Ay! I'm glad to hear the homecoming was good! I love the Hezseltines. :) And it's sweet that you talked to Elder Widdison! His accent is basically how I've been talking. I spent those last few days in the apartment with him, and his accent seems fine to me. ;) My accent has gotten way thicker since Mother's day, but it'll probably reduce now that I'm in Ghana. More on that later. Those pictures with Elder Humpherys are hilarious! Elder Humpherys, as you know, was my first zone leader. So that's cool to see you with him! He likes to have fun, so it sounds just like him. I've seen that scripture case before, too! It sounds like you guys had a party with that homecoming.
I'm glad you liked the videos. :) [he sent his camera card home with the Hezseltines, on it were a few short videos, one from mid-May with him talking in the background. His accent was thick.] I still talk in some kind of Coloqwa with the Ghanaians, but not as much. Definitely not deep Coloqwa. The accent here is more British, but mostly.. well, mostly people speak Fantee. An entire language, not just something that I can sit back and gradually adapt to. I'm learning it already! I'm taking notes from tons of members as they teach me. They love teaching me!
So, this week was crazy. I already emailed you halfway through it, so here's just the last half. :)
|Somewhere in Ghana. Where will this path take him?|
|View from Elmina Castle to the bay|
Things are good here in Ghana. It's definitely different here, but I'm slowly getting the confirmation that this is where I'm supposed to be. I miss Liberia and all my many friends there. I miss them a ton. But it's okay because this is the Lord's work, not mine, and I'll go where He wants me to go. The refiner's fire is taking me somewhere else, apparently, and that means I'll do my very best here.
Love you all so much,
From his letter to his new mission president:
These few days here in Ghana have been very exciting for me, and I feel that I have been learning a lot, not just about Ghana, but about missionary work, too. Coming to Agona with Elder Hinckley has provided a challenge of its own, but I’m excited to see the Lord’s hand in the work as we continue doing our best in this area. Agona is a very great place, and the people are receptive and ready to receive the gospel. The biggest challenge they face, however, is coming to church. The unit is not yet organized, but the members are ready, and many of them take a "tro-tro" to come to church all the way to Elmina. The building in Agona is not yet prepared for us to worship there yet, but many of the members are eagerly awaiting the church's arrival there.
My biggest difficulty over this past week has been communication. My English communicates pretty well with most Ghanaians, but many of them in Agona speak mainly Fantee. I've been working on learning Fantee, and I've been praying for help in my learning. I've seen His hand helping me to pick up Fantee; though I have not had one of those miraculous experiences of speaking in tongues, I’m seeing divine help as I’m trying to learn.
Elder Hinckley and I have been praying for miracles each and every day, and we've seen miracles in our proselyting. Starting in this (basically) untouched area, we have been trying to do the best we can to use the Lord’s time wisely. Putting faith in the Lord, we asked some of our members to show us to their friends that they have already talked to about the missionaries so that we could teach their friends. In doing so, I had one of the best days of my mission. I felt God guiding us so much, and we were able to meet a lot of new people for us to teach. The members are working with us a ton, and things are looking up for this area. I'm looking forward to a full week in this area.
Thank you for all your support,
How is it to work until 9pm? Is it a relief to be able to stay out longer? [they had a very strict 7pm curfew in Liberia, for safety reasons]
We have a hard time staying out until then because car business gets hard at night... It is awesome to stay out past dark, though. I love it.
Any bicycle missionaries in your mission?
There's a few, but not many. If we ever moved apartments into agona, I would definitely campaign for a bike. We need one, but we can't take car and bike at the same time.
No more motorbike rides?
no more... :(
Do the missionaries just take tro-tro’s like everybody else?
Yep! We all take cabs and everything like everyone else.
Any riding in back of trucks?
More details about the apartment?
um... no oven now, but apparently there's some funky way to make an oven out of a stovetop.
toilets flush! :)
toilets flush! :)
Is Agona considered a “new” area then? Have missionaries been there recently before you two?
a new area. No missionaries have been there full time, but missionaries have gone there for one day out of the week in the past.