Monday, November 25, 2013

Thankful in Ghana

Hey guys!
How are you doing? I am sorry but this email is going to have to be short.... I have been having problems with my computer.... ): This week has been great! We have had some success (not a ton) but some. We are planning on doing something for Thanksgiving. I don't know what, but we will take some pictures for you guys. It sounds like you guys are having a fun holiday season (which reminds me... don't for get about me while black friday shopping, I need a new long sleeve shirt so I can look fresh when coming home)
We just entered into a new transfer. Nothing is happening with me and Elder Kaufusi, but things are changing in our district.  Its crazy to think about, but I only have 3 transfers left. I can not believe it. Time is going to fast.  
Well, I am thankful this turkey (chicken for me) season for my lovely family. For helping me throughout my life and my mission. I love you all!!!  Have a good Thanksgiving 
Love you all 
From Ghana With Love 
Elder Riddle

Monday, November 18, 2013

Look what I found!!!!!

Hello everyone!
How are you guys doing?   Well this week has been a normal week. We have been finding people to teach trying to give baptismal dates but they always say, "I have already been baptized".  S,o we have to go this week and resolve some concerns but all in all this week has been good .

Louisa was confirmed yesterday at church. While she was being confirmed I had a very happy thought come to my head that said ...Ah now she has the Holy Ghost she does not need to depend on anyone anymore just the Holy Ghost, and that she is now in the hands of the members, we have passed her on. But this thought also made me sad because I don't know if I trust these members with my recent convert. This year in the ward we are in they have had 24 baptisms. But, already 5 of them have become less active. I think Louisa will be come a very powerful leader in the church. We told her after her baptism and confirmation to write down her feelings about everything and she has 3 or so pages written down just about her baptism. She is very in tune with the spirit, and i love it. 

Tomorrow is going to be a joke for teaching because Ghana is playing football and it is a qualifying match for the world cup. Everyone is going to watch. So, watch for me! I don't know if you can find it on the tv but you should be able to watch on the internet.

Wednesday is my companions birthday so we are going to go and buy pizza or hamburgers it should be fun.

On Saturday is transfer news nothing should happen to me though 

Well I hope you all have a good week 
From Ghana With Love 
Elder Riddle 

Look what I found!!!

It tasted good!

Monday, November 11, 2013

General Conference and Baptism!!

Hey everyone, how is it going?  

This week has been great. We have not been able to have many lessons this week because we have been focusing on Louisa and her baptism but it was a very good week.

Tuesday was normal district meeting and a lot failed lessons ...
Wednesday was very busy. We had a meeting for all the trainers to see how the  training is going. That meeting went from 11 to 1:30 and we did not get home until 5 because of traffic. It was not good because then at 5pm we had our coordination meeting. So, we were not able to see anyone that evening. 
Thursday we had another busy day. We spent a lot of time trying to find new people to teach and going over a few things with Louisa before her interview on Friday. 
Friday was our only normal day. We taught some lessons and then at 5:30 we had to go to the church for Louisas interview (which she passed)
Saturday we had a service project with the sisters in our district for one of their investigators, we weeded their house.
Sunday the day I have been waiting for. Baptism!  Sunday was very good but a little long for church. We watched General Conference. Not just one secession but we watched 2. Both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning sessions. We did not end church until 1:00. It was long and then we had the baptism which was good but the members ruined it, they kept on saying that they had been their to long and wanted to go home. 

Well thats my week... nothing to exciting but we had a baptism and that made all the bad days worth it.
From Ghana With Love 
Elder Riddle 

                        Pictures are Elder Kaufusi, Louisa, and Elder Riddle 

Monday, November 4, 2013

I am alive and kicking and having a blast in Kumasi

No Ghana does not celebrate Halloween  but I kept the tradition going with carving the watermelon.( I think I will do that every year just so I can remember my mission) other than that though, halloween was sad nothing special happened.

This week has been sweet!  We have been trying very hard to focus on teaching with the spirit. And boy does it work. But, it makes you spiritually tired.... but its awasome.   
My favorite lesson we had this week was our last lesson of the week. It was with  a sister named Gina or Georgina  and she is a referral from a recent convert named Jeff. She is very open and loves asking powerful questions about the lessons. Yesterday we went to teach her about prayer, and after teaching her we wanted her to pray. But, she was feeling to shy to pray in front of us. So, we kept on telling her why she needs to pray and not us. After about 5 min of talking I told her to take 10 seconds and try to find out if she is the one that needs to pray. After that ten seconds she says the spirit is telling me to pray! So, once again I invited her to pray. She was still feeling shy so we sat in silence for about 5 min why she thought about it. And then she told us that she has never prayed in public before and does not know how to pray out loud. We taught her some more and then she prayed and it took her a few min but she said a wonderful prayer. After she prayed I asked her how she feels. She said  "I feel like you guys are happy with me" and then I asked her who else is happy with you? She said God. Then I asked her who is the most happy right now? she had to think about that question but then she finally said in a very humble voice "me".  She had the biggest smile on her face because she realized that she could make herself happy by prying.. I know that the she will be baptized very soon because she felt the spirit and she knows that god answers prayers. She is one of my favorite investigators right now!
Well this Sunday we will be having a baptism at 1:00 and you are all invited....RSVP soon.   Lunch will be provided but not dinner.   The investigators name is Louisa and I think I told you about her last week? did I?  if not, she is 20 and the younger sister to a recent convert and lives in the middle of the bush.  She lives right on the edge of our area and she comes to church every week.  She is well prepared and I love it. 
Well not much else happened this week. Just so you know I am alive and kicking and having a blast in Kumasi. I just noticed I have 5 months left and my companion just hit his 1 month mark today  funny right?   Missionary work is so fun!
From Ghana With Love 
Elder Riddle 
love you all

Elder Riddle & Elder Kaufusi Carving the Halloween Watermelon.