Monday, September 26, 2016

Best Apartment Ever - Or So We Thought!

Bryan with his 8 roommates.  His new companion Elder Fuller is in front of President Heid.

Dear Family and Friends,
          How is it going?? We had yet another blessed week in the lovely country of Ghana. On Tuesday President and Sister Heid joined us for our district council and brought my new companion along with them. After district council We took my new companion, Elder Fuller, to the apartment to start getting settled in. While he was there President took myself and Elder Fesolai (Elder Kallon's new companion) to go and see our new apartment in Sakumono. It is so stinking big!! It is easily one of the biggest apartments in the mission. It also has a water heater!! We were so excited to move in. On Friday we did just that. We packed everything we needed and departed from the overcrowded 8 man apartment. We got ourselves all settled in and at first we were enjoying the new place. Then Sunday came. Our prepaid electricity ran out and they haven't gotten us a card yet to pay for more power. And when the power went out it also meant that our water stopped running. So we have been living off of water sachets purchased on the street! So much for the huge apartment with water heaters! It's not all that bad. Hopefully today we will have power again. 
          Elder Fuller is the best! I love him. He is one of the most humble, patient, kind, and loving people I have ever been blessed to meet. He comes from a family of four children and he is the second. He spent about a year living in Wyoming before coming out on his mission. He has been out for about seen months now. He was serving in the mission office before coming to join me in Nungua. I am way excited to work with him and to learn from him. 
          My time is up for today. I know that the church is true. God loves us. That is why He calls prophets in our days to lead us and to guide us. Joseph Smith was one of those prophets and through him the Gospel in its fullness was restored to the earth. Today we are blessed to have President Monson to lead us. If you have any doubts about these things I invite you to humble yourself before God and ask in prayer. Then listen for God to answer. Above all I know that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. He lives and loves us all. Have a blessed week. Thanks for all that you do!
Elder Radmall

Questions from Mom:
Q. Is your new companion the only member in his immediate family?
For the time being yes. It was his grandfather that introduced him to the church.
Q. How does an African American feel about being in Ghana?
He loves it. He says he will stay here when his mission is over.
Q. How do the Ghanian people feel about an African American?
Haha they like to call him black American! They think he is very cool.
Q. Have you purchased a new camera?
...Nope. We have been a bit distracted this week, so I will keep looking.
Q.  Funniest moment of the week?
Driving around Sakumono with President and Sister Heid. They are a pretty funny couple to be around. Not nearly as funny as mom and dad though. 
Q. Most spiritual lesson this week?
We had a great FHE with a part-member family. We talked all about baptism and I think all of us were touched by the Spirit to know the importance of being born again.
Q. Favorite thing about your new companion?
He is just so humble and patient with his very imperfect companion.

Questions from Christie:
Q. What made you laugh this week?
We have a brother in our ward named Wisdom who loves to jokingly challenge everything. We have some pretty hilarious doctrinal arguments that leave us laughing pretty hard. 
Q. Who inspired you this week? 
In our district council President Heid talked to us all about being happy wherever the Lord asks us to be. He knows where we can grow and where we can touch others and help them to come unto Christ. That inspired me to always be happy with the opportunities God gives me to serve Him.
Q. Who made your week better and how?
Elder Fuller. He cooked fried chicken and ironed my shirt! 
Q. What was the best lesson you taught this week?
We contacted a woman named Carol along with her two daughters this week. At first as we entered their home she was pretty reluctant to hear our message. She is an evangelist for her own church, but the Spirit persuaded her to listen to us for a few minutes. We taught her about Christ's church and about Joseph Smith. Through the course of the lesson she softened and in the end she even asked us where our church is and when we worship. It was definitely a spirit driven lesson. 
Q. What was your favorite scripture this week?
Matthew 6. The Savior teaches so many beautiful lessons to help us become more like Him.
Q. Who can we pray for this week?
Prayers for Sister Selina would be great. She has had a few challenges pop up since she was baptized. 
Q. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you this week?
It was pretty embarrassing when I dropped a big chunk of margarine on our kitchen floor. Whoops. 

Questions from Kurt and Felicity:
Q. How many ties do you have?
I think 11 or 12. 8 or 9 that are still usable.
Q. Are there hedgehogs where you live? Felicity read a book about some living in Africa.
Not that I have ever seen. I will keep my eyes open.
Q. Have you read any great talks lately?
I love Elder Holland's talk from last conference. It is a great reminder that we just need to keep doing our best and in His own time, the Lord will open the way for us to accomplish all things.

Questions From TeriAnn:
Q. How is the weather there right now?
Right now it is hot and sunny. We got a little bit of rain last week.
Q. What should I be for Halloween?
Definitely Edward Scissorhands.
Q. The Utes beat USC last weekend. How do you feel about that???
Super duper! My boys are making me proud.
Q. BYU lost last weekend. How do you feel about that???
I better not comment on that one. I think it's a sensitive subject. (But I'm not crying about it.)

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