Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16 2013

This week was good.

Elder Ivie and Sister Ivie are the Senior Couple Missionaries living in Swedru (An hour from Odoben) They help a lot, and it's been fun having them in the mission.
We've started taking a taxi to Sis Augustina and Bro Francis. They are cousins and live in the same area.
Sis Augustina will be baptized this Saturday. With Bro Francis we found out he'd only been going to sacrament meeting for the past few months so we think we're going to move him back a bit until he starts coming to the whole church service.
We fixed Elder Lee's washer. It was a 10 Pesewas coin that had gotten got in the fan of the drainer.
When you send packages they either arrive at the post office or at the mission home in Nkanfoa. Then when the Zone Leader missionaries go to the Mission home to receive instruction from the mission president they will bring back the packages for the zone after they are finished. And then they give it to me at a combined district meeting. Or sometimes it can happen in different ways.
The Christmas Devotional was sweet. The missionaries were very prepared for the talent show. Haha my zone wasn't too good though haha. I didn't try very hard, I was mostly just enjoying what the other missionaries did. The movie "Forever Strong" was nice to see again. It has a lot of good messages in it.
We are definitely enjoying the running water in the apartment. Now you can just press the button to flush the toilet. Or fill up a bucket inside the house.
Elder Lee's washer is quite enjoyable as well.
Haha I'll just call. Everyone in Odoben is calling because we don't have internet in Odoben. Unless I get transferred to an area with internet. We will see.

yes I get a printed copy of your emails each week.
I haven't received a package from you yet. I'm actually starting to wonder if I finished that letter to Grandma Walpole for her package.. Uh oh.. I can't remember.
As for this week
We had the Christmas Devotional which was sweet. Elder Barnett (My Trainer in Ghana Cape Coast Mission) gave his goodbye testimony to all the missionaries. He's going back home tomorrow to England. Elder James (My brother in the Ghana Cape Coast Mission, because he was trained by Elder Barnett) gave a powerful talk about the Restoration of the Gospel and how Christ has sent us forth to teach his word and how he is a Living Christ.
Elder Barnett's Zone did a sweet presentation with them starting the Lion King Song that goes "From the day we arrive on the planet, and blinking step into the sun" they changed it to "from the day we arrived in Cape Coast Mission.. etc." and at the end Elder Kalahiki did some sweet rapping it was cool.
For my zone we sang "We are Children Holding Hands Around the World" and had pictures of our zone.

Today (Monday) We did a service project for an Elementary School by weeding for them with Cutlasses, and Sister Ivie had us sing "We are Children Holding Hands Around the World, and I am a Child of God" with them after we finished. She also gave them some treats.
Yesterday we went to Asikuma and finished up the lessons with Sis Augustina so she's ready for this Saturday for baptism. She'll be a sweet convert.
We saw a few recent Converts this week and just did reviews with them.
With Bro Nestor we reviewed the Restoration and he loved it. He said "it's true, it's true". He also asked a couple questions about why we don't use the cross symbol and why we never said the Lord's prayer. He's been working had as a nurse at the hospital in Asikuma. He's such a humble guy. He use to work to help purify water around Ghana for people that didn't have clean water. The shifts he works now as a nurse hardly give him a moment to sleep, and yet with his free time he was willing to let us come see him. He's working with New born babies now. It's funny how he talks about how cute the babies are, some are as small as his hands.
With Sis Nadia she's an old convert from before I came to Odoben and has fallen less active. She hasn't come to church since I came, but we reviewed the Restoration and asked if she had been praying about what we'd taught her about the temple. She said she felt alright about it. She admitted after we reviewed that she hadn't prayed about Joseph Smith and the Restoration so we asked her to pray about it and she said she would. When Elder Cowan came on splits to the area she needed to fetch water but the bucket had fallen down the well. Elder Cowan was able to use a big stick and get the bucket back out of the well. It was a miracle I thought.
With Bro Kwesi and Sis Yeboah we tried to teach them how to do a family home evening. Kind of hard when they are only 16 and 14. Soo I don't think it helped too much. Haha but Bro Kwesi has been such a strong convert. He is truly converted to the gospel. He always goes to Seminary and he truly studies the gospel, if he doesn't end up on a mission I would be very very surprised.
We've really been just searching for new people to teach, but not with too much luck so far. We finally got some potentials and they have already disappeared. Sooo we get to start again :) Hurray!

So we've been working with the members.

With Bro Donso's family (members) we went and asked them if we could teach them. I showed them the 6 main pamphlets and asked them what they would like to learn about. They chose Chastity. So we taught them. I really like teaching that one. But it was a good message and they all said they would live it. I had Bro Lord bear his testimony as well which was sweet. They are a sweet family in the branch we go to. Very Humble. Their mother sells Kenke and Stew and the Islamic School. Their father is a farmer. Bro Lord is planning for a mission. And Sister Haiti attends the Islamic School.
Anyways there is a little bit about the week.
The gospel is true. This Christmas Season remember it's not about the receiving but the giving. It's all about the work.
Love you

Elder Adair

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