Monday, August 11, 2014
"There is nothing better when you can feel His loving arms wrap around you and enable you to continue pressing onward"
August 11, 2014
Sounds like all is well at home and you are pretty excited to head down to Argentina this week. For me this week has been super busy with so many different things! It was super hectic and not a whole lot of time to proselyte. It all started on Tuesday morning when we found out the missionaries from Sierre Leone and Liberia would be flying from their country to Belgium then to London and back to Accra. They were to land Tuesday night and we were suppose to pick them up. The flight came in at 7:40 pm but it took forever for them to get through customs and get approved to get into the country. They were nervous that we were going to bring in the virus.
We ended up getting the cream of the crop in our mission! That night we picked up 7 from Liberia and 2 from Sierre Leone, and then 3 sets of senior couples!!! They will benefit our mission so much! It took so long and we didn’t get to bed until after midnight. All of the missionaries are super strong and one of them was an assistant in Liberia and so he is currently in a threesome with Elder Izekor and I. He is way chill and knows Tyson from BYU his name is Elder Burr. Wednesday we processed everyone into the mission and got them Ghanaian ID cards and everything else they needed. They left a lot of their stuff where they were serving because of how fast everything happened. Wednesday night we picked up a missionary from the MTC that was heading to Sierre Leone and then that night we got another 2 missionaries from Sierre Leone that took a different flight path. That was another super long night . But by Thursday we had everyone processed and out into the field with their new companions. We had to re open areas that had been close downed because of lack of success so hopefully these missionaries will help us out in those struggling areas. Friday was MLC and that took most of the day but Friday night Elder Burr and I were able to go and teach some lessons which both of us were super happy to do because of the lack of proselyting the last few days! It was a good stress reliever. Saturday we got a lot of work done in terms of teaching our investigators, but around 3pm we had to head back to the mission home and president told us that he was going to white wash an area because the missionaries serving in an area had got robbed a second time in a short amount of space. Elder Burr and I had to drive to M___ and pick those elders up and drive to Korfidua, and then to Suhum to pick up another missionary. It was no small trip for us and it was late. One of the missionaries who got robbed a second time was just super down with everything and was ready to give up and head back home. I was able to pull him aside and talk to him for a good amount of time about mission and everything that is going on right now and he was still determined to go home which I felt so sad about. So we brought him back to the mission home and he was able to talk with Pres. Heid and everything could be worked out.
Sunday morning he came to me and really thanked me for all the kind words I had told him the night before! It was such a great experience for me to see his attitude change and have that desire to continue to press forward each day. Missionary work is not easy at all and at one point each and every one of us hits that point of giving up, but that is when it is our responsibility to get down on our knees and plead for help and strength from our Father in Heaven. There is nothing better when you can feel His loving arms wrap around you and enable you to continue pressing onward! That is something I will never forget throughout my life.
Today was a sweet pday where we were able to go play soccer on the beach and it was so much fun!! A good stress reliever for us here on mission! I didn’t take any pictures but I know others did so I will try and get those pics later. Well family I love you all and pray for your safety and success! Have a great week!