Monday, June 8, 2015

The elders were a big part of the choir!

Dear Beckett and Van Wagoner Families,                                                                5-27-2015
My husband and I are serving as public affairs missionaries in the Africa West Area.  We live in Accra, Ghana and work in the Area Offices here.  At the time, we are assigned to attend the Tema 3rd Ward on Sundays and to teach a Temple Prep class there.  Also assigned to that ward are a couple of the greatest missionaries!  We have had the opportunity to associate with your sons on Sundays for the last month or so and will be there for at least another 6 or 7 weeks.  We have really enjoyed the chance to get to know these two fine elders!  They seem to love the members and the feeling is returned!  They are always so upbeat and uplifting. 
Last Sunday was the Ward Conference.  The ward music chairperson had undertaken quite an involved musical number.  It brought several hymns together in a way that was unusual.  It turned out wonderful!  Your sons, The Elders, were a big part of the choir.  They started the number with just the two Elders singingBrightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy.  It was beautiful and so fitting!  They added so much to the choir that day and they always do. 
I just wanted you to know that they seem happy and they look great (and healthy).  You can be proud of them and know that they are anxiously engaged in The Lord’s work.   We love seeing them on Sundays.
Sister Peck

Cody and VanWagoner

Dear Sister Beckett and Sister Van Wagoner,                                                         6-1-2015                                                                                   

I just wanted to report on your missionaries after the flooding here in Ghana (news story  here  and an inspiring story of a missionary who rescued people during the flood here ). Tema, where they live, is a high part of the Greater Accra area.  There was lots of water but no real flooding in Tema.  We talked to them yesterday at church.  They're doing great.  The Tema 3rd Ward is a great Ward.  The bishop looks like he could be in the priests quorum and he is an awesome bishop!  He is so loving and reaches out to the members in such a wonderful way.  When we finish the Temple Prep. Lessons there, we will probably be assigned to another Ward and it will be hard to leave, but that's the nature of missionary work.

Just thought you might like to see how happy your sons look!  Notice how clean their shirts are! Very impressive! They're doing a great job!

Sister Peck 

"Sister Peck has been super nice to us! She gave us a box of cereal on Sunday! Which was awesome, I always love cereal  Yes our bishop looks young, but not too much, because I can see most of the ages now a days." 

Sister Beckett,                                                                                                      6-8-2015                                                                                                                                
We are from Pocatello, Idaho.  We have been in Ghana a little less than 5 months.  We have really enjoyed the opportunity to get to know many of the wonderful people here.  The members here are so devoted and so full of faith.  One of the things we do as Public Affairs missionaries is keep up the mormonnewsroom site for Ghana.  It might be interesting to you go on and see some of the things that are happening here.  If you are interested, go to     Be sure and look at the resource article that is located below the headline articles.  It is entitled, Emerging with Faith in Africa.  It’s really inspiring.

Sister Peck

Can you send me a recipe for Rice Krispy treats? Sorry about this, I typed a big, sweet email about the week, but the internet crashed before I could send it, so we had to move computers. To answer some questions.. I come home on August 20. We have had a rough time here, but we have our shoulder to the wheel. I am doing sweet.

Love Elder Beckett


It really is a small world! The nurse in the picture, Nancy Kraus, is good family friend of ours who was on a medical mission in Ethiopia and happen to cross paths with a former missionary that Cody lived and served with in Sierra Leone before they were evacuated out and this missionary is now serving in Ethiopia  Cody's response when I showed him this picture: hahaha that is Elder Dramadri!!! e na MI bra! (he is my boss!) that is too good. My Uganda man!

Nancy's Facebook post with this picture: Part of yesterday. Missionaries came at 9 to help with cargo...cargo arrived at 2. They helped with other things and I gave them some money and told them to go out to lunch and they returned and worked for a good two hours unloading the truck here. Loved meeting them. Their families should be proud of their service #eldertjorntonkamasutah #elderburnetteoregon#elderrobinsonutah #elderdramudriuganda@beckettbunch he was with Cody in Sierra Leone 

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