Monday, February 5, 2018

Week 31

Hello everyone ,

Tuesday
It was sweet! We taught our final lesson to Christabell. Now all that remains is the interview, but she is so ready.

Wednesday
We started off by visiting Lawrence, who is always so fun to teach and always wants to learn. Then we went to teach Benjamin. When we showed up, all the drunk guys wanted to ask us questions, but it’s so fun to teach them. One even knew about doctrine and covenants. So yeah, it’s always fun.

Thursday
A great day out teaching the word of God, which is a wonderful thing today. We had our last lesson with Joseph before his interview, which was sweet. I can’t wait for Saturday.

Friday
So, because of interviews I went on splits out to Dodawa, which is nothing like the city. It is beautiful and is at the base of the mountains. One of our lessons was sweet because we got coconuts. There was the happiest baby who just loved holding my finger, which was different because most of the time they burst out crying when they see a white person.

Saturday
This morning was the baptism. So 4 people were supposed to be baptized, but when the time came for it to start the only one there was Christabell. For some reason Joseph did not show up and the two 8 year olds hadn't been interviewed by the bishop. However, it was so sweet to see Christabell baptized.

Sunday
My companion and I were given the opportunity to bless the sacrament, which was fun and a great thing to be able to do. Well, our small chapel has become the stake center and it’s not a big enough building. It’s so sweet to see the church grow.

Well today, I really know for a fact that the Lord blesses and protects his missionaries. We were at a trotro stop, and I got the impression we should wait for a trotro that is more rare, that would take us right to our apartment instead of taking the one that was available. One shortly came and as we were about half way to our apartment, we saw a trotro that had rolled on the highway. It looked like the one we could have gotten into. If we were in it, it very well could have killed us, as some of the people were clearly dead. I know that I am being watched over and being guided by the Holy Ghost.

Hope you are all doing well!
Love, Elder Marcusen

Christabell's Baptism



Monday, January 29, 2018

Week 30

Hello Everyone,

Tuesday
Well, after district meeting, everyone fell through. In the evening we got to meet with Christabell who I love to teach, and have the patience to teach. I got to teach my favorite lesson, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday
Today we started by visiting Joseph. We taught our final lesson before his baptism, but because of a funeral, we are moving it back a week. Afterwards we met with a guy named Foster who says he is searching for the true church. He is fun to teach although his reasoning is not always there, it’s still fun.

Thursday
Just a normal day searching and teaching in Ghana. On the bright side we found where a member lived which is hard to do. There are no addresses and to give a location it usually involves a palm tree or something that may or may not be there.

Friday
There is a drunk guy who likes us. So today, we taught him repentance by relating it to a 5k and drawing it in the dirt, and each k is a different step. It was fun because he was a little drunk, but if somehow we get him to church, it is going to blow my mind. Then in the evening, we finished teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to Christabell, now just the commandments before her baptism next week.

Saturday
We had a sweet lesson with Grandpa Rodgers (pic below) who is so fun to teach and learn with.

Sunday
Well we had some random guy show up to church. In investigators class he tried arguing that Christ did not set up the atonement and die for all of us. He used scriptures that had nothing to do with it so we gave him one scripture and then he quieted down. He lives in the other ward so we handed him over to the other missionaries. Our small chapel is now the stake center.

Today when we went to Accra. At the temple they are getting ready to replace the angel Moroni with a new one, which was cool to see.

Love,
Elder Marcusen


Elder Marcusen with Grandpa Rodgers

Angel Moroni being replaced at the Ghana Accra Temple  

Monday, January 22, 2018

Week 29

Hello Everyone,

Tuesday
We had Zone conference. The first part was two church Africa West Area security people teaching us how to be safer. We also learned about ways to bring more fun into lessons we teach with members and investigators. After we stayed at the stake center and watched President Nelson announce his two counselors, and the press conference that followed. I would like to bear my testimony that I know that President Nelson has been called of God to be the prophet and President of the church and that this is Jesus Christ's church restored on the earth in these latter days.

Wednesday
We started off by teaching a recent convert, Ebeneezer. We had a great lesson on the power of prayer and the importance of it. Then while going to our next appointment we pass a bar (why do all the fun times happen when we are around a bar) and this guy calls out “men of God come here!” I turn to my companion and he says this is going to be fun. So he takes us behind a bar under a tree to a bench to sit and talk. Well he starts going off about how Satan has him trapped in smoking and drinking. Meanwhile, in the background there is this drunk guy who is thinking he is a preacher walking around preaching/praying.  Back to the guy we were talking to, we tried to talk to him but he wanted to do all the talking, and sadly we were fresh out of word of wisdom pamphlets. So we let him talk and when it was time for us to go we shook hands and that other guy, the preacher guy, was like give me a blessing. As my companion went to shake his hand, this guy didn’t let go because he thought he was getting a blessing. He eventually let go and we went on our way.

Thursday
Today had a sweet start. We started by visiting Grandpa Vanderpall.  He was very concerned about nuclear weapons and how they reminded him of WWII. Then we visited grandpa Rodgers, who absolutely loves us. Whenever we come we just walk right in and he will always be sitting right there watching TV, but he loves to grow in the gospel with our teachings.

Friday
Today started out with a member wanting to give us lunch, which was rice and egg stew. After we had our meeting with the ward mission leader, which was great as normal. Then walking around to our other appointments we had like five people just stop us and ask questions about the gospel and the church.

Saturday
We found the most extreme version of GST (Ghanaian Standard time). Last night we ran out of water so we call the guy to come fill up our tank at 7:00AM. Around 10:00 we call again to see where he is at, he says 12:00PM. At 12:30, we call and he says 30-40 min and so on until he shows up at 4:30. So yeah, there goes the whole day.  However, we had a sweet lesson with Lawrence. He told us that his pastor asked him if he is learning with some missionary’s. He said yeah, the ones from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The pastor said that is good they will grow your faith a lot, which is really weird because most pastors tell people to stay away from us, even though a lot of them use the Book of Mormon in their teachings.

Sunday
It was a special stake conference because our stake is being split. The 20th stake in Ghana was created and the 95th in the Africa West Area. Elder Nash of the 70 was the one to preside at the conference. During his talk, wow you could feel the spirit so strong. Also, one of the two first stake presidents in Ghana bore his testimony about how the church is growing here.

Love
Elder Marcusen


Monday, January 15, 2018

Week 28

Hello Everyone,

I Hope that you are all enjoying the snow/cold weather. 

Monday
Well, Monday was a full day of proselyting. The best part of it was the Family Home Evening that we had with Sister Hellen. I love this family! When we teach them we can feel of the love that they have for the gospel.

Tuesday
We were invited back to Sister Hellens for breakfast.  We had something called tom brown which is a thick portage that is ground nut flavored (Peanuts). After we went to district counsel. We then visited Lawrence who always has great questions.  Not easy to answer sometimes, but it was fun. Then we taught about the book of Mormon and he had questions, but we invited him to pray to know if this book is another testament of Christ. So we hope he will do it.

Wednesday
So we decided to move our pday to today so that we could go to the temple. It was a really nice because I have not had the opportunity since the first night I was here in Ghana.

Thursday
We had the opportunity to meet with Junior. He is a sweet investigator. He knows so much about the gospel that he could teach us the lesson. So we extended him a baptism date for the 27ish of this month. Hopefully we can finish teaching him before then.

Friday
Today all our apointments fell through but that was ok. We were able to go to Medina to watch President Thomas S. Monsons funeral which was a really powerful experience

Saturday
The best part of the day was teaching Christabell. She is probably the coolest nine year old in Africa and maybe the world. She is growing so quickly in the gospel.

Sunday
Church is always fun when you have to correct doctrine taught in a class, but thats all part of the experience.

Love
 
Elder Marcusen 
"Try a little harder to be a little better." -President Gordon B. Hinckley





Monday, January 8, 2018

Weeks 25-27

Hello Everyone,

It has been a while! Sorry about that. The internet cafes have been closed or without power.

Christmas here was so different because it is not really celebrated like back home. Very few places have Christmas decorations and no one plays Christmas songs. For Christmas Eve we got fed so much.  We had four meals lined up.  We started off with fufu right after church then we went to rice, and then to rice, and then to rice. So we were very full of rice by the end of the day. To celebrate Christmas we went and stayed at the zone leaders. For Christmas breakfast we had french toast with pancakes and eggs. For syrup we used sweet and condensed milk. Then we spent the day calling home because their are three of us.

On Wednesday transfers came and I left for adenta 2 area, which is right next to the area I was in (Haatso).

On new years eve the district leader came over and we played monopoly and made hamburgers and fry's which was good.

Monday
NEW YEARS! Well the new year is off to a great start. We went to go get food and try the cafe. As we were going a truck some how lost control and came off the road straight at us and some how was able to flip a u turn at a speed and tightness that it shouldn't have been able to.

Tuesday
We had district council which was good. After we went contacting and then had a lesson with Lawrence who is an investigator that is in a wheel chair because his legs dont work.

Wednesday
This morning we got a text message that our beloved prophet Thomas S. Monson had passed away. Today we tried to see an investigator who was playing hide and seek with us. Eventually we just gave up.

Thursday
We had interviews with President Keyes. Then the day was all about being in the right place at the right time. We meet so many new people that I cant wait to teach.

Friday
Today is six months on mission! Wow how the time has flown. It feels like just last month I was back home in Virginia.

Saturday
We tried to visit people but they kept falling through so we got to learn about more places in our area.

Sunday
Church was sweet. After we taught an investigator named Christabell who is the sweetest nine year old girl. We taught a little about plan of salvation then watch the testaments which was fun.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Love,
Elder Marcusen 
Christmas morning with the Zone Leaders

Elder Perry & Elder Marcusen

Elder Marcusen at Orphanage 

New Year's Eve 
Hamburger & Fries with District Leader

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Best Christmas Present!

Christmas morning Elder Marcusen was able to call home and Skype with his family.  



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Multi Zone Conference


Special Christmas Meeting, Skits, Luncheon and Game day
(Photos courtesy of Sister Keyes)