Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blessed to be Serving in Ghana

The missionaries had zone conference, which Elder Meinzer always enjoys! President Sabey talked about how blessed they are to be serving in Ghana. They are welcomed and respected, they are very united as a mission, they have effective teaching tools and their mission is very mature-over half of the mission is over a year old. Beginning in August of 2009 and the following two transfers, 60 missionaries came to their mission. President Sabey believes they should be one of the most powerful and effective missions in the world. President Sabey also unveiled the next mission goal, which they will complete before June 26. It will be his final goal as a mission president. The goal is to help a family get to the temple and be sealed. And, baptize somebody who has a family member in the church. The also changed the hours of the mission. In the past, the schedule was to wake up at 6, go out at 9 and come back at 7:30. This was set up since some areas don't have lights so it is difficult to proselyte at nights. Elder Meinzer is in one of the "most villagey" and they can still teach at night under the light of the moon or lantern or flashlight. So, now they wake up at 6:30, go out at 10 and come back at 9. Elder Meinzer likes it.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Huge Batch of Converts

Elder Meinzer and his companion are regularly meeting with their recent converts and "helping them become contributors in the kingdom." He loves seeing the faith and the testimony of these converts. Mary absolutely loves the gospel art book. She is quite excited to start paying her tithing. Another recent convert, Helenah, is so happy. Before they started teaching her, she was sullen and quiet all the time. But as they continued teaching her, she got happier and happier. Elder Meinzer loves seeing the transformation.

They got some bikes in their area and ride them out to Ransford's village. The bikes are essentially beach cruisers. As they started riding up hills, Elder Meinzer thought, "How did I ever think this was fun? And why do I want to do it so bad once I get back?" But, he won't be on a beach cruiser, he will be on his Felt.

They have been teaching Hannah, who didn't seem too interested until they taught the Restoration lesson. She told them that it was true and related the story of how they used to pass by her shop a lot and one day something pushed her to call out to them to come over and meet with her.

In Ghana, in sacrament meeting, when people first go up to begin a talk they say "good morning" and the whole congregation responds "good morning."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Testimony of Prayer

On his mission, Heavenly Father has shown Elder Meinzer the importance of prayer and he is now praying with more meaning. Before, he didn't have much to say and his prayers were somewhat repetitious but now he almost has too much to say and he feels like his prayers are directed by the Holy Ghost. Before his mission he rarely said his morning prayers because he would often forget. Now, he can't even imagine a day without praying in the morning. He has always known that the scriptures say "Ask and ye shall receive" and he has been able to witness that on his mission. He regularly sees the prayers of their investigators answered. Recently he had another example. In Alma 30:11 it talks about how we need to cry to God in our afflictions and we will receive joy. In Alma 33:23 it mentions that our burdens will be made light through the joy of Christ. As he recently prayed for comfort during a difficult time, he had an overwhelming feeling of peace and knew that he was never alone because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. "Prayer is powerful!"

The average yearly income for a Ghanaian is $750. Each year the mission spends over $400,000 on the missionaries subsistence alone. And Ghana is one of the cheapest missions in the world.

The other day Elder Meinzer was walking down the street and saw a lady with a wooden platter on her head with a fish on it. He watched a hawk swoop down and take some of the fish off the top and the woman was still able to balance it on her head.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Elder Meinzer is 20

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."

Elder Meinzer on his canopy tour

Elder Meinzer and his companion went to Kakum "kind of a little birthday present to myself". It was sweet. They went out on a plank bridge that had netting on both sides and a rope to hold on to. The bridge was strung from massive tree to massive tree. He got a little nauseous on the swing bridge but loved looking out and seeing all the vegetation and greenery.

The work is continuing to go along well and he is finding a lot of joy in the success of the recent converts and investigators. He loves that the recent converts go to 5:00 seminary. He is really focusing on not really planning out what he is going to say in advance but is just trusting in the promise that the Lord will fill his mouth with what to say.