Monday, January 26, 2015

Yeah its pretty unusual here in Ghana to see a muslim convert!

My week was pretty cool, it went by really fast, and that is how my mission is going now, really fast. Yeah its pretty unusual here in Ghana to see a muslim convert, but not in Sierra Leone. Muslims convert there pretty frequent. Even Sister S and Elder N that you sent gifts to were both muslims before joining our church. A lot of muslims don't like Christianity because they feel that we are all divided and there is no unity. Which is very true, we all have different beliefs and practices, hence the need for restoration. So I have seen plenty of muslims join our church because of the way we worship and the great message of the restoration. In Ghana its pretty serious to teach a muslim, we have to get permission before teaching more than two lessons because of what their family may do to them, but those who live on their own and away from home, it usually is no problem.

My birthday was a pretty regular day, I haven't made the cake, we don't have an oven in our house so I need to go the the church before I can make it. Its weird to tell people that I am twenty now, but thats pretty normal for just having a birthday.  

Wow lots of exciting things happening in the world, good to hear all the news from home. Have you heard anything about ebola lately?

elder beckett

                                Left to Right Elder Vosa, Henrie and me. We were all in Salone.

Rinse cycle ....this is what the water looks like after I have finished brooking

Washing my mosquito net

Elder Van Wagoner my faithful first companion in Ghana.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The miracle is in her husband!

           Thank you dad I will use my time wisely. Dont surf too much with out me!

Yes I got the birthday package you sent.Thank you so much for everything. I really enjoy all the notes from you guys... thats the best part. Thank you Zac for the socks and the pics! Chai!... the wedge was massive! Jeff thanks for the rubberband guns, me and my companion enjoy them. Jana thanks for the shampoo and the gel. It was well needed, I don't remember the time I used real shampoo to wash my hair! 20 came quick, I remember my last birthday in Wellington. Time goes quick and I wish it would slow down small. 

 Yes, Elder Curtis is the area president and Elder Dube is his councilor. I have met both.

This week we saw some sweet stuff. This week an investigator was baptized. The first since we white washed (both companions new to the area). She is super sweet and super converted. The miracle is in her husband. Her husband is Muslim. When we first started teaching her, he did not want to talk to us at all. He came and witnessed his wives baptism and confirmation. With this and him seeing his wife make changes in her life, he has become interested and said he wants to join. You should have seen how happy they were at church together and the ward members did wonderful of fellowshipping them, they looked like celebrities at church. Everyone wanted to talk to them.

I cant believe the time is going so fast. It seems like yesterday I was emailing you.
Well Elder Sibeko and I are doing good. I feel like I will be transfered soon because we are losing missionaries in Teshie and I think I will be one leaving.

All is okay.

Monday, January 12, 2015

I missed out on that one!

Wow look at the snow! It really looks like you could go sledding. I missed out on that one! Did Zac go sledding? Is it really cold there? Dad says there is lots of rain.
Cody commenting about the snow on Saddleback Mountain near our home which only comes every few years!

 We are in a season here called hamatan, it gets really dry and windy and cold at night. So I guess thats my winter here.  Super-cross should be starting soon right? I got the package from the Richins and Christmas cards from the Nielsons, Robertsons and Andersons... lots of sons!

I also got an email from Sister Ostler about their mission call to the Hill Cumorah visitors center (Ostler's were Cody's mission president and wife in Sierra Leone).

I am in the Christiansborg zone, so that is the zone right around the temple, so I often get to come to the area office/temple/ stake center. All three of these big buildings are in one compound, and they are adding a new MTC which will make it even bigger. Every Monday we come there and play sports, usually football in the gym. Its really fun even though I dont know how to play football very well. The cool part is that the stake center's gym is upstairs so you can see the temple from there and its really sweet. You would enjoy to see it.

Well the week went so fast! We got work done this week too. On Monday we didnt get to work because Elder Sibeko hurt his leg playing football, Thursday we only worked for a few hours because we had a conference with Elder Curtis and Saturday we had a wedding to go to for one of the members in the ward that lasted till 4 ish but we were still able to teach 26 people. We really used our time wisely.

I had a white shirt made for myself. It fits very nice and its tailored to fit me.

elder beckett

Monday, January 5, 2015

Its the coolest thing to see people living the gospel and starting to make changes in their lives that bring true happiness!

Hey Mom,

Yeah the weeks are going fast huh. Well being in a tri-panionship has been okay. Its not the first timeI have been in a threesome so I am used to it. We went on splits three times this week and it allowed us to work pretty normal for most of the week. We had some interesting times trying to reunite from our splits, because one of our phones was broken, but all worked out. Elder Krofuah has received a new companion, so we are all evened out in Teshie. Hopefully this will be the first time things are pretty normal for me in Ghana. I am super excited to work this week, because we wont have any distractions, and we can really focus on helping people.
New Years was fun I guess... everyone loves to light off big big fireworks all night and go to church  and play very loud music. So that night I woke up about every hour from the noise. During Christmas and New Years we have seen some favor from the members feeding us, hopefully that will continue!

We are having a baptism on the 17th of January. Its the coolest thing to see people living the gospel and starting to make changes in their lives that bring true happiness. I really rejoice with those people. When we step out of ourselves and take steps to righteousness, even if they are stumbling steps like a baby learning to walk, we eventually find balance in our lives and a love for God that did not exist before and the blessings of righteousness and repentance are huge. A new direction comes into their live, new hope, new hppiness and stability, and we can have that each week if we prepare ourselves to take the sacrament.
I am reading in the end of Helaman right now, but I have taken a small break to prepare for a mission tour with Elder Curtis. He asked us to read in Mosiah and 3 Nephi.
Elder Beckett