doctor wouldn't come until today
(Monday). But she was really worried that she was going to die and we
just kept telling her it was going to be ok and she wasn't going to
die. At the same time I was holding my breath because here in Ghana
people do seem to die a lot.. We're hoping she's okay. This is one of
the reasons I'm glad I don't actually live in Ghana though. It was
good to at least be there to give her a blessing and comfort her
though. I almost fainted as well, the room started spinning so I
started to sit down on the floor but they had me sit on the bed, the
next thing I knew Charlotte and my companion were talking to me and I
couldn't hear anything they were saying. They sent Josephine to get me
some water and soon after I was feeling better. I think it was because
the room smelt bad because of the water that was coming out of
Charlotte's stomach and just the fact that it was hot in the room as
well. I was surprised because I had just drank water a little while
before though.

I was just adding to the worry I guess.

Mmm random info

I wrote a song today for Elder Barnett, because when he left he took
Monopoly Deal but he got a new one from back home and he told our
apartment we had to make it somehow worth it haha. It actually turned
out kind of fun I liked it. So I'll send him a memory card with it on
it so he can listen and then he'll just have to send it back. Sorry I
haven't sent you guys any pictures still :P. But it's alright because
I don't really have any cool pictures anyways.

Mmm I was talking with Elder Trevin Adair, apparently our last name
came from a bounty hunter who lived in Ireland apparently. He changed
his name to Adair when he got caught and he hid somewhere in Ireland.

Music! Hey I can listen to stuff like Kenneth Cope and EFY cd's now.
I'm excited but I'll probably never listen to it anyways. We have one
Elder in our apartment who only has a few songs but he listens to them
over and over again haha it's only been a week and I know his whole
playlist - Not that I have anything against him haha. Soo ya I
probably won't start listening to music really. Plus there's hardly
any time to listen to it anyways.

I think my time is almost up. My computer says I still have all of my time left.

Random thing I was thinking about today -

Just like the saying "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a
man to fish, feed him forever". I was thinking about how as us as
missionaries we could feed one person spiritually for one day, but
really we are there to teach these people how to fish spiritually so
they can feed themselves forever.

Love you all

Elder Adair

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10 2012

Soo mom I guess I'll start with your email today and then go to Cherish's
email. Last time I think yours was too short haha.

Yup, my companion is from Kaysville, he knows Brook Baird, Courtney
Tribe and mostly Makayla Peterson. Maybe I could get his parents
number and you can go say hello.

The washing hasn't started yet, I have 2 more shirts and then I'll
have to wash. Luckily Elder Saili has a washer, we haven't used it
since I moved into the apartment. Apparently it isn't that good.. but
hopefully it will be good enough haha. Today I had to wash my mosquito
net and my hands were killing me by the time I rung it out. Haha if it
comes down to washing by hand I'll probably use Elder Jacksons method
to keep my hands alive. Or I'll have Elder Trevin Adair teach me how
to do it, he says he can do it in one hour without having his hands
bleed.. but he's pretty strong.. so that's probably why he hasn't said
anything about his hands killing him afterwards haha.

I totally forgot to give Elder Barnett a goodbye hug! I got in the
taxi and it started to drive off.. and then it was too late. Luckily
I'll see him tomorrow. There's going to be a mission conference
tomorrow where all the missionaries in Cape Coast Mission will get
together. Oh funny story. Elder Barnett forgot to pick up his key to
his new apartment and so he was about to sleep ourside his apartment
with his new companion (poor guy, but it always happens that their is
an adventure for the new missionaries), anyways the bishop came and
just broke down the door. I guess that's how they fix problems here.
Pretty sweet if you ask me.

My stomach is doing well now that I've stopped the oil. It hurt on
Monday and Tuesday because we had a few FM's (free meals) when Elder
Barnett was leaving, and they put a lot of oil in all the food here.

I'm sad I missed that Musical that Racheal was in, it sounds awesome.
Hopefully someone recorded it. Right right? Because you guys always
remember me and how I'm not there to see it so I need a recording?
Right?? ;)

Haha Sorry Sarah, college homework takes a little while to get use to.
It gets better. I think.

Ya that verse of being guided by the Spirit always confuses me haha. I
just remember the saying "pray as if everything depends on god, work
as if everything depends on you". But ya it's definitely new having to
make the plans for the day and taking my companion to the
appointments. I'm glad I got to do it with a more experienced
missionary before training though. I feel a lot more confident that I
can train a new missionary now. Before I was kind of wondering what it
would be like once Elder Barnett left.

This week Daniel and Lawrence didn't come to church. It's been sad
because they were doing so well, and now Daniel keeps coming up with
excuses for not coming to church (he'll come to Institute and come sit
in with the lessons though), I'm starting to think it's a money issue
that he doesn't want to talk about. We talked to him about it and he
said he only gets 5 Cedis a week from his dad (which sounded kind of
weird though because that definitely isn't enough for food each week).
Lawrence we haven't been able to get a hold of. I don't know what
happened. I think it started when we talked about repentance and we
talked about making restitution or doing all that you can to make the
fault right again. He talked about what if he didn't have the money to
repay the person and the person got mad and threw him into jail. Money
money money. The problems always seem to come with not having enough
money. It makes you want to help out, but then if you help one person
you have to help them all...

We had a lesson the other day with a guy and he talked about how he
wanted to come to church, but he needed Sunday to work and he couldn't
just go a day without food to come to church and then be starving when
he went back to work and not have enough strength to do the work. That
was a hard lesson for me to teach about the Sabbath day. We challenged
him to keep the sabbath day holy and realize that god can only bless
you if you keep his commandments first. I'm not sure if that was what
I should have said though, what do you guys think?

Well I better start Cherish's email before I run out of time

Love you mom and fam

Elder Adair

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

3 September 2012

That's cool about the temple. Haha it's funny how much Suzie loves the
temple. She's going to be an awesome mom when she grows up.

Transfers went well. I was a bit terrified when I got the phone call
from Pres. Shulz, but then he just talked to me for a bit and then
asked for Elder Barnett :). I'm going to be with a guy named Elder
Holder from Kaysville, Utah I believe. Have any of you heard of that
city? I'm trying to remember.. It sounds familiar... Haha jk I know,
but I'm kind of excited to have someone I know so close. Elder Barnett
is leaving to a place near Takoradi I can't remember what it's called
but it's a completely new area where missionaries have never been and
he's training a new guy whom we don't know his name yet. There is an
Elder Hintze coming from Utah, do you know if he's related to Dusty
Hintze? I guess I'll find out soon.

Yes I can't believe it's been six months. Elder Barnett gave me a Dr.
Pepper to celebrate haha it was amazing and made me think about you
and Todd. I told him how you guys are like addicted to it.

My week was wonderful. Selima was baptized last week and confirmed
this week and Racheal was baptized this week. They both went on a
young womens convention thing and made a lot of friends and got closer
to the girls in the ward. They even stood up and bore their testimony
and Selima's voice was gone. It was awesome. Yesterday we did a family
home evening with the Saacky family - Sister Saacky, Benista, Irene,
Augusta, Racheal (their neice), and Richard (their nephew). We did a
short spiritual thought and then played some games. One was called
Elephant- we've played it a few times in our game night at Doug's, but
they were really quite good at it, it was fun and they loved it. We
also had them guess people from the scriptures. Their family is
probably the one I'm closest to especially because we taught Racheal
alot at their house so we got to know them. And the school they went
to was right across the street from our apartment.

I've sent the letter but they take a while now because they have to
get to the mission office and get sent from Africa.

The mission president is good, we had interviews with him last week.
Haha I kind of find them a bit pointless because you only have 15
minutes. But I got to talk with Sister Shulz a bit before the
interview and that was nice just to see that they're normal people and
they're cool.

They haven't moved the church yet, I'm guessing it will be a while
because their are a lot of strange rules that I obviously don't know
so when it happens i'll be excited though.

My companion and I (I would've totally said Me and my companion if I
wasn't on a mission haha, look it's making me a bit more proper) get
along great, I'm going to miss that guy. He's been a little bit
nervous about training in a new area, which is funny to see because
I'm never seen him nervous before.

My feelings on mission - Umm.. I don't know it has been totally
different for me. It feels more like a dream because you meet so many
different people and you try to be friendly, but not be fake. One of
the hardest things for me is trying to teach people and not lessons.
It's cool to teach these people what we believe though because it
makes the things you are teaching more realistic in my mind. It makes
you realize where my faith is strong and where I need to improve. In
the end though the mission experience is cool because you get to see
people changing their lives, and also by choosing to accept the gospel
they are giving a better chance for their children. It's hard to help
them understand how important the priestood is though because a lot of
their beliefs are already the same, but they don't understand how
essential it is to have authority. Because they all seem to accept
that God is their father, they all believe they will return back to
him one day, they all believe that they'll be with their families
again, but they don't understand how. The truth about mission is that
you really have to experience it for yourself though.

Yup the other missionaries are living on that tight of a budget,
except for the candy they get. I'd say I'm one of the more healthy
ones. Because I make sure I get fruit and vegetables everyday. One
thing though my stomach has been hurting still so I finally called up
Sister Shulz and she told me to quit with oil. I've stopped for a few
days now and my stomach is feeling good again. I think she said it was
my gallbladder? This is going to be interesting not having oil for the
rest of my mission. By the way I think I've gained 20 pounds which is
weird because I haven't met anyone who's gained weight on their
mission here. I'm thinking the scale I was on was wrong, but I can
definately tell in the mirror that i've gained weight.

I would spend the extra money on healthier food but the problem is I
only go into town on Mondays and it's kind of hard to get food that
will last and that I want to carry back to the apartment. I'm pretty
sure I'm eating a pretty healthy diet though, it's got to be better
than my 2 hamburgers every day at DQ back home.

For a Pen Pal you should have them look up Paul Wesley on Facebook.
I'll tell him this week that he might have someone add him from Utah.
Anyways he's a cool less-active Ghanaian that loves to help other
people. He's always making stews for us missionaries and he's always
got some experience of helping others out. The thing is I don't think
they write very much so it would probably be easier to get someone
from outside Africa, but you can try if you want.

The mail situation is fine. I get a letter every now and then. I'm not
too much a fan of writing anyways haha I mostly do this for you guys
;). I'd rather talk to you about it face to face when I get home in 2

I'm feeling good, I'll probably be nervous next week after I've shown
my new companion my area. I'm nervous because we need to start finding
new people to teach now. I hope to learn a lot from my new companion
with that. I feel like we're working really hard, but we're not
getting the success that we should be getting. When I go on splits
with other missionaries it seems like they do mostly the same things
as us though. I just have to keep telling myself as long as I'm doing
my best that that is all that really matters.

Love you all

Elder Adair

P.S. If Courtney Tribe or Leslie Frandsen are looking at this thanks
for the emails haha.

Monday, September 3, 2012

3 September 2012

Hey mom sorry my time is almost up, I hope you and Cherish just feel
like I am writing to all of you guys when you get my emails.

Keep doing emails like this on what you're doing for the week I like it :)

The women carry a lot of things on their heads yes. Usually it will be
people that are selling like bread sandwichs and sometimes they are
fetching water but that is usually the kids that fetch it but yes they
carry it on their head.

Yes the women do a lot of sewing and they make really cool dresses. If
you want to get a dress cheap this is the place to be. They can make
any type of dress you want. Elder Barnett is having someone do a
couple Kente ties for him. Kente is like the fabric of Ghana.
Apparently they really respect you if you wear Kente. I think the men
usually do men's clothing and then the women do women's clothing.

Mm a couple people we teach at their homes, a couple at their shops, a
couple on the streets, just wherever really. As long as we can sit

It's true we usually teach men because the older women speak Fante and
the women our age usually want to flirt. So usually the women we teach
are member referalls. There are a couple sister missionaries but they
are in Abura. They don't send white sister missionaries here, I'm not
sure why. I'm sure they have good reasons, but I just haven't heard

I'd say yes the men are just as interested to hear the gospel as the women.

One thing I wonder about is how to form a better relationship with the
members, I wonder sometimes if I'm too focused on having a lesson to
teach than focusing on how effective that lesson will be. I think
learning to be a missionary is a life time thing because it seems like
you mostly have to figure it out for your own, people can tell you
what to do but different people can do different things better.

Anyways my times up

Love you mom and dad