Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Humorous Little Situation

About a week and a half ago, they had transfers and Elder Meinzer and his companion had to put elders onto tro-tros to send them to their new areas and also receive new elders. Everything was working out smoothly until the last elder arrived. Elder Meinzer took one elder to put him on a tro-tro to Takoradi while Elder Ekaette took another elder to put him on a tro-tro to Twifo Praso. When Elder Meinzer met up with his companion, they discovered that he had accidentally sent the elder to Assin Praso, a little town in a completely different direction 30 minutes away. So, they had to chase after that elder in another tro-tro, take him back to Assin Foso, then send him to Twifo Praso. Elder Meinzer thought it was a very humorous little situation.

Last week they had a zone leader council. Elder Meinzer feels like President Shulz is concerned about getting to know them individually. President Shulz stressed obedience and gave them a list of 10 different points that he wants the mission to work on. Elder Meinzer thinks that he is a pretty obedient missionary but saw that he can improve.

Richard's dream came true and Elder Meinzer baptized him. Richard was thrilled when Elder Meinzer gave him a picture of the Ghana temple when they were having a lesson on temples. He really wants them to teach his wife so they can be sealed in the temple.

The other day they went to a farm and had to take off their shoes to cross the mud and little rivers that came to the trails because of the amount of rain they have been getting. "It made it fun."

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Praying for Strength

This past week Elder Meinzer and his companion went with some of the members to their farm and walked for like 45 minutes through the bush to reach the farm. They have a little mud hut on their farm that they stay in occasionally. They needed stuff from their farm brought back so Elder Meinzer volunteered to carry stuff on his head. Bad idea! "Walking for 45 minutes with a heavy load on my head hurt my neck and I did a lot of praying for strength to be able to reach the roadside. I made it but it sucked."

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

One Giant DI Store

They have been able to do a lot of service, like weeding and shoveling dirt around. As a result, Elder Meinzer's hands are getting pretty calloused. However, the Ghanaians always mention that his hands are soft.

Elder Meinzer loves Job & Georgina. The last time they went to teach them they mentioned that their friends are trying to discourage them from going to church. But, they continue to come. They told Elder Meinzer that they like the church and they understand the teachings; they can tell that it is a true church, especially when they compare it to the other churches. They are very humble. Their gospel knowledge is very small, so as they taught them about prayer, they humbly applied it. In the past they didn't know the format of prayer, nor did they pray together. Now they are praying as a family to know if the church is true. Elder Meinzer really likes being around them since they just seem so happy.

Another cool guy is Richard. They finished up the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson, and in the lesson he told them that he prayed about who should baptize him and he said he saw a vision and saw Elder Meinzer baptize him.

Benjamin came to church Sunday and his baptism has been postponed as he tries to figure out the truth for himself. They also had two other investigators come to church, Akua and Julieana. Elder Meinzer didn't think that they would ever come to church, but these women surprised him. "I guess that just goes to show that you can't make a final judgement on people." They had 12 investigators (haven't had that since Abakrampa) and 252 in total attendance. That is the most people Elder Meinzer has ever seen at sacrament meeting.

Elder Meinzer thinks of Ghana as being one big DI store. Last week he bought an ugly flower tie for only one cedi and wore it. "The thing is that the Ghanaians don't even notice it; all they see is my skin color."