Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Saying Goodbye

Elder Meinzer & Elder Smith

Elder Meinzer got transferred to a new area called Abakrampa and absolutely loves it. He went around and said goodbye to a few members. Joseph cried a little bit. Elder Meinzer loves that man!

Elder Meinzer and Joseph

His new area was under the care of the office couple, the Saunders. Some sister missionaries would also come out twice a week, but eventually it got to be too much and they needed full time missionaries. So, Elder Meinzer and his companion, Elder Smith, are the first missionaries to be staying in the area. Elder Smith is from Accra, Ghana and actually was in Elder Meinzer's first apartment for a little while. He truly teaches by the Spirit and gets to know the needs of the investigators. Most of the lessons they have taught have been taught in Fante. Elder Smith teaches, then Elder Meinzer teaches and Elder Smith translates. "The people here are freakin awesome!" Many members walk 3+ hours to get to church each Sunday.

The branch has been around for about five years and most of the members have been baptized in the last little while. The branch president is President Abaan, who was baptized three years ago and became president five months ago. During that time he has organized three temple trips and has helped several people to become endowed. The second counselor is named Paul. He used to be the head Pentecostal minister and was one day praying to know if there was a true church on the face of the earth and "Latter-Day Saints" came into his head. So he went to church. He has always believed that the true church needs to have apostles, prophets and seventies and that was what they happened to be learning in investigators class that day. He was baptized in April.