Tuesday, December 5, 2017

All Will Be Well

There is a music video by Ed Sheeran that was filmed in the area Elder Marcusen just left. It gives you a really good visual of the neighborhoods he is working in.  The song is "Bibia Be Ye Ye"  Which is Twi for "All will be well".

Here is the video:




We also had Elder Marcusen answer a few questions for fun:


Q: Weirdest food eaten?

  A: Snail, dog, chicken bone (Yes the bone)

Q: How do you do laundry?

  A: In a bucket by hand

Q: Have you seen a lot of wild life?

  A: Not a lot, tons of lizards, chickens and goats, A couple monkeys in HoHoe.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the culture?

  A:  Everything, just everything.

Q: Favorite local food?

  A: Banku with Pepa

Q: Worst local food?

  A: Crab

Q: Have you learned any tribal languages?

  A: Yes, in HoHoe,  but they speak a different language (Twi) here in Accra

Q: A funny experience?

  A: Saw a tire come off a moving car and roll down the hill.

Q: Popular local sport?

  A: Football (soccer)


Please take a minute and send him a note this Holiday season.

Thanks,
Ryan Marcusen (Matthew's Dad)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 22

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday
In the evening, I received a phone call from the Aps and learned that I will be training a missionary who is only temporally in the mission (he is waiting for his visa), and that I will be going to Haatso.  So I stayed up all night packing

Tuesday
We had to be at the mission home early so we took a taxi and we got stopped at a light by the police for no reason. He would not let us go, so we decided to give him a tip (bribe) for his great work. That seemed to clear up the problem and he let us on our way. However, while we were stopped, the APs called again and said that my new companion just got his visa. I will be still going to Haatso, but will be in a threesome with the elders there. When I got to the mission home, I went with the office elder to pick up Pizza. After eating the APs took me to my new area.

Wednesday
Today I went around learning the area and visiting the members. For the midweek activity this week, we learned a cultural dance for the cultural festival on Friday.

Thursday
This morning we had choir, but we ended up being an hour late because our taxi driver got arrested and traffic was bad because two presidents were visiting Ghana. Then my bike tire went flat, so a lot of walking to try to find a bike repair shop. However, even after he fixed it, it was flat again after a couple of hours. Today we visited a members Nannie who is being baptized on Sunday and taught the last lessons with her.

Friday
We went to the cultural festival at the stake center. There were two things that each ward did. One was a song, which we placed 3rd.  Then a dance/chant thing, which was so much fun! Everyone loved it because three white guys were getting involved in their culture. Then we went and met with some of our investigators. Hopefully 3 of them will be baptized on Christmas eve.

Saturday
Today was just busy visiting people. In the evening we went to a store that sells root beer and ice-cream. We made our own root beer floats. In the apartment, my room is perfect for setting up a hammock. So I have set it up and it is so much more comfortable to sleep in.

Sunday
At church this guy comes up to us before it started and right away I knew he was American because he had a southern accent. He has been in Ghana for 8 years. Today he saw the church sign board that says visitors welcome and decided to come in.  After church he said that he will definitely be back next Sunday.

Merry Christmas
Elder Marcusen

Light The world 

 Cultural Festival at Stake Center

Getting Pizza with an Office Elder

Monday, November 27, 2017

Week 21

Hello everyone,

Tuesday
We had a lot of lessons but this morning in district counsel we had Elder and Sister jones come and visit. They are awesome, but it’s sad so see them go. They are returning home the beginning of December

Wednesday
Pday because president came on Monday

Thursday
We had a wonderful choir practice. However, the rest of the day, I was at the mission home because the companion that I was on splits with had to renew his non-citizen id card.

Friday
We started off by visiting Aby, and in the middle of our lesson we had a member pass by and he just came up and bore his testimony of the gospel which was incredible! Then we had a lesson answering questions with someone who used to learn with the missionaries. We got asked some weird questions like, “if I come to church will you put me in a small closet/room”, or “will I get possessed if I learn with you”.  We still joke about it between ourselves.

Saturday
We were traveling to choir practice and I got a feeling to move over two seats so that there were two open seats in between my companion and I. Not long after, a man gets on the trotro and sits in between us. When it came time to pay, he pays for us, so then we start talking with him. He told us that the Spirit told him to sit next to us and it also told him that we were men called of God and that he should pay for us. It turned in to a great lesson in the back of a trotro. We gave him our contact info and hopefully we will hear from him. After choir, as a little thanksgiving, I got some KFC fries and an Oreo shake.

Sunday
In the afternoon we had our first choir performance in Tema, which was amazing! We had so many people show up to it, members and nonmembers. Afterwards we watched the face to face event with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard, which I would encourage all to watch it you have not yet.

Love
Elder Marcusen 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Week 20

Hello Everyone,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday
We started off with district counsel. In our district we are small, we have 4 elders and 2 sisters. Today we had an amazing lesson with Joyceline, she is being so receptive to the gospel.

Wednesday
Today was a birthday for one of elders in our apartment. Here in Ghana on people’s birthday you get them wet or soak them.  So, we cornered him and pored a bucket on him. It’s amazing in this area because of all the people we have contacted are really serious, which never happens.

Thursday
Today started off with choir.  I just love to start the day with choir because it brings a strong spirit to the day. Later we had an amazing lesson with a recent convert about the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ and the repentance process.  When we truly repent our sins can be completely washed away with no mark because of our Savior’s merciful plan.

Friday
We started teaching this guy named Aby, who we contacted last night. In the lesson we found out that he had read the pamphlet we gave him, which never happens. In the middle of the lesson a member came up and invited him and us to dinner, which was an amazing because this investigator really felt at home.

Saturday
This morning was choir. Afterwards the office elders came to our area and dropped off new bikes as the last ones we had were dead. My new bike is the best! It’s got a bell, and it’s a light pink purple color with flowers on it!!!!! I will include a photo next time of it. Now all it needs now is a flower basket on the front (LOL).  Today we went around and inviting people to church.

Sunday
For our first Sunday in the area were late to church, but we had a good reason, we were bringing investigators to church.  At church we had 5 investigators and they were all contacts which was amazing. Right after sacrament meeting all of the members swarmed them and helped them to feel loved. In the gospel principles book on eternal marriage, there is a photo of a couple in front of the Ghana Accra temple. They are in my ward.
     
So dinner! It was hard to eat, but it tasted amazing. It probably is the best meat I have had here in Ghana, and maybe in my life. The meat was dog!!!! It was hard to get over what it was, but its good.

Monday
President came and did interviews, which he joked with me about going back to HoHoe.  However, if it happened I wouldn't mind because where ever I am, is where the Lord needs me.

Love,
Elder Marcusen

Elder Marcusen Eating part of a dog rib

Monday, November 13, 2017

week 19 - Never boring in Africa

Hello Everyone,

Tuesday
We traveled to the mission home in Accra. Along the way we picked up all the missionary's being transferred. After we arrived, I met my companion Elder Kallay from Sierra Leone, we are in Haatso. We spent the rest of the day unpacking. In my area there’s a KFC that is just down the street. Further down the street is a gas station that blew up a month ago, everything there is still a burnt mess.

Wednesday
This morning we had district council in an actual church building! This is the first time for me to be in a church building for district council in a long time. After the council we returned to the apartment and shortly we got a phone call that I am being transferred. I had an hour to repack my bags that I had just unpacked. We got picked up by the AP's and I was taken to my area which is Medina 3, in new Legon. My new companion is Elder Ngqondi from South Africa and he is awesome! To say his name, you have to click. We are both new to this area. The sad thing is that for dinner I was going to get some American food at KFC, maybe another day.

Thursday
With all of this change, I have been trying to figure out what my purpose is in coming here. Today I found out one of them which was a cool experience. Since my companion and I are both new to the area, we went on splits with the neighboring Elders so that we can learn the area.

Friday
Today we started off by visiting some people who were contacted yesterday by my companion, but they we not available so we spent the day contacting. We actually found some cool people. For one we will be coming back to with an interpreter at a later date. As we were going around, we ran into a couple of members and this ward is the best! They love the missionary's which is amazing and it helps the work go better.

Saturday
We went to the chapel by the temple to attend the missionary Christmas choir practice. It was interesting because we are trying to get people to sing who have never heard music terms before. However, it was really cool, the power of the Spirit was felt as we sang. This choir is for a couple of firesides that we are doing this Christmas season.

Sunday
It was stake conference. It was amazing to see so many strong members. One of my favorite thing was when president Keyes said to close your eyes and clear your mind. Now think of a temple. What is it to you? That was a really cool thing to think about. Afterward we took a member and went to visit the family who doesn't really speak English, they speak twi. It as a cool experience.

Love,
Elder Marcusen

 Elder Marcusen with members in HoHoe

 Street View of HoHoe

HoHoe with Elder Black


Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 18

Hello everyone,

So this week nothing much happened. Monday after emailing I spent the rest of the day taking my companion to the hospital and staying there until late that night. At the hospital the power went out twice for 5 min. As a result of this we stayed in Ho that night. For dinner some of the missionaries killed a goat and cooked it and it was actually really good. Tuesday, we had to return to the hospital and we stayed all day. After that let’s just say I never want to go to the hospitals here. They are nothing compared to back home. Then on Friday I received news at the zone conference that I was being transferred. After Zone Conference I returned to HoHoe to pack. My new area is in Madina which is in Accra. 

Sorry for a short email this week.

Love
Elder Marcusen

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 21

Hello everyone,

Tuesday
We had a lot of lessons but this morning. In district counsel we had Elder and Sister jones come and visit. They are awesome, but it’s sad so see them go. They are returning home in the beginning of December

Wednesday
Pday because president came on Monday

Thursday
We had a wonderful choir practice. However, the rest of the day, I was at the mission home because the companion that I was on splits with had to renew his non-citizen id card.

Friday
We started off by visiting Aby, and in the middle of our lesson we had a member pass by and he just came up a bore his testimony of the gospel which was incredible! Then we had a lesson/ answering question with someone who used to learn with missionaries We go asked some weird questions like, “if I come to church will you put me in a small closet/room”, or “will I get possessed if I learn with you”.  We still joke about it between our selves.

Saturday
We were traveling to choir practice and I got a feeling to move over two seats so that there were two open seats in between us. Not long after, a man gets on the trotro and sits in between us. When it came time to pay, he pays for us, so then we start talking with him. He told us that the Spirit told him to sit next to us and it also told him that we were men called of God and that he should pay for us. It turned in to a great lesson in the back of a trotro. We gave him our contact info and hopefully we will hear from him. After choir, as a little thanksgiving, I got some KFC fries and an Oreo shake.

Sunday
In the afternoon we had our first choir performance in Tema, which was amazing! We had so many people show up to it, members and nonmembers. Afterwards we watched the face to face event with Elder Oaks and Elder Ballard, which I would encourage all to watch it you have not yet.

Love,
Elder Marcusen