Monday, September 30, 2013

Week 68

Dear mother, 
Monday- I don't know if I said this last week but we had an open house in Ofankor. It rained the whole time ha. We were all soaking wet but it was great. President was out too and all wet so that was good to see that he is also willing to do that. 
Tuesday-We had district meeting and that was good. Then I did some baptismal interviews for the assistants. There people were really cool. I also did an interview for Tantra as well. It was a very big lady and she is actually naming her son Nephi so that was pretty sweet. 
Wednesday- We had an open house in Kade. It is pretty far away so it took awhile to get there. They just met in a small rented building but it was still nice and many people were able to come through. We also got some refreshment which consisted of a massive piece of chicken and a mineral. We started the journey back a little late because we picked up the trainers for the trainers council on Thursday. The drive back was crazy, because it had rained a lot the bumps were even worse. But it was good. So we get to our apartment to drop off the assistants and then President pulls me aside and asks me to train a new missionary. So I was very surprised at that. So we had trainers council the next day. It should be exciting. Both of us will be new the area but it should be great. 
Thursday- We saw Rosemary a small girl we prepared for baptism and she is great. Her parents aren't members but she lives by our bishop and her sister is a member. We also had correlation meeting. I took a picture with our assistant ward mission leader and I will try to send it. 
Friday- We had office council and I did some more baptismal interviews so that was good. 
Saturday- We had an open house in Oda and we had to get up very early to be able to get there by 9. it is like a 3 hour drive and the chapel was so beautiful. It was hard to get people to come though because it was far from the main part of the city. It was still fun and right after the open house finished at 12 we made our way down in Accra to another open house in Dansoman. We got there a little late but we still had some good time to contact people and it was also successful. We also had a baptism on Saturday but we missed it but there were some good people and all of them were confirmed on Sunday. Oh we also went to the Oda big tree which is supposed to be the biggest tree in west Africa but I'm not sure, it wasn't that big.  
Sunday- had a great time at church it was sad to say bye to everyone and I am going to miss this ward a lot. 
Well I don't have much time but I will get a new companion on Wednesday and I am hoping a go to Kasoa but I guess we will see. Thanks for everything love you 

Love your son

Monday, September 23, 2013

Week 67

Dear Mother, 
We had another open house today and it was raining pretty good so that was fun and we got nice and wet. I'll have to shine my shoes really well.  
Monday- Went to a members house and I don't know if I told you but they have a monkey that lives in their compound and I think we are planning on teaching the owner so that is nice. 
Tuesday- I did a interview and the person was so sweet. She had such a great testimony. And we got in a car accident on Tuesday as well. I was driving and I am still new to the roads here and driving stick but thankfully it wasn't my fault. No one was hurt but we got a nice dent in the side of the van. So that was kind of exciting. 
Wednesday- We met a women named Gladys. We also met with Richard and he is doing well he just traveled this weekend and didn't tell us but that is ok. He has had a spiritual witness of the Book of Mormon so that is wonderful. 
Thursday- had coordination. Our assistant ward mission leader named Thomas is going to Sierra Leone and he is sweet I love that guy. 
Friday- We had an open house at the temple site. I was able to see President Judd and I saw my son Elder Nelson so that was really nice.   
Saturday- Open house in the bush we also got to play some small basketball so that was good. and we made it back in time for the temple open house as well. 
Sunday- Went to the baptism to the person I interviewed and that was good President Hill was there too so that was good. 
Things are going great we have transfers next week. I am not sure how long I will be here I could leave this transfer but I'm not sure just depends I guess. thanks for everything
Love your son

"an open house in Asunafo it was in the middle of nowhere"

"last week Sunday and brother Dickson he tries to kill us with food"

"me and Elder Christensen. He is pretty sweet and we have become good friends. He wants to go back to Utah State so who knows we might be roommates." 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Week 66

Dear Mother, 
Yeah they are enjoyable nothing too exciting. But I did see a monkey yesterday. We went to the second counselors house in the bishopric and someone that lives in his compound has a pet monkey. But the owner wasn't around so I couldn't play with it but I will try and get a picture. We are reading the BOM with one of our investigators. I was so happy for him he said he prayed about it and got this nice feeling and that after that he wanted to share it will his friends. He said his friends kind of shot him down ha but I know that he knows it's true and he is sweet. It has been really nice reading with him and answering his questions. A guy in our ward leaves for his mission in December so he has be going out with us so that is nice. Tuesday we had an open house in Asunafo and that place is in the middle of nowhere. It is so small. it was a pretty good open house though. And after we got back Tuesday night I went right to Tantra hills to go on an exchange with a new missionary Elder Forrest. It was a good day and we found some good new people. On Thursday we went back to the bush for a mission tour with Elder Vinson. He is really great. It was a nice conference. Then on Friday we had the next conference with everyone serving here around Accra. There were a lot of missionaries there. On Saturday we had an open house in New town and that was fun. Got some good rejections but a lot of people came so it was all good. Yesterday we had a massive banku fm and I thought I was going to die. But it has been a good week and this week looks like it will be pretty exciting as well. We have a temple open house and another open house in the bush. Thanks mom for everything. Things are going great. Love you 
Elder Thornhill

Well we have a washing machine at the office so that is nice. We had a great lesson with Richard this week.Thanks for everything  love you dad. love you dad

Monday, September 9, 2013

Week 65

Dear Mother, 
Monday- We had to get these Ghana government registration cards and it was a mess. We got to the area office around 10 and were there until about 7. But everyone was able to get them so that was good. 
Tuesday- open house in Asuom. It was another fun experience. It was very successful and it was fun to be able to contact a ton of people up there. 
Wednesday-we had the zone leaders from the bush stay with us overnight because of MLC the next day. nothing too exciting. 
Thursday- we meet with Richard and earnest. They are brothers and are really cool. They both read from the Book of Mormon and they enjoyed it.    
Friday- We had office council. And then we went out contacting for the open house that we were having the next day. It was pretty good. 
Saturday- We had the open house from 4 to 7. it was pretty successful and it was fun. There were a lot of missionaries there. Richard came and was helping people with questions they had about the book of Mormon. He is really thinking about the church and I really hope that he progresses to baptism. 
Sunday- church was good Richard didn't come to church because he went with his mom. But we saw him after and so hopefully next week. It rained while we were teaching him. They also made us fufu so that was great. 
Things are going well. I love you mom have a great week. 

Love Elder Thornhill

Monday, September 2, 2013

Week 64

Dearest Mother, 
I am still working through the Doctrine and Covenants and I started the Book Of Mormon again with the student Manuel so that should be great. 
Tuesday- We went to Abomosu for another open house. We contacted for like 3 hours just everyone in the town. I was trying so hard to get people to come. There were actually a lot of people that came. I think like almost 200. It was  great.
Wednesday- We had another open house in North Ridge. This one wasn't as well organized as the ones have been in the bush but it was still a good activity. There were a few members there and we were able to get about 60 people through the open house. I can't remember how many people just blew me off. It was kind of a nicer area but it was still a lot of fun. Our mission President Hill was contacting everyone and so that was cool to see. I think that was my best this week was just contacting for the open houses.
Thursday-We were able to meet some people on Thursday. We met Ray and I just love this guy so much. We had a wonderful lesson with him and we were planning on picking him up for church but he got called into work on Sunday so that was bad. But we have the open house and the whole city of Alajo is going to come ha just kidding but really we are going to invite everyone.
Friday- I did an interview and that was nice. One man was so ready and it was nice to hear his testimony. I love hearing people's testimony and how they joined the church. I love how everyone has different experiences but everyone has that same undeniable belief in Jesus Christ and the  Book of Mormon.
Sunday- was the Sabbath and that was great. We have had an Elder staying with us for the past few weeks before he goes home because it's in a middle of a transfer. We were able to go out with him and he really helped me and really taught me a lot. I am grateful for him and he is actually coming back to Ghana for school in like 3 weeks so I will probably see him again.
I am so grateful for this week and I look forward to this week. I will let you know how it goes and I am excited for it. I love you mom and this church is so true. D&C 101:36
Love Elder Thornhill

dear Dad,
We found some good people this week and I really hope they progress and I hope a ton of people come to the open house. I love those things. They work so well. love you dad. I hope the ward is doing well. Well love you have a great week
Love Your favorite son

Elder Thornhill with his companion

Elder Thornhill with the missionaries in the other ward