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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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!!!

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)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Accra Mission Christmas Firesides

Elder Marcusen had the opportunity to sing in the mission choir for three Christmas musical firesides held in the Accra area during the month of December. 

(Photos courtesy of Sister Keyes)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Week 24

Merry Christmas Everyone,

Well, this week was a dull week. When we were at one of our members’ homes, she wanted to braid my hair, so I let her (don't worry I took them out as soon as we got back to the apartment). It really hurt, but it was fun. So next week is hopefully our Christmas Eve baptism day for 3 investigators, which would be a great Christmas present! This week we also crashed a wedding, which was really fun, and we got a free meal out of it.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas! Eat a little extra ham or desserts for me.  Also, let’s light the world this Christmas and spread the Light of Christ and make the world a little better.

Elder Marcusen

Haatso Elders 
Wishing everyone back home a Merry Christmas!

Braided Hair

Monday, December 11, 2017

Week 23

Merry Christmas,

We had district council and then we had to travel to Accra so that one of my companions could get his non-citizen card. That took all day because on the way back the traffic was bad and the office was like the DMV.

We had some lessons which were good but everyone seems to be hiding from us this week.  We had mid-week, which was amazing.  We talked about light the world. If you haven’t heard about it go check it out at  It is a great way to remember Christ this Christmas season.

We traveled to Accra to plan the activities for the next zone conference, which was fun and it looks like it’s going to be a blast.

So the sisters were saying that they wanted all of the Zone to come and go proselyting in their area. It was actually really fun.  We found a lot of new investigators for them, but the best was, when we were getting water we saw some root beer. It is impossible to find, so we made some root beer floats.

We had choir practice.  I just love how the music brings the Christmas spirit.  After choir it rained all day and soaked us as we biked and walked to lessons.

President and Sister Keyes came to our branch today.  Yesterday’s rain was the last until February or March, and the dust from the Sahara Desert is now in the air. It looks like fog and also looks like there are thin clouds in front of the sun. In the evening we had our second to last choir performance and this probably was our best one yet.

Elder Marcusen

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.

Ryan Marcusen (Matthew's Dad)