Email sent 14 Dec 2009
So it is getting closer and closer to Christmas time! and really nothing is changing about Ghana. Its kind of weird to know that back home it is snowing and doing all of these crazy things that have to do with winter, but over here they don't really even acknowledge that christmas is coming. The only sign we have that it is drawing near is now they have changed the plastic coke bottles they sell and they now have a black santa on them which i thought was pretty funny. I am going to buy one just so i can have the wrapper with the black Santa on it!
So last week was way sweet! i told you that we were playing Cape Coast in football and that we won, but after we went to buy our things the best thing happened! We were at the local supermarket and we were looking around, and low and behold what did i see? Mountain Dew! ha apparently they have mountain dew here so obviously you know me! i bought 7 of them, one for every day of the week. i had to take advantage of the oppurtunity because i don't know if they will have it again this week, but we will see later!
This week we had the craziest thunder and lightning storm that i have ever seen or heard! As we were starting to go to bed we could tell it might rain but didn't really think anything about it, but at about 2 in the morning we here it start pouring rain and lightninging a ton! The lightning was so much that it would light up our whole room very clearly every single time. Then came the loudest thunder that i have ever heard. It really felt like an earthquake because the thunder was so loud it made our whole house shake, so this continued for about an hour and we were just up watching and listening to it because noone could sleep because it was too loud. But it was fun so i didn't care.
We had one baptism this week! The kids name is Cyprian that we baptized and he is a way solid kid. i was very happy that we were able to baptize him because we were even teaching him when Elder Hurst was here and he has been coming to church every sunday now and has a way solid testimony. The baptismal service was way spiritual which is different from most baptisms here, the talks were very good and you could just feel the spirit. I was the one performing the baptism this time and we had a little problem. The water in the font had only filled about to our knees so the water was really low, so when i baptized him i pretty much had to lay him down on the bottom of the font! lol but it worked out and i got him fully submerged the first time, i was pretty proud of myself!
My favorite scripture hero.. hmmm there are so many cool ones its hard for me to choose just one. But as for just a strictly cool guy it would have to be Ammon, or Teancum because both were crazy good warriors and also had a very strong testimony. But also i would say Moroni because of what he had to go through being the last righteous person and pretty much living out his days by himself, i really respect him for that!
We do indeed have a freezer, it is not totally uncivilized out here like you might think mom. LOL we actually have two normal fridges in our apartment and each of them have freezers.
It sounds like its getting really cold at home! i am ashamed to say that i do actually get cold some nights, its probably like 70 degrees or something like that but sometimes i feel like it gets cold, i couldn't imagine going home to 0 degree weather and snow! for now i am content living here in the heat. but i am glad that it is snowing so that dad can get lots of plowing to do. Ebay seems to be working out good for you! maybe you can start a business and start making tons of money on it! that would be really cool. i am amazed also at how well i have actually been able to play the piano here, because back home i had problems sight reading alot of the hymns, but now im really now having trouble at all and have been able to play most of them pretty well, even if i have never heard the hymn before. But that doesn't stop my ward from singing terribly... ha the Kojokrom ward i think is a little tone deaf but thats ok they try.
I miss Ceramics, next time you are sending pictures to me make sure to send some pictures with you and your ceramics stuff in there because i wanna see how your doing and see if you are good or if your just lying to me. lol jk i believe you i just wanna see your stuff! Also im pretty sure that i answered that Question in the letter that i wrote home to you guys, so if you get that letter, and if it is not answered in that then ill answer it, so youll just have to wait :) oh and tell Karen that i haven't gotten her letter yet so its not my fault that i haven't written her back yet!
Also be careful driving, you are already the first of the kids to get in an accident so make sure you don't repeat that ok :) just be a good driver and make good decisions and think if Quinton was driving right now would he do this thing, and if the answer is yes you can do it! but if its no, then you should definitely steer away from that thing! lol
Thanks for everything. i sent Elder Joseph the message that you sent me, so he will be writing you back probably next week!
I love you,
Email received 14 Dec 2009 from Quinton's companion Elder Joseph Oghenemine - Quinton calls him Elder Joseph
I am privillede to be with your son on same mission and even be his companion
my family is made up of my mother and a step-father who are both memeber of the church and an elderly step-brother who is currently on the Ghana Accre mission.
I was born and brought up in Nigeria with my father and mother but my father die when i was just 9 year.
i just the church throught my step father who bring all my family to the church in 2002 i was baptise in 24 november 2002.
The climate with Ghana is almost the same.
The system of schooling in Nigeria is 3-6-6 from nusery to high school.
i live in a city called Warri.
my father is a carpenter but i tach in a computer firm before i came on mission.
Mission is only challeging when you do not work but as you put your self in it the challeges become lessons and learning the language of the Ghanans
Have a wonderful proselyting day and my mission prisedent advise