Greetings from Ghana! :)
This week has been really really great!!!! We had a lot of new and serious investigators that have been having experiences with the Book of Mormon and the Spirit! One man, Franklin, read the Book of Mormon in Moroni 7 about how good things come of God, and evil things of the devil, and it answered some of his life long questions he has had! Another, Koffi (Friday born) has had an interesting background with traditionalist parents and a Muslim soccer coach, but he came to church with us after we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon. He has a lot of questions of Christ and about His life, and we are just eating it up! We are having some miracles that have yet been seen in Mpraeso so far! :)
My companion had the funniest comment for a while a few weeks ago that I will share with you. He said his tooth was bothering him, and so I asked him, "Is it your wisdom tooth that is bothering you?" totally serious. He responded and said, "I don't know, I think it is a foolish tooth" Hahahhahahahaaaaa! :) I died laughing for a long time about that! Hahahaha!
I found fabric softener this week, the first time in Ghana. When we hand wash our clothes, they dry with a little soap left over inside, and they dry and feel almost like crusty clothes when they are up, but hopefully they will turn out okay, my clothes are drying at home after just washing them and rinsing them with fabric softener. Our house smells great though, if nothing else! :)
I seriously love our apartment right now. Elder Kangwa is hilarious, Elder Boyce is also hilarious and they wrestle sometimes jokingly, but pretty much everyone knows not to wrestle with Elder Boyce because they will surely lose. We all get along, and can all just talk freely with each other. Life is good here, there is nothing better than coming home, and knowing that no matter what happened, there are others who love you and support you on the rough days.
We went to the mountain today to see where everyone goes paragliding here in Mpraeso, and it was so fun! :) We took a taxi to the top and the first view wasn't that sweet, but luckily, Elder Boyce talked to Elder Burdge (who used to serve here) and Elder Burdge gave us directions to another trail that goes to a sweet rock overhang spot where we can walk under a huge rock with a great view. It felt great, the air was clear, we had clouds up there too, and it was nice to do some serous jungle walking! :)
For this week, we are preparing for our Zone Conference about repentance. For me, I have been studying about the story of Zeezrom in the Book of Mormon, one of my favorite stories in the Book of Mormon. Zeezrom starts as one of the best in his trade as a lawyer. He was the best of the best at confusing people and catching them in their words, but he was no match for the Spirit of God with Alma and Amulek. After a few failed questions from Zeezrom, the Spirit began to confound Zeezrom and soften his heart to the point that when the people in the crowd started to accuse Alma and Amulek, Zeezrom stood with Alma and Amulek to defend them! Then the believers are sent out of the city, and one of the most heart-wrenching stories in the Book of Mormon is written (Alma 14). Then, Zeezrom leaves with the unbelievers convinced all this was his fault, but later, Alma and Amulek go and heal him after they are freed. He then spends the rest of his life preaching the gospel(Alma 15:12). We can see that Zeezrom truly was converted and repented as he served God as we read in Alma 31:6 when Zeezrom was brought with just a few powerful missionaries to the wicked Zoramites. We too can repent, no matter the place we are at in life, just as Zeezrom. Even if we do battle against the Lord's servants, we can repent and feel that change in us, and spend the rest of our lives serving God. This I share, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.