Monday, October 31, 2011

Glimmer of Hope

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

Everything Worked Out

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

"Only like 23 more times to do this before I come home"

After it took Elder Meinzer over 10 minutes to log onto his e-mail, his reaction was, "Ahh...Only like 23 more times to do this before I come home."

Ghana is definitely in full swing for the rainy season. It has been raining every single day, which makes the work pretty slow. When it rains, it doesn't rain for just a little bit, it's torrential downpours that cause floods. Plus, if it is raining and they are in a lesson, they have to stop because the rain on the tin roofs is so deafening; they can't hear each other talk.

On Saturday they finally were able to eat dog. The missionaries in their district have tried three times in the past but have failed each time. So, Elder Meinzer has eaten dog, cat, rat, octopus, snail and a bunch of other things. He has definitely embraced being a missionary in Ghana.

They received transfer calls on Saturday and 6 of the 14 elders in their zone are getting transferred, including three that are going home since they finished their missions. "It's kind of hard sending them off because it makes me a little homesick."

Their investigators were confirmed members of the church yesterday and Elder Meinzer has already been able to see the blessings and changes that have come into their lives.