You've gotta love Africa

You've gotta love Africa
Elder Chambers and Elder Kivaya in Oda

Going to Save the World

Going to Save the World
Elder Donovan Chambers

Monday, July 19, 2010

19 July 2010

Hey everyone! I got the package you guys sent. Thanks so much for the things. I can't wait to try the mashed potatoes next sunday for dinner. Also thank Iszie for the letter she sent me. Another thing, I can't find my debit card, so I don't know if maybe dad could withdraw the money from the account or something. And Mom, you can go ahead and just send what you want to Sis. Potter. Just tell them I love them and to keep up the good work. And that I'm doing great. Anyway this was my last week with Elder Stout. He left this morning at 8. The Oda Elders came to be here in Asamankese until Wednesday, when my new companion will be brought. Everyone was really sad to see him go and said that they hoped he had taught me everything he knows. They're already missing him and he's already missing them. The big event of the week was Zone Conference yesterday. We went up to Koforidua and received some nice instruction. They taught a lot about planning ahead and about enduring to the end of our missions. Also we really learned the importance of exact obedience. President Smith also announced that the mission and the church will be changing some of the ways missionary work is done. We'll now be doing zone conferences and interviews only once a quarter instead of every transfer. Also our goals setting and reporting and planning will be for a monthly basis not a transfer basis. Also the way they teach at the MTC and the way we train in the field are being changed. They've come up with 8 new teaching principles that they'll focus on in the MTC instead of learning the first three lessons. So in the next few months we'll be getting trained and learning all these new things. And in the end all will be better. Anyway life is going well. I love you guys a ton. I can't wait to see what this week will hold. Hopefully my new companion is pretty sweet. Love, Elder Chambers

Monday, July 12, 2010

12 July 2010

Hey everyone! I love you guys. I hope you have been enjoying your summer so far. It's been nice and cool the past few weeks here in Ghana. Kind of rainy as well, too though. Anyway we had a nice week. Just the normal stuff this week. A whole bunch of walking and teaching and walking. It rained really heavily a few different times. I think on like wednesday night or so the main junction was all flooded and a truck went into the gutter and stopped up traffic. On Friday we went to Kade and it started raining at about 3 and continued all day until Saturday. This made Elizabeth get stuck in the village she traveled to so she missed her baptism. Fortunately we were able to make it happen on Sunday for her. She was soo happy. It was a sweet baptism. We had it right after branch 1's block of meetings which is at the same time as branch 2's investigator class. So we had a baptism for investigator's class. It was quite the spiritual class. Hopefully we'll give a few of them their own baptismal dates in the coming week. Speaking of the coming week, it is Elder Stout's last week. So he's a bit stressed. It's going to be really hard for him to leave, but he's excited to go home as well. Which means that next week by wednesday I'll have a new companion, and maybe some other changes as well. This week will be zone conference on saturday up in Koforidua. It sounds like you guys had a fun trip to Utah. I hope you enjoyed it. Well, I miss you guys. Love you a ton. Love, Bradford

Monday, July 5, 2010

5 July 2010

Hey everyone I hope you guys had a great week. Hopefully it wasn't too hot there in Utah for you. This week went pretty well here. We went to Kade every day last week except for Monday, so a lot of time sitting in trotros. On Wednesday the zone leaders came down with us to do splits. Then on Friday Elder Kivaya had to come and do our last baptismal interview for the week so I was in Oda with Elder Moses. Saturday we had a great baptism for Frank and his wife, Hagar and also for Phillip. All of them were in Kade. They were all really excited to finally be baptized. On sunday they all bore their testimonies in sacrament meeting. We also had an investigator in Kade bear his testimony in sacrament meeting so that was great too. Things are still moving along here in Asamankese. On sunday we had a lot of new people at church so hopefully they'll all be able to continue to progress. On saturday it seemed really hot, but I saw the weather today and I guess it'll only be mid 80s this week. Hopefully without too much rain. At the moment Elder Stout and I are looking at all our investigators, trying to be proactive and see who maybe we can give baptismal dates to. Right now we have one woman with a date, Elizabeth, but we aren't sure if she'll be baptized on time or not. I think this is the third time she's been given a date. Well I love you guys a lot. I'm really learning a lot and building my testimony. Keep the faith. Have a great week! Love, Elder Chambers