Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's Not All About the Food...

Happy 36th Anniversary!  We celebrated a day early on Monday by driving out to the Elmina Bay Resort.  There is a big slave castle out there that we will save for another day.  We heard it was a nice place with a good restaurant.  We opted for the Ghanaian food (we haven't been out long enough for the pizza to look good.)  We both got fish dishes and they were wonderful.



One of these is called Red Red and the other is called Fanti Fanti.  We disagree as to which is which.


 We never imagined we would celebrate an anniversary in Ghana -- I highly recommend it!


 The Assistants remembered our wedding day!



Tuesday - Thursday we were in the Western District completing our visits with the missionaries.  The Takoradi Zone was so big that I didn't finish the interviews in time to get a group picture, so I'm very sorry to the moms in that zone.  Here are the other two:


Kojokrom Zone


Sekondi Zone

Sister Stevenson and I were able to go out and work with missionaries on Wednesday and Thursday.  We both had great experiences.  It was muddy from recent rains, so we came back looking like veterans.  Sister Stevenson had her first Tro Tro ride (a Tro Tro is a mini-van that runs along a set route and picks up people on the way.)  

In the Tro Tro with Sister Atieno and Sister Nayera.

She also had Nigerian food with Sister Zaccheaus and Sister Ravudra before going out for the evening.  





Since we are talking about food, we went out to dinner with Elder and Sister Julander this week.  They found an excellent Indian restaurant near their apartment.  It was as good as the Bombay House in Provo!

More food:

The fruit in Ghana is so good, I even eat bananas.




Sister Stevenson found papaya.


Last week's fu fu for the record.



Just in case you are thinking all we do is eat, on Saturday we attended a baptismal service in Cape Coast where seven people were baptized.  It was very wonderful.  The day before, the Elders had discovered that the font had not drained from the last time it was used two weeks ago.  The drain was clogged, so the only solution was to form a bucket brigade and clean it out.

It reminded me of an experience I had in Sweden where we did not clear both the hot and cold pipes before filling the font and poured in foul, green sludge just before the baptismal service.  It was a great blessing because we ended up having one of the most memorable baptisms ever at dusk in the Baltic Sea.

Here are some pictures after the baptism.



Date Night:

Visited an 18th Century lighthouse that serviced the slave castle in Cape Coast.  Nice views of the area.










Creatures of the Week:





Now that we have met all of the missionaries, we are turning our attention to the members of the Church.  We will need to balance our time between our mission responsibilities and our ecclesiastical obligations to the members.  I spent a couple of hours in meetings this morning with the Assistant Area Auditor.  Then, we attended the Abura 1st Ward, where Sister Stevenson and I were invited to speak.  We also met Elder Ben Davis, our Area Seventy.  We will work closely with him to coordinate our efforts with the local priesthood leaders.

Its been a good week.  We are happy to be here.  All is well.

















4 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary!!!! I LOVE your blog! It's so nice to see pictures and get a feel for where my son is serving and living for two years. What is that creature in the cup and do they get much bigger?

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  2. Our grandson, William is in charge of creature identification.

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