Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Last E-Mail From Ghana

They had Stake Conference for the Assin Foso stake and about 1260 members showed up. That was a lot for the stake. In fact, they didn't even have enough room for everybody to sit. During the conference they split the ward that Elder Meinzer is in.

Nana, Frederick and Ransford are all ready for their baptism on Sunday. One of their investigators is Kojo, who is 90 years old. Last week when Elder Meinzer taught him about the Word of Wisdom and asked if he would commit to following the commandment he said, "It is because of this commandment that I am alive today. Of course I will continue to keep this commandment."

"As I look back on my mission I can honestly say I don't really have any regrets. I was by no means a perfect missionary; I made mistakes. But I like to think that I learned from those mistakes. I have been able to learn many lessons and have improved my patience, have developed as a teacher and gained confidence in myself. Since I am a perfectionist, I was oftentimes too self-critical of myself and didn't give myself enough credit. But I now see that I'm capable of doing more that I thought I could. I have had many great experiences out here in Ghana and have met many amazing people. But I am ready to come home!"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Last Fast Sunday in Ghana

Elder Meinzer attended the last meeting with the state presidency and they were able to get a lot accomplished. After the meeting, the president said, "Elder Meinzer, I want to tilapia you." "Umm...ok." So he took them out to get fried rice and tilapia and the tilapia was over a foot long and delicious. The president thanked Elder Meinzer for the work he has done.

Yesterday was the last Fast Sunday on his mission. Elder Meinzer said that Fast Sundays at home will be a cake compared to in Ghana because he won't have to be walking around under the scorching sun. The purpose of his fast was one of gratitude. He just wanted to thank Heavenly Father for being able to serve a mission and for all the of the experiences he has had.

Yesterday he was reading in the Book of Mormon and read in Ether 12:6 where it says, "ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." He then read 3 Nephi 26:11, "I will try the faith of my people." and Doctrine and Covenants 58:4, "After much tribulation comes the blessings." He felt like all those scriptures were speaking to him. The past 5-6 months have been really hard because they have been going out and doing all that they could to find investigators, but nothing had been working out. It was frustrating. But recently the Lord has blessed them abundantly. Eight of their investigators have baptismal dates. Nana, Ransford, Frederick and his daughter, Affran. Elder Meinzer is very excited he will be there for their baptisms. On April 22, the week before his companion goes home, they will have another baptism for Kojo, Rosina, Joseph and Joyce.

"My testimony of prayer has definitely increased as I've been on my mission."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Revelation and Inspiration are Critical

They had their zone leader conference. Elder Meinzer is the last zone leader called by President Sabey. Their mission will split July 1 so they will have the Ghana Kumasi Mission and the Ghana Cape Coast Mission. Some missionaries could serve under three mission presidents.

They had a mission tour with Elder Dickson of the Seventy. One thing that Elder Dickson told Elder Meinzer during their interview was "Revelation and inspiration are critical in this work and are dependent upon obedience." He also spoke about the fact that they need to teach by the Spirit and that the investigators need to learn by the Spirit in order to be truly converted and if they teach or learn in any other way without the Spirit, it is not of God. Elder Meinzer also bore his testimony. "Although I don't remember what I said, I remember how I felt-I felt electrified; I felt full of Spirit. I've never really felt that way before."

They went on splits with Elder Butler and Elder Glider this past week. Whenever he goes on splits with younger missionaries, he sees how much he has grown and progressed over the course of his mission. He still remembers going on splits on his third transfer with his zone leader and watching him and being in awe at how well he was able to explain the gospel. Elder Meinzer didn't think he would ever reach that level of understanding. "I think that I have finally reached that point."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cape Coast Castle

As a zone they went to the Cape Coast Castle. The castle has been there for hundreds of years and was used to store slaves before shipping them to America. It was really humbling for Elder Meinzer to see the conditions that they would have kept some of the slaves in.

They also had transfers last week, which was Elder Meinzer's final time. And nobody got lost.

The work has been slow but Sunday's are "sweet". They usually have around ten investigators at church each week. Following church, they taught seven lessons. They definitely have investigators that are progressing. Nana should be baptized in the next few weeks. Affran had read the first five chapters in the Book of Mormon before they met him last week. When they sat down he gave them a comprehensive summary of those chapters. When Elder Meinzer asked him how he felt about what he read, he replied, "I feel that it is good, and that no ordinary man could write a book like this."

They have a lot of solid investigators but Elder Meinzer isn't sure if they will be ready for baptism before he leaves.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One Transfer Left

Last Saturday they went to the Boakye's farm and weeded for about two hours. Elder Meinzer enjoyed the physical exercise and liked pushing himself to continue weeding even though he was tired.

Ghana has been playing in the Africa Cup of Nations for the past couple of weeks. Ghanaians are really into their soccer. Whenever they score all of Assin Foso erupts into cheering and celebrating.

Last week at District meeting, Elder Meinzer was able to learn some things from the instructions. "Even though I'm almost coming home, there's still things to be learning." He saw that he needs to pray more for the companionship of the Holy Ghost and when he is teaching he shouldn't think about what he will say next, but try to listen to the investigator and the Holy Ghost more. "I need to have more faith that if I open my mouth, it will be filled."

The investigators are progressing, but progressing slowly. They have also been meeting with members and recent converts which has been good.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Big 21 Birthday

To celebrate his birthday Elder Meinzer went out and got fried rice and chicken (which is kind of like the nice meal in Ghana). "It was delicious."

This week Elder Meinzer went with his companion to the farm and spent hours watering individual tomato plans by hand with a tiny cup and a bucket of water.

About a month ago Elder Meinzer contacted a man and gave him a Book of Mormon and a restoration pamphlet, thinking that it would be the last time he saw him since he lives out in some village. Last week he called them to come meet with him. He had read the introduction to the Book of Mormon and had a good understanding of it. They had a great discussion where they touched on points from all of the five lessons, including the restoration, the priesthood, the plan of salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ, some of the commandments, temples and baptism for the dead. The lesson just flowed with the questions he was asking. He has tried many different religions. He said he feels like he has a hole inside him that he can't seem to fill. At the end of the lesson, Elder Meinzer asked him if he felt like the hole inside him had been filled a bit. He sat and thought for a second, then said, "Yes." He definitely wants to learn more and came to church yesterday.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Less Than Two Months

Elder Meinzer met with his Mission President. At the end of the interview, he asked Elder Meinzer if he had any questions. Elder Meinzer asked him what he saw in him, since he had the gift of discernment. He answered that Elder Meinzer is an obedient guy and that he doesn't give himself enough credit. Elder Meinzer thought he summed him up pretty well. He also told him, "God doesn't expect you to be perfect yet so you shouldn't either."

Last Sunday a man came to church named Frank. They thought he was an investigator. But, when they met with him on Saturday they found out he was baptized in 1993 and stopped going to church once he moved to Assin Foso. They reviewed the Restoration with him and it was a really good lesson.