Monday, February 6, 2017

Traveling the Mission

 Pounding palm nuts to make palm nut oil.
Doing some shopping in Koforidua
(Bryan and his companion got permission to go to Koforidua for p-day.  It was his first area and he was there for 9 months.  This was his first time back.  He loves Koforidua!!)

Greetings from Ghana!

It is hard to believe that another week has already passed. Where does the time go? I am already feeling heartbroken at the thought of having to leave Ghana and the humble people here in just a few short months! I am determined to give my all for these final months. 

This week was pretty crazy for us. On Tuesday we traveled deep into the bush to attend a district council with some missionaries in our zone. It is always cool to see different areas within our mission and to watch the work progressing there. 

On Wednesday Elder Winborg and I were invited to the mission home to stay the night. Score! And to make it even better, we got to go to the last session in the temple that night. It was a delight, as always, to learn and seek for ways to improve. This time as I went through the session I tried to focus on the principle of faith. I realized that faith is necessary for every step we take in the the Plan of Salvation. It was with faith that we decided to come to this earth in the preexistence. It is with faith that we accept and live the Gospel while we are here. Faith enables us to take those little steps forward that will allow us to progress and become like our Heavenly Father. I guess I need to try harder to have a little more faith. 

Thursday we woke up and had some meetings in the mission home. After the meetings were over we had PIZZA for lunch!!! I always knew that God loves me. That was my first time having pizza in about six months. They even had some pepperoni pizza for us! I pigged out and ate about seven pieces. 

Sunday was a peaceful day for us. We enjoyed fast and testimony meeting. Some amazing and powerful testimonies were shared. And we had three investigators at church. Dorris, Godwin, and some random guy who just showed up. We will follow up with all of them this week to see how they felt at church. The most exciting thing that happened on Sunday was three white people showing up in our building. It turns out it was the wife of Elder Gay (a member of the seventy with a lot of ties to Ghana) along with her son and granddaughter. There granddaughter was so beautiful! Sadly, 19 months in Ghana has rendered me unable to talk to white people anymore. My companion and I started sweating when she walked by and avoided eye contact with her. She was probably laughing at us. To finish off our Sunday we made tortillas and a chicken stir fry. You better believe it was delicious. 

Well that is about all for my week. I love you all lots and pray for you each and every day. Thanks for all of the good that you do in the world. A special thanks for all of the prayers in my behalf. They are felt and appreciated. I hope you all have a great week! 
Elder Radmall

 Bike Selfie 
(Elder Winborg, Bryan's companion, holding the camera.)
Sleeping Beauty

Questions from Mom
Q. Do you have a calling in the branch?
Q. How often do you speak or teach at church?
Not too often here in Kpong. I haven't had to give a talk yet. Knock on wood. 
Q. If you go fishing with a member, will it be in a canoe on the Volta River?  Is that allowed??
I wish! That would be sweet! But it isn't allowed. 
Q. Who can we pray for this week?
This week you can pray for the Lord to provide a way for Sister Dorris to be baptized. She wants to so badly, but her current situation has delayed her. 
Q. What lesson did you teach this week that touched an investigator?
This week we taught Godwin (the brother of a member in our branch) about prayer. In our last lesson with him he told us that he doesn't know how to pray, so we taught him the basic steps and at the end of the lesson we invited him to pray. He was pretty hesitant at first, but in the end he did it. I didn't understand a word he said. He prayed in Ewe. But I did see the big smile on his face when he finished praying! We have set a date with him to be baptized this month. 

 What a fine looking group!!
Oh, how I miss Koforidua!

Questions from TeriAnn:
Q. How did people celebrate birthdays in Ghana?
Often times they don't. Those who can afford it will sometimes make a cake. Usually they will just have a nice dinner that day. 
Q. Who made you feel the most loved this week?
Sister Jones! Elder and Sister Jones are a senior couple in our mission and they watch after our health. Sister Jones is Scottish and speaks with the coolest accent ever. She is pretty much my grandma on my mission. 
Q. What was the biggest lesson you learned this week?
Always leave early and expect the unexpected. You never know when you will get caught in an hour of traffic. 
Q. How many times this week did you think, "wow, I am an awesome Dude?!"
I usually think more along the lines of "wow, I done messed up."

Questions from Kurt:
Q. What is your favorite tie right now? Are you doing any trading?
My favorite tie right now is a cool pattern with pink, blue, and white. I think someone sent it to me, but I can't quite remember who. I have been doing some trading. I will have ties to remember my companions. 
Q. What has been the most exciting/crazy/interesting talk in church recently?
A couple of weeks ago someone gave a talk on the word of wisdom. It started out pretty good, but he spent the last ten minutes talking about how people should only drink water produced by the company he works for. I guess he is watching out for their health. 

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