Monday, March 10, 2014

Week 25- W.I.N (What's important now!)

Wow this has been a busy week holy smokes!!  To begin I found three blade shavers in this little store in Oda and they are so nice I was using these double blade ones with no comforter and so I'm going to buy
a ton of these razors probably 50 cedi worth which should last me about the rest of my mission, as well I found Colgate, and I found AXE spray haha it was like walking into paradise haha and they had dew in this store haha so to say the least I'm stocking up!  Well transfers are this week haha mom you were a little off but I think I’m staying again haha I don't know though, if I stay that will make it a total of 8 months in my first area haha that’s uncommon but it must be where the lord needs me...we will find out on Saturday, time is flying though holy smokes!!
Mom for the missionary moms thing I’m not necessarily grateful for the food we packed, I think I would have much rather of just stocked up on shavers,(mainly get an electric shaver they are so nice) , shaving cream, toothpaste,  mainly things like that, I love my socks, and I love the plunger.   You can buy a lot of things here though so tell the mothers that’s it’s not as bad as they think it is, haha.  It’s really safe, and just get them enough things to last them until they get settled in.  As they stay here they will learn what they need to buy and most of the time you can get it here, tell them Ghana is sweet, I LOVE HANDKERCHIEFS haha tell them to get ready to sweat every day for the  next two years haha I have sweated every day for 6 months!  My 6 month is in ten days haha time flies!!
Well it sounds like you all had a great week.  I am going to send a card home this week and some other things but mom don't worry about that package I can get it to Beatrice on the mission!  I laughed thinking about mom getting bucked off the sled haha that’s funny, I can just picture dad and colby laughing haha I miss sledding but I'm so glad that you guys are able to go!  Colb man I'm so proud of you big guy, after I read your email I was like wow I'm proud of that stud!I call home in just three months haha I'm so happy!!  I can't believe how fast it is going again I'm just trying to hold on and enjoy the ride!!
Well again this was a super busy week full of eventful memories.  To begin it amazes me how many churches there are here!  They have just these local ones that people organize to try and make money it’s really sad, the times of Joseph smith when he had all those churches is just like here.  Some make the congregation sit under canopy's, on stools haha but yet they won’t come to our church haha no way it’s so frustrating!  Well as well we went out with G for a little while and we were walking by this park and we just heard this woman screaming bloody murder like she was getting attacked or something!  So we decided to enter into the park and we saw here in the middle of all these people, chanting over her and some were holding her and she was just screaming.  G said that they were casting a devil out of her haha I almost pretended like one entered me and started rolling on the ground haha it would have been so funny! That or go over there and just hit her head and command that dang demon to leave haha!! This week as well we did have to drop S, she just isn’t serious anymore, she has a ton of drama and so we dropped her, I feel bad but that’s what you have to do...only focus on the serious ones!  We had a random girl show up to church though and she was great she loves the church and we have started teaching and she came the next week as well, we will extend her a date this week, her name is B, a very nice girl!   This week though was branch conference for us and the branch really focused on members bringing people.  So on Wednesday we had a practice on how to contact.  It was really great I instructed the class and we did role plays and had a ton of fun...then guess what we had over 120 people at it was great with almost 7 new investigators, I am so proud of the branch it was the best Sunday in Oda by far!!  Then we had some great contacts and new investigators this week.  Elder Bigler gave me a great compliment and said how amazing I am at befriending people here and how I can get them laughing during a lesson and the lord has really blessed me with that gift but it really helped us this week!  I think it was on Thursday we started the day and we contacted this nice house and I heard a saxophone player playing so I looked in the window and as soon as I did a woman just started yelling at me, it was really stupid on my part but she just told me how I was peeping and how stupid I was and all this stuff, so I was really apologetic and tried my best to keep my cool but as we left she just wouldn’t be quiet so I kind of raised my voice and told her look I’m sorry but I should have just left anyway the day started out rough but ended great.  We were contacting in community six and we saw this young girl around 22 walk out of her house so we went up to her and started to talking to her, well she invited us to sit down and we just got to know each other, well I got her laughing and we became really good friends her name is J, well she told me that she didn't even know why she came outside at that moment but she now knows, the lord really just does all the work out here, this is his work!! It was a great contact.  Then we met this family that lived in a way nice house that had a washing machine and everything and I began talking to this older man named I and he was a great guy well I got him laughing and talking then he just starting bringing out his family and they started wanting to talk to us as well and laugh with us!  They brought us out this really nice drink here called malt...smells like beer, made with barley but is really good and we just talked and got to know each other for about an hour (they are a really wealthy family).  Well he has a daughter that lives in Kentucky and she came out and introduced herself to us and she spoke just like an American with that Kentucky accent  Well she was super nice and invited us to her wedding on Saturday, so we decided a Ghanaian local wedding is once in a lifetime so we went!   It was at the Pentecostal church and we made sure 3 times that it was okay for us to come and they were over eager for us to come!  So we went and it went from 10am to 2 p.m. dang it was long but holy cow it felt like a dang rock concert.  It was so loud they were dancing, singing, playing drums you name it haha inside this church! You should have seen me I was dancing and saying Amen, hallelujah haha it was a blast I loved it!  Then they had a reception and fed us some great food, they loved having us there.  They have this food here called killy willy and it’s so dang good it’s like fried plantains dang its great!  As we went through like the line the husband and her gave us a hug and said they were so happy we came..and to think we only talked to them for one hour...first impressions matter!  We were the only ones they hugged in the whole line!!! So then we went to Dr. Jens again the rich doctor who fed D and I great last time, and we didn't even plan on it but I really felt we needed to!  Well they happened to be home because on the 6 of March is Ghana's Independence Day and so many things lined out perfect.  As we got there Jen said we got there just in time because her mother had just arrived and wanted to see us again.  Well she brought us out malt as well and we started B.S. and then I asked Jen about her plans of moving to Accra and she told me they had changed.  I asked why and she said she was pregnant haha it was wild!  The father was there and he was a really nice guy as well.  So we decided to have a dinner and eat some fufu.  Well the father asked us what we wanted to drink because he was going to go buy it but i asked him if we could come and he said sure.  Well we went with him in this brand spanking new AUDI A4 or A3 I can't remember stock turbo...holy smokes I told him to get after it and it threw me into the seat and I couldn't move haha it was so stinking fast...colby I thought you would like that.  Well then we got home and it was light off.  So we ate the fufu in the dark, and shared stories for a couple hours, then they brought out ice cream and cake gosh it was a great night.  My companion and I were amazed though because we had lights off the whole night as we were there and it allowed us to talk, laugh, share stories and have fun.  All three of them escorted us out of the house and waved as we left we really increased our friendship...then we realized that was the only house in the whole city that didn't have power...tell me the lord didn’t have something to do with that.  We decided we are going to go there and introduce the plan of salvation and plant that seed in this new started family on allowing them to live with each other forever! S is getting baptized this Saturday then hopefully B the following!  The lord is really blessing us!  I have gained a testimony though this week about not focusing on numbers but to focus on gaining relationships, planting lifelong seeds and impressions, and having fun.  I hate numbers I wish we didn't have to worry about them but I understand the importance of having them it forces people to work!
Family I have written a lot and I hope you enjoy it, I wish I could just call you and discuss it on the phone but in three months we will have that opportunity!  I will let you know about transfers we find out on Saturday who is leaving and who is staying!   Family I love you all so dang much and I miss you guys like crazy, mom dad and Colby, I hope you understand how blessed I am to have you in my life.  Don't take life for granted and focus on W.I.N (what’s important now) Coach Brabant’s motto!!

Love you all tons!
Elder Duke
Elder Carson