Another crazy week in Ghana!!! And yes, he was bit by a rat! But that whole part about rabies shots is a joke, and NO, he is not coming home because of it!!! :)
It sounds like everyone is soo busy! im sure it is keeping things interesting for you guys. I cant believe you're ripping out the basement bathroom!!! thats awesome!!!!!!! hahaha i laughed so hard when you said laron built things to stay! hahaha. the rain sounds nice, its been hot here as usual but things have really dried out. ITs not humid like it used to be so it actually kinda feels like home a bit but still hot and dusty! but im used to it so its not a big deal:)
This week we were all over the place! we had some pretty crazy stuff happen haha so here we go!
So first off on tuesday interviews with president were Awesome! then we were also instructed on how to incorporate family history into our early lessons with our investigators. Did you know a recent convert can go to the temple 6 weeks after they are baptized and do baptisms for the dead?! haha i sure didnt! so now when we prepare investigators for baptism we have them prepare names to take to the temple so as soon as they can, they can also go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead for their own family members. How awesome is that?? in the instruction they told us in 2003 the total church membership was 6 million with 4 million active. In 2013 we had 15 million members with only 5 million active. So to help the active number increase we are really working hard on getting people to the temple to help them have a lasting conversion.
When we came home on tuesday night from proselyting we walked into our kitchen and there were 4 rats on our counters. . This isnt new, it happens often. So elder Bannerman and i did our best to catch them like usual. I cornered one and blocked the exits with my hands. The rat didnt care and ran right into my hand. So i grabbed it quickly to throw it on the ground and kill it. When i grabbed it, it bit me! nothing big, just like i had been pricked by a needle so i threw it and it died. hahaha cool story right?
wait..it gets better!;)
The next morning we went and farmed with the 2nd counselor in the Branch presidency then came home, showered, studied, and left. I decided i ought to call Sis. Shulz to see if i needed to do anything about the bite. So i called and explained and the both of us werent too worried. But she called the area doctor just to make sure. She called me back a little nervously to tell me that i had to take some meds and maybe get a series of rabies shots. He had to call Salt Lake to find out. Now here is the bight part. No one in Accra could do the vaccination so if no one in cape coast could do it i would have had to come home!!!!!!!! yeah crazy! haha now you know i havent called to tell you anything yet but.....hahaha just kidding!!!! im not going
anywhere!! i just have to take some anti bacterial meds and itll all be fine! but yeah quite the adventure!
Because of this little incident on thursday a guy came and fumigated our apartment and we are going to get new cabinets soon too so yay! Because of the fumigation we had to spend the night in praso but we were back here by friday morning. So those were my crazy experiences this week! haha
As far as Actual missionary work goes we werent able to have as many lessons this week as we have been having but we were still able to get a lot done! we found some new investigators and prepared 2 people for
baptism. Edwards Son Elijah was already ready but because of what happened last week we were doing his baptism this week. So along with Elijah we also had a young girl named Salomey, she is thirteen and in a part member family. She has been coming since she was a little girl but was never baptized so we were happy to be able to work with her! So on saturday afternoon we had their baptisms and everything went great! we had a member of the branch presidency come and Edward baptized his son and Salomey. the lord is blessing us so much to be able to be part of this work here in Nyenasi. On sunday we had their Confirmations and it was amazing. The glow in their smiles lit up the entire chapel. everyone was behind them to supporting them the whole way. our members are getting better and better every week at helping in the work and it is really helping us!
So thats the week! i hope i didnt scare you guys too much! hahaha but really this work is amazing and the lord is protecting me. i am so greatful for all of your prayers and support! i couldnt do it with out you! because of you i can say I KNOW THE CHURCH IS TRUE!!!! i love you all so much! have a great week!!
Love, Elder Bradley McGuire
P.S. yes i could bake a cake. no we dont have ovens but im resourceful like lynett said:) hahahaha!