Sunday, February 26, 2017


This is the look of joy that comes when you have sugar for the first time in six weeks.  Elder Garry and I had a personal challenge with each other to eliminate added sugar from our diets for this transfer period.  The penalty for failure was to vacuum out the mission vehicle. He denies it, but Elder Garry seemed a bit grumpy during the last week of the challenge.  It was nice to see him back to his old self. Sweet.  (By the way, I am down 3 kilograms!)

The event that provided this joyous reunion was the transfer planning meeting on Saturday evening. Crepes, cake, ice cream and banana bread provided the energy needed to plan the transportation for the missionary transfers next week and to call everyone with their new assignments.

We completed the last of the missionary interviews this week.  We started out in Abakrampa.

I always look for crocodiles when I am in Abakrampa.  Haven't seen any yet.

My Favorite Tree.

Abakrampa District.

After returning from Abakrampa, we met with the rest of the Yamoransa Zone at the Mission Home.

Yamoransa District

Nkanfoa District.

On Wednesday and Thursday, we were back in Assin Foso to interview the missionaries in the Telecom and Assin Foso Zones.

Akonfundi District.

No one volunteered to demonstrate the wall sit.

How to clean your fruit, vegetables and eggs.

Assin Foso District

Filter care.

Achiasi District

Sister Zadi knows her filters!

Telecom District

Friday, we were back in Cape Coast for the follow-up training with the new missionaries and their trainers.

The new missionaries in this group have been with us for six weeks.

It is always a joy for them to see their friends again from the Missionary Training Center.

We review their purpose as missionaries, check on progress and discuss expectations.

On Saturday, we spent the afternoon with the missionaries who will be training those who will be joining us next week.

We have eight new missionaries coming from the MTC.  (For those of you counting, one of the trainers has done this before and had a baptism scheduled, so she was excused.)

Leadership in the Savior's way.  The leader is the servant of all.

We attended church services in Ola Ward on Sunday.  

After the meetings, Sister Stevenson and I joined the bishop and met with the Sister Missionaries and four of their investigators who attended church today.  We took the opportunity to answer some of their questions.  They are a sharp group.  One of them is scheduled for baptism in a few weeks and is already sharing the Gospel with his friends.

 With Sister Coleman.  If you look closely, you can see a little foot sticking out from the blanket holding a child on her back. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Just Keep Moving.

Part of Sister Stevenson's instruction this month is to encourage the missionaries to exercise in the mornings.  They practiced with her.

After all that, they needed to relax.

Change the water filters regularly!

She is also reminding them to take their Doxycycline every day, wash eggs, fruit and vegetables in soap, bleach and water, sleep under a mosquito net and wash your hands.

We met with four zones this week for interviews -- mostly in the Western Region.

We are still in Harmattan season, but the rains seem to be coming.

Saturday and Sunday, we attended the Mpintsin Stake Conference.

Sister Stevenson spoke in two of the sessions and I was invited to speak in each of the meetings.

The choir on Sunday was awesome.

With Sister Adjei.

The Scouts served as ushers again.  Here is President Dzikpe inspecting the troops. They are pretty passionate.  One of the boys came up to me, raised his knee up then smartly put it down while saluting me, followed by a warm handshake.

This family stayed afterward to let the crowd disperse and to enjoy the shade of the overflow awnings.  We had great attendance at all of the meetings and needed the overflow areas.

We had a nice week.  Next week we will finish up the last of the interviews, hold a couple of training meetings and prepare for transfers.