Tuesday, September 27, 2011

We're Still Alive

Where do I start.  We have been at the MTC for a week then on a flight to Ghana, now we are here.  But the internet connections was so slow, plus we were so busy, I didn't have time to update our blog,  so there might have been quite a few, well one or two actually that were wondering if we were still OK. 

The MTC was quite the wonderful experience.  There were so many things and new things we learned that will certainly help us.  We have met a lot of wonderful missionaries here and everyone is so happy and friendly.  I used to go to a mall and see the younger generation and I was fearful for my country and what was going to happen to it when it got into their hands.  Then I am here and see all the missionaries both male and female, their excitement, happiness and willingness to serve and I think it's going to be okay.

Of course we had to take to obligatory photo of us standing in front of the map of the world with Jessie pointing to where we are coming from and me pointing to where we are going.  They say the grand canyon is the most photographed place in the world, but I'll bet the map at the MTC gives it a run for its money. 

We learned so much, it's hard to put it all into words.  But I will tell you of one thing that will really be a great help to me.  When someone has a question about the church like, why do I have to go through trials?  Or maybe, why do I need to be baptized again, because I already have, and others.  I used to think I had to answer their questions for them and show how much knowledge of the gospel I have.  Now I've learned that you need to get them to have their own testimony of the Book of Mormon and it's truthfulness, then they will be able to answer their own questions.  So simple, but yet so true. 

We also learned there are some very nice people at the Salt Lake airport.  We had our 3 bags of 50 lbs. each and our carry on and a personal item, wink, wink.  When we got to the airport, every one of our 6 bags was over 50 lbs, but not much.  First she wanted to charge us for the extra bag, but we told her the mission travel office said we could have 3, so she said that was fine, with out even checking.  Then every one of our 6 bags were over 50 lbs, but not by much so she took the 4 that were closest to 50 and sent them through, then had us take the rest out of the other bags and put it in one, so she only had to charge us on the one overweight.  Thank goodness for the angel at the airport.

The last thing we learned is that we have angels who are watching out for us and that everyone that sees our tag wants to know where we are going.  The number one response to us when we tell them is "Oh my goodness".  We have a friend that says that a lot, so it has been quite amusing. 

A favorite quote or two from the MTC:  It is OK to be green, green things grow, ripe things rot.  You are not leaving your grandchildren, you are LEADING them. Be Flexible so you don't get bent out of shape!

Well, we have to start packing now, because we leave for Ho in the morning. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

New Assignment

We have been talking to the Jorgensens, a couple who served in Ho and left there in Feb. to work in the mission home.  They are home now but when we talked to them, Sister Jorgensen asked if we would take on an assignment.  She had in Ho what she called her "porch kids".  Their names are Prince and Foster Gafah and here are their photos.  They would stop by their home every morning before school to have her check over their homework for errors.  She got attached to them and so was wondering if we would be willing to take a new white shirt and tie to them, because as far as she knows, they only have one.  She said they were such good ambassadors for the church and wanted them to look nice.  We haven't been there yet, but already feel a closeness that can come from associating with fellow Saints, where ever they are.  Hope the shirts fit.