Monday, June 20, 2016

Birthdays, Transfers and Training

 Swag for Jesus
Eba and Agushi Stew

Hey everybody!
          Dear sweet heavens! It has been a very exciting week. I don't know where to begin. We are working with a lot of great investigators who are really progressing. It was great to be able to teach them this week. Elder Kambwiri and I have become very unified in our teaching and it makes our lessons so much more powerful and spiritual. And on Saturday we were blessed to witness the baptism of one of our investigators, Sister Joyce! Joyce is a very funny middle aged woman. Her husband took her only son and moved to Belgium. She lives alone, but she is always busy doing something. She sells eggs and works at a car wash. She has been taught by many missionaries, but it was just this month that she decided she really wanted to be baptized. She is so awesome and I am happy that she was able to make those sacred covenants with God after many months of learning with missionaries. On Sunday she was confirmed and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. 
          A Happy Late Father's Day to all of the fathers. I am blessed to have the best dad ever and I am so grateful for him and his righteous example to me. I love you dad! In our ward the primary children came into priesthood opening exercises to sing for us. It was delightful. After they finished singing the children all ran to hug their dads. A sweet little girl named blessing, who comes from a home without a father, ran up and hugged me! That was like the best thing ever. 
          Not only was Sunday Father's Day, but it was Elder Kambwiri's birthday as well! I made him some french toast for breakfast, and after church we invited the other elders over for a nice dinner and dessert! Brownies and ice cream as usual. I am getting pretty good at cooking brownies in my home made oven. After that we played some serious ping pong. It was a fun night, and I think Elder Kambwiri had a good day. 
          On Saturday we received some news from our zone leaders. Elder Kambwiri will be leaving me! Noooooo! I am going to miss him. He has been a great companion and friend to me. I will be staying here in Nungua and training a new missionary fresh out of the MTC. President Heid really needs to stop trusting me with new missionaries to torment. I should be going to pick him up from the mission home tomorrow. As I received the news that I will be training my thoughts quickly turned to how inadequate I am. Who am I to help someone learn how to be a missionary? I spent much of the weekend questioning and doubting myself. As I was praying about it, the Spirit brought a thought to my mind. "Elder Radmall, yes, you are totally inadequate. Everyone is. That is the reason behind the Atonement of Jesus Christ." That hit me pretty hard. I guess I just need to be more humble so that the Savior can carry me and make me more than I am alone. How grateful I am for His Atonement and the power it grants us to overcome all things.
          Well, that is about it for this week! I will let you know who my new son is in my next letter. Hopefully he showers regularly and brushes his teeth. I love you all and I am so grateful for your love and prayers. Have a joyful week!
Elder Radmall

 Birthday celebration for Elder Kambwiri
Blow out the candles.

Questions from Kurt:
Q. What is the food or ingredient you are missing most?
Milk, milk, and milk. I will be enjoying lots of milk when I get home.
Q. How are your shoes holding up?
Pretty swell. They just have one year to go.
Q. What cultural hygiene difference has surprised you most in Ghana? 
They are so careful about washing their hands before eating. I think Americans should be more conscious of that. At the same time they don't really care to wash their hands after using the bathroom...

Questions from TeriAnn:
Q. When are the next transfers?
Q. How are the bugs in your apartment?
Really bad lately. Now that it is raining more we have lots of mosquitoes.
Q. Do you get a lot of bug bites?
Yep. Sometimes I can't sleep at night because of all the bites I have.
Q. What are the seasons like in Ghana, now that you have almost been there for a year?
Hot and rainy or hot and dusty. That's about it.
Q. Do you ever use your spray water bottles?
Yes! Especially now that the power is sketchy again.
Q. How are your shoes holding up?
Wow. My family is concerned about my shoes. They are good.
Q. What was the best part of your week?
Having a baptism and celebrating Elder Kambwiri's birthday.

Questions from Mom:
Q. What new food did you eat this week?
Nothing new, but we enjoyed a nice Nigerian dish. It is called eba. I sent a picture.
Q. Do they have corn in Ghana?  (Because we had our first corn on the cob of the summer for dinner today!!)
Yep, they don't have butter to eat it with.
Q. What would you like or what do you need in the next package?
Haha stop spoiling me so much!
Q. Favorite moment of the week?
When Blessing ran up and hugged me in church.
Q. Favorite thing about your companion?
He is so funny! I am always laughing around him.

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