First things first. Did any of you watch Elder Scott's
funeral service?? If not, go watch it right now because it was amazing and it
featured the greatest opening prayer I have ever laid my ears upon. (if
that doesnt give away who gave the opening prayer then you will understand when
you find out who gave it haha)
How are things going back home?? I have enjoyed everybody's
emails and getting to read about everything back home really kinda stinks
because it makes me miss home a lot. But to tell you the truth I dont think I
could make it through the week without hearing from you so just keep that in
mind that you are keeping me alive ha ha ;)
All is well here at the MTC!!
This week has been pretty solid besides the fact that I am
still here at the MTC. All of us American elders are so ready to get out
into the field!! The food here at the MTC definitely isnt my favorite but it is
decent most days. We had fufu for lunch on Friday and it was interesting
to say the least. I sent mom a picture of it so if you saw that then you
will see it is basically a big ball of dough. It is about the size of a
pancake but like four pancakes stacked on top of each other!! And so you take
your index and middle fingers and get a chunk of it on those fingers and roll
it into a ball and dip it into the soup that they serve with it and then
swallow it whole. No chewing. It is impossible to eat. It is
like swallowing a pill that is the size of a submarine and I hardly ate any of
it because I was scared I was gonna not be able to swallow and then throw it
all up. It doesnt taste too bad though once it has been dipped in the
soup. The fufu alone is disgusting though.
Another cool experience that happened this week was Sunday
night. We sat down and watched The Testaments and H O L Y C
O W. That has a new meaning to me if I do say so myself. The Spirit
was like a cloud of smoke it was so strong here. Seeing that and just
thinking to myself about how our Savior died for us, rose again, and LIVES is
so amazing. We are truly so blessed to have the Savior. Without
Him, we would be here for nothing. His sacrifice for us is the greatest
thing that has ever happened on this Earth and I know that He lives. He
loves each and every one of us and wants us all to be happy. His Gospel
was restored to this Earth through Joseph Smith and I know the Book of Mormon
is the Word of God. We are so so so so blessed to be a part of this
Gospel and I am so blessed to be serving my Savior and my Heavenly Father.
I love them and I love you all!! I hope this next week is a good one!! I am off
to Kumasi!!! You are in my prayers!!
Me and Elder O or
Elder Onwuegbuchulam. That is his last name hahah he is from Nigeria and
he is the coolest Elder I have met so far!! I wish he was serving in Kumasi but
he is serving in Nigeria.. I am going to miss him a ton.. me and him have
been brothers here...
Another one with Onwuegbuchulam. Also pictured is
Longman (left), Lierd on the bottom and my companion Morford on the right
Front side of our jerseys!! apparently FC Barcelona is huge
in Africa so all the elders were going crazy when we put these on hahahaha
Back side. looking good
All My district of Helaman
From left to right: Elder Walsh, Elder Wood, Elder Osei-Tutu, Elder Longman, Elder Lierd, Elder Speakman, Elder Sotalbo, Elder me, Elder Morford, Elder Smith.
Please click below to learn about the culture of Ghana. Ghana MTC: Learning About The Culture in Ghana: Our former Director of Temporal Affairs, Nene Dunenyo First (Philippe J. Kradolfer) is not only a Church employee, but a wonderful...
This is a thought shared with me from Elder Walch's mom. She clipped this excerpt from his letter today and messaged it to me. I wanted to share it in Elder Porritt's blog:
In the MTC we learned a lot about the Spirit and its essential role in conversion. Never before have I felt such a sweeter Spirit coming from these Africans. Here is a people who have come here from all over Africa to be a part of something big. Something that they deem bigger than themselves. We had a lesson on a scripture in I think 2nd Nephi that goes something like this:To all those who forsake their family, their wives, their friends, their homes in the service of the Lord,The instructor then looked up and said:"How many of you have sacrificed something to get here?"a vast majority of the Africans raised their hands. The instructor began to cry and read the next part of the verse,"they shall be restored to him an Hundred fold." I sat there amazed at what happened next. The Africans started to sing the last verse of Come Come ye Saints. These people are so much greater than me. It is an honor to be here among them.
This is our 42nd group since we arrived in Ghana. Missionaries in this group are bound for Kumasi, Benin, Brazzaville, Madagascar, and two missions in Nigeria. Elder Koranteng speaks 7 languages and directs the Self Reliance Program for the Africa West Area. He has been an Area Seventy for 3 years.
I only have 10 minutes today to email so its going to be
short probably but i just wanted to let you know I am doing awesome and I feel
amazing!! We just got back from a trip to the temple and it was amazing.
My companion is from Payson and his name is Elder
Morford. We have been getting
along pretty well. My district is awesome. We sleep in dorms that hold
6 Elders and there is no air conditioning and i hate sleeping in the heat so i
guess that isnt the best but i will live haha. we love being in class because
that is where the air conditioners are is in our classrooms! The cooks
here try and cater to the Americans because they say that we are way picky
which is for the most part true hahah. But we have had a lot of rice and
chicken and beef and spaghetti. but out in the field it will be a lot different
I have been told.
I feel really good right now. The Gospel is amazing to
learn about and it makes me so happy to put on this black badge that bears the
name of Christ every single day!! I love the Gospel and cant wait to get out
into the field next week and teach!!! I leave the MTC on Tuesday and we
fly to Kumasi!! Thank you for the emails everybody. You have no idea how good it is
to hear from you!! Today has been amazing. I love you all so much!!
Have an awesome week!!
First companionship, Elders Morford and Porritt.
This is one of the American meals that they fixed for us in the cafeteria.
This is where the president of Ghana lives. Aka the white
house of Ghana.