Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Zone Leader in Bantama & Learning to Sing!!!


Fine Morning,
Well I am sorry that my emails haven't been all that good lately but really its just hard to sit down and remember everything, but things have really changed a lot so I will do my best to fill you in. So my Zone is the Bantama Zone and in our zone we have 30 missionaries. We have 6 sister missionaries, 22 Elders, and a couple, the Bennets. Our Zone covers the north west part of Kumasi, and then we have 10 elders in Sunyani were they are opening the new areas. The Bennet’s are in Sunyani so they help us out a lot and we don't have to go there as much only once or twice a transfer. Elder Speechley is in my Zone and Elder Brown is in the other zone on the opposite side of Kumasi near to Atonsu. Right now there are about 50 or so missionaries in Kumasi altogether. The Other zone is Dichemso Zone the one I was in before coming to Bantama. We also have a big city called Obuasi that is an hour or so away and we go there to conduct baptism interviews and help out a branch that they have down there. We are going down to Cape
Coast tomorrow and we will stay in the mission home and then we have Zone Council on Wednesday morning and then we will get back that night. So there is a lot of traveling involved and we are always running around to do something. (right now I am in the middle of trying to pay a man who fixed some missionaries fridge who wants 120 cedis, so I am on the phone at the same time) My zone is really sweet though. We have 6 of the sweetest sis missionaries in our zone. They are really good cooks too. But we
never have any problems with them. Sunyani is full of sweet missionaries and we never have any problems there, and the rest of the Elders down here are way cool so its really fun. You do have to learn to deal with situations that arise evey now and again, but nothing too drastic.

My apartment is sweet. It’s me and Elder Christensen and then 2 other missionaries Elder Hoffman and Elder Kundiona from Zimbabwe. It’s sweet. The apartment doesn't really compare to the one in Atonsu but I actually like it a lot more for some reason. Just small, has one living room and a kitchen with our 2 bedrooms and a small bathroom and that’s about it. Our area is sweet. We travel a lot to get from appointment to appointment. We baptized a woman last week named Dora and she was confirmed on Sunday. She is super powerful and now we are trying to work with her husband to get him to come to church but he is a little shy and his English is no good so he doesn't like to be around us much. There are two Muslim girls, Mame and Mother who we are preparing for baptism right now. There grandmother has practically disowned them because she is a hardcore Muslim, but they are still going strong and come to church. They closed there shop on Sundays and are obeying all of the commandments. It’s really sweet because they never even knew God before and now they are putting everything away for God. We also have another man who is prepared now for a long time to be baptized but we are working on getting him married before he can be baptized. I have never taught someone who is more in tune with the spirit. You would think that he has been a member for years. When we read the Book of Mormon he finds things and expounds on them, things that I haven't ever noticed before. He is a Rockstar. We are also working with 5 husband and wife families some that are part member and some that are both investigators. So we have great investigators right now and families. The families are the most exciting I love teaching families. We taught one guy yesterday that became a member a long time ago and now he is less active, but when he became a member he converted his whole family and they are now very active and powerful so we are trying to get them to help him to come back and be sealed in the temple. In our lesson yesterday the guy went off on the importance of the temple and families, but when we ask him to commit to come to church he just says "when I am prepared". Then something crazy happened that I have never experienced. The spirit told me to do something I would never do myself. It told me to make the guy feel terrible, to make him feel guilty, and ashamed. So I acted on that prompting and I gave it to him and I made him feel ashamed of himself and expressed how disappointed his family was in him and how he is selfish for not giving them the best they deserve. That is to live together forever in the temple. He was very humbled and nearly in tears, and then he said those words we could never get him to say. "I will be at church this Sunday". And he made a promise to the whole family that he would come. It was intense!!!!!! So I have faith that he will come back to church this Sunday. That’s what we will be fasting for this Sunday.

Thank you for the emails and updates. I hope everything is going well back home. Maybe you could fill me in a little bit more. I filled you in this week on where I am and what I am doing, now it’s your turn!! The church is true and I love you all so much. Can't wait to hear from you next week. Have a great week and God Bless.

Love Elder Adams

ps. About your other questions. I have no idea where I want to go to school or what exactly it is that I want to do. If you have any ideas or suggestions please let me know. Its something I don't think about
a lot but when I due I am clueless at what to do.
Things I would like.
1. Everlast speed jump rope. All I do is jump rope so I want a really good the ones I have suck.
2. Floss
3. Razors, shaving cream i have plenty but razors are almost gone just send a few.
4. Drink packets, and lots of them please!
5. Pens, black only
6. Ppictures, haha I will send you some don’t worry but I would like some too
7. A dietary book of some kind. I am going to go on a serious diet and workout and try and get back into shape but I don't know enough about what things to eat. Look for some kind of book that might help
with diet and food tips and maybe workout ideas.
8. This is really going to surprise you, but I am practicing my singing, so if you can find a book that might help with singing tips to that would be sweet . I want to learn so that I don’t embarrass myself to much.

Sweet, thanks mom and dad.
Love you So much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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