Monday, January 27, 2014

Cape Coast... a wonderful place to be!

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful winter this year and a wonderful week!  This week has been pretty good and busy!  So last Monday I was in Greenhill's area for a little bit and I saw some wild monkeys!  Four of them!  That was awesome!  But yeah... other than that we were pretty busy in the office and going out trying to see people.  And this Thursday we were able to get together with two other zones and receive an instruction about becoming a consecrated missionary... that was powerful and sweet!  It made me realize how much room I have to improve.  But yeah... just a good week.  We had two of our investigators come to church yesterday and one of them will be baptized fairly soon.  Fun stuff.  And yesterday we were also able to be fed by one of our members... they fed us some rice balls and palm nut soup.  They also had some crab in it and I ate a huge crab... everything... it was pretty good.  The people here are so nice and sweet... simply love it!
Today we had a sweet District activity... we went to the Crittendens home, they are our office couple, and we watched Ephirium's Rescue... sweet movie!  And then we had this Kenyan dish that one of the elders made us.
So I just want to talk about what I learned from my instruction a little bit, about being a consecrated missionary.  It shows that we must put in all our time, efforts, and heart.  To be consecrate is to give our all... and that is what we all must do... we must give our all to the Lord.  That is how we will receive the greatest blessings and miracles... through being fully consecrated to the Lord.
I love you all and wish you the best of luck with all your endeavors back home!  Love you!
Elder Walston

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Beautiful Week

This week was pretty sweet!  We stayed really busy this week.  On last Wednesday we went on split with our Zone Leaders and I came to Cape Coast with Elder Beck and that was way sweet!  It was weird being in town but at least Cape Coast isn't that huge.  It was fun and we did a lot of work here.  I also had the opportunity of eating octopus. It was fried and it tasted really good!  I liked it a bit.  We also got to fetch water for a elderly member on splits... it was cool to meet her as she was one of the pioneers of the church here in Ghana... way sweet!
Then yeah.... Friday we were in the office all day and then we had to help load up furniture in some of the mission trucks as a new couple is coming up to Praso this next week.  So Saturday morning we spent driving up to Praso with the APs to drop off the furniture.... that took about 5 hours and then Elder McKeon and Elder 'Atu'ake had a baptism that we went to.  There were two people that were baptized, but I feel kind of close to them because I taught them most of the lessons when we were in the threesome together... Love the two of them!
Elder Lee says Hi....
Life is sweet!  We just have to look at the positive things in life.  I was talking to one of our investigators, Gloria, about our ability to choose.  I shared 2 Nephi 2:27... we can choose where we want to go, we just have consequences...  sometimes we are put in difficult situation but we just have to make the best of it.  It is up to us to choose... we have been given that wonderful blessing so we should take advantage of what we have!  We just have to make the most of things!
Love you all!
Elder Walston

Friday, January 17, 2014

My Short Little Note

Hey everyone!  This week has been fun... I got some packages from mom this week!  Thank you!  Today for p-day we went to Cape Coast castle and had a tour through that.  It was cool... definitely sad what happened there.  The rest of the week was fairly normal. The internet is really bad right now and I only have a few minutes left, but I love you all and the Lord does too!  Always remember that.  Take care and I hope that all goes well!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hey everyone!

Hey everyone!  This week hasn't really been all that special... just another week in the office and working here in Nkanfoa.  This last week, in our District Meeting, we talked about loving our companions.  I can definitely see that it is very important, because if you can't teach with the spirit of unity, nothing you do will be as effective as it could have been... when we have that unity, we are able to truly help those that we are teaching.  It was a sweet instruction.  Then just we just went out and proselyted a bit.  Things kind of changed a bit when Elder Merrill came but I guess that is okay because we just have to work together.  This last Saturday was sweet though.... we were able just to teach a little bit but we were also able to serve the people here... we were able to wash one the member's mother's (who is not a member) clothes for here.  Then we also helped a member start to make corn dough from the cobs of corn.  I feel that just service is a wonderful way to show the people that you truly do care and it make you feel good as well.  Some of the best times are when serve the people around you.  So then yesterday, the assistants had us come and help them set up a new spreadsheet for the numbers for this upcoming year... I guess people say that I know how to get around a computer.
So... something I have looked at this week is that sometimes we are required to do things that we simply don't want to do.  Sometimes life is hard, and you don't want to push through, but if you want to benefit from the time that you have at hand, then you need to do it with a glad heart.  Not just do it, but do it because you know that it will make you a better person.  When we do something, especially missionary work, we must do it with all our heart, might, mind and strength.  We need to have all four attributes to successful benefit and achieve the best possible results.  You don't want to do something half good or good enough.  We should do it the best we can and then we will receive the most benefit from it that we can... we are here to improve ourselves and to grow spiritually and physically.  So lets do it.
I love you all so much for everything!  You all are the best!
Elder Walston