Monday, August 22, 2016

Testifying through the Spirit

Well hello everyone!! This week has been another one here in the great
land of Ghana, especially Nkawkaw. To be honest this week had like
hardly anything that is worth even talking about.

To let you all know a little more about Nkawkaw, the weather here isn't
like the last two places that i have been. Nkawkaw is up in the
mountains kinda, and the weather is really really cool compared to
Kumasi area and Techiman. It is cloudy about all day every day and it
feels SO SO good to not be in the dying heat every day. But it makes
it super hot when the clouds go away and the sun is actually out, like
today, man its hot today, but it rains a lot here too which is really
nice. Also I think the #1 best thing about this place is that there is
NO DUMSOR!!! That means that we always have power!!! except for when
you run out of credit, then its a whole different story... But I
really am loving this place!!

The first thing that was cool this week was on Saturday, we had a
branch service project and we basically tore apart a small health
clinic, and cleaned it up, redid the ceiling, repainted it all and had
a way fun time doing all of it!! We really had fun, and its good to do

The second thing that i will talk small about is an awesome lady we
found this week, Sister Emelia. We were contacting on Wednesday and we
felt like we should go into this house, (just like all awesome people
that you find) and we knocked on the first door in the house and a guy
comes out and he didn't look too happy to see two missionaries, but the
lady then came out (that was Sister Emelia) and she invited us in and
we had an amazing lesson about the Restoration and it was no doubt one
of the most spiritual lessons that i have had on my mission to this
point. I could see it in her face that she was really feeling the
spirit and she was really touched by our message. I know that it was
the first time that she had heard anything about the Restoration, and
she was really really moved by the message. When i really felt the
spirit was when we were talking about the Church that Christ has on
the earth while he was here, and how is was built on the foundation of
the Apostles, the Prophets, and Christ himself (Ephesians 2:20) we
told her that the Church was lost due to wickedness and apostasy, and
she asked us where it went and where is it now? man... I felt the
Spirit sooo strongly as I testified to her that Jesus Christ's Church
had been restored through a living prophet and also that the
Priesthood had also been restored with the church. When those words
came out of my mouth, i didn't feel like i was saying them, i felt even
like i was listening to someone else speak. And I saw on her face a
look of excitement and joy, she asked us what our Church's name was
again and we told her, then we told the story of the first vision, and
the restoration of the Church and the Priesthood, and she said that
she would be coming to church with us and she wanted to be baptized.
So it also turned out that the guy who we first talked to at the door
when we knocked, his name is Steven, and the whole time during the
lesson, he was watching TV on the side, and up to the point when we
started talking about Christ's ministry on Earth, he still hadn't  said
a single word to us, and hadn't even really acknowledged us being there.
But when we started talking about that, he too felt the spirit very
strongly and by the end of the lesson, before we even asked him to be
baptized as well, he said that he wanted to, and he got off the couch
and shook our hands and said 'thank you so much for coming.' Well i
just felt the Holy Ghost confirm to both of them so powerfully that
the Church is true and that Joseph Smith truly saw our Heavenly Father
and His Son Jesus Christ.

I know that the things that i am testifying of are very very true. I
always tell investigators and members that I wouldn't have left
America, I wouldn't have left my family, my friends, my schooling, all
of that, i wouldn't have left it to come and teach things that I didn't
KNOW for a surety that they were true by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And also ill tell you that i do know that this is true.  I love
serving my Heavenly Father.

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

Pictures from the Service Project

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