Monday, December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010 {Email}

What a fun week!

Well, I guess i will start out by telling you about the small situation we have going on in our apartment right now... We have no water!!! Man we have been out of water since last friday. Not just us, but the whole town of abuakwa. Not easy. So for water we have to go and fetch it from a wale (i think thats how its spelled) then we have to carry the big buckets on top of our heads up the hill to our apartment. I have a lot of respect for these people that live like this every day of their lives. It's not easy and to go on top of that we get the usual people yelling and laughing at us because a white man has water on his head. Ha they think it is so funny and they let us know. Ha i'm starting to know what celebrities feel like when people just yell at them constantly. They're not mean, just loud. They all just get really excited about a white man being in Abuakwa. I know i will never get used to it because everyone older than me still is not used to it. Oh well, just something that comes with being one of the only white guys for miles.

So I heard a story from Elder Holmes about his recent convert. I guess he was going home after his baptism and while he was walking up this hill he saw a COBRA just standing straight up on top of this small hill! He said that it made him realize that satan will be tempting him a lot now that he is a member. Cool story! But I didn't know cobra's were in Ghana! I knew there are Black Mamba's but those are in the jungle i think. This Cobra that he saw is somewhere in Asouyeboa which is close to Abuakwa. Let's just say it has had an impact on me and now i walk with my eyes looking for any movement on the ground. Not a big fan of snakes, just like lizards, they are terrible things.

Another cool thing this week was all the missionaries got to play a football match against the Suame ward. It was like my first time playing in a real game on a regular sized field. Of course i volunteered to play defense. I only played the second half but they didn't score at all that half, i wonder why? ;) jk but it was way fun! It finally clicked that all i have to do is pretend i am playing zone defense just like basketball and then i'm fine! Thanks Coach Brown and Staheli for teaching me how to play zone, it's my favorite by far! We won by the way 2-1. The ward members weren't too happy losing to a bunch of white guys ha sorry.

I have found a new favorite snack, well i guess you can call it a snack it's as close as i'm going to get to it. Plantain! It's like a banana but it's bigger and tastes somewhat different. What we do with it is fry it in a pan of oil and just cook nice and good. It tastes a little like those dried mango thingys but not really. I don't really know how to explain the taste but it's good and it's new so i like it right now.

This sunday we had the primary program! Mom, you would've loved it. It was set up the same way we do it back home, but the cutest thing was the little boy in his suit who was directing the choir. Ha it was awesome!

The work has been going great! We have a few progressing investigators who are wanting to be baptized! It is awesome. The best is Jennifer. She told us this week that she knows our church is the true church and she will leave hers for it! But... It will take some time because she has some responsibilities she has to take care of first so she doesn't just leave them hanging dry. Hopefully she will be ready in a few weeks to begin the preparation for baptism. I am so excited for her and she will be a great example for her friends and family. She is very powerful and will definitely be a leader in the church.

Ok, now for the big news!! It is transfer week and we got our transfer news today. It's really frustrating, nerve racking, and just a weird feeling not knowing what life is going to be like for the next six weeks. I have really enjoyed being with Elder Harris and have gained such a great love for these people in Abuakwa. Its hard thinking that we have to leave these people to other missionaries to continue with their progress. It's just a sad, weird feeling that i can't really describe. It's a good thing nothings changing yet!!! We are all staying put in Abuakwa! I'm so excited to spend another 6 weeks here! Elder Harris and I have a lot of work to do.

Well I hope you all have a great week! Love you all,

Elder Rogers

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