Email sent 21 Dec 2009
That means happy christmas in Fante! and it is not pronounced at all how it is spelled, there are some weird ways the ghanains use words and it makes them sound alot different then it actually looks.
ok so this week i have slowly been getting sick... no fun. i think that my body knows that it should be getting colder so i am actually getting a cold right now and a sore throat. :( its kinda annoying having a runny nose all of the time and having to deal with it throughout the day but hopefully it goes away soon.
The week went by really slowly because we have been anticipating so many things to come. This last Wednesday we had a multi zone conference with 2/3 of our mission and President Sabey talked to us about christmas. It was really cool and very spiritual. And then after they had food catered to the chapel we were at and we basically got to eat as much food as we wanted. It was all very good, and we all felt kinda sick after eating so much, but it was definitely worth it!
This week our ward was starting a ward choir so i agreed to play the piano for them... the only problem is my ward has the biggest collection of the worst singers in the world! ha you might think that that is an exaggeration, but it is not... at all. They are not good at all, they sing some songs way to fast and others way to slow and all of them they sing totally off pitch. So that is kind of interesting, me and elder Joseph kind of have to knock them into line so that they don't sound totally terrible! lol
I'm officially 1/6th done with my mission today! thats so weird, i know that there is still alot to go but it does seem like the time is going by pretty fast and im sure it will be over before i know it. We had a cool lesson this week. We were teaching a kid named Tony, he is about 18 years old and we have been teaching him for a little while. We were teaching him Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and the spirit was really strong, during the lesson he asked us the question So is it true that Jesus Christ's church is really back on this earth? i don't know why but i got kinda emotional as i was telling him about everything, and you know me I DON'T CRY, but i was on the verge of tears when i was talking to him. luckily i kept my composure and the Spirit was strong that was a sweet lesson!
So as for the phone call, on Christmas day what we are going to do is our district is going to go carolling in the morning and hand out oranges to different people that should be really fun! then after that we will head back to our apartment. This Christmas President Sabey gave us 5 extra cedis each in our subsistence and told us that we were to make a meal for a family on Christmas. so Me, Elder Joseph, Jackson, and Hill are all working together to make this meal for this family and that will be really cool! so by the time we are done making the meal and everything it will be about 5' o clock. So i will be calling you guys anywhere from 5-6 Ghana time, which i think will be 10-11 AM Utah time. I hope that that is ok! that is the best time that i think we would be able to do it. Im not sure if our calling card works to other countries, but if it does i can maybe call you and then you will be able to call me back using the calling card, but if not that is fine i will buy enough units so that we can talk anyways! We can figure that out when i talk to you :) im really excited to finally talk to you guys again! So i hope that the time is good for you guys, sorry i was so late on getting this information to ya.
Thats so weird to hear about all of these different people getting married and stuff. it feels like my normal life should just be on pause right now, but that is definitely not the case! lol
You had a black baby! (Note: Brandy has an Adult Roles class where they are assigned to bring home a mechanical baby for a weekend and take care of it. It is programmed to act like a real baby - cry, eat, fuss, etc.) lol that is really funny. did the baby cry every time it sees a white person, because that is what most of the black babies do over here! im glad your having a fun time in ceramics, because ceramics is sweet, my goal is to find a potters wheel in Ghana and make something that would be so cool.
Ok so now for the business. Alexis got an autograph of Galen Rupp? freak what is she doing just switching from Luke to Galen... haha but i am actually way jealous that she got an autograph from him so if its possible maybe you could drop a hint that i want one too :) lol
So thats all i have for now, but i will be talking to you guys on FRIDAY!!! im excited for that, hopefully we don't run out of things to say :)
One again we were up to send emails back and forth - here are the follow ups.
We asked him for more details on the phone call for Christmas:
ok for us we are going to have 2 cell phones in our apartment on christmas so the we don't have to worry about the other companionship.. I have to buy a sim card, and some units to call you guys.. everything is prepaid though, and its all pretty cheap so i don't think it will be a problem. You guys don't have to buy a card or anything just sit and wait for the call. i can talk for around 40 minutes so we'll see how long we go!
We asked him about sending pictures:
ill start sending a picture every week it actually doesn't take to long! i just always forget so i will start next week! because the time is almost out and we are going to play football today!
I love you and ill talk to you all on Friday :)