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

and the baptisms continue............. 05/23/11

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Hey fam,

This week has been sweet. We had a meeting last week with the ward missionaries talking to them about referrals and this week we gained 4 powerful referrals that we were able to meet with. 2 of them are a husband and wife and the husband came to church yesterday then we met with him after church in his mom which is surrounded by members! Im so stoked for them! haha. 3 other referrals are these young guys in their junior year who are best friends with a ward missionary gideon who was baptized less than a year ago! He's powerful. 2 of the 3 seem very interested and serious, the other guy, henry will be a little bit more difficult to work with but its good for him to see his friends accepting it, that will help him see the light. The man who has been coming to church the last 6 months, Baffur came to church and we have finished teaching him the Restoration and Plan of Salvation and he is loving it and wanting to be baptized. The other elders in ward 2 are having a baptism this sunday so we will bring it up to him and see if it is too soon or if he wants it to be this coming sunday! We are going there wednesday and friday and possibly saturday if he needs to be interviewed for baptism. He's a very intelligent and wealthy older man who lived in an area near Asokwa in kumasi and couldnt come to church there because of his job but now that he lives here he can go to church on sundays and he was very excited to get away from kumasi for that reason haha. I named a few companies near his home in kumasi and he was so suprised i knew where he had lived haha.

Florence and Cecilia are doing well, they've been in the church for 2-3 months now and loving it still. They come to church almost every week. My companion was asked to give a talk on saturday for sundays sacrament meeting....last minute? haha but its ok the missionaries can DO ANYTHING. The women in the church even believe that we are more worthy and prepared to give their children priesthood blessings than their husbands.....this is something we are trying to change here!!! I was also asked on that saturday to teach elders quorum class....better than speaking in my opinion haha. I talked about the Fall of Adam and Eve and how it was necessary and a few of the bretheren had some wierd ideas that the Fall changed God's plan, meaning satan frustrated the plan a little bit and God's back up plan came into affect. I explained from scriptures how everything is done in the wisdom of Him who knows all things and it pretty much straightened their twisted theory out. Its kinda sad how people can be in the church for so many years and now fully understand basic standards and doctrines of the church. I used the same outline Elder Holland used when he spoke to us last year Feb. Its a sweet and simple outline that works well when teaching the Fall and the Atonement. I love it. It was wierd how everyone looked at me funny when i started talking about how the Atonement helps us to become exalted like God and how we can have all the He has.....It was like they had never heard that before. It was an awkward ending to the lesson. haha.

Besides the weekly stuff, our zone is finished with the goal, not for long im sure....transfer news are next monday and im sure we'll get 3-4 elders who havent yet finished and we'll have to send some more families to be sealed. Bring it on, Foso is powerful. I hope you have a good week and STOP counting the days!!! haha. Love you!

Love Elder Lehr

Food at PEC....there's a thought 05/16/11

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Everything is pretty good, we had more food at our PEC meeting on sunday and walked into a baptism....a guy who has been coming for months but for some reason everyone thought he was a member, so we will start teaching him the lessons this wednesday and have a baptism in two weeks i bet. Transfers are two weeks from today, the 30th. I hope im staying since i havent been here for more than 5 months but you never know, things happen. This week we had a meeting with all the ward missionaries to plan an activity and also to talk about how we can get more investigators...im sure after this week we'll have at least 4 referrals so that will be sweet. Much better than no help at all! :D Its almost like if the members feel like its been too long since they've seen a baptism they start sending referrals towards the missionaries. Its funny but its like hey, we wish we could of had these earlier haha. We played football today, elder ikor wanted to play really hard since its his last game against us haha. He seems so ready to go but hasnt stopped working hard just yet! He's a funny little guy.

Love you guys, not much else to say!
Elder Lehr

Whining......... 05/02/11

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Concussion?? what the heck?? Thats crazy! I want pictures of the prom!! Dont mail them....email them im not here much longer. haha. my last phone call has finally come....and i dont want to spend a lot of money this time so itll be shorter and probably be on speaker for everyone to hear me ok? Just wait out 3 months like i have to ok?? Be strong! :D and please stop being sick!! What will the family do without you up and going?? Get the rest you need...remember it takes 7 days with or without medicine...grandma says so. I am doing just fine...honestly. Im over the sickness completely. My toe is probably like my finger except it healed correctly, well atleast its still healing, im sure its broken, nothing i can do about it. It doesnt hurt unless i pull on it so ill stop pulling on it. Im a little irritated with having to deal with zone leader stuff....planning pday activities that nobody wants to do and if i do nothing then everyone gets bored, theres no winning with whiney missionaries. An apartment's electricity will be out for over a month so we have to move them to an apartment in fosu, so dealing with that is a lot of fun. And an elder's money is missing and is blaming his companion and his companion claims he didnt do it and is mad for being blamed so thats a problem... all 3 of the apartments in this area are almost completely out of propane and the place to fill it has been out so that is a problem, so we are carrying 3 or so tanks with us on a tro tro to trade with some elders in cape coast tomorrow, then head to zone council and talk about the goal that should of been completely finished by today but two of the other elders families arent going for a couple weeks, they out of the blue changed their minds. But hey atleast our family is at the temple right this second sealing their marriage!! Exciting! And then we have to deal with all of the money for paying bills. Just stupid stuff that i wont have to deal with, missionaries acting like little selfish kids, im sorry for ever being that way and giving you and dad such a hard time....i can now see how much of a punk i was for so long. Well the light is about to turn off cuz its raining and i need to send this, if it continues to work ill send more pics. hope you got the ones i sent to dad yesterday?!?! Nobody ever replies to tell me they got them!!! SO REPLY!! :D

LOve you!

Cody

Met someone from....Kanab Utah :) 05/02/11

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I hope this video works! Its of a monkey we found while coming to the internet to email today hahaha. Also a rare thing is what the monkey was crawling on.... an F350!! Never see american cars, well atleast not manly trucks. This week has been pretty good. We found a few service projects to do and also found a sweet new investigator named eric. He was convinced that there was no life after death....till we sat down with him and opened up the scriptures. We made a believer out of him and now he wants to know more about the church and joseph smith. Should be a cool week with him, we'll see how well he does. We went to cape today to get our money and we felt like a burger so we went to that place with the crocs and ate there. The place was packed today! We saw so many white people it freaked us out. There was a young mormon couple who live in accra there. I guess he works for the embassy so they live here. He was embarassed to say he is from Kanaab....saying yeah remember the place everybody uses for the bathroom before they get to lake powell? haha funny guy, but just wierd that he lives here. He asked us if we drive cars in our mission...we laughed haha. Burger was good and my companion couldnt just go without one so we enjoyed together. Expensive but worth it! Well i love you guys, everything is going good here. Im not counting but i am now sprinting for the next 112 days then i go to accra and wait for my plane. Its going to be freakin sweet to see you guys!! :D Im getting really tired of writing emails and trying to make things sound exciting when its just the same stuff every week, but ill continue to try cuz i know you love hearing it anyways. Ill try to send more pictures and keep the emails a little shorter. Deal? I love you dad. The church is true. Repentance is the only way we can become like our Father. Price for our sins are free, but God-hood takes refining AND God's help. Im learning a lot lately about the Atonement. Its opening my eyes to a lot of simple yet misunderstood doctrines of the church. Love it. Well im gunna load some pictures so i hope it all works! Love you!

Malaria for Easter 04/27/11

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Sorry i havent sent an email yet for this week but there isnt much to say. I have finished the malaria drugs and feel a lot better and have an appetite again but just still always tired. Itll be a few days of that im sure but its all good now. Hope you guys enjoyed your carne asada you punks....i thought about that all day sunday. Thanks for that torture. We are meeting with a couple who plans to go to the temple next week tuesday....they did the marriage ceremony with the bishop and some members there this last weekend but cant go til tuesday, so no worries thats approved (its supposed to be within a week of your marriage that you go to the temple or else you have to wait a whole year). So we will be the last ones in our zone to complete the mission goal, which is just fine since we will be the first zone completed!! Thats exciting! Well ive gotta go, love you all!
Love ELder Lehr

Happy Birthday Elder Lehr 04/19/11

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I wish i had a lot more to say about this week. Yesterday was transfer news and nothing happened in the zone, since we had emergency transfers last week and the week before. Our zone should be finished with the goal the first week of may, which is freakin good compared to other zones. There is something about assin fosu that just cant happen in other places in this mission. Its always the first zone to finish the goals. Im really blessed to be here. So last sunday we had ward conference and it was pretty good, cant say awesome since i dont understand what they are saying 90% of the time. Yesterday we all went to cape coast and played american football on the beach, tackle of course. It was pretty sweet. A few times we would get tackled in the water and a wave would come and nail us, so you cant call it swimming! :) Im really enjoying my new companion haha. He's a sweet guy, both of the Liberians in the apartment are sweet. Elder Holmes texted me today asking if we could come over and give him a blessing. He's been taking coartem (for malaria) since yesterday and its not working. He throws up everything he eats...Flu? Stomach Flu? Anyways, it went well and he went straight to the shower and off to bed after the blessing. He should be fine in a few days. School is out for 3 weeks here so we get to spend a lot more time with the ward missionaries and a few of the guys that sent their papers in. One guy is Joe and elder nelson and i like him a lot. He paid for our dinner (big fufu) at a chop bar for my birthday unexpectedly. It was really sweet!

Well i dont have much else to say...not a very exciting week haha. I love you mom and hope you can live through all of the stress of life. It will all work out i promise!

Love Cody

No General Conference for us YET! 04/04/11

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Hey mom!
Foot is doing fine, i can finally fit it in a shoe. :)While you were watching conference i had sacrament meeting! :D Cant compare the two. I cant believe its my last one on mission. Ill be excited to get the DVDs from Salt Lake to finally watch conference. We'll have to fight the ward for them ha. Church went well, had some investigators at church. Florence (our recent convert) was in the hospital for a few days, not sure what was wrong but she was released on sunday so everything is fine now. We have that family we are working with for the temple part of the goal and they are doing good and the mans sister cecilia will be baptized this sunday!
Thats sweet everythnig is all figured out for registration. Yes economics, but im pretty sure itll still be general classes since i havent even finished a full year yet so just jam it with general classes.
This week was kinda crazy, a lot of mid transfer changes. Two guys in the other fosu apartment were moved to different areas and so Elders Holmes and Baron came into that apartment to be companions! Im stoked cuz i love elder holmes and i finally get to be around my MT elder baron that i havent gotten to know so itll be sweet. Today was a sweet p-day! Elder Ochieng and I planned the party today....the goat party! We got a member to sell us a goat and one of the ward missionaries Sombato came and killed and skinned it. We grilled it! I hope you enjoy the pictures, we had fun with it! TIA! :) We had a bowl of fufu and a bunch of the goat meat to chomp on, expensive (like 7 bucks) but freakin delicious. Tomorrow we have interviews with president and i guess now we have to instruct...theyve never had the zone leaders instruct at interviews but now apparently they are. Ill be glad just to get tomorrow over with, then wednesday we have Cecilias baptism interview. Either Thursday or Friday we will go on splits in Praso, which is always fun seeing the old stomping grounds. Sister packer and Kasim are always the favorites to see there.
Thats all ive got for this week, ill work on more of those pictures for ya! Have a good week!
Love Elder Lehr