Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Most Successful Day

Elder Meinzer had four investigators and two less active members come to church yesterday which made it the most successful day on his mission so far in that regard. Becky came (her husband is a member) and she is progressing really well. Dan (his wife is a member) also came. Elder Hancey and Elder Meinzer are going to ask them this week to be baptized. Esther also came. Elder Hancey has tried teaching her before and said that it was a mireacle that she came to church and has had such a change of heart. He knows that the Lord has blessed them this week. They also asked James to be baptized and he accepted! He added that they can teach just about anyone, so they want to focus on the ones that will progress and that will want to hear their message. Sometimes, people just want them to teach them because they're white, which is frustrating.

One thing that he admires about the Ghanaians is the fact that all the children are incredibly obedient. If anyone asks a kid to do somethig, they'll do it without question or argument.

Their apartment is next to a cocoa factory so every once in a while they have a wonderful aroma wafting through their apartment. One of these p-days they are going to go see if they can score any discounted chocolate (does that sound like Zach or what?). He hopes that he will walk inside and see something like Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

He has almost finished one journal and has already gone through four pens. He has come to the startling realization that he doesn't care if he gains weight while he is on his mission.

Every night before he washes his clothes, he says a little prayer to ask for Heavenly Father's help so that he can wash his clothes quickly. It seems to be working so far. He knows that the Lord is helping him, even in something as simple as that.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Richard

Richard is the fourteen year old that was baptized on April 24. Elder Hancey said it was the best baptism he has had. Elder Meinzer was able to participate in giving a little girl the Holy Ghost the same day, which was a cool experience for him.

Elder Meinzer's Fante name is Queku because he was born on a Wednesday.

For meals he eats oats or french toast with homemade syrup for breakfast; they go out to eat for lunch at "chop bars" where they get rice and beans with a pepper sauce or fufu (something that looks like mashed potatoes but is actually made from casava and plantains) with a soupy-sauce or french bread with ground-nut past (the Ghanaian equivalent of peanut butter) and pineapple jam; for dinner he usually has rice or pasta with a spaghetti sauce. He loves the bread! The fruits and vegetables are all really cheap, which makes him happy.


He definitely doesn't like washing his clothes by hand. He is pretty slow and his fingers get rubbed raw. Last p-day he washed clothes for over three hours. He has been trying to wash clothes every night so that he has more time on p-days. He has decided that washing clothes by hand would be a great punishment for misbehaving children because it is character building.


The thunder and lightening storms are amazing. Elder Meinzer now knows what the hymn "I Stand All Amazed" means when it says "rolling thunder."

We sent him a new pedometer which he is thrilled about. They walk about 15,000 steps a day, which equals six miles. He figures he will walk about 4,000 miles on his mission.

Elder Hancey and Elder Meinzer had the opportunity to serve one of their investigator families and "weeded". In Ghana, weeding consists of taking a machete, or cutlass, and hacking at the weeds that are several feet tall. He thought it was pretty sweet.

The missionaries listened to General Conference again and it just reaffirmed his testimony that those men are inspired by God and are prophets and apostles. "As I stop and think about the fact that President Monson communes with God, I realize how remarkable that fact truly is. It makes me want to listen and follow his counsel that much more."