Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29 2012

No way Emily is having twins? haha that'll be interesting to have twins in the family. Nobody
else has twins do they?  You're going to have no sleep for a year :P. Hey you
need to send more pictures to me now. My new area has faster computers so
the pictures upload fast.Well I'm doing well no worries.
Mm donuts.  
Oo Frightmares, Was Suzy scared at all? What would happen if you took her through the big people scary part?
Aha! Well thanks for the package, but you didn't put any note inside it? I was like what in the world? I have a package with no note on it and it was obviously sent from inside Ghana because there was no price tag on it. So Bishop Crosland is in Accra? What's he doing there?
The transfer is doing well, the first night I was pretty much terrified because I was in an apartment with nobody I knew, in a new area, and I was the one training. But it's been going well. Elder Shinasi is sweet and we work well together (I still need to learn how to shut up though, I'm still not very good with silence.. so during the lessons I just need to be quiet and hand it over to him).
Yes I bought meat last week. Now all I need to improve on is calcium.. and switching the food that I eat haha. I sure hope eating the same food everyday isn't going to make my life super short.
Anyways my time is already short love you
Elder Adair

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sept 23 2012

Hook? Man that is one of my favorite movies. We watched that up at the
cabin with Spencer. I think you watched it too right? Oo and you guys
are even at a cabin too how funny. 4 wheelers and the cabin, dang that
sounds fun.

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  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.

Tell mom I'm sorry her letter is going to be short and my computer
will probably die before I send it haha.

Love you all

Elder Adair

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

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

October 22 2012

October 15 2012
I got my call to be a trainer last Wednesday so this Wednesday I'm moving to Secondi with my new companion whom I won't find out his name until I meet him. Elder Holder is staying here in Bakaano and will be with an Elder Williard from Illinois? 

Oh and Elder Kitchen got transferred here to Cape Coast but now I'm moving away. Maybe we won't run into each other much here. He got called to be a zone leader in Praso? I probably should know all the areas in Cape Coast but I still don't.

I'll probably get to see Elder Barnett at combined Zone meetings or maybe there will be a Combined Zone Activity sometime around. 

This week our Subsistence got raised from 140 to 180 Cedis. They found out that our diet was terrible here in Ghana and that we weren't getting the nutrients we need. Hello Meat here I come! Plus I'll get some more Fruits and Veggies. I'm excited.

I'm pretty sure you can use a site called dear elder to send me letters for free. I think it actually might even be faster as well because they print them off here. Elder Trevin Adair got some last week.  (Before I thought it costed money but he was telling me it was for free?)

October 22 2012
Umm our apartments water wasn't working. Luckily it rained once and we were able to use the rain water to take showers and flush the toilet. But our Dishes piled up quickly and so we had to start just eating bread so we didn't have to use any pans.
 Hey Em the week is going good, I haven't been able to watch conference
> yet. I think I actually might not get to watch it at all. But when the
> Liahona comes I'll read it. My companion is sweet! His name is Elder
> Shinasi from London. I'm suppose to be training him, but man he came
> pre-trained. He's teaching me stuff. He's a professional dancer and so
> I had him dance for some Ghanains the other day for a gospel
> conversation hahaha they were freaking out. He's a hard worker and he
> already knows all the lessons because he went out with the
> missionary's back in London a lot. He's a convert to the church, but
> he knows more scriptures then I do. He's getting use to the culture
> which is fun to see as he gets excited about how Ghetto it is, and
> back home he actually lived in the part of London where there were
> lots of Ghanain's, Nigerians, Sier Lionians (haha I don't know what to
> call them), but ya he knows the people already and loves them. He
> found out that I don't know how to cook pretty quickly. I feel bad..
> but I'm learning from the Nigerian in our house so hopefully soon he
> won't suffer so much with my bad cooking. My new area is called
> Secondi and we live in Adiembra and our proselyting area is Kweikuma.
> The weather is starting to get hot again, but it hasn't been to
> terrible yet.

> Youch sorry Jax, Haha poor kid didn't even know what was happening. I
> did that once here in Ghana, they hurt! That's good he's getting his
> calcium with the chocolate milk. Now I know that chocolate milk is one
> of the most healthiest things in the world compared to having no
> calcium :P.

> Sounds like the pregnancy is going well. I guess I'm kind of glad I'm
> all the way in Ghana :). Haha poor Tyson, he's not going to have any
> food. But I'm excited to have a new cousin and he's be to the exciting
> stage too. I'll have a 1 year old, 3 yr old, and a 5 year old! That's
> perfect.

> Nope, definitely not ever sleep again. Haha there was a member back in
> Cape Coast and she was washing her baby's clothes by hand everyday,
> and the baby's would keep her up all night. I'm not sure how she's
> surviving. In Ghana somehow they make the impossible work.

> Tyson you're in troubleeee. No email in 7 months? Tsk tsk tsk. Ha no
> it's fine, I'll see you in a short time. 2 years is nothing.

> Hey mom and Cherish forgot to email me this week. Good job Em you
> saved me from a no email week :).

> Soo I'm not sure what to tell you. Some of the funny things that
> happened this week.. Umm in our ward council meeting I met the bishop
> and he turned the time over to me and asked me what the missionaries
> needed, I started talking about how we know that we have the truth and
> that we've received the peace in this life and a place in the kingdom
> hereafter and how it's through the members that we can help those
> people find the truth, and then I asked the members who do they know
> who is searching for the truth, but just doesn't know where to find
> it. Annnd then they just started talking about something different and
> acted like I didn't say anything.. Haha I was surprised he didn't even
> say like we don't have time for that now or anything. But the ward is
> sweet and the bishop is a great guy so that wasn't anything to
> disrespect him. It just made me laugh.

> The ward missionary is awesome and he's sacrificed a couple of days to
> show around the area to who the last missionaries were teaching. We've
> got a few sweet people to teach already and we're just searching for
> more now. I feel like I make finding people too complicated.

> Umm.. I don't know if this fair to say. But it's too funny that I just
> have to share, I was showing my new companion a place to pee (It's
> just like a 4 sided wall with a hole that goes out the side to the
> gutter and you just pee there). Anyways instead of peeing out that
> hole, he saw a bucket in there and just peed in it. Sooo whoever is
> going to take their bath next is going to have a surprise...

> The power's been going out like everyday, just like normal.

> Ah Elder Shinasi is teaching me some dance moves for our exercise time
> (we're waking up at 6 woot woot). Right now I've been working on the
> cool handstand thingy.

> They've reduced the credit on our phones and so even though i've only
> been in the area a few days my credit has run out. So it'll be
> interesting setting up appointments with people and stuff.

> There's never a dull moment. Umm I found a new plant here that if you
> touch it it dies.. Kinda cool.

> And Elder Shanasi was getting excited about the fireflies here when
> the ward missionary started talking about some animal here that has
> like a proper flashlight on it's buttocks and they actually get pretty
> big like our dogs it sounded like. I've never heard of that animal
> before. Find out what it is for me because I want to know if it's
> real.

> We see Centipedes all the time in my new area. I never really saw them before.

> I'm still trying to get the hang of training. When it comes to study
> time I just follow the book haha poor Elder Shinasi I'm sure is bored
> out of his mind. I'm hoping to find Elder Barnett today and he can
> give me some tips about what to do. Elder Shinasi is so powerful
> already though it's hard to know what to teach him. I remember I was
> scared to just have gospel conversations, but Elder Shinasi has
> already done everything. The thing is I can't get a hold of Elder
> Barnett because we're out of credit.

> Elder Shinasi can sing as well. I remember the first hymn we sang for
> personal study I was in Awe as our voices combined. Man I love the
> English accent for singing as well.

> Aww the other day we went the whole day without eating lunch. I didn't
> even realize it until the end of the night when Elder Shinasi told me
> about it. Man I'm already killing him and he just got here. Luckily
> he's a tough guy.

> What else?? Umm my chapel is huge! It has an elevator in it! I was soo
> surprised. My companion is getting use to the fact that they don't
> speak English much though. Man the headaches come on when you can't
> understand people.

> We also stepped on our neighbor's water pipe on accident and it broke.
> It was spraying out water like crazy. Luckily our ward missionary is
> brilliant and was able to stop it with some tape and a polythene bag.
> And the Landowner came the next day and asked us about it. Luckily he
> was okay with it and just called the plumber in.

> I left a ton of stuff at my last apartment that now I'm wishing I had
> brought.. but once again no credit soo Oh well.

> Hey Elder Ayang (my MTC companion) Is in my district now and he's
> training someone as well. I'm excited for that, he's such a sweet guy.

> Sorry I'm just talking your ear off, but this email is for everyone
> since I didn't get an email from anyone else.

> Hmm.. Yup that's mostly all I can think of to say. The food's a little
> more expensive in my new area, but I don't think it'll be a problem.

> I feel like a know a little more Fante than I realized which is kind
> of fun. The Ghanains love it if you can speak any Fante at all.

> Hey Em maybe you can start proselyting with the missionaries now?
> haha. And finding people they can teach. They have missionaries in
> your area right?

> In sacrament they were talking about gossiping and how we need to be
> watching what we say about others. We need to find and talk about the
> good in others. I remember mom having that quote on the fridge and I
> loved that. We really should be looking to uplift one another. I know
> i've got a lot of work to do.

> Well Em I love you to death. I'm excited to get to sacrifice to come
> on a mission because I know I'll appreciate those little things back
> home a lot more. I think I'll be surprised when I actually have time
> to do things like cook food though haha.

> Hopefully one day after my mission I'll get to come back to Ghana. I'm
> going to miss this place.

> Love you all,

> Elder Adair

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1 2012

Hey mom,

Sorry about last week, I was just about to press send for my email when the power went out. My companion had already sent his email so I just decided to wait a week and let you guys worry over it :). I'm sorry it was mean.

I would send you the email that I had all typed up but it didn't save. Hey a draft just appeared.. Maybe it did decide to save? We'll see.

Haha I remember mom when you taught my Sunday school class and I was being a terrible example. I'm probably going to pay for it when I get to be a Sunbeam teacher. 

Everything is going well with my companion. He's keeping me entertained with his comic book knowledge. He loves to serve and has recently introduced me to banana pancakes, they are good! 

My companions parents names are Debbie and Mike Oviatt 

He doesn't remember his mom's number

Sorry it's kind of a short email. I love you. Everything's going well. Right now we're searching for new people to teach. Hopefully we'll get some new people this week cause I'm running out of ideas haha. Any finding tips from anyone back home? So far the main source of our investigators comes from talking with people on the street and member referrals.

Love,  Elder Adair Brady