Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sixty-eight Missionaries.

This was a nice week for us -- a little exhausting, but very pleasant.  We stayed in the Western Region and interviewed the 68 missionaries serving in the Takoradi and Mpintsin Stakes and the four Axim / Tarkwa mission branches.  It is always a great feeling to finish the interview cycle.

Elder Aniwa is not smoking.  He is enjoying the lollipop Sister Stevenson gives out after the interveiws.  (like a dentist).

While we were meeting with the sister missionaries in Tanokrom, we met a group of young people preparing the tee shirts for the multi-stake youth conference coming up next month.  They were silk screening the shirts by hand.

I thought they turned out nicely.

Thursday was our longest day.  We started at 6:30 a.m. and collected Elder and Sister Clements and drove to Agona.

Then we drove to Tarkwa

Sister Clements gave a piano lesson to one of the members of the Tarkwa Branch while I was interviewing missionaries.

Then we continued on to Axim.

We finished in Nkroful where we met the four missionaries there and interviewed three people for baptism.  We must not have had any brainpower left because we failed to take a picture of that group.

We dropped the Clements off at their home and got back to our hotel at about 8:30 p.m.  Sister Stevenson fell asleep immediately and slept in her clothes that night.

The last four interviews of the quarter!

Transfers are next week and we always announce the changes on the Saturday before so the missionaries can say goodbye to the members at church on Sunday.  I was making changes up until about 4 p.m. on Saturday before everything felt settled. This transfer will be unusual because we are not receiving any new missionaries, but will send home 10 -- so we have to close several proselyting areas.  That is always hard.

The Transfer News and Transportation Planning Meeting included breakfast burritos.  

Elder and Sister Durrant joined in for the cooking.


We attended church today in Abura with Sister Monjei and Sister Apio.  Sister Stevenson and I were both invited to speak.  I think I have given a talk in church each Sunday since I got here.  Sister Stevenson has missed a few, but not many. It is nice.

Tonight, we have been asked to speak during the third hour of our home ward's meeting by Skype.  That should be interesting.  I hope our bandwidth holds up.  

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