Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do

This week we have been experiencing a few problems with our power. We should have access to the electricity for about three hours but it hasn’t not been working. That has made most everything more difficult to do at night. For some reason, I am the only one in the apartment with a flashlight. Someone different is always using it. We talked with President Sayon about it but he was sick last week. He said he would do his best to fix the power today. So that should help.

This week we also had a good investigator that was sick with something called yellowgitis and so we went to visit him Wednesday. I made him a drink that Sister Kirkham has us make every time we are sick. It is a simple hydration formula with salt and sugar. It really doesn’t taste so great but it works. When we got to his house we could see that all the white of his eyes were yellow. He was feeling really sick. Thursday he told us this drink helped a lot.

We had our baptisms on a Friday because of a big district meeting on Saturday and that was something really different. We baptized a boy named Kofi and most of his family is members of the church. We want to talk more with his mom so hopefully she will be home this week. We also baptized a girl named Angel who actually has a very similar story but her mom is already a member. So that was nice.

The missionaries in the Upper Caldwell area let us know of some help that was needed. Saturday our apartment had a service project. We cleaned up the yard for the Branch President of the Upper Caldwell area. We cut the grass and trimmed the bushes. We also made a pathway from the house to the road. On our way to his home we got to see the progress on the Caldwell church building that is supposed to be done by January. That was really cool to see.

My companion, Brother Wallace has had four brothers go on a mission. His family is all members of the church Brother Wallace will go into the Ghana MTC on August 8th. We get along great.

This week was a good week. My companion asked me to make some American food for him. Because I cooked American food it was the first time in a very long time Brother Wallace didn’t eat rice for a whole day. We had mashed potatoes and gravy and turkey sandwiches. I made an apple pie and it was all very good. Even though we have not had light for most of the week we had good food. Everyone in our apartment is from Africa (Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone) and they all like what I made.

Also, something cool this week was we got some coco beans. My companion knows how to make chocolate so we are going to be making homemade chocolate from scratch.

I heard two quotes I liked this week, ” Tough times never last but tough people do.” and “Getting a new calling does not mean you are moving up or down. All it means it that you are moving forward.”

Thanks for everything, Elder Orton

Sister Berrett sent this picture and her email said, "Saw Elder Orton and the Branch Missionary - Brother Wallace - he is training, yesterday at the Caldwell chapel.  They were just heading out for a day of missionary work."

Sister Berrett sent this picture and her email said, “Saw Elder Orton and the Branch Missionary – Brother Wallace – he is training, yesterday at the Caldwell chapel. They were just heading out for a day of missionary work.”

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