Moving forward.

[email sent Feb 8, 2016]

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This is the main road running through our area. It is also the only road in my area that isn’t dirt.

I’m moving onward in this mission life, but no longer with my trainer, Elder Ambanya. Last week my companion got an assignment to be a district leader in Kumasi and I was to stay here in my first area¬†with my new companion, Elder Baah. I was pretty excited to hear that things were changing, but then again… I was scared to have things change. I have spent the last 3 months with Elder Ambanya, so we became really comfortable around each other and knew what we liked and disliked. It was also easy to understand his English. The only difficulty we had together was niether of us spoke Twi. A lot of the people here in this area cannot speak English, due to not attending school. So I was excited to hear that Elder Baah was Ghanaian and could speak Twi, but other then that I didn’t know much about him. I didn’t know what type of personality he had and whether or not we would agree on how things should be done.

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This is my view all day everyday.

To make the situation more nerve racking, right before Elder Baah was to arrive, the zone leaders told me that this transfer was to be a special 8 week one… That meant I was going to spend the next 2 months of my life, 24/7, with someone I knew nothing about. Thankfully it all turned out okay. I met Elder Baah and even though I struggle to understand his accent most of the time, I like him. He is hard working, orderly, really bold, knows how to speak Twi, and has a sound understanding of the gospel. I think we will get along fine, which is a good thing because we both think we will be together for the next transfer as well. I hope we keep the relationship up, because 14 weeks together is a long time.

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Got this photo of a roadside market while sticking my camera out of the tro-tro window.
Elder Baah has a gift for contacting people, which makes finding and teaching a hundred times easier. Something I learned from this, is that change can seem super hard at first and we may not want our life to change at all… But if we trust in the Lord, He will always provide a better path. In order for the good to be better and the better to become best, change must occur. Another lesson learned.
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Just another walk in paradise.
This week has been really exciting! I didn’t just get a new companion this week. I got to go to Kumasi again! Before Elder Ambanya was transferred he had to attend a district leader training. Since the training was only for new district leaders, I just waited outside for him to finish. Once Elder Ambanya finished, we had some time to kill in Kumasi… So we headed straight for Kejatia. Kejatia is the second biggest open market in Africa/world? Kejatia is crazy though! It feels like everyone in Ghana and their dog is in Kejatia. There are so many people in Kejatia that you have to just push and shove to get through the crowd. And it goes on like that for an eternity. The fight is all worth it though, if you find the right vendor. One of the American elders (Elder Snow) lead me to the perfect vendor. This special vendor sells original soccer jersey’s for 40 cedis each, which is equal to about 10 dollars. Elder Snow also taught me how to tell if the jersey’s were originals or copies. Let’s just say that I may have spent a lot of cedis on Jersey’s. Totally worth it though. I now have jersey’s from Manchester United, Netherlands, Black Stars, Real Madrid, Liverpool, etc…
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Ghana countryside on the way to Kumasi.
Well, that’s all I have for you this week folks! Except I found the most incredible thing in the Bible!! I found in the Bible dictionary were it talks about how all animals go to heaven!!!!!!!! It says there are animals in the Celestial kingdom. I figure something along those lines, but now I have scriptural evidence. Score.
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walk past this beauty almost everyday.
Spiritual thought to end my email… Our lives on this earth will always be filled with one trial after another, because the road back to our Heavenly Father is an upward climb. Our bodies cannot get stronger if we don’t tear our muscles first. The same applies to the journey back to the Father. In order to gain the spiritual strength needed to return to His presence, we must “tear” our spiritual muscles. This is done through the trials and afflictions that are placed before us. Next trial, instead of praying for it to go away, pray for the strength to endure and remember the blessings that come from experience.
Love,
Elder Whipple
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