Saturday, February 13, 2016

Another Baptism and Proselyting in the Hills of Nkanfoa

Hello Family and Friends! It is great to be writing to you all once again, and now we are in the great month of February! I hope you are all still enjoying the weather (Snow) and are all doing well!

Okay so as for this past week it was good! Monday night we were able to see A-Boss (A security guard for the mission home) and we read some of the Book of Mormon with him and that was good, and then we saw Christiana and we talked about the temple and she is doing well.

 On Tuesday I was nervous, really nervous. I instructed for the first time at District Meeting and it was a combined District Meeting, so it was in front of the whole zone and that was kind of scary. But it seemed okay, and the Elders and Sisters seemed to enjoy it. I talked about truly being converted to the gospel and used the Anti-Nephi-Lehis for examples (They are just really great, and are one of my favorite people in the Book of Mormon) and it was nice. I definitely am not the most adequate speaker but I felt good afterword. After that Elder Hodson and I did supplies and then I got to do my first Baptismal Interview for a young girl named Riah (Green Hill Sisters) and it was so sweet! She really was prepared for the gospel and I was so excited for her to make that covenant with our heavenly father. It was a good day!

Wednesday was a nice day of proselyting. We met this new guy named Evans and we taught him small, and he seemed really excited about the gospel. That night I got to go on my first exchange, and I went with Elder Stucle! (He is a cool guy) and is our Finance Secretary and I can only go for 3 hours at night (due to their duties and all) but it was sweet. We saw Abigail, and a guy named Albert (he was a very serious investigator but one or two things came up and he really stopped with the church) (Oh and I used one of the public toilets (For peeing; they have different ones for pooing, but we don't go in those; we use the nice toilets at the mission home or the church, or are apartment.

Thursday was Weekly Planning! I was feeling a little down so I was like let's make POPCORN! And we did and we sat on a mattress and did our Weekly Planning and it was great! The popcorn made me really happy :) but after that we had a slower day but we did teach Victor and Christiana and that was very sweet, and they are doing really well. We also saw our less active young man named Francis and he is a cool guy; he just doesn't like coming to church, but small small he will get there!

Friday- Elder Hodson and I just did supplies and got them ready for the apartments: we separated the packages by zone and we have all the supplies into two piles in different rooms, Central Region and Western Region and then we organized it by zone and apartment and it was fun!

Saturday was a nice day, and I got to walk up some crazy hills. Nkanfoa is so hilly. It's like you are hiking one minute, walking the next minute, up and down and its fun! Definitely different from Swedru where it was just flat, but I got some nice pictures of the view so hopefully you will all get to see them! Elder Hodson and I got the chance to go out with Elder Kalanga (Elder Adams my MT's companion. Elder Adams had to get his appendix out so they are just resting here for a little bit until he gets better) and that was nice! Elder Hodson and I also got to see how Ghanaians fetch their water and they all wait at this pump and they all take turns for this water and they get buckets and buckets of water for cooking and bathing and sometimes they have to fetch water every day and that is crazy! Plumbing truly is a blessing.

Sunday- Was good! Victor and Christiana showed up and we got to watch a video from the Africa West Presidency on their goals for 2016, and apparently the Second Counselor in the primary and the First Counselor in the Relief Society for the church came and stopped by but Elder Hodson and I were with Victor reviewing baptismal questions and President got to interview him and he passed!!!!! So his baptism is this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. so hopefully it will go well! We also saw Hannah and Agnes (Two other investigators who haven't come to church yet) and we saw Francis again, and I gave him a pen to motivate him for church. So we shall see ha-ha!

But the work here is great. We are just trying to look for referrals and use the members as much as possible! I hope everything is going well for you guys at home. And don't be afraid to call the missionaries in your home ward: they totally need you. I just saw that the 4th ward has some, and I know they could use all the help they can get. It doesn’t have to be big, but I am sure they would appreciate it :) I love you guys so much and I hope the best for you all. Have a great week!
Elder Harward

Hello Family and Friends! How are you all doing? I hope you are all doing well, and that you are enjoying life, and having lots of fun adventures!!

Okay so as for this week it was a great week!

Monday of course was P- Day.
Tuesday was District Meeting, and my second time at instructing. This time I chose Charity. I don't know why but I just felt like that west the right one to choose and personally I learned a lot about it, and what I need to do to have charity more in my life. At the end of my instruction I gave the district the Christ like Attribute Activity so they personally can find out what they should work one. Then Elder Hodson and I did supplies: Pick up the mail/packages, organize the mail/packages/ pamphlets shop for more supplies fun stuff like that. :) That night I went on my second exchange with Elder Day, and I wanted to see what the other Elder's proselyting night was like and it was interesting. They visit members and less active, and it was a good night!


Wednesday was a good day! Elder Kalanga and I went on an exchange because he wanted to proselyte, but Elder Adams can't go out until the next transfer so my companion stayed with him. We actually went past the mission home small (The place is called New Cite) and we saw a potential investigator named Emmanuel. He attends the Methodist church, and works in Cape Coast, and seems like a nice guy. It was a pretty good first lesson and he invited us back, so hopefully all will go well for him. While Elder Kalanga and I were out we saw a pipe broken and all the people were going for free water from the pipe, so I took some pictures. It really is interesting how people here in Ghana collect their water. (Did I ever tell you how interesting Nkanfoa is? During the day Nkanfoa is pretty quiet, because a lot of people just travel 10 or so minutes to Cape Coast and work there) and then at night it's pretty busy because people usually come back from Cape Coast and it gets very interesting ha-ha.) Anyways Elder Kalanga and I saw Abigail that night. She is a member of the Pentecost church and she is very active there. She has a date in Swedru who she is dating who is a member, so she is interested in the church, but has lots of questions on life after death, which are very deep and doctrinal. We saw here and we gave her a lesson from the Doctrine and Covenants to help her with the three kingdoms of glory and we read small passages from section 76 and it was pretty good! It's very interesting because most people we teach this, it's very simple but for her it's very complex and doctrinal, so it's quite a challenge ha-ha, but it was good!

Thursday was a good day but a little bit slower. Elder Hodson and I were able to see Cecilia/Phillip (Both Recent Converts Mother and son) and we reviewed Lesson 2 with them and it was nice, and then we saw Christiana and we just talked about Missionary Work and Service and that was good!

Okay so Friday was interesting! We normally see Victor on Thursday, but he asked us for Friday right before we do supplies so we said it was cool. The other Elders had to leave early for a service project in Mankessim so they took the van, and left us the truck but they locked us in. Ha-ha so Elder Hodson and I are stuck in our compound and we can't see Victor, but luckily he calls us and shows up to our compound and opens it for us ha-ha! We had a good lesson with him! He asked if he could choose some hymns for his baptism and we told him of course! We then just reviewed small the end of Lesson 5 and then we asked him who he would like to baptize him, and he said he didn't care who did it. So Elder Hodson and I decided we would talk about it later. So then we just did supplies for the rest of the day which was fun! I think I am doing better at driving but I am not sure ha-ha! That night Elder Hodson said that I should do it (because I told him I never baptized someone) and that it would be neat for me to have my first one.

Saturday rolled around and it was a great day! We saw Francis and encouraged he to come to the service and to church tomorrow and it was sweet! Then we had Victor's Baptism at 4:00 P.M. We sang Joseph Smith's First Prayer, Love at Home, Oh My Father and a couple others but it was really neat to see how much he loved the gospel and the hymns. Then we had the service, and I was really nervous to baptize him, but everything went well, and I was happy for Victor and the step he was taking to follow Jesus Christ. Even some of his friends came to support him and that was very nice of them. After the baptism we were supposed to have a movie night, but it got changed to Sunday evening so Elder Hodson and I decided to go and see Abigail. We got there and we started talking small, and we got on to the subject of Food, and my Companion said "Palm Nut Soup is my favorite" and she said "oh really, I just made some, so you have to stay and have some" so of course we said yes. Then we got to go in and have Delicious FuFu with Palm Nut soup aka Abenkyen. I included a picture :) She put beans in the soup and it was SO SO good!! The fish, and chicken were also nice! Afterwards we had a nice discussion about service and trying to resolve any of her concerns. But She told us flat out that she would come to church (we didn't remind her) and that was so sweet! SO it was a great lesson!

On Sunday a miracle happened- Abigail came to church! Man it was so sweet!! That was a big step for her, and I am SO excited for her, so hopefully it will go well for her. And it was fast Sunday and Victor got confirmed and he bore his testimony! He also got the Aaronic Priesthood and it was a nice day. Afterwards we just talked to Victor small and then we saw Christiana at her place which is up a hill.... So it’s pretty tiring but it’s keeping me in shape. We just reviewed the baptismal questions and she is doing well! We then walked up around Nkanfoa up some more hill’s (its very hilly) and we got to see Edward our Youth Member and that was cool. We then met up with the other missionaries at the Quartsons (Sweet Members) to learn how to make Cabbage Stew/ Bean Stew. It looked very nice although I am not sure if I remembered all the steps ha-ha! After that we had movie night and we watched Free Town! Hey it was so good! I really enjoyed. Okay the last part of the movie when they are about to go on the freighter and you see a bus called Metro Mass and they go and they start talking to people with stuff on their head? That bus is just a Ghana thing. Metro Mas is a bus company in Ghana and the other elders decided that they probably filmed that part in Ghana, and it wouldn't surprise me because people sell stuff on their head all the time, so it's very common. Anyways I loved the missionaries desire to preach the gospel even when their lives were in danger. It was a great movie!

Well that's all for this week! I am excited to see how the work goes, and Christiana’s Baptism is this Saturday so it should go well!!! I hope you are all doing well and that you all keep having lots of fun adventures! Have a great week :)
Elder Harward

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