Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
The Cape Coast stake has had 180 baptisms this year. Their mission has had 892 baptisms.
Things have been a little slow in regards to proselyting so Elder Meinzer and his companion have focused on getting referrals and how to refill their teaching pool. Since then, things have greatly improved. They have started teaching a man named Kofi who has lost his job and recently lost his son. As they spoke about eternal families, he was skeptical. He thought that death was the end. At the end of the lesson, he asked them, “So can I see my son again?” They testified that he could. There was a glimmer of hope in his eyes as they left.
They have also managed to meet with Beatrice and Emilia and taught them about the Book of Mormon and read form 3 Nephi 27, focusing on the importance of baptism. They understand very well. Throughout the lesson, they will have sudden moments where they will say, “Ahh” when something clicks in their minds. Beatrice came to church and was warmly welcomed.
Elder Ekaette has had malaria for the past two weeks.
A couple of weeks ago they were out of water because the water pump that is connected to the well wasn’t working so they had to fetch water from the well. Totally living the Ghanaian life.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Wednesday Elder Meinzer and Elder Ekaette spent the day sending their missionaries to new areas and receiving six new elders. They all came at once from different places so it required a lot of coordinating to get them to their various destinations. But, everything worked out and nobody got sent to the wrong place.
Currently, Elder Meinzer and his companion only have a few investigators. But, they are having success with their recent converts. In Ghana, members need to bring their own hymn books. Their recent converts were coming to church and just sitting there while the hymns were being sung so Elder Meinzer and Elder Ekaette bought all of them hymn books. They were all quite excited. When they now meet with them they want to sing hymns. “Beautiful Zion, Built Above” is the favorite of all of Elder Meinzer’s converts.
They brought the family history consultant to investigators class on Sunday so that the converts could know who to give their pedigree charts to once they have filled in the information. They have also given them pictures of the temple to put up on their walls so they have a daily reminder that they want to go to the temple. They have been having FHE with the converts to show them how to do it. Also, they have signed them up for yearly subscriptions to the Liahona. “I’m trying to do all that I can to integrate these converts into the church so that they will not fall less-active.”
Monday, October 3, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The grass in the compound around their apartment was really long so Elder Meinzer and Elder Ekaette weeded using their cutlasses for three hours-a great cardio workout. Elder Agame pounds fufu (with their help) every morning plus they have been eating a bunch of meals from members so Elder Meinzer is putting on weight.
Elder Meinzer and Elder Ekaette went and served some members and helped them make palm oil. “It’s a messy process.”
Elder Meinzer recently heard that a teenage daughter of some members in Nketsiakrom got hit by a car and died a few weeks ago. The news made Elder Meinzer really sad but also grateful to know of the Plan of Salvation. The family was sealed in the temple.
Their teaching pool is decreasing so they aren’t as busy as they have been in the past. They are dropping people that aren’t progressing. Amos is coming to church each week and still remembers what they are teaching him. He is very humble and Elder Meinzer really likes him.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
They have a returned missionary in their ward named Zachary Mensah which is very similar to his name. It is the first Zachary Elder Meinzer has heard of.
We Elder Meinzer first arrived in the area six weeks ago they had essentially zero investigators and had to do a lot of contacting. But now they have a ton of investigators and many people progressing towards baptism. "It makes me very grateful for the Lord and for blessing us in our area as we do our best to be obedient and work hard."
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
This week they had their final zone conference with President and Sister Sabey. One thing President Sabey mentioned that Elder Meinzer liked was that he has studied the transitioning of leadership in large organizations and that it is a complex procedure. In regards to transitioning one mission president to the next, they spend two hours talking about the mission (they can’t talk about the missionaries) then the former mission president leaves. The new president doesn’t need the old president to tell him what to do; the Lord does that. Elder Meinzer admires and loves President Sabey. “He works extremely hard and is a very patient and inspired man”. Elder Meinzer wore a black tie to the conference in mourning for his departure but he doesn’t think anybody made the connection.
After they gave Benjamin his baptismal date, his pastor was angry and went and told his mother a bunch of lies about the church so she told Benjamin not to come. So, he hasn’t come back. Benjamin lives with a member and the member told them that they need to do all they can to help Benjamin to understand the truth then allow him to make his own decision.
Job and Georgia are progressing well and are accepting everything they are teaching them and are praying about it. Elder Meinzer can always tell when people are embracing the gospel because they will want them to come by and teach them everyday.
This past week they went on splits with some of the missionaries in a small town called Twifo Praso. It was about 40 kilometers away. They drove in a tro-tro for over an hour on a crappy, bumpy road. They had to wear t-shirts over their white shirts so they didn’t get dirty.
Elder Meinzer hides army guys in each of his apartments and recently he received pictures from Elder Gibson pointing to some of the army guys he found in his last apartment. Elder Meinzer got a kick out of that.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
One of their investigators is a 20 year old, named Benjamin. He actually lives with the 2nd counselor in the bishopric. They finished lesson one last week and taught him again recently. During the lesson he told them he prayed about the restoration and later that night he had a dream. He dreamed that he was a member of the church and later saw himself serving a mission. So that was Benjamin’s answer to his prayer. They are also teaching a 31 year old, named Richard. He is a really happy guy and is accepting everything they are teaching him.
They went to the farm on Saturday and Elder Meinzer really enjoyed being back out in the bush. Just seeing the tall trees and the green vegetation that is everywhere is really exciting to Elder Meinzer. Even though he hadn’t weeded in like three months, he didn’t get blisters. “I’ve still got it.”
Elder Meinzer does all of his wash on Mondays now. He finished it all in under an hour. “Definitely a lot better that when I first came out here and took 45 minutes to wash a days worth of clothes.”
Monday, June 6, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Lewis interviewed for his baptism which will be Sunday. We went to his house for the interview. As we were leaving, his mother wanted to give them some bananas. Then she brought them some watermelon. Then some more bananas. And then Lewis told them that they needed to wait because his mother was preparing food for them. She won't take no for an answer when she wants to feed them.
Stephen is fully active and loves reading the Book of Mormon. He is fellowshipping a family that will be baptized by the other Abuakwa elders on Sunday.
"The work is sweet."
Friday, May 20, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
They have been meeting with a girl named Dinah. She has a great memory and can basically recite things that she read in the Book of Mormon or the pamphlets they give her. She has come to church the last few weeks.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Last Tuesday Elder Meinzer and his companion went with some other elders and got some delicious brick oven pizza for only 12 cedis. "There's just so much good stuff up here."
Friday, April 22, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Lately he has been taking a new approach to his study time to try and become a better missionary. Previously, the main focus of his study time would be studying the Book of Mormon and then he would study Preach My Gospel. But, a month or so ago, Elder Smith got sick (Elder Meinzer has only had two sick days for the entire time he has been out. He has definitely been blessed with good health) so Elder Meinzer spent like three hours studying the sabbath day so that he could come to a better understanding of it. Once he finished he felt much more confident in going out and teaching about this commandment. So, now he devotes all of his time to thoroughly studying the lessons. He feels that if he does this then he will have a broader understanding of what he is teaching and the Spirit will be able to guide and direct him to cater the lessons to the individual he is teaching.
Frank has progressed quite rapidly and has a good knowledge of the gospel. They have also been teaching Reginald. Both men can read and Elder Meinzer sees that a whole array of options are available to them. They can grow in knowledge and understanding on their own and don't need to rely on the missionaries to help them grow. This past week they were introduced to the mother of Francis, who is named Margaret. She learned of the restoration and came to church. She seemed to be very happy to be at church and had a large smile on her face the entire time. They also met Cobbinah and Dora. (every time Elder Meinzer hears her name he hears Bryan Regan in his head, "Doraaaa the Exploraaaa") They have three sons. They taught them for the first time on Saturday night and they came to church on Sunday. They also came to the fireside on Friday and then to clean the chapel on Saturday. Elder Meinzer is pretty confident they will be baptized in the near future.
Elder Meinzer learned that Stephen, one of his converts from Nketsiakrom, is preparing his mission papers. "I don't know why I have such a blessing to be in a place such as this, but I am grateful!"
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Elder Meinzer and Elder Smith brought a CD to church to play before the meeting started so the members could learn the hymns and how to sing them correctly. He also had an unusual experience at church while they were having people raise their arms to sustain something. It was the first time in his life that Elder Meinzer opposed. They were trying to give James the Aaronic Priesthood, and Elder Meinzer was the only one who raised his arm when they asked if people were opposed. Standing up, he looked at the surprised face of the branch president and said, "He's ten." He thought it was a pretty cool experience. (So, Zach)
Agnes is a member that they told to stop selling on the Sabbath and she listened to them. One day last week she rushed up to them telling them that the next day all her bread sold in 5-10 minutes. The Lord truly blesses us when we keep His commandments. Sometimes Elder Meinzer thinks it is a little unfair though because we receive such large blessings for doing just little things.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Elder Meinzer has been able to see that he has really matured a lot over the last year; like his testimony, knowledge of the gospel, relationships with others, etc. "I like to think that I've been doing a lot of growing up. But I still enjoy army guys."
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The highlight of Elder Meinzer's week was participating in the baptism on Saturday for John, Margeret, Solomon, Emmanuel and Mabel, Mary, Emmanuel & Rita, Helenah , Emmanuel and Eric. "It was a great thing to see all of these people enter into the waters of baptism and begin a life after they have taken on the name of the Savior." They all met at the meetinghouse in Abakrampa and were taken by van to the Yamoransa chapel, where they had a baptismal font. They took 28 people in one load and came back for the rest. When Elder Meinzer was in the car he counted 13 adults and 13 children-and it's meant to seat 15. The mission president said it was the best baptism he had ever been to.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Elder Meinzer loves going out to the farm. They hike out in the bush on a path about a foot or two wide that is sometimes overgrown with vegetation. Sometimes the paths are covered by palm trees so it's like walking in a tunnel. "It's just so beautiful!"
It is the hamatan in Ghana right now, which means it is dusty and dry. It is also cold at nights. Elder Meinzer hasn't touched his fan in days.
They have an investigator named Regina who will be getting baptized on January 22. She stays with her grandma and her husband works in a nearby town so they haven't met him. They were told he is a member. They recently discovered that he has actually been taught by other missionaries and when they extended the baptismal date to him of January 22, he started crying because he was so happy that he will be getting baptized on the same day as his wife.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Elder Meinzer started teaching a man in Fante and his eyes got all wide and he was totally surprised. The language is coming along but it is slow. He had his companion translate portions for him that he memorized so he can teach the first three lessons basically in Fante.
Elder Meinzer has grown close to one of the member families there, the Aidoos. He told the dad about the peace sign and said peace in Fante (asomdwee) and he thought it was absolutely hilarious so whenever he or his kids see Elder Meinzer they flash the peace sign and say asmodwee.
Elder Meinzer loves his area and the people are great. They are able to see the investigators about every day because they are home a lot of the time. He and his companion have an endless supply of oranges and plantains from the people. Elder Meinzer loves hiking out in the thick vegetation. Their area is like a small town but hardly anybody has running water. There are a couple of wells in the area that people will go to every morning to get water and carry it home on the top of their heads.
Elder Meinzer loves how he is able to make the kids so happy simply by smiling at them. As they walk down the road kids always call out, "obroni!" and when he waves at them it makes them so happy.