Tuesday, February 28, 2012

February 27, 2012 {Email}

The baptism went great! Veronica and Joel are very happy. Enoch was the one who baptized Veronica (his sister). It was a funny, but awesome thing to watch. Enoch is making me so excited! He is always willing to come around with us to teach people and to fellowship them when they are coming for the first time. Right now, we have a good 3 or 4 people that are very interested so we will see how that goes! At the beginning of the year our ward set a goal to baptize 10 people by April 30(Elder Gibson's "death" day ha) and already the ward has gotten 9 and we are only half way through! It's been so much fun to be a part of the success that the Lord has brought to this area. That is 9 more people under the covenant of baptism! So awesome! 

Yesterday we had a mission tour with Elder Dickson! It was a neat experience to meet a general authority. He is the africa west area president. Having these conferences with such powerful leaders gets me so excited to get out and do the work! It makes me want to give it an extra push each day. The main things that we discussed was sharing the gospel with everyone and working in unity with your companion. Both things that are great things that we always need to be improving on. I was also privileged to have an interview with Elder Dickson, so i was just excited the whole day ha. 

I hope you have a great week! I love you!

Elder Rogers

Monday, February 20, 2012

February 20, 2012 {Email}

Well, we have a baptism coming this week for Veronica (Enoch's sister) and Joel (a members step son) who is 16. It's going to be a great week! We also have ANOTHER man who has a baptismal date for the 17th of March (Kacey's B-day). His name is Jerlon and he had heard small about the church before when he was in Swedru so he was really quick to commit. It was cool cause Enoch was there when we taught about the BOM and he asked to be baptized. Enoch loves to go around with us and teach people. It's been a lot of fun having all of these solid recent converts.

We heard the official news on Wednesday at zone leader council that our mission will be splitting. It was kind of depressing to hear even though we all knew it was coming. It will be great for Ghana. Now we can focus more on each area and Kumasi can continue to spread North! Signs of the times ha. 

About our apartment and our area. It's not too different then Asuoyeboa. Since we are in a town we tend to stay a lot cleaner because we walk mostly on paved roads. Every thing with lizards and cockroaches, mosquitoes is about the same always wherever you go. I definitely enjoy the breeze here a lot more. Our food isn't too different either. I still am eating pancakes, rice and stew, fried rice, and of course plenty of fufu and banku. The thing about this place is they love fish way more than chicken! It's taken some adjusting but i'm loving smoked fish now. Thank goodness for that big ol' ocean by me to provide our meals. I don't really know how to explain my surroundings to ya since it's all normal to me. Sorry i tried.

Well, I don't have too much time today but i got a couple pics attached that you might like. I touched a crocodile today!!!

I hope you have a great week! Love ya!

Elder Rogers

I am very proud of my photography! ;) notice the croc in the background.
Elder Randall and me

Monday, February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012 {Email}

This week was a great one! The baptism went perfect for Ama and Mary! Elder Gibson had the opportunity to do it this time so that was pretty cool. One of my favorite parts of the week was on Sunday. Enoch had been really sick with malaria but he still said he would make it to church. Well, church begins and still he is not there. About ten minutes later he walks in with his white shirt and tie on looking fresh with a big smile on his face. After the service we asked him what happened and he said their power was out at his house so he couldn't iron his white shirt so he had to run to the market to buy a new one! Haha yeah i thought that was pretty awesome! he was breaking the sabbath to keep the sabbath i guess ha. But he is really solid. Bishop Essien has been doing a great job of retaining these recent converts. I'm really excited for all of them.

I also got a call from Elder Wheeler the other night. He has been transferred to Atonsu, where Elder Smith was when he continued teaching Edmond and Judith. Edmond was baptized a few months ago but we all knew that. So Elder Wheeler says, "You'll never guess who i just did a baptismal interview for!" I couldn't think of it. Then he said, "JUDITH!" I was so happy! She was baptized yesterday so now the both of them are baptized. It definitely took some time, like 8 months but they've made it :) I am so happy for that family!

We are still working with Millicent and Veronica for the 25th. Not so sure Millicent will be ready by that date but we are moving forward for it! She is loving the church! She says she will never miss a week. Last night she took us to meet her parents (gave us a referral), i'm really enjoying teaching her and also trying to help her husband, Emmanuel. He is coming small small. Still has a long ways to go.

Well, everything is great! Love you all!

Elder Rogers

 Baptism for Ama and Mary (mother and daughter!)
Elder Slade and me before he went to Kamasi.
Me, Elder Gibson and Patrick before he left to sea.

Monday, February 6, 2012

February 6, 2012 {Email}

I am staying another transfer here with Elder Gibson! I'm so excited to stay here to see this work continue to progress. We also just got done saying goodbye to Elder Lawton. It's crazy i probably will never see him again since he is in Australia. He is way excited to go back to his family. Only 7 more months :)  
This week was great! We had the baptism for Enoch and all went well. I got to do it this time and it is such a sweet experience to be the one performing the ordinance, the spirit is so much stronger. Enoch was so happy that day, he brought his mother and sister too. His sister Veronica will be baptized on the 25th! We have also been teaching Emmanuel's wife and they have been coming to church. She, Millicent, has accepted to be baptized as well! She loves the church. She is pregnant and we have been doing chores for her like every other day the past month. She comes to church, loves the teachings, studies them through the week and she is really praying for Emmanuel to overcome his addiction. He is doing better but is still falling from time to time. It will come, bishop is helping a lot now too. We will give her the date tomorrow and it should also be the 25th. It is starting to look like Emmanuel will also have to be baptized again because we are having no luck in finding his records since it has been so long. 
Things are moving so fast here it is crazy! Plus we have transfers to do this week, AHHH! I'm going crazy. I love it though. I'm way happy i get at least one more transfer here. OH, Elder Wheeler has been transferred to Atonsu, which is where Edmond and Judith moved to so he will get to see them again. Other than that i don't know what else to say, my mind is kind of all over the place right now. I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Elder Rogers
Enoch's baptism
Saying goodbye to Elder Lawton