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!