Monday, August 17, 2015

Another Great And Blessed Week!

Dear family and friends (by the way mom and dad, I hope you know these letters are mainly directed at you),

           It has been another fantastic week here in lovely Koforidua! Okay, some parts of Koforidua are lovely, some are really gross and trashy. Anyways, the work of the Lord continues to progress here. Me and my companion are trying to stay hard at work. We continue to meet many amazing people with great stories. I will just cover a few of my highlights for the week. Brother Joshua is still on track to be baptized at the end of this month and he continues to make the long and expensive journey to church each week despite not currently having a job. Our branch president has asked us to encourage to find work so that he will be able to continue coming after he is baptized. I am so excited for this guy! Elder Grissignon and I decided to try doing some contacting up on a mountain side on Wednesday where we met a man named Aaron. He quickly invited us into his house and we learned that he is married and has a son. Then he told us that he had been taught by missionaries in Accra over fifteen years ago! And he still had the original Restoration pamphlet they gave him!! He was almost baptized, but felt that he wasn't ready to make that commitment. We went back to visit him again on Saturday, and he told us that he knows he needs to be baptized. What?!?! How cool is that?? I know that God prepared Aaron and lead us to him. We also went to a compound to teach a less active sister. When we got there all of the kids living in the compound were outside playing, so naturally we taught a lesson to about 12 adorable kids. That was an awesome experience. They had an All African Service Project this week where members of the church throughout all of Africa did service in their communities. We helped to clean the grounds for the Koforidua Hospital.

          Now for some more random information. People must die a lot in Ghana, because they are always having funerals. They drive down the streets in big trucks wearing red and black, shouting as loud as they can. It's pretty exciting. I don't know if this is unique to Ghana, but people here make a ton of commitments that they don't keep. I guess I just need to be patient with them and keep trying. Let me tell you they do not sing the same hymns in Africa as they do in America! I have sung so many hymns that I didn't even know existed. Every Sunday in church I get to learn a new song. And while we're talking about music, Elder Grissignon and I loooove to sing as we walk in our area. I sing the melody while he sings the bass part. Our favorite is The Battle Hymn of the Republic. It has rained here a few times this week which I thoroughly enjoyed! It comes out of no where and starts pouring. Five minutes later it's gone and the sun is shining.
           I am so glad to hear about all of your experiences back home! You are all such wonderful people and I love to see all of the good you are doing in the world. Mom and dad, it sounds like you had a busy week in your callings as usual. I'm glad you were able to get it all done. I look forward to each Monday when I get to hear from my family and friends! It's no wonder that I get homesick from time to time with such great people to miss! I have been feeling a little homesick again this week, but God has been helping me so much and I can't thank Him enough for the comfort He has brought me.
           I decided I want to write each week about one thing that Ghana has made me more grateful for. This week it's family. Being here has helped me to develop an even deeper love for all of you which I didn't think was possible! I love you all and continue to pray for you. You can always turn to the Savior for help. He is there. The church is true and how blessed I am to have it in my life! I hope you all have a fantastic week!!
          Love, Elder Radmall

Some Questions from Dad

Q: How are you sleeping?
A: Wonderfully actually. I am so tired at the end of the day that I have no trouble.
Q: How are you feeling at about 3:00pm?
A: Pretty good actually. Mostly just tired from walking.

Q: Do you have flushing toilets? (we did not in some of my apartments in Japan)
A: I do, thank heavens!
Q: How big is your fridge?
A: It's not huge, but big enough for four of us. We don't refrigerate a lot.
Q: How do they heat their water for showers, washing, etc.

A: Some people heat it on the stove. I just live with cold water, which isn't my favorite, but it's alright.

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