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Friday, January 31, 2014

Two Emails

Hey Family and Friends! It has definitely been a crazy couple of weeks, and I'm so sorry that I haven't posted Bradley's emails in a while. So, here's this weeks letter, followed by the letter from the week before!

Dear Family
Hey guys! it sounds like everyone is doing well and having fun! hopefully this next month will slow down a little bit so that you guys can relax but with the long weekend last week im sure that was a good break. The week for us was as always great!

Tuesday elder Bannerman and i went to cape coast. Elder Bannermans Fillings fell out so we went and paid a visit to the dentist. everything was good and we were in and out in an hour. That afternoon
our district leader came to our area and interviewed our 2 baptismal candidates for this week. the rest of the day was just good old missionary work 

 Wednesday we went back down to cape coast for a combined zone conference and it was sweet! president Shulz instructed us on a talk by elder Callister about being a Consecrated missionary. IT was great and i learned some things that i need to be working on. Elder Callister talked about when we change it is important that we change our nature rather than our behavior so that it can have a lasting influence on our lives. 

Thursday most of our appointments fell through and elder bannerman and i ended up talking to just about everyone in Nyenasi. IT was actually a lot of fun and we were able to find some good people that we will work with in the next little while.

Friday we spent the day teaching and preparing our Baptismal candidates for the baptism on satruday. Their Names are Opoku and Rosemary.

Saturday was an awesome day. WE had a great study session in the morning and were able to teach 2 investigators some great lessons. then at 2 we went with opoku and rosemary and a few members to praso for the baptism. We were combined with 2 other branches so in total there were 5 baptisms on satruday. I was lucky enough to baptize Opoku and then Rosemary's husband that is a recent convert was able to baptize her. It was a great experience and the lord has really blessed
us to be able to take part in such a great thing. 

Sunday was Part 2 Rosemary and Opoku were confirmed members of the church and recieved the gift of the holy ghost. On top of it all we also got to partake of the sacrament and it was wonderful. the rest of the day we were able to meet with all of our recent converts and baptismal candidates for the coming weeks and had great lessons with all of them.

We were really blessed this week with the spirit. OFten times my companion and i found ourselves with things falling through and then an idea would come to turn this way or walk that way and as a result we found many new people and others that we have been looking for. the spirit truly is the key in this work.

On top of everything elder bannerman and i have been having a lot of fun and it has made time pass by so fast. ITs transfers next week and elder bannerman also finishes his training next week so we will see what happens in the next week. Idk if ill be going or staying but ill do whatever the lord wants. 

 Anyway i gotta goo sorry its short but my time is low this week. have a great week! i love you all!

love, Bradley

Dear Family,

its so nice to hear how you all are doing! i hope you guys aren't freezing to death. from what ive heard in the ghanaian news there have been some crazy snow storms that side of the world, hahaha. I totally forgot about the holiday. i bet you guys are enjoying the break.

This week was another great one for us! On monday after we emailed we went and shopped around cape coast and i found pop tarts and Gatorade! i was soooo happy!!

Tuesday was a good but frustrating day. We woke up and went to praso for nice district meeting and we had a report from our Zone leaders and some instruction from them and it was good. After District meeting we came back to nyenasi and went to work. Things were going well and i was looking to an appointment that night with a new investigator that we have. We got to his place and as we sat down and were talking small small he just handed me his new book of mormon and restoration pamphlet back and said "i wont read" we asked why?! and he told us that after our last lesson he was sitting and reading it and one of his old pastors came to visit him. As his pastor saw him reading he took it and told him that it was a terrible book and all this other stuff. So we spent the next Hour trying to change our investigators mind but he wouldnt have it! we would read quotations and as he read he would say "wow, thats really true" but in the end he still wouldnt take it back. Needless to say we were frustrated and kinda ticked at this guys pastor. But in the end it was his decision to discontinue with us. It just hurts when people see what you are saying is true and you can see it in their eyes, yet still they refuse..... but moving on to better things.

Wednesday was nice, we did splits and our district leader came to nyenasi to interview Edward for his baptism this saturday. Everything went great and he passed with out problem. 

Thursday we went to Farm cocoa with a potential investigator. It was so much fun! First we have what is similar to a giant easter egg hunt. We walk through the cocoa trees gathering the yellow cocoa pods and putting them in buckets. After we gather them all into a pile we take them and crack them open and pull out the wet, slimy, fleshy, cocoa beans. The coolest thing is when they are in this state they are more
or less like pomegranite seeds, but way bigger. The flesh around the beans is sweet and sugary and you can eat it like candy! its sooo good! so we "worked" hard and cracked a lot of cocoa. haha it reminded me of gathering raspberries at grandma simpsons except we would always eat more than we picked. So after farm we taught lessons for the rest of the day.

Friday Was pretty normal except we got a call halfway through the day saying that the baptismal service was moved from 4 to 2 in the afternoon because of meetings. So we spent the rest of the day
informing people and shifting our plans around. We went and told Edward and he was worried because he had planned to go clear some land on his farm so he could plant corn. He didnt think the bapt would be till 4 so he was gonna get a lot done. So elder bannerman and i toldhim we would come and help in the morning.
Saturday we woke up early and went to farm with edward. Okay so ill try and paint a lil picture. So imagine the old bushes in front of the house and multiply them by 1000 and put them in a field. That is what we cleared and all we had were machetes. We worked for about 3 hours and we cleared about 1/2 and acre of land. We were so tired but edward was happy that we got so much done. then we came home and showered and then went to praso for the baptism. WE were combined with the elders in praso, they were having 3 baptisms along with ours and it was a great service. Elder Bannerman was the Baptist and really enjoyed the experience. After the Baptism Edward said "i feel so lite, like im floating.." pretty cool!!!! after the baptism we came home and proselyted for the rest of the day. That night we had a lesson with a man named Opoku who will be baptized this coming saturday. We had given him the assignment to read 1nephi 1, he had read the Book of Mormon many other places, but not the start. So we went to follow up with him. when we sat down he narrated what he read that made up the first 10 chapters of the book of mormon! we were soo happy and he is really ready to be baptized.
Sunday was a good day full of visits and talking with people. Edward was confirmed a member and he is going to be a valuable asset to the branch out here. He is a teacher and is extremely educated and is ready to work!
So this week was amazing! I got my package with my drivers license this week too! thankyou so much for everything in it! its been so nice to have some variety in the food i eat haha. Ill see president shulz on wednesday so he will be happy to hear that its here.
Mom that is so awesome that you get to teach gospel doctrine this coming week!!! you are going to do great and its on the fall! there is so much to be learned about it! One funny thing here is that a lot of people think that if it werent for adam and eve we would be enjoying life in the garden of eden. They miss the understanding that if they hadn't fallen we wouldnt be here! and even if they could have had children in the garden it would have made the purpose of choosing christ as our savior before this earth was created pointless!! you are gonna do awesome!
Anyway family i hope you guys enjoy the long weekend and have a great week!!! i love you!!!!
love, Bradley

Monday, January 13, 2014


Hey Family and Friends! We got pictures from Elder McGuire this week and I'm so excited about them! Enjoy!

Hey Family!!

I finally got to send pictures home this week!!!! its been too long! I hope you enjoy them!

SO this week was just a good work week all around! we were able to teach a ton of lessons and we have a bunch of progressing investigators. We are having 1 baptism this weekend and 2 next weekend and a few more coming up in the next weeks. the lord is really blessing us out here and we are so grateful!!

Tuesday we had a great district meeting and talked about being accountable to the lord in our work and it was good to learn about. we are all accountable for everything we do! especially as missionaries we only have a small amount of time to be serving the lord with all our time talent and effort like this so we have to be making the most of it!!

Wednesday was a nice day we had like 4 lessons fall through but thanks to heavenly father and the guidance of the spirit we were able to fill the time with unplanned lessons and acts of service. We had midweek and elder bannerman and i taught about the Sabbath day. Its something that people really struggle with out here but it ended up being a great lesson. Especially when we talked about the sacrament and the importance of it. WE are sooooo blessed by the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us and we have the opportunity to experience the blessings of it every day and every week! so it really was a great day

Thursday we woke up and went to farm with an investigator. WE went to his cocoa farm and we cracked his cocoa. Basically you take the cocoa pod and cut it open with a machete and pull the cocoa beans out and but them in a pile. While the cocoa is fresh the beans are actually all slimy and if you grabbed them with out looking it would feel like what i imagine eyeballs would feel like in your hand hahaha. Needless to say we had some fun and got a lot of good done. the rest of that day was spent teaching and finding.

Friday was just a typical day along with Saturday, Saturday we went to another members farm and weeded. but other than that nothing out of the ordinary. At the end of those days i was just really happy. im happy with the work and where we are with everything and i just want things to keep going.

Sunday was sweet! we had 9 investigators come to church and we had a good church attendance again. We couldn't bring the blind member to church because he wasn't feeling well but after our branch presidency went and visited him.

Today has been awesome we woke up and came down to cape coast. We played ultimate Frisbee on the beach and had a lot of fun! now its emailing and searching cape coast for all the American food and candy we can find! hahaha its a gold mine down here! anyway i know its short but this is what ive got this week.

Im glad to hear everyone is doing good for the most part, that stinks that kate cut herself. hahaha i remember the days of trying to get out of class:) anyway i hope you all have an amazing week and keep working hard! i love you!

love, Elder Bradley Mcguire

Christmas Breakfast

We caught a crab!

Elder Bannerman and the Crab

Nice sunset

The Nyenasi Branch

The branch president and his wife

I made mobettahs! a member gave us some fresh pork meat and a while ago mom sent me teriyaki marinade so we enjoyed!!

Elder Bannerman and the sunset

We hate it when lessons fall through!

we were helping a member scale fish so she could fry them and she had stingray!

my favorite evening meal. toast and cocoa with pb m&ms on wonder im gaining weight again...hahaha

We went to the beach again today

Having too much fun! hahaha

So this was my toe about a month ago, sorry its gross....

Another nice sunset

Elder Keetch and I at the mission Christmas party

Our Christmas set up


This is raw percaset (idk how to spell it) people put it in everything here haha

Me in Accra at the temple

The temple again

Christmas at the Orphanage

Christmas food!!!

More presents... Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!

my poster

My crazy companion

Wrapping Paper fire!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Year!!!

It's good to hear from Elder McGuire again! Sounds like he had a crazy New Years, but a good start to a new year.

Dear family,

This week has been amazing!!!! Tuesday was an interesting but good day. We woke up and went to praso for district meeting , we got some good instruction and it was fun to hang out with elder cardon again. Also since Tuesday was new years eve our branch had a new years eve party. IT went from like 8 to 12 and it was interesting hahaha. We had to help our branch understand a few things that we do and don’t do in our church as opposed to other churches but everything was sorted out and the party ended up being great. We got permission from president shulz to stay up for it and just monitor things and it was nice but tiring.

Wednesday morning we slept in an hour with president shulz’s permission and then got up and got ready for the day. We had some great lessons and the church was having another party for new years day. Elder Bannerman and I taught on the importance of obedience to the commandments and it was a great lesson. It inspired a lot of movement in the branch and a lot of people are working hard to fix some things in their lives. In preparation for the party elder bannerman and I were cleaning up a little bit and we found a wasps nest at the church. We spent the next while trying to get rid of all of the wasps and a few members were helping us. Hahaha IT was an adventure and elder bannerman got bit like 4 times and a member a few times too but I escaped. Their bites swelled up pretty big. In Africa everything is stronger hahaha. We also got fed a lot that day, and I have had fufu almost every day this week. But miraculously I am maintaining my weight hahaha.

Thursday Elder Bannerman and I woke up and helped a member set some metal security gates into concrete at his brothers house and it was fun. Then we came home and went to work. Then later that day we were meeting with this members wife. The member is a recent convert and weve been trying to teach his wife for a while now. So that night she told us she wanted us to teach her so she could join the church. She had attended church once and the new years activities and decided that it was something she wanted to be a part of. So needless to say we were pumped! Her name is Rosemary and just yesterday she committed
to be baptized this month!

Friday was a good but slow day. Nothing out of the ordinary happened but it was one of those days where everything falls through haha. We were able to teach 2 lessons and we were happy to at least get a little done. Then that night we started splits with our zone leaders so I went to praso and elder bannerman stayed in nyenasi. So Saturday I was in praso all day and it was the same story. Every appointment we set fell through but again were able to teach one lesson. IT was fun to be with my Zone leader and I learned some new things from him and we had a good time. Saturday night I went back to nyenasi and we finished off the night by teaching Edward. Edward is so awesome he understands the doctrine so well and the church makes perfect sense for him! He is definitely ready to be baptized on the 18th

Sunday was an Amazing way for The nyenasi branch to start off the new year. I fasted for the members our investigators and the people of nyenasi in general that we would be led and guided in our work for them. We went in the morning to pick the blind member as usual but when we go there he wasn’t quite ready so we went to Less Active member who lived close by. Her name is mary and we have been working with her ever since I got here! She always promises that she will come but never does. When we got to her place she was outside and she looked really sad. She told us to sit down so we could talk for a minute. She told us that her father who had previously been an alcoholic went on a vacation for the holidays and started drinking again. She was sad because she had worked really hard to get him away from it the first time. We couldn’t do anything but encourage her to pray and keep the commandments. WE only talked with her for about 10 minutes but the spirit was definitely strong. So we left her and went and picked up the blind member and went to church. Church was amazing! Normally our attendance is 35-45 but we had over 60 people come!! The testimonies were great and the lessons were nice too. We had 7 investigators at church! After church elder bannerman and I made some visits and taught some nice lessons. 2 of our investigators committed to baptism so that makes 3 for this month! Elder bannerman and I are stoked so we are working our hardest to help them make it to their baptisms. I was so happy to see everything happen this week. When I got here this area was down in the dumps but its finally starting to climb out! I cant wait to keep working and try to help it grow.

Today has been sweet too! A member recently gave us some pork meet and another member gave us a pineapple. Thanks to mom I had some Hawaiian marinade and so I made Mo Bettahs today!! It was sooo good! Ill send pics next week.

Anyway we gotta go! Were going to a village next to ours called kariku to visit a member for FHE and it’s a 40 minute walk so were heading! Anyway I hope you guys have an amazing week and ill talk to you soon!!
Love you all!

Love, Bradley

P.S.haha so i wrote this email yesterday and i was about to send it
when the network went down, so its tuesday morning and im sending it
off. Thankyou for sending my drivers lisences. President shulz told me
that he already has my international one so now its just the normal
one but im sure itll get here soon.