Monday, June 26, 2017

Homecoming.......

Elder Kaden Goodrich
arrives home Wednesday July 5th
reports Sunday July 9th at 11:00
Pioneer Parkway Chapel
Santa Clara, Utah

Final Email....


June 20-26

Well it's been kind of a mellow week for Entsie and I. After the excitement of last week with the zone conference and seeing Kochevar and what not it was almost dull. Maybe it's me getting ready to go home too that's got me feeling this way but it's like my mind is no longer here. Entsie practically has to lead me by the hand everywhere I go otherwise I'd forget what I was doing. My main focus now is on the 4 people we are preparing for baptism. We have Yaw and Gladys being prepared for this Saturday, the 1st. Both are super prepared to make these covenants and I'm so excited that I'll be here to see them do so. The others are Sampson and Felecia, a young couple that came to the church on their own. They will be baptized on July 8th, the week after I'm gone. I'm not mad though, I'm just glad I had the chance to work with them and get them to this point. Honestly that's all I have for you this week. Too many thoughts and feelings to make sense of them all and write something even remotely cohesive. This is my last email though. I'll see you all at home in about a week.

Monday, June 19, 2017

City views....

video

Koch......




June 13-19

Well I don't know where to begin. It's been quite the week. We had a multi-zone conference, I got to see Kochevar again, we had Sarah's baptism, and I turned in a nice performance at basketball. 

The multi-zone conference was kind of sad. It was the last time I was going to see a lot of missionaries that I've become good friends with. I did have the opportunity to bear my testimony though. Seven of us that are going home in two weeks all had that opportunity. Afterwards, Sister Simpson stood up and said that mine made her cry. It was when I talked about taking off the missionary tag for the last time that she lost it. I wasn't emotional, but I was definitely, shall we say, bewildered. I still wasn't able to wrap my head around the fact that I'm going home. It's such a weird feeling. The rest of the meeting was great and it was good to hear President Simpson speak one last time before I leave. 

On Friday I had the chance to see Kochevar again. He was my companion back in December of 2015 and on into January of 2016. He left for Sierra Leone shortly thereafter to finish his mission so I haven't seen him in over a year. Well he came back with a group of dentists to do some things and I was able to meet up with him. It was great to talk with him and get some going home advice from him. I also had the chance to meet his girlfriend and mother. Sounds like Koch may be getting engaged and married soon too. I'm excited for him. 

The extra time we had between seeing Kochevar, and attending the dentist thing he was a part of, and the multi-zone conference was spent getting everything in line for Sarah's baptism. It went off without a hitch. Granted, we had to do some juggling and work a few miracles but we pulled it off. Our baptist canceled on us that morning and so we had to ask someone else to do it. The font wasn't filled up to where it needed to be but we got really lucky with high water pressure to fill it faster. It was raining all morning except for when everyone was traveling to the baptism. As soon as the service started the rain started again. When it ended, it stopped once more. Then it started up again after everyone had sufficient time to return home. Pretty incredible if you ask me. Sarah was confirmed Sunday morning in sacrament meeting and that was that. A good cap to a good week. 

Today we just played some ball and had fun and what not. Trying to get some last few things before leaving Ghana. Hope you all have a great week and what not.




Bittersweet.....









June 6-12

Well it's been quite a bitter sweet week. There has been cause for celebration as well as cause for mourning. I'll start with the bad and we can just get it out of the way. 

We have been trying to meet with one of our members, Brother Botchey, all week long but he's been unavailable. We finally tracked him down on Saturday. We came to find out that his son had passed away on Tuesday. Brother Botchey took it pretty hard. He's 82 years old and is having to bury a son. He told us how it should be the other way around. He's the sweetest man alive and it was so hard to see him in so much pain. Fortunately he has a great knowledge of the gospel so he'll be alright. 

As for the good. Our baptisms went through. It poured like crazy Saturday morning and we, the missionaries, almost didn't make it to the chapel for the baptism. Yet despite the rain, and Ghanaians hate going out when it rains, our candidates and their family and friends all were there. So, Dzifa and Milady were able to be baptized by their husband and father, Brother Commey. Thus a family was completed in the Church and a year from now they will be sealed together. If that isn't cause for joy then I don't know what is. We also got everything ready and arranged for the baptism of Sarah. She is the best friend of Lawrencia, a recent convert, and has been learning with us for a few weeks now. She is excited not only to be baptized, but to serve a mission as well. 

Today, Wallin and I had the opportunity to visit and say goodbye to the people we know in Buduburam. It's been a very long time since either of us has been there. We both felt mixed emotions as we walked the streets of camp and said goodbye to those we love. I can't believe this day has finally come that I have to leave these people behind. I will be back again though. Ghana is a part of me now and my second home. Anyways, that's about it for my week. Hope you all had a great week too.



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Baptisms and buckets....





May 30-June 5

Honestly there isn't much to say about this week. We just kinda did our thing all week already taught people. There were a couple highlights though. On Tuesday we had interviews with President Simpson. Since I'm going home this transfer, he felt it alright to impart upon me his secret plans for the next 3-4 transfers. He's got some great ideas too. Also it appears that my companion, Entsie, will be training either this transfer or the next. I couldn't be happier for him. If anyone deserves to train its Entsie. He has more heart than anyone I've ever met and he will do great things. Also it appears that over the next 3 transfers over a third of the mission will be going home and being replaced. Pretty exciting stuff that I won't see. Another highlight of the week was we finally were able to track down a referral that we received a while back. Her name is Gladys Amponsah. Her son, Emmanuel, is a member in our ward and told us we need to baptize his mother. Turns out she has been attending church for the last 5 months or so and no one knew she wasn't a member. So we are planning on getting her baptized on the 24th of June. Other baptisms we have planned are Dzifa and Milady on the 10th, Sarah and Yaw Henaku on the 17th, and Sampson and Felecia on the 1st of July or the 8th of July. If it's the 8th then I'll miss them by just 4 days but that's not what matters,right? I just want to get them baptized and then eventually sealed (Sampson and Felecia are married) and then they can raise their kids in the church. I know Entsie will make it happen if I can't. The next highlight is that we got everything set for Dzifa and Milady to be baptized on Saturday. We were worried about it a little but it all came through alright and the bishopric has been extremely helpful. 
And for the last highlight, today we went to play basketball. Wallin and I ended up on the same team some how and the results were catastrophic....for everyone else. I don't know what happened but everything we threw up seemed to go in. I took some crazy 180 fadeaway 3 pointer with 2 defenders in my face and it still went in. Talk about a heat check. Anyways, we play winner stays when we play, we never lost. 2 hours later we were still winning and we only gave up the court when we decided it was time to rest for 5 minutes before our next win. I guess you could say that life is just great right now and I'm in quite a euphoric state. Just trying to make the most of my last few days in Ghana whether that's soaking people or getting buckets with Wallin. Well that's my week so I love you and I'll talk to you next week.

Monday, May 29, 2017

5 weeks left.....





May 23-29

Well what can I say, it's been another great week here here in Mamponse. We are starting to hit rainy season now and more than once we were forced to find cover. Also to cover our floor in buckets so that it didn't flood. We had a man come to fix our roof for us but it seems he only made it worse and now what used to be a drip is a steady stream of water that cascades down from ceiling. It's actually quite majestic and if you try not to think about where you are you can almost picture yourself in some remote rainforest standing next to a waterfall. I would say it is tranquil. Anyways, that's not the point. The point is, we had some rain to deal with and it causes problems. No one likes to be out when it's raining, and after it rains no one will meet with you for the rest of the day. Their excuse, it rained. So naturally things were slowish but somehow we pulled off a great week. We now have 7 people that we are hoping to have baptized by the end of June. We have Samson and Felicia (they're married), we have Yaw Henaku, we have Sarah Mensah, we have Gladys, we have Jefar and her daughter Milady (2nd counselors wife and daughter) and I think that's all of them. We are hoping to add Samson's brother, Solomon, as well but we'll see how things go for him. My time left is short, but I won't feel like I did everything that I needed to do with that time unless I help all of these wonderful people be baptized. That's the reason I'm here isn't it? To help people make and keep covenants with God and perform the ordinances necessary for salvation. So that is what I shall do. Anyways, I'm still alive and coming home in 5 weeks. That's all, love you guys
Elders taking on the marketplace and using their bartering skills!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I now have an idea about how Jesus Christ felt....

Elder Entsie, Brother Okine, Nana & Elder Goodrich



May 16-22

Well today marks 22 months that I have spent in the country of Ghana. Some of the best months of my life. This week was no exception to that. It's had its up and it's downs but I wouldn't have it any other way. Tomorrow is our transfer so we received our transfer news on Saturday. Actually President Simpson told us early on Friday when he came to do an interview for our baptismal candidate. But it appears that Bigler will be leaving Mamponse. He's going to go to Achimota. That actually borders my first area of Akweteman. He is going to whitewash that area. That means he and his companion will both be new to the area. They are starting from scratch over there. I'll miss him a lot. We have had some great times together here. We were both hoping he would stay and see me go home but it wasn't meant to be. Instead, Zhou's new companion will be a guy from Nigeria. I honestly have no idea how to spell his name. I believe it's Nwandu. He's a cool guy. Should be a lot of fun. 

As for he highlight of the week, we had a baptism. It was for a man named Nana Addo Boakye. He's a super sweet guy. He's about 40 years old but if you looked at him you wouldn't know he was that old. He has been living with kidney failure for the last 7 years and it's ravaged his body. He has to go for dialysis 3 times a week and it has drained all of his monetary resources. In light of such a horrible condition, he decided it was time for him to find salvation. That search brought him to Mormon.org and he was given as a referral to us to teach. That was about 18 weeks ago. We have seen him suffer and push through his illness to make his baptism possible. He is one of the most prepared people I have ever met in my whole mission. He was so ready for this. As he came out of the water I saw him smile the biggest smile ever. Now keep in mind, this man has almost nothing to smile about in life. Then after his confirmation he came up to me, grasped my hand, and thanked me with tears in his eyes for not giving up on him and pushing him forward. I'm not one that is usually at a loss for words, in fact I pride myself in being fairly eloquent, feel free to disagree, however I couldn't find any words to say at that moment. In 22 months I have baptized a fair amount of people, I have taught hundreds of people, met thousands, yet no one has ever shown the love and thankfulness that Nana did. I guess this is how Christ felt when he healed the lepers and yet only one came back to thank him. I still love everyone else I've had the chance to know, but that one moment created a deeper bond between Nana and I. 

That about sums up the week. Other than that we just had a normal week of teaching and biking around in the hot Ghanaian sun. Hope everyone has a great week.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day and Baptisms....



May 9-15

Hey guys. Happy Mother's Day. Another great week here in the Mamponse 1st ward. Highlight of the week was the 3 baptisms that we had. We baptized an older lady named Peace and her two grand sons, Francis and Sheriff. Peace's adopted daughter is a member in our ward and has been telling Peace to come to the church for a while. She decided it was finally time and now she's baptized a mere month later. She is the sweetest old lady ever. We have another baptism coming up this next Saturday too. It's for a man named Nana. He has been dealing with kidney failure for the last 7 years and through his trials he decided that what he needed was salvation, not money. And so here he is, ready to make this step in his life and perform this ordinance. We are super excited for him as well. We have some fantastic people we are working with right now. A lot of them are progressing very fast and will be ready for baptism soon. However, with the current baptisms, we are still looking out for more people to teach to keep us busy. Basically things are going great right now. Finishing off the last of my mission as strong as I can. That's about all, sorry this is so short. Also it was so awesome to talk to everyone yesterday. Again, happy Mother's Day to everyone

Celebrating with real pizza!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Storm.....

Kwasi showing Elder Entsie and Elder Goodrich around the area



April 24- May 8

I apologize for not sending an email last week. Not much happened last week though. We found a few new investigators and continued working with those we have right now. Everything was just kind of normal. 

This week was pretty sweet though. We have been working with an old woman named Peace for a while now. Her daughter is a member and she has been coming to church for a while. Well when Peace comes, she brings her 2 grandsons. These two boys, Sheriff and Francis, have also decided as of yesterday that they would like to be baptized as well. We are going to baptize them all together this coming Saturday. We couldn't be happier for them. Peace's daughter has also started to learn with us. Hopefully she'll want to be baptized soon as well. Another member of the ward, Emmanuel, has a mother who desires to get baptized as well. Gladys, Emmanuels mom, will probably be baptized in 3 or 4 weeks. She's hard to meet with but we will find a way to get around that I'm sure. The others that we are really working with right now are Nana and Gabriel. In other news, yesterday we got hit by an absolutely massive storm. It didn't last long but it was a monster in the sheer volume of water that it brought. While we were in elders quorum we watched the storm down multiple power lines causing the power to go out all around our area. Apparently it wasn't just us either, all of southern Ghana took a big hit. We came home from church to find half an inch of water in our bedroom. Elder Entsie and I spent a good amount of time rescuing all of our items, clearing our room out entirely, and then mopping up all the water. Oh and mopping water was extremely difficult because our mop was outside drying when the storm hit. It was a brutal day. It was a good welcome to the rainy season, a little late but goo nonetheless. Not much else really going on besides that though. Hope you all have a nice week.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Baptismal Dates.....


April 11-17

Well it was a fairly normal first week of a transfer. Going around introducing my new companion to everyone in the area. My companion is Elder Entsie from Winneba. He lived in Winneba most of his life but has been living in Kumasi for the last 3 years. He's been out for about 6 months now and was trained by Wallin. He's super cool and I'm stoked to have him as my companion for my last two transfers. Elder Bigler has a new companion now too. Elder Zhou from Botswana. We have a pretty sweet apartment. As for our week we were mainly just meeting people and trying to get our two candidates ready for their baptism this coming Saturday. We were able to have Mary interviewed on Sunday but Emmanuel won't be available until Thursday. They are both really prepared for baptism so Entsie and I are excited to finally get them into the water. Other than that not much of an exciting week. Got in a few good music sessions with Bigler and Zhou. Both play guitar so we all play at night sometimes when we get home.  It's pretty cool and we have a lot of fun with it. Other than that I haven't been up to much. Hope y'all had a great week.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Transfer Week


April 4-10


Well we had a week. It honestly wasn't all that grand. With general conference being last week, we weren't able to see our investigators at church and set up appointments with them. Also, we usually get 3 or 4 referrals from members each weekythat we can go see. However, we had none of that this week. Then to top it off none of our investigators could see us this week. We did a lot of biking around and trying to see people. It's pretty usual though. The way a transfer usually goes is the first and last week are rough but the 4 in the middle are great. So I'm looking forward to this next transfer so that things can take off for us again. I'll be doing it without Gurr though. He'll be leaving me to go to Ofankor and be companions with Elder Dini, my MTC companion. I'll be getting Elder Entsie. He's a Ghanaian from Kumasi and he was trained by Wallin! I'm super excited to get him. He can teach all of our investigators in Twi and then they'll understand it better and it's gonna be sweet. We're going to do a lot of good work together. I'm sad to see Gurr go though. I miss him for sure. Entsie will be my last companion before I go home which is a little weird but I guess it happens to every missionary. My time is running out. Well that's my week. Hope y'all are doing well.
Love you all.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

General conference

Multi-zone Pig Roast!


March 28-April 3

Well what a great week it has been. We didn't get to see everyone we wanted. Things didn't go our way most of the time. We had to deal with some guys working on our apartment that didn't know what they were doing and basically just wasted our time. But none of that matters because we had the privilege of watching conference. We watched every session except for the Sunday afternoonsession. But the rest of them we had the opportunity to witness. We stayed at the stake center from 8am until about 7pm with no food or water just so we could see the 3 sessions being shown on Sunday. And though we were not physically nourished, we were spiritually nourished more than we could even handle. My head was about to burst by the end because of the amount of information that had been dumped on me in the few hours we were there. How wonderful it is to be able to hear from men whom you know to be prophets, seers, and revelators called of God to lead his people. Here in Ghana, when you walk down the street you can her "prophets" and "apostles" and the occasional "Doctor reverend pastor general overseer" all in one preaching to congregations through large speakers. The gist of what they say is just "Jesus! Holy Ghost Fire! Jesus!" Over and over and over again. Never have I felt any spirit come from any of these false prophet or from their churches which have been set up only to get gain. However, Saturday and Sunday I heard men, who really hold the priesthood, who are really called of God, and who receive revelation to guide us, speak with power and authority that can not be found anywhere but in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know this church is true. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God and that the other apostles are as well. I know that if we follow their counsel and listen to their words we will align ourselves with God and our will shall mold to fit his, not the other way around. This I share with you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. Hope you all have a great week.
Love you

Monday, March 27, 2017

Funerals, firesides and goats....



Someone's goats got into our compound.


Elder Gurr takes down one goat!



Finally free!
March 21-27

Well, another busy week here in Mamponse. We had a multi zone conference and a funeral that we attended. The funeral was for this really old guy, Brother Tokoli. He was making ties for us when he died and so we felt like we needed to go support the family. We were pretty good friends with him. The funeral was interesting, actually it was my first funeral in Ghana. I've never had someone I know here die while I was around. I can say I'm blessed in that regard. Although I did find out a while back that my recent convert in Amasaman had died. Anyways, it was a good service. We also had a sweet zone conference. We learned a lot from President Simpson. He taught us about attitude adjustments. He said that sometimes things will go great for us. The work will be sweet, everyone will want to get baptized, and you can just sit back and enjoy it. In fact, he said that was what will happen if you go to Buduburam. He's not wrong. But he said that other times you'll have to struggle and fight to even find anyone to teach. He said that is when we can choose to change our attitude and to work harder, then things will start to work for us. It was a wonderful lesson. The rest of our week went well. We saw everyone that we are preparing for baptism but we received bad news. Peace will not be baptized until the end of April. She's going to be gone every Saturday and Sunday for the next 3 weeks. Mary has not come to church in 3 weeks now. She also seems less interested in learning with us. We are worried about her. Emmanuel we will baptize on the 15th of April because of some stake activities he'll be going to. All of these people were supposed to be baptized this coming Saturday so we are really sad about that. But We met some new people as well. Two young guys from Nigeria, Frank and Henry. They're super sweet. We taught Frank on Saturday for the first time and he came to church on Sunday. He already told us he knows the church is true and wants to join but we are worried he might be moving soon. That would be sad. We haven't met with Henry yet though, that will be Tuesday. We also had a missionary fireside. Elder Gurr and I taught it. It was more like a midweek activity but we had 40+ people there. That's more than come to sacrament meeting on time. We shared some Mormon messages and talked about ways that the members could share the gospel with others and then be an example of that gospel. It was super cool. That was on ThursdayOn Friday, we taught the mission preparation class. That was really fun to do. We have a lot of youth that are getting ready to serve missions. Our ward will probably send out 5-10 missionaries in the next year or two. I enjoyed myself this week, we had fun and did some good. Anyways that's about it. Hope you all have a great week too.

Glad these bugs don't live in Utah.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Do I really care?



Feb 28-March 13

Well this is for two weeks I guess. They've been done pretty darn good weeks too. We now have 3 people that will be baptized on the 1st of April. No that's not an April fools joke either. It also won't be general conference for us. General conference will be a month later. We don't get to watch it live here. Therefore, the 1st is a perfect day for a baptism. President Simpson has asked us to focus on the age group of 15-25 recently in our teaching efforts. He says those are the ones who will go on missions and get married in the temple and raise children in the church. Seems good to me. We've kept pretty well with that. 2 of those baptisms are Mary and Emmanuel. Both are 18 years old and have a lot of friends in the church. Mary's sister is a member in the ward too. Our other baptism, Peace, doesn't fit the 15-25 criteria though. She's more like 65-75, only 50 years off but we were close! She's super sweet. Her daughter is a member and has been bringing her to church. Last Sunday she asked us when she can be baptized. It's was funny. It was in the middle of gospel principles class. We have others we are working with but they aren't progressing as quickly. We are super worried about one. His name is Nana. He has kidney failure and so he's dying. Since his kidneys don't work he has to go in for dialysis 3 times a week. It's ridiculously expensive and some one helps him pay for it. He can't find anyone to support his kidney transplant surgery though. His wife is ready to donate but no one will pay. It's sad. We hope he doesn't die before his baptism but he can't even come to church because he's so sick. Our last 2 weeks have been pretty good. Lots of running back and forth trying to get everything done that we needed. We had an open house and dedicated our chapel last week. That brought a lot of stress on us to get things organized. We had 18 missionaries at our open house to go around and talk to people and show them the chapel. We got a ton of phone numbers out of it but no one actually interested in the church. Just the fake interest that everyone out here will show. That was disappointing but it was good to try something new. Other than that there isn't much new going on here. Just living in Ghana and doing my thing. Hope you all have a great week. Love you guys.


March 14-20

Another fantastic week here in the Mamponse 1st Ward. Actually it was also a great week in the Mamponse 2nd Ward too. I had the opportunity to proselyte in their area with Elder Bigler on Saturday. It was super cool to see all of their investigators and how much Bigler cares about them. I know Jorgenson does too but I saw Bigler not him. There is one man that we saw that we played guitar with. He owns two guitars and wanted us to play with him. So, to show that he cares about this man as a person instead of as a number, Bigler sat down and showed interest in something that this man loves. That's what being a missionary is all about, caring for people. I know I love the people here but do others look at me and think that? Do I show that love or just "feel" it. It made me reflect on the rest of my week. Do I show love to those in my area? I believe I do. Could I do better? Yeah I know I could. Could we all do better? Yes. But that's what this life is for right? So as I go around and see the people we work with I'm going to try harder to show them I care. Show Mary, Emmanuel, Peace, Nana, Gabriel, Bridgette, and all the others I care. It'll take effort but everything worth doing does. Hopefully a few of these people afore mentioned will be baptized here in the next few weeks. And those who aren't? Well they won't be far behind. Everything is good with me and my companion and those we are working with and it'll only get better. Hope y'all have a great week.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2 Decades.....

Missionaries in action!! Kaden's uncles comment was, "who took the picture?
The guy who stole his camera and was running away?!" 


Feb 21-27

Hey everyone. Another week down here in Mamponse which completes my first transfer here. That leaves me with 3 left to go but we don't need to talk about that. Transfers are tomorrow and as such we received transfer news on Saturday. My apartment is staying the same. Elder Bigler, Elder Jorgenson, Elder Gurr and I. However, the other companionship is being moved out completely and replaced with sisters. We will miss them dearly. As for the rest of our week it was tough but rewarding. We had a few tough days, Thursday especially, but we taught a lot of good lessons and made what we thought were major breakthroughs with some people. Turns out they weren't a major as we thought. We didn't get anyone that showed up to church. It was a disappointing ending to what I felt was a great week. Also in other news I guess I turned 2 decades old today. Everyone acts like its a big deal but it feels the same as yesterday did and tomorrow will and I'm still in Africa. Gurr and I are going to make big pushes in our area to boost things and see if we can't get a few people baptized before long. Hopefully all goes well with that. A big thanks to all of you for your support and unfailing faith in me, it makes a huge difference and I love all of you for it. Hope you have a good week and what not.




This women was scraping a piece of cow hide she will boil with some chicken to make a soup.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mamponse 1st Ward.....




Blessing and her daughter

Feb 14-20

Another week down here in the Mamponse 1st ward. Things went well for Elder Gurr and I. Since we have recently been struggling with having people to teach, we were on the lookout for new investigators and searched out some less active members. We ended up taking 3 different members around with us to show us where the less actives stay. We took Martin, Samuel, and Theo. I met Theo back when he was companions with Elder Kamisese when I first came on mission. Now he's in my ward and it's so much fun to see him. We got a lot done with those 3 and should be busy for a while to come. We are also trying to work with the ward leaders more. They are newer leaders because the ward is new and so we want to help things run smoothly and be of as much service as we can. We ran into a few obstacles there but we are figuring it out and what not. We had a fun day today at basketball. I still struggle but one day I'll be able to play half decently again. Nothing too exciting, hopefully next week will bring more news since we find out about transfers on Saturday. Until then that's about all I have. I love you all, have a nice week.

How did the chicken cross the road?!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Exchanges....




Francis's baptism


Feb 7-13 

Well it's been a pretty good week I guess. Went on 3 exchanges and had a multi zone conference so I really haven't been in my own area much this week. It's sad but I had a good time with what I did. My first exchange was with Elder Bigler. He's in my apartment and he's from Idaho. We were in his area for the day. It was a little bit of a rough day but we taught one investigator that was sweet. Her name is Elizabeth and she is so ready for the gospel. I'm jealous of their investigators. For some reason we can hardly get anyone to listen to us but all of their investigators are super ready for the gospel. Oh well, we will figure it out. My next exchange was with Elder McFarland in my area. We were having a rough day with people just not listening and so we ended up getting after one investigator really bad. But we saw Bridgette, our one serious investigator. Then I went on another exchange with Elder Bigler. This time we had to travel to the area office to see the doctor because Bigler has a really bad ingrown toenail. He got it cut out but it got infected so we had to fix that. On the way back we got pizza to celebrate his one year mark and the fact that he is getting his injuries attended too. We also had a multi zone conference this week. There were 3 zones there. It was great. Elder Martineau gave a great instruction as did President Simpson. All in all it was a very edifying meeting. Saturday was Francis' baptism. It was sweet. He was so ready to be baptized. The baptismal service went off without a hitch thanks to our awesome ward clerk. He helped us a ton with the font and other details. He's the real MVP. It was a good week this week. I thoroughly enjoyed myself over the last few days. Well that's about all for this week.


Now those are serious pizzas!
Demonic Horns in your Family?!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Basketball and KFC....

Jan 31-Feb 6

Well it's been a decent week. We had some trouble with seeing and teaching people though. On Sunday afternoon we were completely overbooked and had 5 appointments for 2:00 and 3:00. Well every single one fell through. We went to everyone's house and they all said the same thing. Guess they're too busy to hear the Gospel. So we went to find others who did want to hear it. The rest of our week was pretty similar. Lots of us scrambling for people to teach. It's getting better though and we are building our teaching pool. Also we got our investigator Francis interviewed for his baptism this Saturday. We are pretty stoked about it. So he's all set for the baptism on Saturday. We had a fun day today. Got to play some basketball and eat kfc. We totally killed it at basketball too. My team only lost twice and we played 10 or more games. It was so sweet. We won 5 in a row our first 5 games. It was fun. Anyways not a ton going on. Hopefully more next week. Love you all.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mamponse...



Jan 17-30

Well it's been a crazy two weeks. I've been transferred and now in an area called Mamponse. It's in the Lartebiokoshie Zone. It's a cool place. Completely different than where I've been my entire mission. It's definitely a city area. All the roads are paved and everyone is packed in ridiculously tight and what not. Also my area is affectionately called the dump of our mission. Basically it's a garbage can. It's known for having filthy gutters and awful beaches. The beaches could be gorgeous but they use them to dump garbage and use them and a restroom. It's disgusting. I really like the people here though. They're really cool. I've already gotten really close to a few of the families and I'm really looking forward to spending a while here with them. I think I'll be here for a while too. I was talking to Elder Martineau who is one of the APs and he said this is probably my last area. So I'll be here for a while! My new companion is Elder Gurr from Gilbert, Arizona. I already asked if he knew Ryan and Katie Bowles and the answer is no. He's a cool guy. You'll notice in pictures that he's pretty short. He's fun though. We'll have a good time together. The apartment I'm in is pretty good too. Not as nice as my last but not the worst I've been in. So far the work in the area has been good. Since I've come we have stopped visiting a lot of people. They either didn't care or asked us to stop coming because they're uninterested. That mean our teaching pool is small but we are working on that right now. Also we have this super cool lady in our area named Blessing. She has been an investigator for 5 years now. She can't be baptized because of her circumstances but she asked us to baptize her daughter. Her daughter has been coming to church with her for years and Blessing wanted her to be baptized. My first day here we started teaching her and she got baptized on Saturday. It was so sweet to see the joy it brought Blessing to see Sandra get baptized. She even bore her testimony about it afterwards. It was super sweet. Also big changes to our lives as missionaries. Usually we have what we call "key indicators". 9 numbers that track what we do as missionaries. They are baptized/confirmed, investigators with a baptismal date, investigators who attend sacrament meeting, member present lessons, other lessons, progressing investigators, referrals received/contacted, new investigators, recent convert/less-active lessons. 9 numbers we report. Well that's changed. Every missionary in the whole world now only reports 4 numbers. Baptisms, investigators with a baptismal date, investigators with a baptismal date, and new investigators. Just 4 numbers now. I'm excited about it. It's no longer about teaching a certain number of lessons but about teaching people and helping people. It should be good. Also the schedule changed for us but it's just minor. Now we plan in the morning instead of evening and get an extra half hour for exercise. Not much of a change. Yeah I think that should bring us back up to date. Sorry for the lack of an email last week. Hope y'all have a great week. Love you all.