The beginning of the week was slow. All of our investigators were just not serious about keeping commitments. The frustrating things about Ghanaian's are that they will believe everything you teach them, but won't do anything about it. I think the funniest story I've heard yet has been about a couple missionaries who started to teach a pastor who just started his church and was growing his congregation. He was new and was still improving his knowledge of the bible, so he agreed to take lessons with the missionaries. They taught them everything they could and he believed it all, including the Book of Mormon. But instead of joining the church, he decided to just take all the beliefs and teach them to his own congregation! He will be preaching his sermon and quoting scriptures from the Book of Mormon! There is a Nigerian Pastor that goes by the name Pastor Chris, who was a member and went to BYU, who preaches to all of Africa using his own doctrine and doctrine of the Church. If you look him up I'm sure you'll find out a whole lot of things about him because he is FAMOUS here. Anyway I'm just trying to let you know I've been seeing a pattern with some people. My companion and I have been working hard with the members and it seems to be going well. We were given a referral from a member and it was their nanny who stays with them 24/7. We were able to teach her, and although she is holding onto beliefs of her old church still I can see her faith grow.
Another cool experience of the week was when a couple of our appointments fell through and so we decided to visit one of our investigators at a restaurant where she works. While we were talking to her, there were two women staring at us and when we were about to leave they called over the investigator and asked her to tell us to wait for them because they wanted to talk to us. I was thinking that they were probably wives of pastors and wanted to accuse us of teaching false doctrines, but instead they asked if they could learn more about our church! It was crazy. They were coming to us instead of us having to contact them. We still aren't sure how serious they'll be, but I'm hoping that since they came to us we'll be able to make them more interested!
Hey Everybody! I heard the big news of Lindsey and her new fat baby! Seems like all Smith babies are destined to be big! Congrats Lindsey and Collin for your new baby girl!
This week was a little slower then last week. We didn't have as many lessons and were only able to manage 20 lessons for the week I know that might sound like a lot, but out here it's really not very difficult. What we did have strength in is that we had two baptisms this week! Their names are Emmanuel and Jennifer and they are about 30 years old and are married with 3 children. I didn't really teach them the lessons since I just got here, but I was able to continue the teaching where Elder Falk left off. (Elder Falk is the person who replaced me in the office and I replaced him in Batsona). They are really awesome people and they feed us almost every time we go to their place. For work he is kind of a landscaper for nice buildings and such, but specializes in flowers. He first heard of the church because he knew how big a project the temple is. He tried to get the contract for the landscaping there but never got it. They were a referral from a recent convert in the area named Josephine. Josephine is kind of our go to person when our investigators aren't real serious. She leads us to a lot of serious investigators and we are really happy that she's so willing to help with the missionary work. The Batsona ward needs a lot of help and I'm hoping that she can set an example as such a new member to some of the older members.
This Sunday was missionary Sunday. They have missionary Sunday every 2nd week of the month, and it's where missionaries will give talks and all the meetings will be focused on missionary work. I didn't know about this since I'm new and our ward mission leader told me Saturday night that I would be speaking and let me choose my own topic. I decided that I would not stress over it that night and get a good night's rest and hopefully the Lord would guide me on what I should speak on the next morning. I woke up and no luck... I got to church and still had no idea what to talk about. It wasn't until 10 minutes before I was to get up to talk that I decided I would talk about Saul who later changes his name to Paul. The good thing about being a missionary is that you're always reading the scriptures so I already knew all the scriptures pertaining to Paul and his conversion story. I continued to talk about how we can all be like Paul. We repent, and start preaching the word of God. I gave some small words of advice as well and told them that if they want to be able to preach the Gospel that they have to start small and study their scriptures. I gave them the scripture D&C 11:21 (I think) where it says ''first seek to obtain my word and then to declare my word.' Anyway I was really impressed that I was able to speak for 10 minutes without having anything prepared and I feel like I was really speaking what the Holy Ghost wanted me to say.
After sacrament I was told that I was to teach the primary class which was really fun. We talked about Alma the younger and how we can repent. After this class we started going into priesthood exercises and we were called on again to teach the whole primary class. We taught them about how we can follow the example of Jesus Christ in our lives. We had some of the kids come up to the board and I traced their hands and wrote inside something they can do to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It was a fun class! and the kids are SMART! I went in thinking they didn't know anything but they know almost everything!
Hope everything went well this week and hoped that conference was good! I've heard some good things so I'm downloading some of the talks now so I can listen to them later.
My first week in Batsonaa has been really good! The first couple of days were really hot and I was sweating like crazy. I've been used to A/C so much that I haven't had to worry about the heat to much. It kind of sucks because our room has no airflow so it's always hot and the fans that my companion and I have both suck really bad, you can't feel anything. I've had to wash my sheets a couple of times since I sweat at night pretty bad, but thats just something I'll have to live with. Some sad news is that my camera is dead now. It won't work at all and I'm deeming it useless. I've asked some senior couples to keep their eye out for me so hopefully soon I can get one.
This week was really nice to just go out and teach people without having to worry about problems throughout the mission. Although I did receive a lot of calls throughout the week from my replacement Elder Falk on how to do some things and Also from other missionaries calling to make sure of some things. We were able to have about 30 lessons this week which is pretty good and we also had 8 member present lessons which is really good as well. We're planning on baptizing 2 people. We've taught them a couple of times and they're both really cool. It's a married couple and their names are Emmanuel and Jennifer. We are trying to get some more serious people to teach but a lot of them seem to just like our company and don't have much interest in coming to church. Elder Eli relates really well with the people and I can see him learning and applying the scriptures more and more each lesson. As of now I don't really feel like the senior companion because he has such a desire to lead, I give him council at times, but he's been leading out most of the lesson's and is trying to get me to know the area as soon as possible. The ward was really cool and Saturday we went to a woman's house that is very wealthy. It was her birthday and I guess she's the wife of an old mission president in Nigeria. Walking to her house I really felt like I was in America. It was a gated community and there were no open gutters and all the houses had yards and lawns, it was quite a sight!
Elder Eli is still doing good! To give more information on him, He is an awesome cook. He doesn't really know how to make american or european food very well but the African food he makes is freaking amazing. We've kind of made it a tradition in our apartment for all of us to pitch in to buy food and then have Eli cook it all for us. It's going pretty good so far! He's also phenomenal at Soccer. He was playing for a local team back home but had to stop because of a shoulder injury. We played today in Klagon with some other elders and he was dominating everyone. I'm not bad compared to most of the Americans but I suck compared to the Africans.
To answer some questions: Mondays will continue to be P-Day for me, I'm able to talk to all immediate family members for mothers day so I'll call all of you! I'm not sure if I'll be able to skype yet but I wouldn't count on it. The people I teach aren't very educated. I'm used to it so I don't see them as uneducated as much but for you guys to picture it better then yes they are very uneducated. We don't really teach anyone wealthy. It happens every once in a while but it's rare. I haven't been sick yet either.
We haven't had light off this week! [They haven't lost electricity] This is normal though ever since Christmas because of the election this year. The president is hoping to get reelected and he wants the people happy so lights off has become rare ever since christmas time.
We have a large investigator pool. He says a lot of them are not very serious but there will be 2 baptism this week for us!So I guess my prayers have finally been answered! Yesterday night President Heid told me that I'll be transferred to Batsonna today. Batsonna is an area in the city of Accra, I wished I would have had more warning, so I could have said goodbye to the members of the Cantonments ward. I was packing and preparing most of the night. It also cut my P-Day in half since I'll have to travel today, but I wanted to get a quick email out to all of you to let you know what's going on.
My new companion is from Calabar, Nigeria, the same place my trainer Elder Effiong was from. His name is Elder Eli and he's only been out on mission for 6 weeks. So I'll be finishing his training. I remember when he came he didn't even know how to use a computer because he's never used one before so it'll be a new experience! I'm now in my area and I'm already really excited to be with this Elder Eli. He's an extremely humble guy and I know that I'm really going to enjoy my time with him. He told me about himself and his life back home and it's very interesting. He is 25 years old and is the first missionary of his family. His parents are not members, but he live with his Uncle who is a member of the church. Some of his siblings are members as well. His parents live in "the bush" and are not educated people. He has a very hard time with reading and writing. He was very open about it to me and I'm happy that I can teach him and help him improve. He knows the stories in the bible very well but doesn't know where they are. Also He doesn't know really anything about the stories in the Book of Mormon. He knows its true, but has difficulty in learning some of the stories. We have the children's Book of Mormon stories that I'll read with him so he can better understand. He almost didn't come on mission because money was a problem and he was afraid because he doesn't speak very well, However, he found some luck and the church is able to help him with paying for his mission. Usually the age limit for an Elder is 26 years old and he turns 26 in a couple of months so he made it just in time. We have a large investigator pool. He says a lot of them are not very serious, but there will be 2 baptism this week for us! My replacement in the office is Elder Falk who is from Salt lake. He is a really cool guy and I've been able to become pretty close with him and Elder Eli while I've been in mission. I was hoping that when I went back out I might be with a more experience missionary because my teaching is definitely on the rusty side, and I was hoping that I could learn from them and then maybe be a senior companion after, but the Lord works in mysterious ways and wants me to train this 25 year old Nigerian!
Also I'm not a district leader anymore, I'm in an apartment with 2 other Elders and the district leader is a Nigerian who has been on mission for a long time now. I'm excited to just worry about my area and my companion and not about the district or any other concerns going on in the mission which has been my life of the last 5 months.
Before the transfer I spent my time driving all over the mission. Elder Morris got sick from something he ate (we think) and I had to drive to Kpong and back on Tuesday, and then all throughout the mission on Wednesday to bring people on transfers. I would estimate that I've driven about 40-45 hours this past week, so I was definitely burned out of driving. I got a little cold because of some of the lack of sleep I've had but hopefully it won't affect me at all in the new area!
That's about all I can get out for today! Hopefully I'll have some good new stories for next week! Love you all! Elder Smith
This week was great! The highlight of the week was being able to go back to the Klagon area for a couple hours. We were dropping off some supplies and paying some bills for the Elders living in Klagon and I remembered that one of my recent converts just had their baby girl about a 3 weeks ago. I'm not sure if you remember but the parents names are Bless [husband] and Gifty [wife]. I baptized Bless the second week of August and then Gifty was Baptized a week or two after I left for the office. They might have been my favorite converts that I had in Klagon since I was able to teach both of them and watch them progress together while she was pregnant. They had been together for a couple years and both had to have some special interviews by a member of the mission presidency before they were baptized. They really became strong in the church fast. Some of my favorite lessons I've had on mission were with both of them.
When we went over Bless was actually working so I wasn't able to see him but Gifty was there with her baby girl Selikem. I know its a really strange name but I guess it was one of their grandparents. I took some pictures which are attached. I had a real testimony builder as Gifty started thanking me for teaching her and Bless and how now they are all able to live for eternity once they can go to the temple. I felt such a greater love for what I was doing out here, and even if I am stuck here in the office [Tanner is an office Elder] I help all the missionaries and make their job easier so they really only have to work on missionary work and waste less time on other things. It was a real gift that God granted me that day, and I'll be forever grateful!
Unfortunately, it rained really REALLY hard this week and the roof on the mission home still isn't finished so it flooded it again. Luckily this time we had most of the things in plastic bins with lids but there were still a lot of boxes in there that got ruined. We spent the entire day moping out the entire house so that it wouldn't be a cess pool. It already smelt like mildew in there but we put a lot of hours reorganizing everything. We were lucky enough to have the rest of my district come and help as well and President awarded us by paying for our lunch that day.
There's my quick update on how my week was! Thanks for all your prayers, love, and support!
So last week was really nothing new. Went to the post office, prepared for the transfer etc. I was able to give instruction on Tuesday for our district council meeting! For those of you who don't know what district council meeting is. We meet every Tuesday as a district and talk about our areas. We talk about our strengths, weaknesses, and investigators. At the end of everyone's report the district leaders gives instruction, which is basically a lesson for about an hour. The district leader asked me a couple days before if I could give the instructions, so I agreed and taught about how the Holy Ghost makes up for our incompetency in teaching. It was a good discussion and we talked about some really good scriptures about being humble, and turning our weaknesses into strengths. A few of the scriptures were Alma 26:12, Ether 12:27, and John 5:19. They're some great scriptures so all of you should read them! We continued on sharing weaknesses that we all have and made goals to do small things every day to help us with them. During the lesson I had an impression that I should talk about a book that Dad told me about, talking about weaknesses actually being our strengths. It talks about how David had the real advantage over Goliath, and that Dyslexia can actually be an advantage in learning instead of a disadvantage. This topic got us talking a lot about how God doesn't always take away our weaknesses, he only temporarily makes them strengths so that we can still be humble and rely on him. We need to see that our weaknesses are sometimes blessings in our life. If we are humble enough to go to our Heavenly Father asking him to make our weaknesses (individually) strengths then we can become even more perfect through him. My favorite story in the scriptures that relates to this is Enoch. God asks him to do an enormous task and he has fear because of his "slow speach" (Moses 6:31). Enoch recognized his weakness and trusted that God would make the difference and he ended up converting the entire city! It wasn't exactly what I had planned for the instruction, but it far exceed my expectations!
Later on in the week was a lot of preparation for the transfer the next week Also we are responsible for making sure that everyone in the mission gets an hour to spend on the phone with their family. We've been going all over the place to different phone companies seeing which companies are cheapest for different countries to call in. This next week we'll have to go out and buy all the sim cards for the calls which will also be a lot of work. Good thing Elder Morris and I are GENIUS (I know right after talking about humility) and set up a way cool way to calculate costs for each company to each country and which is cheapest to use according to the country the missionary will call to. Working in the office has taught me a lot about learning as you go. We don't do many things with repetition here so we are always learning on the fly. I'm nervous to do the same thing back home because it's really easy to do it here in Ghana because everyone is so helpful and kind.
For investigators the only really serious investigator's name is Sampson. We have taught him a bunch of times and man does he LOVE the church. He's progressing really well and we gave him a date to be baptized on the 13th of December. We would do it a week earlier but it's stake conference so we had to push it back. We had some worries with him at first because he was asking for money, but now he's been only talking about gospel topics and he's even sharing it with all of his friends! He's definitely what you call a golden investigator.
Sunday was Elder Effiong's birthday! He was my first companion out in the field. In case you forgot, It is a tradition here to dunk people with water on their birthday. It's supposed to resemble a "rebirth". So I came up with a master scheme to dunk Elder Effiong with water just like he dunked me back in Klagon. He was in the office doing call in reports to all the zone leaders so I set out 8 buckets of water throughout the mission home compound and called the missionaries close by to come and help. We waited for him to finish and when he came outside of the office I got the hose and started spraying him while 4 other Elders started dunking water on him. It was awesome to get some revenge on him for when he dunked me! I'll make sure to send some pictures. Sis Heid made us some cake afterwards which was really good.
Answering some questions- Things are peaceful here but we have been seeing a lot of military patrols outside recently which is uncommon, but I think that everything is okay. There are a load of muslims in Ghana but the majority are in the north of Ghana. There is one other office couple that is in the office every day, the Crisps. They're from Mesa Arizona. There are a lot of other senior missionaries though. Even today, one of the senior couples daughter in laws is the niece to President Jackson! Small World! I can't remember her first name but the last name was Wade and they live in Sacramento.
FYI: What I've seen is the best way to do the packages is to send multiple small sachets packages, the ones that cost about 26$. Those packages we don't have to pay for and it's always cheaper in the end to just send multiple small packages because you won't have to pay on both ends. I'll send a picture of the package so you know what I'm talking about too. And I'm sending a goofy picture of Elder Morris with a Elder Smith label on his head. We got bored and started playing with the label maker.
Thanks for everything all of you do! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This week was basically the same as every other office week. We did office things. The only upside of the week was that we were able to see our investigator Sampson 3 times! He is so sure that the church is true and every lesson he seems to be more genuine. He does have a family, his wife's name is Efia (Friday born), and his three daughters, Christabell, Eunice, and Elizabeth. They are all really young and really cute. This Sunday he brought his whole family to church and it was awesome! His wife is adorable and I love to watch her as she takes care of three little girls. She doesn't speak English at all, so we had a translator with her throughout the day. The biggest positive this Sunday was that we had 8 investigators at church! That's the most I had in Klagon! So having that while being in the offices was crazy! Thats great that Elder Jorgensen (newly returned missionary from Ghana) could come by your home for a visit and answer some of your questions! We because pretty close while he was in the mission home sick. We talked about home and everything for a while. I'm glad he's doing better though!
About the Christmas package; if the package is bigger then the ones you sent before then I'll have to pay for it at customs. The smaller packages you don't have to pay for but the big ones they make you open up and charge you for whats inside. Elder Morris and I have become really good friends with the customs woman though so she makes everything really cheap for us so don't worry about how much it'll cost for me! The most I've paid for a package for someone else is around 90 cedis which is like 24 dollars, so if I need money then I'll just pull out a little bit, but I'm good for now! Some things I'd like to request is some hair paste! They don't have gel or hair paste out here because African's just don't need it! I haven't run out yet, but I will soon so that'd be nice to have!
I'm over my cold completely, still having a little bit of allergies though, but nothing to bad. I work out every day by myself just lifting some weights we have here. They're nothing special. Literally rebar with two cement blocks on the end! Elder Morris doesn't like to lift weights though so I normally work out alone. I can cook some Ghanaian foods! I'll be cooking a tomato stew tonight so I'll take pictures and send them as soon as I can!
Sorry I couldn't get an email out on Monday, I was playing sports a lot of the day and then wasn't able to get on the computer. I'll just start off about what's been happening in the mission!
So This last week has been a little crazy. The Ghana Accra West mission president's wife passes away on Sunday. She had a large kidney stone and traveled to Johannesburg to get surgery for it. While she was there a blood clot went from her leg to her heart to her lung and she died in surgery. The Accra West President (President Hill) had to stay and go to a stake conference with two stakes splitting into 3 stakes. Everyone is wondering what is going to happen because President Hill will have to be released and they don't have a replacement for him yet. My guess is that they'll have President Heid take over the west mission until they can get a new mission president.
Also this last Sunday they moved two area's from the Accra West mission to our Accra mission, so we picked up 4 missionaries from their area's and brought them to stay at the mission home until we could figure out where to put them.
Sunday we brought a referral to church. His name is Sampson and he weaves furniture. He's the most interested person I've met while I've been out. He calls us 4-5 times a day saying that this church is amazing and that he is happy to know us and telling us he is reading the pamphlets we give him to his family every day. Also he always asks how we are doing. He is awesome! He was referred to us by an American couple, and two white missionaries I think is giving him a idea that we are a wealthy church. We are praying that he is actually interested in the teachings and ways of the church though! Elder Morris and I figured that the best way to proselyte in the office is to just have 2 serious investigators at a time, so that we can teach them often and make sure that they are learning faster. It's hard to manage the little time we have, but we both think this is a good idea! Our area could have a lot of baptisms I think and it's to bad that they don't have any other missionaries in the ward besides us and the AP's. So that's my small portion of my time with proselyting!
Anyway! When we picked up the 4 elders leaving the closed area's we came back to the mission home and President decided to send them all to the bush. If I haven't told you before, people call the rural area's the bush because there is a lot more trees. Elder Morris and I have been dying to drive up there every since we heard how pretty it was so we convinced the mission president to let us take his wives truck to the Koforidua Zone to bring 3 missionaries on transfer. Koforidua is just north of Accra, and although it's only 52 miles away it takes about 2 1/2 hours to drive up there because of the roads. We drove from Accra to Danfa, and from there we went to Mamfe, Koforidua, Effiduase, Oyoko, Tafo, and Suhum. It was exactly what I thought Ghana would look like when I came out! It was very green and awesome to see! And I'm not that kind of guy who thinks nature is pretty! I'll send some pictures and a cool time lapse video that we took while driving down!
Also I'm not sure if I really made it clear, but I've had 2 companions for the past couple of weeks. Elder Morris and Elder Faga. Elder Faga has been going through some difficulties back home and has a bit of a temper problem, so President wanted him to be with Morris and I to make sure he's okay. He's a really cool guy and we got really close while he's been here. He is from Samoa and he can carve tribal markings on Book of Mormons, bibles, and Hymn books really well. I'll try and send a picture next week of some of the books he's carved but they look awesome when he finishes! So anyway Elder Faga finally went back to the field, but I took a video of him dancing at a high counselor's house. There was a nice DJ there that had all the missionaries get up and dance so it was a pretty fun day!
To end I'll mention the funniest moment this week. We were at a members house who was going to take us out to show us some people we could teach. We were meeting him and his family and just getting to know him. He has a younger boy about 3 years old who can cause a lot of trouble. While he was throwing some things around the father pulled out this little red ball with a nozzle. Think about a larger medicine dropper. When he pulled it out his son IMMEDIATELY stopped what he was doing and sat down. We asked him what it was for and said that you grind Pepper ginger and water together and put it in the ball and when children are behaving bad then instead of beating them you squirt it up their bum bum! I couldn't stop laughing! He said that it will make their poop sting and their butt to hurt for hours! After the first couple of times doing it, all they have to do is pull out the red ball and they'll know not to mess around anymore!
To answer some of Mom's questions: No there is nothing like Thanksgiving here so we probably won't be doing anything here! There is another 18 missionaries coming in two weeks (the end of the transfer). We haven't talked much about it yet but we're only losing about 10 missionaries this transfer so the mission will be able to open up another 4 area's!
Greatest blessing this week was to just drive around the mission and to see some new areas. I was able to talk with the president's wife about the bush and how beautiful it really is and how great it is. I'm really hoping that after i'm done in the office they can send me to the bush. Either Koforidua, Kpong, or Ho is where i'm hoping to go!
Hey! Happy Halloween! So I told you already that there is a big service project going on but I'm not sure if I told you anything else besides that. Basically there were 4 eye doctors that came out from Utah with 6,000 pairs of glasses. All types of prescription reading glasses and distance glasses. What was planned was for them to come out last week and then Monday through Thursday they were going to see check people eyes and then give them prescriptions and get them some free eye glasses. The women who organized almost all of the activity is Sister Janet Kirkham. Her husband works for the legal counsel in West Africa and she works very closely with our mission president’s wife. There are two missions in Accra which are the Accra mission (me) and the Accra west. When the service project was announced President Heid agreed to help but this week was very busy for him. He had a mission president seminar this week where Elder Bednar came and trained all of the mission presidents in the Africa West missions. So because he was very busy with this he delegated all of the work to my companion Elder Morris and I. We worked a lot before the actual event with Sister Kirkham to make sure everything was going to go okay. Basically I was just in charge of making sure there was 10 missionaries at the activity at once. I had permission from president Heid to tell people to switch their p-days and to have people leave their area’s for the project. Every day they worked from 8am-6pm and we had to be there every day which was exhausting. There was a lot of success in the service project but the doctors far over estimated their abilities to see as many people as they were expecting. We had people showing up at 4:00 in the morning just to make sure they could get in and almost 500 people at the gates of the stake center by 7:00 am when I was arriving every day. The thing is that they could only see about 400-450 people each day so we had to give out 400 forms in the morning and try and get them to all fit in the church building and then we had to tell everyone else to go home because there wasn’t enough room or time. This was very sad. The hardest part of all of it was having to turn away my own recent converts from Klagon. I had to turn away Bless, Gifty (his pregnant wife), and Theresa. They understood okay that no one else could be seen and took the news pretty good but knowing them and having to turn them away was very hard. Luckily Bless and Theresa came very early the last day so they got in and both got glasses. Even when I was talking to the recent convert that was upset about not being able to be seen, Bless came out of the building and was shocked at what he was saying. He took the man one on one and was talking to him about the gospel and how this shouldn’t shake his faith. Wow. Bless. He was baptized in August and he is already being a better missionary then me! That was the best moment of the entire week, seeing someone I taught, who gained a strong testimony, teach someone else who was struggling very hard. Anyway the week was very hectic and stressful. I think that by the last day President Heid and Sister Heid saw that we were stressed out so they told us to have a P-day today since we couldn’t have one on Monday. Also some big news that I forgot to mention! Elder Bednar came! The sad part about it was that we couldn’t really hear him speak, but it was still cool! So let me explain. Elder Bednar is the Apostle over the Africa West area so every year he makes an appearance to see the mission presidents and usually to speak to members and priesthood leaders. He had a devotional with all stakes in the main Accra area on Thursday but since we were so wiped out from the service project, Elder Morris fell asleep and I didn’t want to wake him so we missed out. We heard that the whole time it was just a question and answer devotional and He was cracking jokes the whole time. We were upset about missing it but today he talked with all the priesthood leadership in Africa west. So every Mission President, Stake president and their councilors, Branch presidents, and bishops. Since President Heid knew we didn’t make it Thursday so he invited us to see and hear him speak to all the priesthood leaders. He is an amazing speaker! He talked about priesthood keys and how they are used throughout the church. He told us that organizations all of the place ask them how they are so well organized. He also talked about how the quorum of the 70 are just extensions of the apostles and that they don’t have keys but if they are directed by the apostles they are using the keys of the apostles to do their job. It was very interesting and he taught it very simplistic. I'll send some pictures that I took during the service project and throughout the last couple weeks so you can get a better idea of whats going on! Please ask lots of questions so that this next Monday I'll have something to write you guys, and tell me how everything is going at home! Love you Guys