Saturday, April 23, 2016

That Celine Dion song...

March 28, 2016

I too felt the Easter spirit yesterday! A bit of an odd story. I awoke to a beautiful, cool and humid morning. No mosquito bites, no bed-bugs, and leftovers from a recent package from my wonderful family. (yeah it's all gone now). As usual I got about to the first part of my morning schedule... a mad rush to the bathroom. now I've only actually had diarrhea once so far on my mission.... the day I arrived up until now. After studying a bit, I sat there pondering that it was Easter Sunday. At that moment “I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, about the brightness of the sun.” The sunlight coming in from the window provided a certain atmosphere that just had me smiling. Combined with some birds outside and the obnoxious roosters, I just couldn't help but feel the spirit.

As for the rest of the week, we had better luck contacting this time. We're working on more member visits and referral seeking. I challenge you to give a referral to the missionaries and even to be bold enough to go with them to teach the person. I'm sure the missionaries would appreciate it. At least you don't have to go to translate. Transfers came and all is the same save for Elder Lesh leaving us. I'll miss him. My new roommate is a Texan. Sources even tell me he's big.  Good to hear you all had a good Easter with Grandma. Right now Em, I'm serving in Abesim, Sunyani. It's the capital of Brong-Ahafo region. I'll most likely be here for 6 more weeks. Mole park is pretty far. It's in the Northern region. Some senior couple missionaries I knew went there once and said it was pretty cool. I'll try my best with an address, but here houses don't have addresses. Anyways I'll make sure you find it. Good to hear from everyone again. I'll send a few pics and see you all next week! 

-Elder Silva

Relief Society Anniversary. This is the best Relief Society I've ever served with. 
A few are missing from this picture. 

Three baptisms this week!

Chickenzilla chasing this terrified little girl. Seriously, the picture doesn't do it justice.

I love these kids!

"My baby" came back from a trip!

April 4, 2016

News from Ghana? Well as usual I  haven't seen conference, but I'll get around to it eventually. I heard about
3 temples in South America and 1 in Zimbabwe. That will make 7 in Africa working or in progress. Excited for
that. We had 2 baptisms this week. One teacher age and primary age boys.  They are really cool and they love the church. We had another guy that we knew would come to church last week. We expected it was due to a certain wants to do it. I'm not entirely sure what his motives are, but we'll start to seriously teach him this week. This is surely an answer to our prayers. The area is still slow despite the baptisms (I know some missions have few to zero baptisms, but It's difficult to explain how I can still say things are slow). One girl who was baptized who, admittingly I thought would go less active, is surprising me by how active she actually is. Again, an answer to prayers. All in all  things are going well. The new missionary in the apartment is Elder Zurek from Houston area.  He's a cool guy and we have some things in common. A missionary left a Monopoly board in this apartment and we have been playing it a bit this transfer. I've won twice in a row and the rest are bent on revenge. I'll only play again if everyone promises not to gang up on me. I had a painful evening yesterday from over-eating/drinking. I was so afraid it was going to be a repeat of a Fufu indigestion I had once. Thankfully everything is fine and I'm alive. Reminds me of that Celine Dion song. By the way people don't listen to American music here, but when they do it's only a small handful of artists. For some reason she's really popular here. I hope everyone's doing well back home and that Brooke is still alive. I'm kind of fond of her ya know. Just take it a day at a time. That's what I do when mission gets hard. Well I'll end it with that this week and catch you all later! 

-Elder Silva

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