January 9th, 2017
Another great week in the service of the Lord!
First off, this week has been a strange week food health-wise. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we went to town to buy KeleWele (fried plantain with some seasonings) and it definitely made me sick. Day one was good, the next day I felt iffy about it, and day 3 I had ZERO desire to eat it. Then I have not felt that great, been running a little fever and some stomach pains up until yesterday, and it almost came to the point of me going to get a malaria test, but today I felt great!! The Lord truly knows that I do not want to have my blood taken while in Ghana!:)
On a better note, I ate a lot of fufu this week! We went to the Chop bar (where you get food) to go and buy fufu, which was weird because this is the first time I have really craved Ghana food. I will miss my fufu when I go home for sure. Ghana food is really heavy sitting food so you stay full for a long time, and if it has been a along day, it helps you have a good nights sleep! :)
I bought some "Sumo" bleach which has a funny cartoon sumo wrestler guy on the front! Hahahaaa! And it is pine scented, so I couldn't help but make a 'shout-out' to the Pine Man, Brother Mike Turner! :) That was my first thought when I saw it, and I needed bleach for my shirts, so I figured it was a win win! :)
I had my first FM (missionary lingo for free meal) with our investigator Sister Joyce. She has been dodging us a little these past 2 weeks, but likes us when we see her with her friends and this time she offered us food. And what kind of missionary would I be to turn down free food! :) Hahahaa!
The Assistants came on exchanges with us this week, most likely to check up on our area to see how it has been progressing, and we really learned a lot from them! It is always sweet to have the big dogs come and help you with your work so you can learn a new style or try a new trick! :) Grateful for the learning for sure!
I got my shoes fixed this week. I didn't take a picture of them when they were broken... That was foolish.... But maybe there will be a screenshot from my family somewhere in the future. They sewed them back together, so they work good as new! :)
As always, let us close with something spiritual.
In my studies this week, I studied about Charity and Love. And who better to look to than the Savior. In 1 Nephi 19:9 it reads:
9And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long -suffering towards the children...
If you have doubts about the Book of Mormon, I hope this scripture will spark some interest.
Anyways, when I read this, I feel something different inside. Something good. Something warm. Something bigger than myself.
There was only one who could had such love to be smitten and suffer it, to be scourged and suffer it, to be spit on and suffer it, all because he truly loves us. He suffered for all of our pains and afflictions and temptations and sufferings and sadness just so that we could have someone to lean on in our time of need (Alma 7:11-13). If you are sick, He knows. If you are hurt emotionally, He knows. If you are being mocked for what you believe, He knows. Let us all lean on the Savior because he has suffered for us, if we just seek him diligently and choose to follow him. He is calling us home with open arms, and we just have to listen. We can all learn and apply this attribute of Charity as we look to the Savior for help. We can pray, and as we study and apply, you will see the change in your own life. I testify that it happens, because I have used it this week especially. It is real. I testify of this pure love of Christ (Moroni 7:45-48) in the sacred name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.