Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 5, 2011, email highlights

Hey Mom and family! Everything is fine here. Lauren's baptism sounds awesome wish i coulda been there, and you just had to talk about enchiladas huh? oh i want some so bad!!! i wish we could make enchiladas but we can't. No tortillas, it's a bread shop, like bread made in a coal iron stove outside then put in their house. They don't make anything else, it's not really a store, just bread bread or more bread ahaha. I got the pics Lauren looks good and so do u and dad:) best looking family i've seen in a while! haha.
I haven't done much today. Every first Monday of the month we have to deep clean the apartment, which is easy. I haven't gotten the other package yet but i'll let u know when i do. I am going to be sending u one too:)) be ready for Africa in an envelope haha!!
We haven't really gone sight seeing on our p-day. Sight seeing is work haha so we work and sight see when we are working. It's cool but we just walk, walk, walk, and walk some more. We ride taxis and tro tros. Tro tros are vans like our taxi cabs that are full of random people it's weird!!! but ya i had a bike but i broke mine they are crappy and i was riding mine and the pedal broke and the handle bar literally broke in half haha, crazy, huh? but we just walk alot. Fufu is getting better, i guess, i still just wanna chew it! We eat with the members all the time now:). They are looking for better bikes for us now but idk when we will get them but we r just walking now.
Guess what? i was sick, had some tummy problems but i'm all better now:) and oh i got hit by a car.....

(insert Mom freaking out now)

I am still taking my meds i was sick just cuz of the food change but i'm fine now. and ya i got hit by a car just my back... it hurts but i'm ok, luckily i had syrup and oil and a bunch of stuff in my bag, but i'm fine:)
We have taught alot and we have 4 baptism this Saturday the 10th.
My time is out mom i have to go i love you have a good week. I emailed Dad tell him hi and happy birthday love you:)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

highlights Tuesday, November 29, 2011 e-mail

Hey mom. sorry i was so busy yesterday so i can email today but how are u? things here are beautiful and sweet ha i love it hmm i think? but ya:) i miss u all and love u all.  but u will never guess what i had for thanksgiving dinner:)
We bought a chicken, killed it deep fried it then made rice and potatoes and hot dogs mmmm such a feast:)))
We went down to Cape Coast yesterday and played footballlllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on the beach:) ahah ya it was so much fun!!
We have an apartment, its like a little house with 2 bedrooms, tile floors, a kitchen, bathroom and eating room and its cool i guess. not like all... but we are around a bakery and there are lots of kids everywhere haha so its cool. the bakery sells just bread, nothing else no cookies here or anything sweet just wanna be ice cream:/
My fante name is quacey potokoo (qua-cey Po-tae-koo) means sunday born wolf or sunday born beast/wild animal:)) its perfect ahha!!
I'm loving it here, the beauty and the people are amazing but i miss alot back home and i hate hand washing my clothes. i hand washed yesterday and made my hands bleed:(( not fun and i have blisters on my feet that hurt so bad:((
I made a list of things to send me:)
hair clippers, maybe salt sugar seasoning, more tigers milk bars more twizzlers like the big package hah tootsie rolls:)) the green apple caramel suckers, skittles, chips, mike n ikes:) maybe more jerky and peanut butter too, and some grape jelly if u can that would be amazing because its so expensive here:/ lined notebook paper alot please, maybe more stamps too, pictures of the house, u guys, my truck, etc. and make sure you put all these things in ziplock bags even if they are already bagged up :)
The Fante language here is hard to learn but i am ok with it. they speak ok english here.
I love you all be safe I have to go now:/ i love you!!!! be safe i work hard and pray for u all every night. kia kaha!!!!!

Highlights from E-mail, Monday, November 21, 2011

Hey Mom! Monday is my p-day it's sweeeeeeettt! It's 1525 now and we just played bball so far, next week maybe American football!! I bought a sweet nba jersey cheap 8 dollars, 11 cedis:)
I love my area now it was rough the first day but its sweet now. My companion is sweet i like him alot, hes cool hes like me we have alot in common. He's a country boy who likes to do work and he is a good teacher. we do cook for ourselves mostly. The fufu i had last night with fish head and crab and chicken stew it was ok. i think im just sayin that cuz im hungry! and we live with two other elders, elder Dodd who is from Utah and elder Kebee from Sierra leone. I also got ur package already just fyi and i love you mmmm u have no idea how much u saved me!!!!! but my next package u should send it in the pouches or letters not boxes. u can send plenty of letters for cheaper. i have to pay a 13 dollar duty on the box but the pouches/letters whatever they r that r flat rate have no duty. just make sure u put everything in a ziplock bag please.
I am eating alot of wanna be top ramen, eggs, and bread.  i only drink water here or expensive soda cuz its imported, but no milk or cereal. The milk is expensive, like 15 cedis. I have had fufu twice and its okay ha its weird to swallow and the crab is yummy, fish head is ok, but the crab here so far is yummy but like i said my companion is so sick!! We are saving the potatoes for a special day Thanksgiving we will pig out. But they don't celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas or Halloween here so i need candy. they don't sell it here.
Ghana is okay still nothing like home. im going to wash my clothes today by hand for the first time. we will see how it goes. i rolled my ankle playin ball. sucks. All the other elders like me, hah im the big man! the heat im getting used to.
We are having a baptism on saturday this week maybe 2, a small boy we r teaching Jr, ready to be baptized just need to brush up on things. We r teaching about 7 people and all possible baptisms soon:) i am eating my vitamins, and i sleep under a net. idk how much longer i can be on here but the cafe is a hole in the wall literallyyyyy. thats why i cant send pics sorry. hah ummmm idk what else u wanna know but i hope Lauren's bday was awesome. im glad u got my letters i sent more i love you guys so much and am so thankful for u all!!! i miss u and happy birthday mom and eat plenty for me. i will write some phrases down for u next week to learn:) i love you all be safe today. love u!!!!!!!!!!!muahhhh

E-mail November 17, 2011

Hey mom and family! i love you all so much and i am so grateful for everything you have given me. Africa is tough it is kicking my butt big time. it's hot, the food sucks, not alot of clean water and the power goes out alot so no fan:( but the good things are the weight loss (hopefully), the walking, the tanning, and learning things for myself. But also giving people the opportunity to hear the gospel and how true it is!! We are about to baptize a sister and we just got a new investigator today. They speak Fante here, not Twi, which blowwwwwsss hah. It's hot and wet but ok i guess.....had fufu didn't like it much hopefully it will change though hah. I'm serving in the Makessim area, but ya ha im here by the ocean humid and hot as ever. Everyone calls me big white man hah it's funny. I have a sick companion his name is Elder Coleman Hunt he's from Washington State, Seattle, he's my age and a country boy but he's tight and he's only been out for three months ha crazy, huh? but im goin to be teaching a new companion in 3 months also so crazy, hah, im scared. The language they speak is hard and difficult to understand. i hope u get my letters and i hope i get ur package soon if u send it flat rate i don't have to pay a duty just fyi. aha, but i love you all and i hope all is well. Tell Dad i love him and thanks for everything i miss you guys so muchhhhhhhhhh. i know the church is true. everyday i open my eyes and am so happy and scared and thankful i honestly want to just cry sometimes. but something the pres assistant said is real mean or strong men stay here. babys and whimps go home. i am strong i am true and i will stay! i will be an amazing missionary!!!!! Tell everyone hi and i love them. Talk to you soon muah happy late bday Lauren!!!

E-mail November 13, 2011

Hey mom how are you guys all doing? I will be leaving the MTC in about 2 days. I am so excited!! I can't wait to get out of here. I don't like the MTC anymore. Me and my companion are great. He's a great guy and a funny kid. idk if I can print out all the pics I took for him so I might have to send him the pics when I come home from my mission. I can't stand sitting in the dumb stupid class rooms any longgggeerrrr. It sucks. I love it here thou its a lot of fun but i seriously just want to go out and teach already!! I can't express to you how ready I am. I've learned so much about teaching and it's sweeettttt. The  biggest thing I have learned is that you must teach the people and not worry about teaching them the stupid lessons. It's about the investigator's needs and what pertains to their life, not the words on the page!
I sent u guys all letters so let me know when u get them. Sami did write me i got her email. I wanna know when u send the package pleaseeee. I didn't want a big fan, just a little like portable one that uses batteries itd be great!! But tell Dad and everyone hi for me and that i love them. Tell the extended family, too.
The temple was great and we had a great time and i got some sweet stuff for cheap:)) i got the b of m cd set and the new testament cd set, two b of m and 2 of the children b of m readers for 5 dollars!!!!!!!!!! crazyyyy its so cool though:) im not coming home with really anything i brought i am going to buy some sweet stuff here:) uggh I'm ready to leave here cuz the French r annoying me hah. But i don't know when i'll be able to email again because i am leaving the MTC the 16 so i am out of here. I don't know where i'm serving or my new companion but i've met some pretty awesome kids here that i won't ever forget! It's going to suck saying bye to them. I've been playing alot of soccer during exercise. Anyway, im lost in which questions i've answered and which ones i havent so im sorry if i didn't answer all of them but im out of time. Tell Lauren happy birthday and i love here and im sorry im not there. i love and miss you all so much. hope ur not having too much fun cleaning without me:) haha love you all!