Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Last E-Mail From Ghana

They had Stake Conference for the Assin Foso stake and about 1260 members showed up. That was a lot for the stake. In fact, they didn't even have enough room for everybody to sit. During the conference they split the ward that Elder Meinzer is in.

Nana, Frederick and Ransford are all ready for their baptism on Sunday. One of their investigators is Kojo, who is 90 years old. Last week when Elder Meinzer taught him about the Word of Wisdom and asked if he would commit to following the commandment he said, "It is because of this commandment that I am alive today. Of course I will continue to keep this commandment."

"As I look back on my mission I can honestly say I don't really have any regrets. I was by no means a perfect missionary; I made mistakes. But I like to think that I learned from those mistakes. I have been able to learn many lessons and have improved my patience, have developed as a teacher and gained confidence in myself. Since I am a perfectionist, I was oftentimes too self-critical of myself and didn't give myself enough credit. But I now see that I'm capable of doing more that I thought I could. I have had many great experiences out here in Ghana and have met many amazing people. But I am ready to come home!"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Last Fast Sunday in Ghana

Elder Meinzer attended the last meeting with the state presidency and they were able to get a lot accomplished. After the meeting, the president said, "Elder Meinzer, I want to tilapia you." "Umm...ok." So he took them out to get fried rice and tilapia and the tilapia was over a foot long and delicious. The president thanked Elder Meinzer for the work he has done.

Yesterday was the last Fast Sunday on his mission. Elder Meinzer said that Fast Sundays at home will be a cake compared to in Ghana because he won't have to be walking around under the scorching sun. The purpose of his fast was one of gratitude. He just wanted to thank Heavenly Father for being able to serve a mission and for all the of the experiences he has had.

Yesterday he was reading in the Book of Mormon and read in Ether 12:6 where it says, "ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." He then read 3 Nephi 26:11, "I will try the faith of my people." and Doctrine and Covenants 58:4, "After much tribulation comes the blessings." He felt like all those scriptures were speaking to him. The past 5-6 months have been really hard because they have been going out and doing all that they could to find investigators, but nothing had been working out. It was frustrating. But recently the Lord has blessed them abundantly. Eight of their investigators have baptismal dates. Nana, Ransford, Frederick and his daughter, Affran. Elder Meinzer is very excited he will be there for their baptisms. On April 22, the week before his companion goes home, they will have another baptism for Kojo, Rosina, Joseph and Joyce.

"My testimony of prayer has definitely increased as I've been on my mission."

Friday, March 2, 2012

Revelation and Inspiration are Critical

They had their zone leader conference. Elder Meinzer is the last zone leader called by President Sabey. Their mission will split July 1 so they will have the Ghana Kumasi Mission and the Ghana Cape Coast Mission. Some missionaries could serve under three mission presidents.

They had a mission tour with Elder Dickson of the Seventy. One thing that Elder Dickson told Elder Meinzer during their interview was "Revelation and inspiration are critical in this work and are dependent upon obedience." He also spoke about the fact that they need to teach by the Spirit and that the investigators need to learn by the Spirit in order to be truly converted and if they teach or learn in any other way without the Spirit, it is not of God. Elder Meinzer also bore his testimony. "Although I don't remember what I said, I remember how I felt-I felt electrified; I felt full of Spirit. I've never really felt that way before."

They went on splits with Elder Butler and Elder Glider this past week. Whenever he goes on splits with younger missionaries, he sees how much he has grown and progressed over the course of his mission. He still remembers going on splits on his third transfer with his zone leader and watching him and being in awe at how well he was able to explain the gospel. Elder Meinzer didn't think he would ever reach that level of understanding. "I think that I have finally reached that point."