Friday, September 25, 2015

Still have the lights...

Sep 21

Hey guys! Well it's another one of those weeks. I'm trying to think if anything cool happened this week. Mostly routine, you know how it is. Don't get the idea I'm bored, the work is still a good work. Unfortunately “C” with the two kids has still not come to church again. 3rd week in a row. Don't know why this time. We just baptized our new Branch President's wife. Really happy about that, but it's looking to be awhile before another baptism. I collected ingredients for a stew and the Elders from Asamang came to our apartment to eat after a baptismal interview. In short my one week stew is finished. sigh... back to bread and eggs. There's a storm coming outside right now. The lights might go out so I hope this still gets to you. I'll send this one in case it does.

(Still have the lights) I love the outlook of your guys' emails. They're always so fun for me to read, even after so many. I'm happy to hear my letters got to you so quickly. I hope you enjoyed them and I hope you delivered Edna's and Emily's. It was about time I wrote to you guys again. My birthday? Hmmm I guess that is kind of coming. Well I'm on a mission so..... yeah I don't really need anything. Whatever you see fit. I'll let you know, there's still time. :) Well I don't have much else to say. I'll let a couple of pictures do the talking. Love you. See y'all next week!

Sep 14 


Loved the pictures guys! I wish I could write a big long letter about all of the many things that happened this week but, well it was pretty average. However!...(shakes finger) However.. There has been a change in the branch Presidency! The president is still the same. He's new to the job, and one of our chief problems was that he didn't know how to run a branch (one of the oh-so-common problems with branches). We have new Counselors. An elderly Ghanaian man who has learned a decent amount about the church and Elder Halliday! He and Sister Halliday just came to Ghana a couple of weeks ago as couple missionaries. Now that he's in the branch presidency I can breathe a little. The Hallidays are neighbors to the mission president. I guess he invited them to come to Ghana and help. They certainly seem like good people. That's about it. Our investigators sadly have not been coming to church. We just keep pressing on hoping for better. The highlight of my week was an exchange with the District Leader. Due to some problems we ended up staying together for a number of days. It was fun to have a mix-up. Also I got a package from Em! Isn't she the greatest? I also got mom's talk by Elder Holland. Very nice. The conference was good and we're having a zone conference tomorrow, so we're staying in Kumasi tonight. Very happy to hear about Chazz. Well, i'll still be here doing the same until the cows come home. Not insinuating that I'm a cow or that missionaries in general are cows, or.. ah just forget about it. Well I wish you all the best, and hopefully I can send a few pictures your way. 
Love you! 

-Elder Silva

Sept. 7, 2015
Well fam, once again it's great to hear from you all! Things aren't perfect, but my companion and I are living in relative harmony. No bad blood. I'm sad to say that the lady with the kids did not come to church. We saw her the night before and she said she had a stomach problem. Ghana food for you... P-days are usually the busiest and sometimes hardest day of the week. So much to do. Good thing you guys make it nice. Best thing that happened? Well we had some older members come to church on Sunday that I had never met before. Hopefully this means a return to activity. Hardest thing that happened? Well just proselyting. It's not an easy area and there are issues with the branch organization. To answer more of those missionary questions directed my way: Yes they eat dogs (and cats), no piranhas (or crocodiles), I do have a rash maybe fungus on my foot. Yeah we play soccer sometimes, people mostly use taxis when going long distances. Your KFC is a little different from mine, ha-ha. Enjoy the potatoes and biscuits. I'll try to send a pic or two your way. I love you guys! 

-Elder Silva

The Branch President's wife got baptized :) 

The local watering hole. Everyone gets water from here, people, animals, frogs, mosquitoes…..

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