Thursday, October 29, 2015

Twi, Twi, Twi.

October 26th, 2015

I love hearing from you guys more than all of the music in the world... too much? You know I was afraid that things would get like this as I got older on the mission. I saw it happen to everyone else but.... well life is mundane here as well. Life is in transfers, teaching, companions, teaching, getting fat and teaching some more. Don't think I'm unhappy, I still enjoy missionary work! Sometimes cool things do happen. Other times It's the same story every lesson. In recent news I heard the results of Ghana's "Most Beautiful" pageant. Sika, representing the Ashantis, was 1st runner up. Lost to that darn Central region girl Esi. Our neighbors were disappointed. If I had known, maybe I would have voted for her haha. Church was usual. Twi, Twi and more Twi. There were these two girls who refused to go to primary and kept me with my hands full during Elder's Quorum. We also had a good investigator's class teaching the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a constant struggle in this mission. Either they can't read English, or the BOM English is too hard, or they can't read the hard-to-obtain Twi version either. I'm not sure if I ever told you this, but Twi didn't have a written version till the late 70s, so only the youth can read it alright. I'm still waiting for that golden investigator that finishes the Book of Mormon and loves to talk about its stories. ...Question time. Well I haven't had any companion soup, but I have been eating Banku every day sometimes twice a day that a member made for us and we've been keeping in the fridge. I'm sick of it. ha. I''m still not feeling all that settled in my area. My companion's Twi will most likely be gone soon and that would leave it difficult to teach some of our current investigators. Also I'm still working in two areas, but that may change this upcoming transfer. We have a lot to do before the transfer ends. Also Halloween is coming up and I promise to send you a picture of my costume. I hope you'll have a little fun too. I wish I could tell you that my Bible history has been accelerating, but I'm hovering in the mid-twenties of Isaiah. I gotta get on that. Ghana's Most Beautiful reminded me of Mr.BHS. What a blast. Water is indeed good for you and so are your e-mails. Tell everyone I know hi for me! 

-Elder Silva

October 19, 2015

Well it's good to hear from everyone again! Church is good, but sometimes I fall asleep because everything is in Twi. I had to leave priesthood class when I took a twenty minute nap in the chair and decided I needed some fresh air. It was hot anyways. The heat and humidity, combined with missionary work and Twi lessons (my companion's Ghanaian, so he teaches people that don't speak English)...makes me fall asleep fairly often. It's not as nice as you'd think. In-fact, it just makes me feel sluggish. Today our zone went to Lake Bosomtwe. It's a "big-ish" lake and the first body of water I've seen in the Ashanti region. I wish I could've swam (you may as well tell the airport to flood a room since I can't wait), but I was content with playing football and pool. Nothing like chasing a soccer ball with that Ghanaian sun and your clothes sticking to you like tape. It was really a good time and a much needed break. We have a Branch mission leader now. He came to our apartment for a meeting the other day and I just sat there really confused. I've never worked with one before. My health is good. Still working on my stomach.  It's my 11th out of 17th transfer. That's... um...... hold up it's been awhile since math class...... somewhere around 9 months left. Well fam. it's good to hear from you as usual. I might post some pictures. 

Have a great week everyone! 

-Elder Silva 

October 12, 2015

Well for me it has been a very, very fast week. I can't believe it's gone! The days have just moved on like that. Not sure why that is. Me and my companion are getting along very well. He's actually one of my favorites so far. Yeah I guess the food quality is up a bit. At least I have a little more of a variety. There is a good place that has different rice, rice ball, banku and yam that's good and fast. A tad expensive, but hey I need my food. Substance was actually increased this week by 25 cidis. That will be significant. It calls for a celebration! Speaking of that, the District (3 companionships) went to KFC this morning. I just got done stuffing my face full of chicken. Boy do I need my meat. My body cries for it haha. Especially since Annan has inspired me to take up the gym mantle again. We'll see what happens. I've been going for about a week now and I could definitely tell it had been a transfer or two since I really went at it. We have a good number of people progressing. My companion's Twi helps out with that a lot. One of my favorite things is to hear about people from former areas. I learned about the baptisms of investigators of mine from Obuasi and Effiduasi. So happy to hear about that! Those seeds really do grow!! I just realized that back home appointments are made for feeding the Elders. No appointments are made here. We just go places and people decide to feed us. Sometimes they'll tell us a couple days in advance, and other times we just show up and they invite us to their dinner. That's how it works here. I've had some great fufus since being in Atonsu. There are definitely differences between branches here and church back home. I usually just get some scripture reading/daydreaming about doughnuts/sleeping time in church due to the Twi. I was very bored this last Sunday, but I was called last second to teach the young women. Happens fairly often and I actually love it. I got to know them better and we had a fun class. I just felt very happy and elated after church. Fun how the spirit can make you feel. :) My reading with Isaiah is so-so. I haven't actually gotten very far - about 6-7 chapters in. I've been pretty busy and my scripture study took a dive this week.  I had to wear earplugs at High Desert in some rooms. Loud machines is right. It's been hot and very, very humid lately. We hit that October rainy season. Also, it may sound crazy, but I miss mowing the lawn. Only because there's no grass here. I'll try to post a few pictures of me in my new area. 

Have a great week guys! 

-Elder Silva

 Baptism! The mother and child.

Bright day. My comp. had the right idea. 

First Kill!!! This one was bogged down with dust for easy capture. That's what he gets for trying to hide. 

 Believe it or not, I enjoy this. Strange what you get used to out in the mission field.

(First day in Atonsu. Rain aaaaaaahhh). 

Cute kid wearing a Tom and Jerry cartoon. Reminds me of my childhood.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

News Cast Alert.

September 28, 2015

       I can't get any pictures to you this week, mostly because I didn't really take any. You know that seems to happen when you get older in the mission. Next week. Me ba wai. (I'm coming). Well Mother I can't help but answer your questions, because those make my e-mails longer and I feel better when I leave my loving family with more words than, "hey... I'm alive." or "did work...small week wai." I don't know if I should start with those questions, or with all of the news I have for you. Alright one coin flip later and questions are last. "Here's Stevy MC T.V and Cruz Mcnews with the most recent mission news from Ghana Kumasi. "Well Steve there is certainly a lot happening recently down in the wet side of the dark continent."  S  "That's right Cruz whether it be a branch, ward, bush or city, it seems that none have escaped the effects of this transfer." "I'd like to think of it as one big scrambled egg. Speaking of which I hear that indeed those missionaries are eating mostly eggs... like everyday." "Food is old news Cruz, we're here to talk about Agona Branch." C “Right indeed, if the mission is a scrambled egg, then Agona branch is a piece of toast that has been cut in half four different ways!" "Hey just like my Mom" "And this Branch Steve also has a mother, a new mother!" "That's right Cruz, on today's headlines Elder Halliday of the missionary couple elite has been selected as the new Branch President of the Agona Branch" (party noises). C What a shocker folks and . . . I'm sorry I can't keep this up guys, I don't have enough time haha. Yes our Branch President has been changed and that is good news for this small branch. I gave a spontaneous talk and priesthood lesson on Sunday. Good thing I had plenty of practice with those at home ha. I actually believe I did well and President Halliday agrees. He said he'll miss me. Why? ...Well because I'm being transferred! Yes only 3 months in Agona. Now I'm going to Atonso (don't know spelling) in Kumasi city itself. You know what that means? a ward.... new experience for me. They'll probably want me to go to meetings... and stuff. Not used to this. My new companion is Elder Anan from Ghana. I've actually been to the apartment before. It's nice and big for 2 missionaries. That's right, another 2 man apartment. Oh well. I haven't seen a whole lot happen in Agona, but I'm not leaving it feeling like I've done nothing. As for today, I went to Bonwire (pronounced bone-re) and bought some Kente (local Ghanian material). This may be my last chance to come to those Kente villages. I have to pack... I hate packing. All the missionaries meet at metromass for transfers. I've decided to call it Metro-mess. Well on to the questions then: Yes we eat the same foods everyday. I just got done eating rice and some fried yams with small stew and Shito (a spicy sauce). Yes I eat (I'm not starving), but I sure don't like eating sometimes. I eat to fill, not to enjoy. Alright my little newscast left me with little time. Catch you all on the other end. 
Wish me luck! 

-Elder Silva

October 6, 2015

            I  just have a small window to let you know I’m alive, haha. Could you tell me who the new apostles are please? remember I don't get conference over here. I'll get the conference liahona in a few weeks or so. Also what's up with the pope? On to more “important” things... like me! (trying to sound like emperor kuzco there. Me and another missionary were talking about it the other day.) . . . this keyboard is terrible. Anyways I was wrong about the ward, I'm still in a branch. It”s a bigger place however, and our area is beyond big. There were two companionships in Atonsu, but because of missionary shortages, we are now only one and we cover both areas. Two area books and everything. Not easy. The branch is good. The main problem is that every member is a Sunday member. In other words all they do is come to Sunday service and then forget about church. Tough to get them to midweek or to even make friendships with each other. Did we have midweek at home?  We did get to have two baptisms on Sunday though. Can't really take the credit since I've only been here for a week. My new companion Elder Annan is a very sweet companion. He's Ghanain, so his twi comes in handy. He smiles a lot and is a happy guy. Whenever he complains about something he'll say "Companion, frankly speaking..." haha every time he says that I just laugh. Our apartment is the best I've had so far. Overall it's a good area. Yes it's nice to move, but sometimes it can seem a bit too soon.  Agona was 3 months. However where i am right now, i'm glad i moved. my scripture study is moving into.... wait for it.... Isaiah! aaaaahhhh! I only was able to get through the first chapter today, but it didn't seem that bad at all. It helps when you've read most of the old testament first. Boy i'll miss Halloween for the last time on mission. I'll be a 20 year old with a sweet tooth coming for next Halloween. Alright I'll have to go. sorry for getting this out a day late. Monday was murder. I'll catch you all next week with pictures. In the meantime, I love you. 

-Elder Silva