Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Zone Conference

The mission president has asked the missionaries to recommit to proselyting for nine hours a day. He believes they can be effective each day by serving, teaching, getting to know the members, etc. Sometimes missionaries don't see how going out will be effective so they stay in their apartments. On his mission, the president had weeks where they didn't teach a single lesson but they still went out. If they had used that excuse, they would have stayed in their apartment for the full two years. Elder Meinzer had gone into the meeting looking for areas he could improve on and is committed to being better.

The president also introduced something he wants to do in the biggest city (Kumasi, with about 2 million people) that gave Elder Meinzer chills. Currently there is only one stake in the city. The mission president wants to bring the church to the people. The plan is to move more companionships to the city and get them apartments with a front room big enough to hold sacrament meeting so that nobody has to walk more than 30 minutes to worship. He has tried this in another place, Soonyani, where the missionaries had never proselyted. After a couple of weeks they have had over 70 people attend church.

One of their investigators, Emmanuel, committed to baptism. It was a pretty cool experience committing him. During the lesson, they asked him if he believed the Book of Mormon, the Prophet Joseph Smith and the church were all true and he said yes. "Then it was almost like I wasn't talking; I just opened my mouth and the words came out asking him if he would be baptized on December 11."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Family Baptism

The big news is a family was baptized. Elder Meinzer was able to baptize the husband, the wife and the eight year old girl. His first family baptism. Gilbert is already looking forward to getting sealed in a year.

Elder Meinzer's apartment had an epic water balloon fight (Thanks Zufelts!). The power was out so it was hard to see-especially Elder Conteh since he is black :) Elder Meinzer also brought out some water guns so nobody can walk around the apartment in safety. Elder Dodd thought it would be fun to wait around corners to squirt people in their faces, which has made things interesting. Now, everybody is a little paranoid.

They have two investigators that they have been teaching lately. Priscilla (a referral from Isaac) and Patrick (a referral from Harry). They both know that the church is true. Elder Meinzer loves missionary work!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Sekondi Zone

Stephen was baptized. The family that Elder Meinzer has been teaching should be baptized this week. Exciting!

Elder Meinzer has realized more and more that this is not his work and that he needs to seek the help of the Lord and His guidance. He needs to do things His way. Since he has come to this realization and applied it, his mission has become much more enjoyable and he has seen more success.

Elder Meinzer was able to watch the Saturday afternoon and the Sunday morning sessions of conference. This is the theme that he saw: We need to develop faith through obedience and listening to the prophets to build a strong character so as to qualify for personal revelation and to protect the family. Also, we need to have faith to be an example to the world and re-establish the moral values of society even in the midst of persecution.

Friday, November 5, 2010

True Ghana Experiences

Elder Meinzer woke up the other day, freezing, and it was 75 degrees. He knows he is going to have a hard time adjusting to the cold when he comes home.

Elder Meinzer's testimony on the sacrament has grown. When he had malaria he wasn't able to go to church. When he returned, he realized how badly he missed not taking the sacrament.

Recently, Elder Meinzer and Elder Dodd went to the farm of Isaac and Enoch. It was a 45 minutes walk out into the bush. It was the coolest walk on a trail that was basically non-existant at times because of the thick vegetation. At the farm, they were under a canopy formed by tall palm trees. They weeded about one to two acres of thick bushes and ferns and trees. There were others from the ward helping as well. At one point, he heard screaming from the other men and saw them all converging on one location, swinging their cutlasses. They had spotted a grasscutter, which is a rat that is over a foot long. (and yes Elder Meinzer ate some). Later in the day, the men spotted another one. But, Elder Meinzer didn't join in because he didn't think it was safe to be running with them as they were swinging their cutlasses. The whole experience brought a huge smile to his face.

The church is in the first or second generation where Elder Meinzer is serving. The members have such a vigor. They know what it is like to not have the gospel in their lives and really appreciate it. It is humbling serving the Ghana people.

Elder Meinzer got to bless the sacrament on Sunday. It was been a while since he has done that. They don't have sliced bread, so there were just big chunks of bread on the sacrament trays. As they broke the bread Elder Meinzer couldn't help but think that this was probably how Jesus Christ broke the bread.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Amazing Experiences

Elder Meinzer and Elder Dodd with Enoch & Isaac

Elder Meinzer would really like to hear about what is happening in everybody's lives. So, write to him!

Elder Meinzer and Elder Dodd have been helping a set of twins in their ward prepare for their missions by reading with them to help them become better readers. Isaac is going to the Nigeria Calabar mission and Enoch is going to the Nigeria Port Harcourt mission. They leave in January.

Elder Meinzer and Elder Dodd accomplished part of their mission goal. Richard went to the temple with the ward and did baptisms for his deceased ancestors. It was a sweet experience. Elder Meinzer and Elder Dodd had dedicated a whole day to gathering up some more information on the pedigree chart for Richard. They had gone over to the stake center to work on it. It took forever because the internet was slow. At one point, it wasn't working, so Elder Meinzer and Elder Dodd prayed to know if they should stay there or go to the internet cafe to finish. As soon as they finished, they looked up and the internet was working. Eventually, the internet stopped working again, they prayed and it started working. And for a third time, it stopped, they prayed and as soon as they ended it started working again! "It was one of the coolest things." The experience definitely helped his testimony to grow.

Elder Meinzer was able to give the district instruction and felt like he should give it on trials. Later that day they were meeting with a woman who hasn't been to church in three months because she has been sick. They began by asking her if she had any questions for them and the first things she asked was why bad things happen to people. It was at that moment that he knew why he had felt prompted to give instruction on trials. Definitely a sweet experience. Elder Meinzer also recently watched Joseph imp into church. He knows that it is not easy for him to get to church because of the amount of pain that he experiences, but he still continues to show forth his faith and come. Joseph is a great example!

Elder Meinzer is currently reading a Twi Book of Mormon along with an English Book of Mormon and he is able to understand what he is reading in Twi. And he able to understand a lot more in church.