Thursday, September 21, 2017

Week 11

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the short email this week.

So this week we had a very busy week.  Tuesday we taught a lesson then Wednesday we traveled to Ho for the multi Zone Conference in Kpong on Thursday with Elder Kacher of the 70.  It was so spiritually refreshing. He taught about how important the Book of Mormon is in teaching and it can be used to answer any question. We should use it more because it’s one of the things that we have that no other church has and the Spirit is so strong when it is used to testify of Christ. I also was able to buy more Reese's which are sooooo good. Then on Sunday we had the conformation for Sampson and Pamela because last week the branch President was traveling. A cool experience we had was at brother Prospers home. His wife told us whenever she feeds us, that her sales the next day sky rocket. So today Monday we had a zone activity and we went back to the waterfalls, but this time we went to the upper falls. To get there it is straight up! It’s even worst then Angles Landing in Zions National Park, but there is no rope and the pictures don't do it justice, but it was awesome.

Love,
Elder Marcusen



Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 10

Hello everyone,

Monday
We taught a lesson to brother Felix's family.  They are new investigators who have good potential. From what I could tell in the lesson, they have a true desire to learn. In the middle of the lesson a member, who is on vacation visiting family, saw us and came and said she wanted us to teach her family. So we took her number to call after the lesson. We called her and set up a time to come Tuesday and visit.

Tuesday
We went to Kpando for district counsel. It’s so nice to see other missionaries. We went to Samson and Pamela's home and finished up all of the lessons, so they are good to go for their baptismal interviews. After we went to that person’s family home who contacted us yesterday and we asked if we could do service for them and they said yes, which was a real surprise. So we went and fetched water from the well and filled up their water storage. Because of our service, they said they wanted to learn. Then we went to brother Thomas's home and we did something different. We did an activity to help build their family. I think that as we keep working with them they can continue on the path to the gospel. Oh, and the grandson told us that he wants to be baptized so we will keep working with them.

Wednesday
Not much happened, just a couple of lessons. I taught mid-week on how we need to stand as a witness of God because people are looking to us, and how we are like a city on a hill. However, this week only 5 people showed up so I had to change it a little because I was expecting the usual 20 people that show up. But, it was still a great lesson.

Thursday
The District leader came to interview Samson and Pamela, so his companion Elder Black (one of my mtc group members) and I went contacting. I figured out that you contact people doing work like laundry or dishes and ask to help. They always will say no but then you can share a message and talk with them and they will always listen to you. In the evening we went to one of our investigators, Sister Melody and she let us help her take the corn off the cob. I probably did a hundred ears of corn and it really hurts the thumb after 50.

Friday
We had a lesson in the morning where we had to use an interpreter to teach, which made it go really slow. You can only say one sentence then you have to wait.  However, the children are amazing, they already are coming to church.

Saturday
It was the absolute best!  We had Samson’s and Pamela’s baptism. It has been wonderful to see them grow from the very beginning. I had the opportunity to be the one to baptize them. You could just see the joy in their face after they were baptized. I know that they will continue to grow and become strong members.

Sunday
It was wonderful, we got a call to come open the church early because there were people waiting which never happens. At church we had 50 and they almost all were early or on time. It also was fast and testimony meeting because of the meeting last week. It was probably the best Sunday I have had here in Africa.  

Love,
Elder Marcusen


Samson and Pamela's Baptism


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 9

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for the emails.  I wish I had enough time to write back each person.

Monday
After emailing I was reminded how loving the people here in Ghana are. On the taxi ride back to HoHoe, the two people next to me were eating bananas and said your invited, but at the time I was eating a loaf of bread so it was cool. It’s so amazing the love people have for a complete stranger here.

Tuesday
It was the best. After District counsel, we had splits for 24 hours so I was with Elder Gamil, the District leader. Our first appointment was with Samson and Pamela. I taught the rest of the plan of salvation which was incredible. The Spirit was so strong in the lesson. After I finished the plan of salvation I started the Gospel of Jesus Christ and about faith, which is probably my most favorite lesson to teach. So after the lesson we were on our way to the next one and a huge storm came so we retreated to our apartment. The storm knocked the power out for a couple of hours. After it passed we went to Brother Thomas’ home and we were able to get the entire family to come. We answered their questions and I taught about how you know the church is true, you have told us. Now you should experiment by coming to church and see your faith grow. I could tell that they really felt the spirit in the lesson. I also cut my own hair with a little help.

Wednesday
In the morning, we went to Kpando to meet back up with our companions. When we returned to HoHoe, we set up an appointment with Samson’s mother so we can get her permission to baptize them. When we met with her she said she was happy for her children because she saw the joy and happiness that the gospel is bringing in to their lives.

Thursday
President and Sister Keyes came to our apartment to meet and interview us. I absolutely love them they are so awesome. Afterwards we went to a member’s shop to meet a new investigator, but we ended up waiting two hours for her to come. In the lesson, she really loved our message. Afterwards we met with a recent convert and she gave us a referral for a family of 3 that we talked to and set up an appointment for next week.

Friday
We met with brother Emanuel who contacted us saying he had just moved here and had been meeting with missionaries in another mission. After we went to a recent convert who is having a hard time so I gave him a blessing and you could see that it brought peace to him. Then we visited a member who is sick with malaria and also gave her a blessing. Before she was not smiling and down, but after she was smiling and had more energy.

Saturday
We went to brother Thomas and found out why he is struggling to commit to leave his church. We are helping him. Then we went to meet with sister Patience and the investigator we met with at the shop. This time we met at her home and her family of 3 children joined. They really loved the message we shared with them and you could tell they really felt the Spirit. Then we traveled to HO and met with the zone and our mission president and wife. We played games and ate pizza!!!!! It was so nice to have pizza. I ate so much of it!

Sunday
We had district conference and President Keyes spoke about faith and hope, which was really powerful. The down side to the conference was that the AC broke and it got really hot.  However, the messages shared where great. In the evening, we traveled back to HoHoe.

So Ghana is just a little bigger than Utah, but the roads are not good. So to travel short distances it takes so long and its really bumpy.

Love Elder Marcusen

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Little Mission Fun


These videos were posted on the Ghana Accra private mission page this week by Sister Keyes.  Our family sure had a good laugh watching the videos.

Sister Keyes described the game as followed:
A certain amount of people have to leave the room if they do not know the game. Each one then gets a turn to be under the blanket after being called in. He lays under the blanket with 'the actual bopper'! The bopper 'gently'.. bops the unsuspecting person on the head .. he has to be fast in sitting up - saying 'Brother - I've been bopped!' and then he then has to guess who bopped him. He thinks its one of the people standing around them with their hands behind their back. The actual bopper is the other person under the blanket with him. Its a great game for bonding and releasing pent up stress etc.

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President Keyes, Mission President

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Elder Marcusen

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Elder Marcusen


Mission President visits Ho Hoe

President and Sister Keyes visited Ho Hoe this past week. Here are the pictures of there visit.













Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Week 8

Hello Everyone,
I hope everything is going well back in the USA with school starting and everything.

Tuesday
We went to Kpando for district meeting and to email because the power was out in HoHoe. I also was able to get some fresh Beef that probably was killed that morning. I cooked some up it was so good.

Wednesday
We taught Brother Prosper and his family the plan of salvation as we are going through all the lessons again with them. After that we had mid week, which is kind of like mutual, but for the entire branch. We taught the members hymns because their knowledge of them is small.  We only taught a couple of hymns.

Thursday
We visited a member who lives on the other side of town and taught her and her mother who is 76 years old. We also found a person who makes kenti which is used to make these cool ties. Then we went to visit Samson and Pamela to continue working with them. They are doing so well. They are going to youth conference this weekend. Afterwards, we went to the Branch President's house and while we were there we had fufu.  It was one of the largest balls I have seen and I was able to eat all of it. When I come back to the USA I will challenge anyone who is willing to an eating contest. With all of this food, my stomach is going to be so big. We then went to see Brother Thomas.  He is struggling with the baptismal date so I challenged him to come up with a date. He knows this church is true, but he holds an important calling in his church that is making the change hard for him.

Friday
In the morning a large storm hit and knocked the power out.  You can't go out in the rain because everyone stays inside and they don't want to talk. After waiting an hour, we headed out and got some great new investigators.  They are a family who lives near our apartment and they are accepting the Gospel.  In fact, their oldest daughter is going to attend the youth conference. Then we decided to go through the area book and visit the people in it. On the first one we visited, this person was so not serious during the lesson. Then we went to a referral and as soon as we started teaching he burst in to tears. We thought at first he was feeling the spirit strongly but nope he was drunk so we ended and left.  That night the power was still out and the stars where amazing! You could see so many because there was no light pollution. When the power is out the water doesn't work and that means the toilets don't work either.

Saturday
The power didn't return until noon, so in the morning we visited with the family next door. The father is going up north for two weeks for his shift as a firefighter. In the lesson he asked about the Book of Mormon, so we gave him one to take with him to read on his free time. We also visited with brother Thomas who we continued to teach and his daughter was also there. The power went out again and lasted most of the night.

Sunday
Church it started off with only 18 people there, and five were investigators.  By the end of sacrament meeting we had 40. For Sunday school we went with the youth and we talked to them about the youth conference. Youth Conference is nothing like the ones back home, but they had such a good time. In the evening we had fufu, which I am starting to be able to eat more of but its still hard.  Its like trying to eat a large ball of bread dough.

Love,
Elder Marcusen

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Week 7

Hello Everyone,
This week was a fun one!

Monday
It was so nice to email home. For dinner, I had banku with fresh salsa. Banku is very similar to fufu. It is very filling but doesn't quench your hunger.

Tuesday
We had District conference.  We went to an appointment and a drunk guy told us to leave so we did. We went to teach another appointment and during that things didn’t go well and we had to leave. Then we went to our Branch President’s home for dinner. We had fufu and it was a BIG serving. Half way through, the soup was refilled, but I kept chugging along to finish it. Oh, also the beef still has the skin on it and it tastes like jerky.

Wednesday
We taught Brother Samson and his sister Pamela. They are progressing so well and are getting ready for their baptism next month. Then at mid-week the Branch President asked me to give a talk Sunday on the importance of having and attending conferences. So yeah, I have a lot of studying to do. We had banku again for dinner at another member’s home.

Thursday
We were walking to one of our appointment and some drunk guy comes up to me, and in some language says he wants to take a picture with me (his buddy had to say it for him for me to understand). For some reason drunk people just like coming up and talking to me.  At another appointment I taught the whole lesson because my companion was too tired to talk. At the next appointment we were in the middle of the lesson, and I got a feeling that we needed to leave immediately, so I closed the lesson and we left.

Friday
Was a fun day, we went to have a lesson with the Relief Society President who lives 30 min south. She is awesome, almost every Sunday she come to church with her children on a motorbike. She lives up at the base of the mountains. After the lesson she wanted to take us to her farm so I got on her motorbike and my companion got on one with another guy and off we went to the farm. After the farm she wanted to take us to the junction to get a ride back to HoHoe, so my companion and I both got on it with her and went to the junction. Riding on the motorbike was really fun. Oh and no helmets so yeah riding on the bike was really fun. (pic below)

Saturday
We had our Africa West Area day of service, so our branch cleaned up the hospital grounds. Then at Brother Thomas's home we were telling about a Book of Mormon story and their son, who is about 8, comes running in from a different room with his Book of Mormon story's book open to that exact story, which was really awesome experience.

Sunday
I gave my talk and I think I did a good job because when the President was closing, he reaffirmed some of the things I said about the importance of attending District Conference.

Monday
We went to the water falls, they are really cool and the way the mountains look is different but really cool. Sorry for the late email the power went out for about 5 hours yesterday and we weren't able to email.

Love,
Elder Marcusen

Relief Society President's ride
Africa West Day of Service
P-day Hike to waterfalls