This week has been really neat and scary at the same time! It’s amazing to see how the people here live. They live in a hut with nothing but have an iPhone. It’s kinda funny!
My week was good but got interesting really quick! We started the week with district meeting Tuesday, so we didn't do much teaching. On Wednesday we had 3 successful lessons and contacted alot of people. I have passed out 10 Book of Mormon’s this week . Thursday we had a crazy thing happen. This really strange lady walked up from behind us and couldn't really talk. She started pointing to the Book of Mormon in our hands so we started explaining. She then grabbed my companions hand and started walking. We thought she wanted us to go teach her. The whole time I was following her I had a weird feeling about it. I turned around and this other lady that was also just as creepy started following us too. The one holding my companions hand started taking us down this dead end type road. There were walls on both sides and the other lady was still following us. I said a little prayer in my head. Right after my prayer a member opened the gate to their yard and started coming out. He saw us and could tell something was wrong. I'm guessing he knew the ladies too because he called us over. He told the ladies something in Twi and we went into his yard. He told us to go back to our apartment and to watch for them from now on. He said to never go with someone who just grabs you like that again. I still don't know what they were gonna do or why we need to watch for them. All I know is I'm glad nothing happened.
Friday and Saturday we just taught lessons and found some contacts. We met this really cool guy named Eric. He pretty much knows everything we are teaching him. He said he's been going from church to church for about 3 months now. Hopefully we can get him baptized!
Yesterday an amazing experience happened! We were headed to the taxi station from a baptism interview for a different ward and a taxi driver flew up next to us and started saying, “elders elders come here!” When we got to the car he looked at us and was crying. He said I've been praying and driving around all day looking for missionaries. He said he hadn't slept in 6 days and had a migrain so bad he couldnt do anything. He asked for a blessing. We went to a gas station and parked and gave him one in the car. Almost immediately he looked at us and said, “thank you, it’s gone” and he just started crying. We knew he was a member at first because he was wearing garments and he had a Book of Mormon in his car. He gave us a free ride back to the apartment and told us his story. He has been a member for like 20 years. I think and he was a convert. It’s crazy to think that it was me who he just happened to see walking down the street and it was me who got the opportunity to give him a blessing. He gave us his number and said he was forever in our debt. It was a great experience!
Today has been crazy! We went to the grocery store that’s like 15 miles away on our bikes. While we were in there it started pouring rain. My first rain in ghana haha! I was soaked by the time we got back to the apartment. I got a couple pictures of it. I can’t think of anything else to say about my week.
I love you all!
Love, Elder Orton
Pictures 1-5 are of the town I live in Teshie
6 & 7 are ice cream you can buy here. You rip off a corner and suck it out.
8 are some goats we ate last Sunday for dinner. It was good! I helped the guy skin them.
9 is pizza we ate this week. It had this really weird sauce on it and the toppings were ground up chicken and beef. It wasn’t very good.
10 is the dinners we eat every night. Bread and Roman noodles!
The rest of the pictures are the rainstorm that absolutely soaked us!
My two favorite quotes of the week are:
If you have troubles at home with children who stray, if you suffer financial reverses and emotional strain that threaten your homes and happiness, if you must face the loss of life or health, may piece be unto your soul. We will not be tempted beyond our ability to withstand. Our detours and disapointments are the straight and narrow path to him. - president howard w hunter
There is no cure for the ills of the world except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope for peace, for temporal and spiritual prosperity, and for an eventual inheritance in the kingdom of God is found only in and through the restored gospel. There is no work that any of us can engage in that is as important as preaching the gospel and building up the church and kingdom of god on earth. - president Joseph Fielding Smith
Questions we got answered this week are:
K: The boys are wondering if they have schools there for the kids?
T: yes there is one on almost every block it seems like.
K: Are the schools big? Do they have it split into grades or do you just go to whichever when you want?
T: really small. You go to whichever one you want.
K: Whatever happened with the guy you gave the book of Mormon to last week? The one that you said read it and then called you back an hour later.
T: we’re still teaching him. He’s doing really good! We gave him plan of salvation last visit. We are teaching him again tomorrow i think.
T: enos 1 21 is our new family scripture. “ 21 And it came to pass that the people of Nephi did till the land, and araise all manner of grain, and of fruit, and bflocks of herds, and flocks of all manner of cattle of every kind, and goats, and wild goats, and also many horses.” Funny huh!! 😂
K: how many missionaries are in your area?
T: just my companion and I in our area. There are 10 missionaries all together in the city of Teshie.
K: how much money do you get each month for food?
T: 480 cedis. That’s about 100 American dollars.
K: do you have an iPad or a smart phone?
T: no neither. Just an old phone.
K: do you have a TV in your apartment?
T: No. we have a little movie player that we can watch instructional videos on. It’s like the old one we used to take in the car with us on vacations.
K: do the members have TVs in their houses? What do most of the members cook on?
T: A few of them have TVs but most don’t. The ones that have TVs are really old. Some people have small stoves to cook on but most people cook over a campfire.