Monday, January 18, 2016

Another week gone by...

 Favorite tree.

 Branch members.

Koforidua zone.

Hello beloved family and friends!
          How are you all doing? Hopefully great. I had another very good and very tiring week. We did a LOT of contacting this week. I love meeting so many great people with great stories, but I do get kind of tired of introducing myself for the twentieth time in a day. It was much needed though. Hopefully it will result in us having a lot of good new investigators to work with. I have been feeling a little bit discouraged over the last few weeks due to the feeling that most of our investigators just aren't really progressing in the Gospel. Sunday morning the feelings intensified as nobody showed up at church for the third week in a row. I started to wonder just how much good I am really doing in Ghana. As we started to prepare for the sacrament my thoughts turned to the Savior. He wasn't just rejected by many of the people He tried to save, but He was hated, mocked, and persecuted beyond belief. And yet He was never discouraged in His work. He knew perfectly His purpose and He knew that He was doing the will of His father. So long as we are obedient to God we have no need to feel discouraged. All we can do is enough. Christ will carry us the rest of the way. Sundays are just the best, and in the end we did have one investigator show up.
          This Saturday we will have a baptism! WOOT!! Her name is Sister Patience and I am so excited for her. I have been very tired from walking around in the sun all day. I even fell asleep in the middle of discussing tithing with a recent convert! Oops! Here in Ghana they have a sweet drink called sobolo that is made from boiling hibiscus leaves and adding lots of sugar. It is dark purple and very delicious! The sisters make it for us a lot and I love it! We had an awesome visit with Bro. Joshua today and he told us that when it starts raining again he plans to plant a garden just to grow food for missionaries. I love that man and his devotion to the Gospel. It is so hard for him, but he still shows faith without ceasing.
          I love you all so much and I thank you once again for being the best cheer squad a missionary could ever ask for. Have an awesome week and know that you are all the best!
Elder Radmall

Questions from Mom:
Q. Have you asked about the crocodiles?  Are there any in Koforidua?
Yes and yes.
Q. Is your new roommate, Elder Adeleye, a convert?
Q. How did Elder Itepu hear about the church and become converted?
He was introduced to the church by his brothers. He realized that the church Christ established in the Bible should be the same today with prophets and apostles.
Q.  Do people in your area speak any language besides Twi?
They speak Krobo in Nkurakan. I don't know any of it though.
Q. What service have you given this week?
This morning I bought and cooked an egg sandwich for Elder Itepu. We also helped clean our chapel which was fun!
Q. What is your favorite scripture this week?
Matthew 28: 1-6

Questions from TeriAnn:
Q. Is the dust dying down?
Q. Are you still enjoying all of the food?
I am indeed. I will miss it when I come home.
Q. What was the funniest thing that happened to you this week?
When I fell asleep in the middle of a lesson... and I was the one talking.
Q. What are you most grateful for this week?
I am grateful for the rain this week. I love that it can clean away all of the dirt and bring new life. How cool and symbolic!
Q. How are things with the new missionaries in your apartment?
Great! We are all getting along so far.

Questions from Dad:
Q. Did you do anything for your “bump day”? 
Nope. I am pretty boring.
Q. How are the two Nigerians doing in you apartment? 
Groovy. They are funny elders.

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