Monday, June 19, 2017

Time Is Small

Another week gone, time is flying, the work is sweet. This week was pretty fun, but the work was tough. We had a training conference for Elder Adegboyega and I since its still his first transfer, that was Wednesday. The meeting was awesome, but its like the 4th or 5th time I have been a part of that same meeting so I knew all of the instruction that was going to be given already haha. But we watched a video of a talk given by Elder Von G. Keetch of the Seventy, the talk is titled 'Blessed and Happy Are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God' and its seriously a great talk to listen to and think about. It is a great reminder that God doesnt give us commandments to restrict us, but to protect us from the dangers that are waiting for us when we go into temptation and sin.

On Thursday we had Zone Conference, Asuoyeboa Zone and Obuasi Zone came together and our meeting was great, we learned a lot about faith, and I was able to take a lot of things that I can continue to work on.

Well this week we had a little bit of progress with Sister Rgna, she is doing great, came to church, came to a fireside we had on Friday night, and she loves being at church. The great thing is that we have also been teaching her friend and neighbor, Sister Srwa, and Rgna brought Srwa to church this Sunday which we were so happy about!! We have been trying to get Srwa to church for 3 weeks now and finally she came! She loved it and seemed way happy!! We are really happy about how those two are doing now, the only problem is that they don't understand English at all hahah, so its pretty tough for us to communicate with them, but we are excited for them to continue to come and work towards baptism!!

Time is small, and its running fast, we are just trying to make every day count, cause the days left are very small.  I am thankful for the love and support that all of you have given to me, and Happy Fathers Day to all of you Fathers who have helped me so much in my life to get to the point where I am now!!

I love you all,
Elder Porritt

Picture is of zone conference!

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Rains are Coming Down!!

Well time is flying and the work is going good. I don't have much time this week, we just got blasted by rain on our way here, and we don't really want to be here if the rain comes back haha, but this week has been awesome!!

Just an update with Sml and Ccl family, we went there this week and discovered that Sml is in what he called ''training'' to become a pastor, which is funny cause he can't read and so the only thing he knows in the bible is what other people tell him, which here, what pastors tell people is garbage haha, pastors don't even read the bible here, the doctrine they teach is awful, it's so bad that I often will find myself laughing at what they are saying when we hear it... So that is hard, we are trying to see what we can do to get the wife to the church. For her, she is very smart and very humble and wants to know more and wants to come to the church, but it is going to be very hard to get them to come with how Sml is thinking right now.

With Sister Rga, she continues to come to church every week, she is really doing well, and wants to be baptized, we are just trying to finish teaching all the lessons. Because she doesn't understand English, we have to use a member to translate all the lessons and so it takes a lot longer to teach.
Really, our area is great, there are a lot of people here, but the struggle is that there is just so much Twi so if we aren't walking with members, we will be toast, but we are enjoying the heat and the giant rain storms that nail us every day!

The work is sweet here in Nkoransa! I love being a missionary and I love testifying of the things that I have prayed about and received confirmation from Heavenly Father that they are true. I know this work is the greatest thing I have ever been a part of. And I know its true.

I love all of you and hope you have a great week!!
Elder Porritt

Sweet Rainbow

ha... we helped a taxi get out of a giant mud hole and i got a little dirty... service is the best!

The sun is too hot some days haha

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mission is the Greatest Decision I Ever Made!

Well this week, i don't have a ton to say.. It has been such a great week though!! Elder Adegboyega and I are just here enjoying our work in Nkoransa. We have been trying to get back to teach Sml and his family that we found last week but they have not been around. So we are hoping for this week that we will see them. We do have a few people though who are just awesome who are progressing.

Sister Rg Karikari is the wife of a member in our branch and she has been coming now to church for about 5 weeks, and so we are teaching her and she will be baptized at the end of this month probably. Also we have another family Akwasi and Ls with their 3 children, and they have been coming to church for a few months now, they love the church and they know its true, but they are not married, so they cannot be baptized until the wedding comes on. So the husband is trying to find some money so that they can get married then baptized. Even on Sunday, we had 3 more people who were just brought to us by members. People here in our Ward are seriously helping us so much to get people to teach. They are bringing their friends and their family and we have more investigators than we have time to go and see them!! It is so great to see people who have such a great desire to do this work and to bring their families into the church. The ward is even about to split right now too, so things here are really just going great!! We are so happy to be in such a great place.

Well I am really enjoying this work. Mission is the greatest decision I ever made  to come. I love serving my Father in Heaven and I love Ghana. It is so hot every day, but I have come to love the heat, I think i am going to die when i come home and its only 80-90 degrees, ill be freezing!!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!!
Elder Porritt

Monday, May 29, 2017

My New Companion, Elder Adegboyega

Oh boy, its good to be a missionary right now!! This week has been AWESOME!!! Well as i said last week, i am training a new missionary and so I found him on Tuesday haha. Tuesday morning, we sent off the departing missionaries from the airport, and then Tuesday afternoon we picked up the new missionaries also from the airport. There was two Elders that came and so i had a 50/50 chance. Tuesday evening we had in-field orientation with all the new missionaries which is where we basically just introduce ourselves and they do the same, and then there is dinner and then testimony meeting.

On Wednesday i went to the mission home and waited all morning until President called the trainers in to announce who we would be companions with, and my new companion is.... (ha mom, i know you wont be able to pronounce it) Elder Adegboyega!! He is from Nigeria. Born in Ogbomoso and currently living in Lagos. He is a convert, he was actually baptized a few months after I was in 2005 hah, he was 13 when he was baptized and he is now 25! He is the sweetest and most humble missionary I've met and this morning he bought ketchup to put in his stew, thinking it was oil... got to the apartment and well, it wasn't oil... that is him, its been probably my favorite week of mission so far, I am seriously enjoying with him!! 

And if Elder Adegboyega doesn't make this week great already, it adds to the greatness to see the new ward where we are serving. We are in the Nkoransa Ward here in Kumasi, and I am so thankful to be here. We actually have a legit ward, with a SWEET Bishop who is always ready to work with us, whether he comes with us to teach or calls someone else to help. The Stake Patriarch is in our Ward, along with like 3 high councilmen from the Stake, and plenty of returned missionaries. Oh man its like being in paradise right now for me after serving in 4 small branches that rely very heavily on the missionaries... It is also the first time that i have been in a place that had over 100 people at Sacrament meeting. That was really nice for once ha! We are seriously enjoying the area and the people here. Although there is so much Twi here cause we are somehow getting towards the bush, we have some small villages in our area, but the members are working with us so much, so its not even a problem to have Twi, things are great here!!

The Spirit is strong right now being with and training Elder Adegboyega. Yesterday after Church, we were contacting and just trying to find anyone who would let us sit down and talk with them. We had like 6 or 7 straight people who said they were either Twi, or they were too busy or that "they had had enough religion today when they went to Church." and i was just getting tired and annoyed.. And we turned and went one road more, and there was a couple sitting outside their house, and from the far distance we were, it looked like an old lady, and if you know old ladies in the bush, none of them know English haha... so i was thinking 'oh great another mente...' But when we got up there we stopped and i realized that the man and woman were both really quite young, and there was 4 kids around them. We stopped, introduced ourselves and they stood up and got us chairs right away without us asking to sit. We realized that the woman (Ca) and the children spoke great English, but the father's (Sml) English was very small so the young son, Eh, who was probably only 10 years old translated and read from the English and twi bible. That is very rare for a boy like that. But we taught them about how their family could be sealed together for eternity if they were able to enter into a temple and be sealed by someone who holds the Priesthood Authority of God. They were so happy to hear that, and they said they want to be sealed, they want to come to church, and want their family to be together in the Church. So we are way excited for them and so thankful for Heavenly Father leading us to their family!!

Well I am enjoying mission. Can't believe how fast its going, and these two transfers are gonna be quick ones cause of the fun we are having together and the work we are doing!! But we are going to make the most of it all!!

I love you all!! Hope you have a great week!
Elder Porritt

Me with the Assistants haha... 

Found Mr. Prince sporting this classic T shirt!

Chopping TZ

My Boy!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nkoransa and A New Companion

Another week gone and not sure where it actually went, it feels like i just emailed yesterday. But its been a crazy week preparing for transfers which are coming up on Wednesday. And for me, I have some pretty exciting news! I am actually leaving Daban, and I am going to Nkoransa. Nkoransa is also here in Kumasi, so its just close to where I am at, and there I will be training a new missionary!! I am so excited!  I don't know who my new missionary will be yet, I will find out who he is on Wednesday and then we will go to our new area! The other cool news is the new assistant replacing me is my former companion, Elder Motloung from South Africa!! He is a sweet Elder and he will do awesome here with Elder Lindley!

Throughout the week, we have been working to get everything ready for the transfer, that includes all the travel plans and preparing for the training of new mission leaders.

A few highlights for the week, yesterday at Church, Sister Bernice was confirmed! That was a sweet moment as well! And yesterday I bore my testimony in church as well. I am really sad to leave the awesome people in Daban, but still I'm also excited to go to another new place, another new companion, and meet new people. That is why mission is such a great experience!!

Well that is about it for the week! I'll get more information next week about my new companion and new area! 

I love you all!
Elder Porritt
After Church on Sunday!

Our apartment had a gigantic pile of old torn up clothes cause a lot of missionaries end their missions here... well got rid of that!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Miracle of Sight

Kwame  Amanfoh is from Ghana and now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.  He works for Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat as an ophthalmologist technologist.   Twice a year he travels back to Ghana for three months and runs Victory Vision Care.
He does not charge for eye examinations and only a tiny fee for glasses.  On some occasions I have seen him give glasses free to people.
He is incredibly generous and kind,  and many people who would not be able to afford glasses now have improved vision because of his  charity clinic.

Seven years ago Gifty Andoh was using drops in her eyes for the condition glaucoma.  She would buy her drops every two weeks from a local hospital.  She had reasonably good sight and could see everything.  One Friday she went and bought her drops.  The senior eye nurse said they were from a different supplier but the same as her old ones.  After using the prescribed drops three times over a twenty four hours period she was blind.  She had twin daughters who were twelve when this happened.  She went to several doctors in different towns and the prognosis was the same each time. Her eyes were ruined. In Ghana there is no compensation in anyway for such an occurrence, or government help.  For seven years she has had to depend on her husband or children.

Yesterday I told Kwame about Gifty and he said bring her in to see me.  He discovered she had a very small tunnel of sight in her right eye.  The left eye was sightless. He tried several prescription lenses on her and then the miracle occurred.  After seven sightless years Gifty could read letters on the wall chart.  When we first arrived and he asked her about herself she told Kwame I would just like to see my girls.  Her wish was granted today.  In bright sunlight she described what Zenita her daughter was wearing in detail and then she hugged her.  It was a very heartwarming moment for Elder Wood and I, Kwame and Zenita.
Kwame has arranged for Gifty to have prescription glasses made and Zenita and I chose pretty red ones for her.  A small miracle today in Techiman and some very happy people. 

Zenita, Gifty Andoh with her gorgeous new glasses provided by Kwame, and Kwame on the right. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Miracle Happened

Hello everyone,

Well this week was pretty crazy, and awesome at the same time!! Last Monday we were in Tamale, and starting Tuesday and from Tuesday to Friday, we had a Zone Conference each day. On Tuesday we had the Tamale Zone Conference, then Wednesday we had one for Techiman and Sunyani Zones, and then Thursday and Friday were split between the 4 Kumasi Zones and the 2 other South Zones.  While we were in the North, I got the chance to visit with some of my favorite people in Techiman where I served my first 6 months, and got the chance to see Sister Andoh, one of my converts, the one who is blind, and it was just great to get the chance to visit with her. Her twin daughters just graduated from high school and they are planning on going to the Temple in Accra to be sealed together with the family in July or August!! I am so happy about that!!

This week, a miracle also occurred for Andoh. She has been sightless for around 7 years and on Thursday (so the day after I left Techiman) she went into an eye doctor who was able to see out of one of her eyes for the first time in 7 years!!! I will also attach a small story that was written about it by one of the senior couple missionaries here!! I am so happy, and I just am praying that I will have the opportunity to see her again before I go home so that I can see her now that she can see small!!

The hardest but also sweet part of this week was telling Elder and Sister Wardle goodbye. They left on Saturday.  At the Zone Conference on Thursday, they had the opportunity to bare their final testimonies, and they left most of us missionaries teary eyed. The Spirit was so strong and the love that all the missionaries have for the Wardles is unbelievable, they are really going to be missed. We also got to attend their departure devotional at the mission home on Friday night. That one, there wasn’t quite as many tears, but it was also a great meeting and the Spirit was so strong!! We also got to meet Elder Wardles Sisters and their husbands, and among those were Brother and Sister Olsen, which is the parents of Brother Olsen who was my seminary teacher in high school. That was such a great experience to meet them and get to talk to them for a while!

The other highlight of the week was yesterday. Yesterday was such a great Sunday for me!! First of all it was Mother’s day and it was so great to get to talk to mom!! I am so thankful for my momma and all she has done for me! But the other great part of the day was the fact that both Yw and Brn were on time to Church, and Sister Brn was baptized by Elder Lindley after church!! The Baptism was great and Yw also witnessed it and is excited, he wants to be baptized, but we are still really struggling to help him overcome his addictions so we are still trying and still praying!!

Well the work is going on good, its been a great week, and its just crazy that time is going the way its going. The Church is true. I know that Thomas S. Monson speaks with God and knows His will for us, if we follow his teachings, we will always be holding tight to the iron rod.

I love you all and hope you have a good week!!
Elder Porritt

Sister Andoh

Sister Bernice is the one on the left, and Elder Speakman and Elder Ayim also baptized a lady called Vida the same day!!

Bernice and her niece Lydia!

This morning we whooped the Abuakwa district at home our court!!

The Wardle's last night...