Monday, May 23, 2011

"The Lord Continues to Bless Us"

Elder Meinzer with a family he loves

Elder Meinzer says, "The Lord continues to bless us out here." The missionary work is a little more difficult in Kumasi in comparison to the rest of the mission, but it is coming along.

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

"Pieces All Coming Together"

Elder Meinzer has been out fourteen months now. "Before my mission I knew a fair amount about the gospel and stuff. But since I've been on my mission all of the different pieces are all coming together, so it's basically like I'm learning everything again. Everything is just falling into place and makes so much more sense to me and has definitely been strengthening my testimony."

Elder Meinzer and Elder Gibson have been teaching a guy named Berneck. He makes flip-flops, or slippers, as he calls them. Basically they are like fashionable flip-flops. They teach him while he is at his shop so they have been able to see how things look from beginning to end. Berneck never got more than a junior high education but is actually really smart. He is one of the few people Elder Meinzer has met that is confused by all the different churches and has asked, "Which church is true?" Most people just accept all of the churches and say they are all right.

Lewis is on track for baptism. His mother loves to feed them when they come to teach. They were able to get the majority of the family together, like parents, Cynthia and Phillip, and six of the kids. It was one of the longest (like 3 hours because of the translating and the amount of discussion) and best lessons of Elder Meinzer's life. As they talked, things began to click in their minds, like the importance of the priesthood. The family began to understand the magnitude of what they were saying. "The atmosphere was just sweet and we had a fun time but were able to help them learn a lot as well." The family said that they would pray as a family to know if what they were saying was true. "Regardless of all the disappointments I may face on my mission, experiences like this make it all worth it!"

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

"Two Stupid White Guys"

Elder Meinzer and Elder Gibson both needed a haircut so they went to one of the barbers in their area. He did horrible. I guess he isn't use to cutting white guys' hair. He tried to charge them 60 cedis each. The real cost is only 2 cedis. "He just thought that we were two stupid white guys. Joke's on him."

Elder Meinzer has given himself a budget of 2 cedis a day for food. He did this because there are just so many options of things to buy.

When they began teaching Lewis, Elder Meinzer honestly didn't think that much would come of it. He thought that they would drop him soon after that. But he is progressing so well and even has a baptismal date. Elder Meinzer is always happy when they see him because he is such a happy guy. He really looks forward to the lessons they have with him. His mother was the one that confronted them initially about not teaching her son because of the things that she had heard. They are now teaching the mother and she is progressing and really enjoys their lessons. She only speaks twi but for some reason Elder Meinzer doesn't mind those lessons. Elder Meinzer loves to see her piece things together in her mind and then have a look of realization sweep across her face when everything kind of clicks for her.

They had been unable to meet with Joseph for the past couple of weeks because he was out of town. They finally saw him again last night and he was talking about how much he loved the church and how friendly the people are and how much he loves when they teach him. He wants to bring his family to church so Elder Meinzer is expecting his whole family to be baptized in the near future.

Philip came to church again this week. When they went to teach him this past week, he brought out a little notebook that had different words on it that he didn't understand as he read the Book of Mormon, like salvation and redemption. At the top of the page was written, "My Book of Mormon Bible Dictionary."

"It's interesting for me to see how the area has progressed since we first came here."

Monday, May 2, 2011

Elder Gibson Turned a Year

Elder Meinzer and Elder Gibson did a little celebrating of his year mark. They made french toast at a member's house. "It was quite tasty." Then they got together with two elders from Elder Gibson's MTC group and their companions, plus a bunch of other missionaries and had steak. They bought 10 pounds of steak and marinated it over the weekend. They made a makeshift stove by propping up some cinderblocks and then putting charcoal underneath with a little grill on top. The meat was chewy but it tasted good. They had leftover meat so they made kebobs with pineapple and onions.

Loving their french toast

Enjoying their BBQ

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.

Charles is 21 years old and has come to church the past two weeks. He asked them what he needs to do to be baptized and they told him to keep doing what he is doing. "Yet another person prepared by the Lord."

The Lord has definitely blessed them as they have worked hard. They had five investigators come to church on Sunday.