Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 6 - Elder Renlund visits Ghana

Hello everyone,

Tuesday
We traveled to Accra. In the afternoon we took a mission photo in front of the temple, and then another one with Elder Renlund and his wife. Then we went and listened to him as he spoke with all of us missionaries. In his talk there were three things that I really loved! The first thing was, “On behalf of Jesus Christ and all of the first presidency, and quorum of the 12, thank you for your work and for caring about others”. Second, you have been called of God and you are obligated to receive the same revelation about why you are called to this mission, all you have to do is ask in prayer. Third, if you have a positive attitude and make a positive effort, God will work incredible things through you. For dinner, because we were too far away to go home that night, we stayed at the mission home and had KFC which was really nice. Oh and you eat all of it including the bones.

Wednesday
We traveled back to Ho Hoe and on the way we stopped in HO, where I found some Reese's bars. I got five packs of twelve for five US dollars. I froze them and somehow, they were all gone by Sunday.

Thursday
We had the Zone Leaders over and we went on splits.  I was with an Elder who had served in this area, so we visited some of his converts. Then we went to Brother Prosper's home, and he fed us fufu. I finally ate an entire ball. Then we took a taxi back to the apartment. The driver was drunk as can be. He thought I could speak perfect French. He was also all over the road, we tried to convince him to let us drive but he wouldn't. We went off the road a couple of times, and I think we hit every pot hole.

Friday
The Zone Leaders left, it was so nice to have other people in the apartment, especially Americans. So today we taught Brother Samson and his sister. In the middle of the lesson we ask them if they would like to be baptized and they said yes!! Then we went to Brother Prosper's again to teach about the priesthood. We also got fufu again so lots of food. Something about fufu fills you but doesn't quench the hunger filling.

Saturday
I taught brother Thomas and sister Elisabeth about faith, then after the lesson I asked them to take a leap of faith and follow the spirit and be baptized and they said yes. During choir practice we are teaching the youth in the branch the church youth theme song for this year, which is “Ask God”. They are preparing for their youth conference later this month.

Sunday
Because of the lack of priesthood members I had the opportunity to bless the sacrament, which was really cool because it was my first time doing it as a missionary. Then we attended branch council and gave advice on how to better the branch.

Love
Elder Marcusen


Ghana Accra Mission August 2017
 Elder & Sister Renlund, Elder & Sister Vinson and President & Sister Keyes
 Ghana Accra Mission with President & Sister Keyes
Missionaries gathering after meeting with Elder Renlund
Found some Reese's in Ho



Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 5 - Second week in Africa

Hello everyone,
There is never a dull moment here in Ghana.

Monday
We did family home evening with a family in the Branch. Most families don't do it, so we are making rounds and doing it with a different family each week.

Tuesday
In between all of the lessons we had, we stopped by Sister Grace who is a bread baker. We helped her take them out of the oven and she gave us a couple of loaves. Then we went to visit Sister Rejoice and taught her how she has a Father in Heaven who knows and loves her. Then, the best part of the day came when we visited Brother Thomas' family. During the last lesson we asked him to pray to know if the church is true and to know by our next visit. So today when we visited, he said that he received an answer and that he was scared of the result (he holds a position in his church). So he told us that he wanted to study it out more.

Wednesday
I experienced my first “lights out” where the power is shut off. It lasted for about two hours. We taught Brother Samson and his sister, after leaving, we were biking and these people yell at us to stop. They took us to their office and basically arrested us because I am white and they think I am rich. So we call up a member who is in the police to come get us out and he does. Then we traveled to Ho that evening because we had a multi zone conference Thursday.

Thursday
At the multi-zone conference, it was so nice to see other Americans.  At the conference in Kpong, President Keyes talked about time management and making sure you plan out your day each day. We traveled back to Ho and then back to Ho Hoe which is a long and bumpy ride.

Friday
We went to Jasikan. The road is so bad that it takes an hour to get there. We were able to teach two lessons there, but what happened next was the worst.  It was dark and the road is so bad no taxi drivers want to drive it in the dark. One taxi came and there was a fight to get in it so we decided to wait for the next taxi. Let me tell you a little about these taxis. They are only for 4 people, but they put five in them and they are barely working. We were able to get in the next taxi but there where 8 of us in it. This taxi driver was petal to the metal driving so fast over the really bumpy road. We passed that first taxi that left and it was broken down on the side of the road.  By the end of the hour journey I had lost all feeling in my legs.

Saturday
I can’t believe that I have been out one month! Today we had a neat experience when we stopped by the bakery Sister Grace asked for a blessing so I was able to give it to her. Afterward, we were biking and we get a call from Brother Thomas who said we needed to come see him right now and that he was at the mechanic getting his car fixed. So when we got there he told us that for the past two nights he has been having a dream about the church and that it is God’s church on the earth today. So we invited him to church but he said he will be out of town. I think during our next lesson we will extend a baptismal date to him.

Sunday
Being fast and testimony meeting 3/4 of the testimonies where in a different language which was difficult because I couldn't understand them. Then in the evening we went to Brother Prosper and they gave us fufu. I still can only eat half a ball of it.

So a little thing from today.  I found out I can out run my companion and even most of the locals, especially when there is a mad man with a giant stone in his hands, eyes locked on you with a mad look on his face chasing after you at full speed. We were walking down main street getting a back pack and this shirtless man comes running eyes locked on us with this large stone. I have never run so fast!  So, yeah never a dull moment from my worst taxi experience to being imprisoned in an office.

Sincerely from your Elder in Africa,
Elder Marcusen      

 Elder Marcusen with his trainer Elder Olukoya
Multi Zone Conference in Kpong
Multi Zone Conference in Kpong with President Keyes
 Elder Marcusen