Root beer…In Ghana?

[email sent May 16, 2016]

Dear Family and friends,

“When we do what is right, increased faith always follows.” This is one of the messages elder Vinson shared with our mission during his time in Ghana. This principle of increased faith caused by action can be found in the thirty second chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon. In this chapter, Alma uses the same teaching mode as the Savior to help us understand and see the simplicity of a topic that often seems like such a mystery to many people. That topic is faith.

Life as the AP’s and office elders is hard… Sometimes you just sleep wherever there is a flat surface.

By using something that we can relate to, Alma teaches that faith is like a seed. Once we take action, plant the seed of faith, and then continue to nurture that seed, our faith will grow. How hard is that? Well, when you have Satan lying to you, things can be pretty hard. Far too often, we as God’s children let Satan’s lies into our minds. We give up. Why?! Why do we give up on the brightly lit path that leads back to our Father in Heaven and everything we have and ever will hope for? Our Heavenly Father has given us everything we need to return to Him. He has given us a scripture for all of our problems. He has given us prophets that speak His words directly to us. He listens to and answers our every prayer (even when you feel like He is not answering you, He is. Sometimes we just don’t listen back or when we do get His answer, we don’t like it). He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die (and live again) for us.

You cannot find root beer in Ghana… My companion had not had a root beer for his entire mission until this last week when we found these treasures at a store that imports American goods.

Yes, we mess up. No, it is not the end of everything when we do go astray, because unlike us, our Father never gives up on us. That’s why I love this scripture on faith and the principle of light and truth. God has told us that “when we do what is right, increased faith follows.” When we choose the right, our light grows which also increases the amount of truth within us to expand. When we fully understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we will have an increased desire to be like the Savior, take His name upon us each week, and never give up. It all starts with a decision to act. “Decisions determine destiny.”

Chia pudding is the best.

This topic has occupied my thoughts this last week, so I thought I would share some of what I have gained from my studies. This week has been a pretty chill week. Nothing overly exciting. One of the only exciting things from this week was transfers. I and my companion will be staying in the office together, so that’s good.

I thought this sign was funny, because everyone in this country bribes the police. I have seen many people bribe the police…

Whelp, I hope everyone has a most excellent time this coming week.

Remember this, “When our wagon gets stuck in the mud, God is much more likely to assist the man who gets out to push than the man who merely raises his voice in prayer no matter how eloquent the oration.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf




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