January 2nd, 2017
Happy New Years from Ghana!
Life is great, hot, but great! :)
Christmas was awesome, and I have been using the new camera a BUNCH! I love it and soon, maybe you will get to see some pictures if they send :)
Well. I lasted a good 5 days... But the 3 Snickers bars I got are completely finished... I really have a sweet tooth problem! :) Hahahaa!
I caught a tree frog this week at our branch party, and they are really cool and also really weird. Their legs are like 9 feet long compared to a normal toad back home! And when they walk on your hand, they are really sticky, and even hang on when they are upside down! I never have held a tree frog, but what better place to find one than in Ghana! :)
On the topic of Branch parties, our branch had a party on the 31st. It was great, but here, they run on GMT or Ghana mans time because GMT is +1 hour. The party was scheduled to go from 3-5. Me and my companion got there at 2:30...and not a soul was there. The first person to show up came at 4 and the rest came at 6! :) OH MY GOODNESS I WAS GOING CRAZY. But, when they came, we had a bunch of fun, had some great food and played some games and talked. A pretty low key activity, and at the end, around 8:30, they had some roman candle fireworks they shot off which was a good end to the night! Me and my companion helped clean up while most everyone else went home except for 5 or 6, and we had some great memories made there!! :)
The other elders in our apartment baptized their referral from the Holy Ghost this week. (That's what President Cosgrave calls them when they just walk into the church and know it is true right away and stay)
We are going to talk to Joyce's husband tomorrow to see if he will let her be baptized after we have some discussion. We are praying hard that the Spirit will soften his heart to the message and maybe even come to learn for himself that what we share is true and correct.
This week, we have been focusing on those who still haven't gotten a testimony that what we share is true, and so I studied this scripture a lot this week. 1 Nephi 10:19:
'19For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal round.'
The course of the Lord is one eternal round. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. THat is why we have a living prophet today who still receives direction and counsel from God for our benefit and for the benefit of our families. We can actually hear the words of the prophets in our day. Amos 8:11-12 says:
'11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God , that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord :
12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord , and shall not find it'
There was a time when there was a famine in the land of HEARING the words of the Lord through the Prophets (Amos 3:7), and that time has passed. We are all able to listen to the words of the prophet today and HEAR him. But we have to diligently seek, or in other words, to search under every stone before you make a final choice. So, if you have heard of the missionaries before and know a little about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, do a little bit of seeking for the Lord. Listen to the words of the prophet today, Thomas S. Monson and God will surely show you the right path. I know this is true, or else I would not be here in Ghana. It is true. It just is. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.