New couple missionaries-"The Zolls" 06/29/11

New couple missionaries-"The Zolls"                              06/29/11

Elder David & Elder Lehr

Elder David & Elder Lehr

Good bye to Pres & Sis Sabey

Good bye to Pres & Sis Sabey

Missing my Silverstone Ward

Missing my Silverstone Ward
Silverstone sticker on back of van

Field Trip....Cape Coast Tomorrow

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Family,

This week kinda sucked. It went so slow and its mostly cuz i was in the apartment sick again. From Wednesday til Sunday i was pretty much in bed except for Sacrament meeting. Elder Harris got a little of it too. The Kiffers and Sis Sabey kinda went crazy trying to help me get better mostly cuz they want us all healthy to go to Cape Coast tomorrow for the mission conference! ELDER HOLLAND! :D Sooo yaa...what a way to celebrate 6 months in Africa. Still went and had some pizza at stadium...of course it gave us all "runny tummy." I still kinda laugh when they call it that here. Besides that things have been good. We finally confirmed that boy nicholas this last Sunday because he came late last Sunday and they have no clue that since he's not a convert baptism that the confirmation can be done at any time.... Ghana is still learning and growing .

Everyone is so excited to go to Cape Coast tomorrow....havent seen most of those guys since the MTC.

I'm sorry im being so short this week...there isnt much to say. Im still in the same area of Asokwa which is nice now because we've gotten to know the members, so its making the work much easier. Transfer news wont come until after the conference probably when we are on the bus going home at like 6-10 ish. President wants us to be focused on the conference and not on who's going where. I love the mission and will never regret my choice of going. I'll be the first to say how difficult it is, but i've learned somethnig valuable from some good parents of mine :D And that is that no matter what, i can control my attitude. No matter what happens here in ghana i just laugh it off. It makes things so much easier. Just forget how hard it is or how much you are suffering from sickness or no electricity or flowing water or ants or las cucarachas... Be grateful to be where you are and to have what you have. A lady in our ward came to us crying telling us her husband hasnt been home for a month and they dont have any food for 6 kids. The son and daughter work over over time (theres no laws regulating slave labor) and they are barely getting by. This was the mom of the boy nicholas that just got baptized. How grateful she is for the gospel and how much it has blessed her life even though she is living in poverty! (even in africa i havent seen this kind of poverty). I think all of us are gunna pay a little bit more generous of a fast offering and ask the bishop to help the family out (theres no home teaching so nobody knows who is suffering and whos not). She was in tears as we brought her some pictures of her sons baptism...I never thought something so small would change a mother's life. She was the less-active who is coming to EVERYTHING even mid-week meetings... I've never been more happy then to see this on my mission. As sick as i am or whatever be the case...Mission is amazing! Thank you so much for helping me get out here!

I love you guys so much and cant believe February is almost over...still waiting for Christmas to come.

Love Elder Lehr

Valentine's Day Talk

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My dearest family.

This week was pretty great! A lot has happened and hopefully i can remember most of it haha. Elder Holland comes next Tuesday and that is the same day as transfers. Hopefully we will know the transfer news before Monday of next week so i can email about it. Either way i don't think im going anywhere...still not sure about E. Akoki or even his companion. Any of us could go, but i doubt it. The ward is really trusting us because we have built good relationships with them and showing them how missionary work is supposed to be done (side by side with members). We seem to have a whole lot more member present lessons and lots more referrals ever since that Elias goal which made us get into members homes and serve them. President really knows what he is doing haha. This Sunday will be 6 months...can you even believe it? I cant....its amazing. That hymn keeps going through my head..."Wake up and DO something more, then dream of your mansion on high....doing good is a pleasure..." Hahaha, that song is motivating. It's what E. Akoki plays almost everyday becuz he cant even believe its almost 9 months for him. Asokwa ward used to suck...not even joking. Elder Akoki and Adjeifio really turned that around and now we are all benefiting from it. The members never used to trust missionaries and now they asked us to give talks!!! 20 mins each!! and they told us Wednesday night this last week! Hahaha...be prepared i guess. E. Akoki and I stepped up and did it. It went pretty good. E. Akoki spoke about the "tribe" of Jesus Christ and how when you become a member of this church you have to leave all old traditions behind if they are contrary to commandments or the church. It was good. It was Valentines day so i spoke about love... hahaha. The Love of God. and the 2 great commandments in Matthew 22. It was alright lol. Nothings changed...still write my talks last minute, either night before or in the morning. BUT I dont have LDS.com to help me out haha. Sunday was a pretty crazy day... we are going to start preparing some members to go to the temple. Their trip is in march so we are trying to get at least 4 new people to go who haven't been. I'm pretty pumped about it lol. It ll be so awesome to see people go to the temple even if its baptisms. :D  Bounti was sustained in priesthood to recieve the Aaronic about a month ago and they still hadn't gotten around to doing it so i talked to bishop and he said "oh ya! Bring him in now." So he received the priesthood yesterday. It was awesome...i really want him to go to the temple for baptisms this trip. That'd be sweet!

I cant wait to go to Cape Coast and possibly see the beach, see all the other Elders in the mission, most of whom i have never seen before since kumasi is a mission of its own up here. It feels weird knowing my way around all of Kumasi and knowing which tro-tros to take and which ways are fastest to go and at what times to stay away from traffic. I never thought this day would come haha. Its going to be so weird coming home and seeing so many white people haha. Ive been changed, I am now the one yelling Obrunee at the white people we pass by or something. Hahaha everyone in the tro-tro usually gets a huge laugh out of that. Its funny when we pass a small group of kids playing football and i call for the ball...they all marvel that a white man can play football hahaha. Elder Clements is probably annoyed with me stopping and playing for a min or so but hey, its a commandment from my bishop hahaha. The people always smile and love when they see an obrunee playing with them or speaking their language. Its definitely a missionary tool haha.

I'm glad i wasn't there for Tine driving the rest of the trip home...scary!  Still cold weather?? I cant even imagine cold...always hot here still lol. I cant wait for rainy season, I'm getting sick of it being "dry" and dusty. I'm so jealous that the winter Olympics are on...we were at a members house last night and the news station for Ghana said that Ghana's first ever winter Olympic athlete qualified!! It was hilarious! Hes skiing for Canada hahaha. We all cracked up. And yes Elder Holland is stopping in Ivory Coast for 2 days before he comes to Cape Coast :D :D  I heard there is another general authority coming to KUMASI in March!! I don't know what for or who but that's just what president quietly mentioned to us here in Kumasi haha. It should be sweet, if I'm here. Never know.

Well, i love you guys so much and cant believe February just started and in two weeks is over...that's crazy. March is almost here haha. Mission is flying by and i hope it all goes this fast. Fast is good. It means work is getting done. I love missionary work, its so rewarding both to others and to me. I can see my relationship with my Father in Heaven growing so much. I really do trust Him and rely on Him almost completely, I'm working on that haha. I have felt the peace and comfort that come from the Savior's Atonement. What a wonderful feeling to feel uplifted and empowered by the Spirit. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and there is no way anyone can come to the full truth without reading it. Its the center of missionary work (besides service of course). I love seeing people embrace the Book of Mormon and realize how much it talks about Christ and seeing their words and actions and life-style change. Its incredible. I love doing the Lord's work, what a blessing! Thank you mom and dad and teachers and leaders for helping me to gain a testimony and to have a desire to serve the Lord in this capacity. I am so grateful for that. I love you mom and dad. You guys are an amazing team and someday i want my marriage to be like that. Tine and Bug... keep fighting through high school because adult life isn't any easier hahaha. I love you guys so much!

Love, Elder Lehr

Two Weeks til Cape Coast,,,will I see the coast?

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Family,

This week has flown by!!! Wow...seems like the last 3 weeks have gone crazy fast. So the goal is officially finished for us! YA!! Elder Clements baptized Nicholas yesterday and it was awesome. I'm so excited to finally have that pressure of the goal off of us haha. The end of the goal is the 28th of this month. Besides the baptism there isn't anything all that special...same ole missionary stuff every week. One week closer to Elder Holland and transfers will most likely be on that day. I don't think I'm going anywhere again but you never know with president and the Lord. My guess is that E. Akoki will leave since its like 9 months in one area. I'll be 6 months here in two weeks...doesn't even seem like its been that long, wow I need to start working a thousand times harder if its going to go this fast. Looking forward it seems like forever but looking back its way too fast. I love the work and feel like I'm really close with the members and my apartment. Elder Akoki is teaching me a lot haha....hes not even my companion but he is always relating things to parables and scriptures and its helping me to learn the Bible and to be able to quote scriptures at appropriate times. Its funny.

I have learned so much since I've been here...one thing is about the "Parable of the Stoney ground." Its something that the Elders here in Asokwa apartment have created. The Ghanaian people are the best at it. Its all about patience and karma lol. Remember how easy it was to make me mad or upset and id pop off the first thing that came to mind...well I've been working on it everyday and catching myself and I've gotten a lot better at controlling my thoughts and feelings. Its definitely not easy and im nowhere near perfect but im working on it lol. Its a Christ-like attribute that is freakin hard to perfect, hmm ya that was a stupid comment, all of them are hard to perfect haha.

Sense i publicly chastised my Bishop I'm going to take the time now to publicly apologize and thank him for writing me (5 1/2 months after i left). Hahaha love ya Bishop.

2 weeks until Elder Holland...I'm still excited. The mission conference will be awesome too...never know, I might just be staying in Cape Coast since that is transfer day. Either way it'll be great and maybe I'll get to see the beach if im lucky. I thought it was a Cape "Coast" Mission not a big city dry land. I want it to be done with the dry season...it's hotter then normal this week. Sister Kiffer said it was around 110 with humidity the last few weeks. YA!! Try proselyting all day in that!!! Its a good thing we have air conditioning and clean running water in the apartment...wait...we dont! Hahaha...Life in africa is always interesting and if its not one thing its the other but hey...at least I'll know how to live off of nothing and survive life after mission when I'm a student and especially the first long while of marriage til things get more comfortable...won't happen for a while so might as well get used to it and love it now! :D

I am so glad that we have the truth...how lost we would be without it. Its going to be amazing and well worth all that we do to live with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ and with each other! I cant even imagine how much we'll love and enjoy that. I will definitely lay down my life for my Heavenly Father, even if that means giving up the things of the world, that look so appealing. My view of life and the world has changed so much in a short time...its all about becoming like our Father in Heaven, whatever that takes!! Its really hard to accomplish it, near impossible. But we have the Atonement of Jesus Christ that gives us light and hope, comfort and peace. Its eternal. Its all up to us now, whether we will go down that path with the Iron Rod or not.

I love you guys so much and cant believe that in 18 months I'll see you again. I've gotten get going haha, the work is endless especially in this country. So many people everyday who don't have what I have and I've got to help them one by one. This work is incredible. Its divine and I love being a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its turning me into a better person and I'll I'm doing is serving and teaching people. Everything else including my family is being taken care of.

Love Elder Lehr

PS: Thank you family and friends for the letters and emails, I'll be writing you soon.

yes mom i got that flat rate envelope this last week! THANKS!! Envelopes are great and there is no duty but i really want that slice n dice thing hahaha. AND JARED TO FREAKIN WRITE ME!!! OR ANY UNCLE FOR THAT MATTER! IVE WRITTEN THEM ALL A FEW TIMES. Atleast rachel wrote back to the letter in an email lol....MY UNCLES SHOULD KNOW HOW IT IS TO GET MAIL! FREAKIN GUYS. hahaha.

Elder Holland is coming to Cape Coast

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Family,

Ghana is still here....even though the whole country was depressed for losing the Final game of the African cup of nations to Egypt. I thought it was funny. We told a few of the less-actives that we have been working with they lost because they didnt come to church hahaha. We have a good relationship with them so its not as harsh as it seems haha. This week has flown by sooo fast!! We are baptizing Nicholas for the goal this Sunday and we found out that ANOTHER one of our less-active referrals wants to be baptized...maybe this Sunday too but if not then the following Sundays and other elders that are struggling with the goal will baptize him so we can accomplish the goal by the end of this month! I cant believe its already February! Elder Clements and I are trying to do a lot more home teaching instead of finding investigators because that is what this ward is lacking and need huge help.

This last week we all found out some pretty HUGE information that will make you all soooo dang jealous hahaha. I love being a missionary. Who else is called Elders in our church? You might be thinking Apostles??? WELL YOURE RIGHT!!!!  Our mission is having a mission conference February 23 in Cape Coast with ELDER HOLLAND!!!!!! Elder Snow and Elder Holland will speak to just our mission well at a time!! First they will go to Ivory Coast....maybe Elder Legere has said something? Then they'll come to our mission!! I'M SO STOKED!!! First of all....APOSTLE....second....ELDER HOLLAND (my favorite if I'm allowed to have favorites) Third....MISSION CONFERENCE in CAPE COAST! Ive never been there. AND I get to see all the other Elders in our mission! It will be so sick!!

Its funny how you said Bishop just challenged you to read the Book of Mormon cuz thats what Elder Clements and i started doing to recent converts... we challenged them 2 pages a day and the good part is that we are doing it with them! :D  So far its working but we'll see how well they keep promises and step up to challenges. Ive had a weird feeling lately like someone in our apartment is going to be transferred...its like our apartment is too close to each other haha. I swear there is no other apartment that is as good as friends as we are haha. Its definitely a good thing.

I am so excited for the mission conference! ELDER HOLLAND!! THATS RIGHT! I have to rub it in while i can! :D 

This week went kinda fast....no crazy people bothering us. OH! There is a guy named George that stopped his car as we were walking. He called us and told us he has a friend in the US who told him he should learn about this church so he decided to stop us and now we are teaching him. Hes really smart and asks really good questions. He came to church yesterday so we're working with him :D  That's how contacting is in this country.... :D  The Lord really knows me too well, this is why i was sent here.

Anyways, I love you guys so much and cant wait to get your letters. I dont have much to say cuz nothing has really changed except E. Clements and i are getting to be dang good cooks or maybe its just that we are starving and have to eat it so everything tastes good. Either way, it tastes good to us! :D  I love you and miss you guys so much, dont worry the day will come soon. Ill try to take pictures with or of Elder Holland if i can! :D :D :D  SUCKERS! :D

Love, Elder Lehr! I gained weight!! Ya right... :D