President Heid allowed my companion and I to go to the temple to witness our Branch President be sealed to his wife and his family and the Elder Quorum President be sealed to his wife and his family! For me, this was a chance in a lifetime to witness such a special moment. I know it was something that I will never forget. I saw a lot of what happened on Saturday as a miracle. I have had the opportunity to go to and in the temple a few times since I have come to Ghana but I have not had the opportunity to do an Endowment session since I left the MTC so this was kind of a big deal to me. It was a very wonderful and unique experience to go through the temple and feel that peace and quiet that you can only find there. I learned so much going through the temple. I had been wanting to go for so long so that when this chance came I tried to really absorb as much as I could.
The Branch President and his family were so happy. His three little kids were so reverent and quiet and that is very abnormal for those active kids. It was so cute to see how they reacted to it all. While at the temple I was also able to see Elder and Sister Barrett again. This was a surprise because they were transferred to the Ghana Accra West Mission so I didn’t know if I would see them again but then I did. They are wonderful.
This week Elder Jorgensen had a few sick days and we had to cancel some appointments but thankfully he is better now allowing us to get back to our normal schedule.
Sunday was a little disappointing because so many of our investigators were not able to come to church this week. Still, a few came, so at least they were able to receive those blessings and feel the spirit. During our Sacrament meeting both Agahtos and Ikes got up to share their testimonies about the temple. You could just see the light in their eyes as they spoke of how much this all meant to them. Sister Agahto, the wife to the Elders Quorum president, said she had no idea why she hadn’t done this sooner. She also said, “If I had known how much I was missing out on by going to the temple then I would have gone a long time ago.”
Our area, Tema New Town 2, is still doing well and I am confident it will continue that way.
I don’t really need to speak Twi fluently. I am learning it. I am expected by most of the locals to know when they are speaking to me in Twi and a majority of them expect me to at least reply to their greetings. Knowing Twi is also helpful when I go to buy things because if I communicate in Twi then they know I have been here for a while and will not rip me off. If you only speak English they will give you higher prices.
I also had someone share this quote with me and I thought I would share it with you:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.
-This version is credited to Mother Teresa because it was found written on the wall in her home for children in Calcutta.