Monday, March 28, 2016

"Let it begin! LET IT BEGIN!" - BOLT

Elder Peters, Henry and Elder Herrod (We stole this fro Elder Herrod's email)

Dear Friends and Family,
This week was transfers and I will be going to be serving with Elder Miller (of England) in L'aterbiokoshie. (Try to say that one… It’s near Kaneshie. You might need to make a new map because they have re-aligned the stake boundaries. I think that it is actually a new stake. Also Winneba stake has been added to our mission.) and Elder Herrod will be training a new missionary in a new area across the highway from our area in Kasoa. They are merging our area with elder brown's area so last Sunday we went around to say goodbye to everyone and to show elder brown the members and who we were teaching there. It was sad. Tonight we will have one final family night with the Bentum family and Simon will come and play his guitar. I’m excited for it, but also I know it's gonna be hard to leave. Elder Liera called me last night (tomorrow he will fly home) and we had a good discussion about mission. He said something in my training that I remember, "mission is nothing but a bunch of hellos and goodbyes, you start with saying goodbye to your family. Then you are transferred and get new companions, and eventually will have to leave Ghana." it stinks, but rocks because every door that closes seems to open another one. And it never remains completely closed either. 

We think that his new area is where that little red arrow is.

On Wednesday 

Monday, March 21, 2016

"This is a natural body that I am having" - Henry

Dear Friends & Family,

This past week we went over the Word of Wisdom with Henery, an investigator who moved to Kumasi but has now come back to Kasoa. after the lesson we were walking home and he followed us a little ways from his house and we were just talking about stuff and he said, "I didn't realize that I need to gym to obey God" (on the front of the word of wisdom pamphlet it has two people jogging so in the lesson we usually say something like: it’s important to keep our bodies healthy not only by avoiding things that are bad, but being sure to give them the exercise that they need.) We said something to the effect of, "Ya, but you don't have a problem with that, you gym right?" He is a rather built guy, like most people that you run into here. Elder Herrod and I were kinda teasing him, "No, you've gotta gym, your huge man!" in response to our teasing Henery waved his hand in front of his chest in a small circle and said, "Nope! I don't gym. As for me this is a natural body that I am having." I'm running out of movie and song quotes...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

"Don't give me excuses, GIVE ME RESULTS!" -Madagascar

Before publishing this week's letter there are a couple of things that I wanted to share.
Elder Peters letter is late this week because they had a special mission conference with Elder Rasband of the 12.  This conference included missionaries from the Accra and Accra West Missions.  So to answer the first question: YES he did get to see Elder Dan Nybo:

Elder Dan Nybo (Accra Mission) Elder Brandon Peters and Elder Mitch Perry.
They got to visit for about 20 minutes and he had this to say about their visit:
"Ya we had a good 20 minute chat with him and Elder Perry, it was super super cool. I loved it. He (Dan) is gonna be an awesome missionary. It's so funny how you can just tell when someone is a awesome missionary as you talk with them"
So because they were late getting home last night they got permission from their Zone Leaders to email this 2:30 AM our time.
We also got to learn a little more about Elder Kaelin, he graduated from Olympus High and is an amazing guitar player.  He'll come home in 6 months.
Sunset over Africa
Dear Friends & Family,

Monday, March 14, 2016

At least we got a picture

The Accra West Mission had a conference with Elder Rasband this morning and as a result Elder Peters wasn't able to email home today. We did get this photo from Elder and Sister Sanders via Facebook...hopefully next week he'll get to send a note home. At least we know he's healthy...I'm wondering though if he and Elder Herrod planned the elbow pose thing?

Monday, March 7, 2016

" What do you mean how do you think he...he's with me, ain't he? And I'll learn him all I know." - Jungle Book

The morning after a huge rain storm.  

Dear Family & Friends,

Lots of unexpected things happened this week. First off on March 6th is Ghana's Independence Day and it was also Sunday so a lot of people didn't come to church. I was in Bawjiase this week and it was cool because we had a pretty crazy storm this past week that ripped the roofing off of the building that we have been meeting in out there. And it wrecked everywhere but where we meet for church. I took a picture because I thought it was so cool. The members there were really excited about it, it was fast and testimony meeting and almost all of them said in their testimony that they knew that God was watching out for them in Bawjiase because he saved the part of the building where the roof was still intact. It was a cool experience for me too because I realized that we can choose to build our faith. Often times we talk about having faith building experiences, well the word “having” is kinda passive. Those members chose to make something a faith building experience. They took something rather small and what some would even consider coincidental and chose to let it bring them closer to God. I learn so much stuff everyday...