Hey Everyone! I'm so sorry that I have been so slow on these posts!!! Here's the most recent two emails that we've received from Elder McGuire! Sounds like he's been doin great!
IT sounds like things are starting to settle down for everyone which is good i think. Being busy all the time is no fun! hahaha except if you are a missionary;) then its a blast!!!!!! Our week has been great and like you i feel like its been quite similar to many others.
The work was all very normal this week. tuesday was district meeting and i got letters from shar so i was super happy. the rest of the day was nice and normal. Wednesday our district leader came for interviews for 2 of our baptismal candidates and they also went great. Both of them passed and were more than ready. Thursday we were all over the place and we ended up teaching 8 lessons and talking to a ton of other people. Friday there was nothing to huge that happened except for the fact that i was teaching and walking and serving for the lord!
Saturday Was an amazing full day too! We woke up and went and weeded some more of that super bushy place that our recent convert has and we finished with what he needed. Then we came back home and changed and then went to PRaso for the baptism. Michael and Etse were the two who were baptized. Michael is 19 and Etse is 16 they are brothers and they have an older brother on a mission. Their parents have left them and their family so Michael and Etse are the providers for the family. They have a Cocoa farm that they work on and with that they support their family. Such incredible young men! So the baptism went really well and they were soo happy to be baptized.
Sunday was and always is the cherry on top of the week. Michael and Etse were Confirmed members of the church. and Bro. Edward recieved the AAronic priesthood. We also had a few investigators come to church and some amazing lessons afterwards. So withing the time here i have worked with and seen the conversion of a young family. Sis Rosemary and Bro. Danquah are husband and wife and they have 3 kids 2 boys parker and prestons age and a young 2 year old daughter. All those old enough to be baptized have been and they are an amazing family. LAst night they invited us over for Family Dinner and it was great. Here nobody eats as a family. its all separate. So elder bannerman and i were stoked for it and it reminded me a lot of family dinner at home! it may seem like such a small thing but it really has such an impact! thanks mom and dad for always having family dinner together!
So thats the highlights of my week. I know its not much but its the important stuff. To be totally honest i feel lost in the work right now. The days and weeks have blurred together and the one thing that has stayed consistent is the fact that im serving the lord and im loving every second of it! i hope you are all happy at home and have a great week! i love you all!
Love, Elder Bradley McGuire
Im glad to hear that everyone is still doing good! hahaha some funny stories all around! ive got some funny ones of my own this week;) i feel like every time i tell you i had a great week you can just roll your eyes and say "haha oh really?!" but....YES! another sweet week!
so on tuesday after emailing we saw our new couple for praso on the road and they picked us up and drove us to the church for district meeting. they are the Schiffmans from Hooper Utah. Elder Schiffman was PRes. Shulz's bishop before he left and sis. Schiffman worked as a nurse at Lakeview hospital so they know bountiful. So yeah they are awesome and will help us a ton! After District meeting we taught 3 lessons and it was a pretty normal day.
Wednesday was a day missionaries dream about. haha we had awesome study And went out to work. We started off by doing some contacting and having a lil fun with it. There is this game called Draft, its a ton like checkers just a lil different. Anyway all the old men in the village do nothing but sit around all day playing and they get super in to it! its hilarious! So elder bannerman thought we would try our luck. The old men just destroyed us everytime but while we played we would talk about the gospel . Even though we were losing it was a blast and we got some good contacts our of it. The rest of the day we were able to meet with every single person we planned. Members were with us for all the lessons and we even found some new people to
teach. WE met every goal we set for the day and taught everything we planned. i say its a dream day because rarely do things ever follow the plan we set exactly so we were happy about it.
Thursday we woke up and the water in our tank ran out. WE went to pump more from the well to the tank but the pipe was clogged full of mud and no water was coming. Luckily the well was empty except for about a foot of water. So we took down our clothes line and doubled it up and
i repelled down into the wells bottom and with a bucket and a cup i cleared all the mud away from the pipe. Everytime the bucket would fill elder bannerman would pull it up and dump it out. we felt like miners! Pretty crazy, it was either that or have no water. so we chose water. So i climbed out and got ready for the day and studied and everything then as we were leaving the apartment we notieced waterleaking out of the church. We opened it up and the church was flooded!! A sink fossit was left on by a seminary student the night before and so thats why we were out of water. it emptied the tank during the night. So elder bannerman and i mopped all the water up. Finally we left to go out and proselyte. At 4 the Schiffmans came and we talked about our branch with them and how we will work together to get things really moving. They are so awesome and it felt nice to tell someone about the struggle who can actually help us! So we made a plan. The rest of the day was good old proselyting.
Friday was like the exact opposite of wednesday. everything but 1 lesson fell through. Usually days like that are terrible. but we were able to get around and talk to a ton of people and we found a few we can start teaching. It also rained all night which was nice because it cooled things down. it also hasnt rained here in a long time and all the farmers were happy about it.
Saturday we went and weeded a cocoa farm for an hour and then went about our normal doings. Saturday was transfer news and we found out that were staying together for another transfer. Im happy because there is a lot of work to be done here and i know there are still things the lord wants me to learn here.
Sunday was amazing. Church was incredible because the schiffmans came. A lot of people came and everyone was at their best to impress them. Thankfully the Schiffmans will be here often so things will gradually be improving and everyone will keep on top of stuff.
Our Baptisms are coming up this weekend and we are stoked for it. our REcent Converts are doing great and are going to be powerful members of the church.
Birthdays here arent as big as they are in the U.S. but they still somehow celebrate them. They do celebrate Valentines day im not exactly sure how yet but id assume its pretty similar. minus the candy. i think my favorite tradition here is that you only use utensils to eat for rice. everything else its your hands! so its not my fault if i come home and have terrible eating manners;) hahaha
Im glad parker got my letters. I sent one to each of the grandmas also so hopefully they get there before their birthdays. You dont have to worry about me getting kidnapped! that only happens in Nigeria so they dont sent White elders there anymore, but im safe here! hahaha. The weather is still hot as ever here but its cooled off the last few days its only in the low 80s so weve been enjoying it.
Anyway i hope you all have an amazing week and keep having fun! i love you!!