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Monday, January 26, 2015

Another Great Week!!

Dear Family,

This week was another amazing week here in Ghana. I hope you all know that i love my mission and if there is anyone out there considering it, i would highly recommend it!! we had a lot of adventures this week and i have learned so much from the experiences so ill try to share a few of them.
So we have been working closely with this couple we recently baptized. Hannah and Alex. this week we tried to focus on their family with them. Ghanaian family culture and the church family culture are very different. The tradition here is that the husband works and earns money and the wife does absolutely everything else. So when we taught them that husband and wife have and equal share in marriage that husbands are meant to help their wives and wives help their husbands, it was a little new to them. Hannah absolutely loved the idea and was excited. hahaha needless to say Alex wasnt all that ecstatic about it but he committed to helping his wife more. We will see how it goes.

While visiting one of our investigators this week a man passed by to buy something (our investigator owns a little provision shop). we were sitting inside and he noticed our name tags and was interested to find out what we believe. He began asking questions about our basic beliefs and how we do things in the church, after answering most of his questions he paused and asked "Well did you people just copy my church?" we asked him what church he went to and he told us his denomination. Not surprisingly he actually went to a church that was begun by a member who apostatized from our church (but we didnt tell him that;) So he finally came to the question about living prophets and apostles. He was against it completely.  He did not believe that they were important to the Church of Jesus Christ. As we quoted scripture after scripture he still found it hard to accept what we were saying. We bore testimony of the truthfulness of what we were saying and still it was difficult. It was amazing to me that with all the evidence he needed he still did not accept. We had done all we could to share the truth with him. It is so true when we read in the scriptures that in the last days people will be deceived by the craftiness of men. we see it every day! This man did commit to pray about what we said though and we look forward to our next appointment with him.

This week i have also learned so many wonderful amazing things about The Atonement of Jesus Christ, and also about the person i want to become. One of the elders in the apartment im in has a book called "The Continuous Atonement" by Brad Wilcox. It is a great book and i learned many new insights about the Atonement. Jesus Christ has done the most amazing thing for each and every one of us. the least we can do is Appreciate it by doing the simple things that he asks that we might experience the full blessings of its redeeming power. On top of that we received an amazing instruction from the Julanders( mission couple in takoradi) about setting goals for the future and living a life centered on Eternal truths. They spoke of the importance of making decisions based on Eternal truth rather that circumstance and how it can affect our lives if we do so. I Loved every second of it and learned a ton.

Those are a few of my favorite things that happened this week! i could write more but there would be no time to get it all! i love this work and i love this gospel! i hope you all have a great week!!! i love you!!!

Elder McGuire

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