Monday, May 26, 2014

5 Months


It is that time of the week again where I am updated of the things back home and also where I get to update you ka kra ka kra (small small). Hopefully this is somehow interesting and assures you that I am still alive and doing well.

Can you believe that the time is flying by like this? I still remember saying goodbye to people in Rexburg, Idaho and packing my bags and saying goodbye to the land of the free like it was yesterday.  I have been in Ghana for 5 months now . . . feels unreal! In these 5 months I have learned so much, seen so much, and have become a completely different person. This last week was nothing special but helped me understand my purpose better, along with me aligning my will with God's will.

This last week started out with a fun p-day activity.  The entire zone got together and played some fun missionary games.  Then we ate a powerful dinner. We had two new sister missionaries who just arrived to Tamale so it was nice to meet them and see some new faces.  It is kind of weird though being senior to someone.  Then on Wednesday, we planned this powerful day to teach these new investigators, but as we were leaving the apartment we received a call from the Mission President saying that we were having an emergency meeting at one of the chapels. Nobody knew about it until he called!  The meeting went for 3 hours and we talked about the needs of Tamale.  We talked about so much, but it resulted in the Mission President coming up with plans to fix problems and help with some of our needs. It was nice of him to drive 7 hours to this zone just to discuss the needs of the missionaries.

Just yesterday my companion and I brought a bunch of our investigators to church service and then afterwards cooked a huge meal for all of us to eat while we watched some nice church videos and taught them more about the gospel. The spirit was so strong and I know that these people who were there eating and learning as we taught them, could tell that there is something different about this church than all other churches. We plan to baptize one of them this next Sunday which should be nice. I will try to take a picture or two.

Ghana is still . . . Ghana. The weather is starting to cool off, but you can still feel the sun beating on your head as you walk.  There is less sweat as you do the work which is really nice. It seems that a lot of the elders in this mission are getting malaria, but somehow I have never had it. That is such a blessing to me so far.

Well I hope all of you are doing fine and enjoying life back in America. Don't take things for granted because sometimes you only realize what you have until it is gone. I am experiencing that a little right now, but I know that I am grateful for what I do have even though it is not much. I am grateful for a wonderful group of friends that I have who support me in this decision that I have made and also for the wonderful family that I have who loves me and continues to encourage me. I love you all and continually think about you.

Elder Cornelius

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