I hope conference was sweet?

**Note from older sister: I’m not quite a year behind in posting Elder Whipple’s emails, but I’m back on track to post – that way I can make his mission blog into a book upon his return!!

[email sent Oct 3, 2016]
Giant tree at an investigators house…DSC00972

Brother Amoah is an excellent leather maker.DSC00967

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Zone council in Tamale a few weeks ago.SAM_8936

Maxwell is one of the most powerful members I have ever met. He is only 15 and was just baptized, but he speaks straight doctrine. He has a powerful testimony and he loves to share it. He told us the other day that God has given all of us “talents” and he wants to share his. He also told us that when he reads the scriptures, he closes his eyes and ponders the words. When he does this, he just sees what the Lord is trying to teach him with the scripture he is reading. Future apostle?  DSC00974

Zone activity in Tamale with my powerful companion, Elder Ulu.SAM_8921

Weekly planning… SAM_9012

They got me.SAM_8963

Apartment P-day lunch!SAM_9084

Weekly planning…SAM_9012

Another powerful member named Lydia. SAM_9019

Gotta work for our dinners sometimes… I am stirring banchu at a members house. It was awesome.SAM_9150

This is Gifty!!! Everything is cool between us and her mom now. She will be baptized this Saturday!!!SAM_9125

​This week was wonderful! Even though we were not able to watch or listen to general conference, I know that I will get to watch general conference one day. As I have served my mission, the lord has continually taught me to be grateful for the things that will be readily available to me when I get home. I will not take general conference for granted, I will visit the temple as often as possible, and I will use my Sunday’s (and any other free day) to visit the sick, needy, and elderly. Missions are great places of learning.

The youth here in Bolgatanga will do miracles one day. They are wonderful young people with some of the the most powerful testimonies I have ever heard. Future leaders and missionaries for sure. We will be baptizing 4 of the youth this coming Saturday. They have been coming for the past 6 months.

I love it here. The is no end to the work here. Elder Ulu is the best. This would be a powerful place to train… 🙂

With tons of love,
Elder Whipple

P.S. I have been stressed out lately trying to respond to everyone’s emails, so I probably will just read your emails and write you hand written letters from now on… I love your emails and read all of them. I just don’t have any time to write back. Keep writting and know that I will read your emails. 1 hour to write to the mission president, report my numbers, read emails, and then write back to everyone… I just can’t do it. I love y’all though and will gladly talk when I return. Or you can write me letters…
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Faith

[email sent Sep 26, 2016]

Dear family and friends,

My heart is soft as the Lord continues to teach me. All this week I have been trying to study and apply the principle of humility. The more I showed that I was willing to submit and trust God, the more He taught me. This week He taught me so many things, but the one principle I noticed Him teaching me the most of is faith. All throughout this week, as I taught one family or individual after another, I was bearing my testimony with all the energy of my soul. Even though I could feel the Spirit strongly, a lot of those I taught this week took no action and did not progress. We cannot force people to believe our message and use their faith. It does not work like that. We have to act for OURselves and then OUR faith will grow. I wish I could talk more about faith, but my time is short.

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Faith is like a seed.

Last Saturday, as my companion and I were finishing a lesson with some of the youth in our branch, they told us that Gifty’s mother would not let her come to church, because pastors told her we do bad things at church. Gifty is one of the young woman that has been coming to church for 6 months and is preparing to be baptized. We went to see Gifty right away. When we found her, she was crying. She told us that the church is true and that she is heart broken her mother will not let her come. I wanted to go speak to the mother right away, but she doesn’t speak English… So, we sat in silence for awhile. I opened the Book of Mormon and read in Mosiah chapters 23 and 24 where it talks about trusting in the Lord. When I tried to read it to her, I couldn’t because I was crying… It took me forever to finally finish the scripture and bear my testimony about God’s love for her. I love her and the other members here. I told her that Jesus Christ will never give up on her, so neither would I. Through much prayer, seeking for an answer, and convincing, Gifty’ s mother softened her heart and let Gifty come to church. God loves us. Trust Him and He will deliver you.

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A seed must be nourished to grow.
Much love,

Elder Whipple

New Area

[email sent 19, 2016]

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Took this pretty shot while trying to keep up with my companion on my bike.

Dear family and friends,

My new area  is the promise land of the Ghana Kumasi mission. Everyone here speaks English, not many people lie when they say they will come to church, and there are so many wonderful youth here.

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The youth are probably one of my favorite parts of serving here. They have the most powerful testimonies I have ever heard from people so young and they are so willling to sacrifice for the truth.

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Yup, back in the village.

The Africa west area has a rule that youth without member family support have to come to church for 6 months before they can be baptized, so about 10+ youth have been coming to church here for almost 6 months and will be baptized next month.

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There is so much to be done here. The Lord has assigned me to be companions with one of the best people for this area. My companion from Nigeria, Elder Ulu, is probably one of the most hard working missionaries in this mission. From the time we finish companionship study in the morning to the time we walk through our door at 9 o’clock at night, we are teaching. I have never worked as hard or taught as much as I have here. Elder Ulu is humble and loving and I love him.

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Top of my apartment complex.

Now, I am sorry, but I am no longer in the mission office with its nice computers to email… I am back to cafes with terrible keyboards, so I cannot write as much as I would like to this week.

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This is my apartment staircase.
I love all of you tons,

Elder Whipple

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