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

Barekessi Dam 06/13/11

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Yeah so im not sure if the kidney stones have broken up and passed or if they are just in my bladder still, but the mission doctor says i have an infection and im taking ciprofloxicin for that starting today. Every since that first day i havent had much pain but if they are still in there waiting, its only a matter of time. For right now im just taking those meds and drinking tons of water to hopefully flush it all out and get rid of this infection. Its not making me sick so its not too much of a problem, just really painful that first day. Um ya im not taking in very much dairy at all ha.

Elder david has been here only 3 months so he is pretty fresh and reminds me a whole lot of elder ekaette. I really like the guy and we're getting along just fine. We are sending 5 families to the temple on thursday to complete the mission goal for 9 missionaries in the other zone. Most of them have come to our area to teach these families and the next few days more will come. Asokwa is pumping out families for this goal haha. Everyone is very thankful and im suprised that so many from asokwa are prepared and ready to do it. The bishop is all about temple work and not so much into missionary work so thats perfect for this mission goal haha.

The Senior couple has had some visa problems for some reason and should be here the 26th, so i havent even met them yet, they are at home waiting to come still ha. So ill have 8 weeks to get them into gear, not that im counting :)

Today we drove out to see the Barekessi (thats how it sounds) dam. It was pretty sweet to go around the place and get a tour and be able to go underneath it through some tunnels where all the pipes are. Its a lot better than just playing football every week. It was a good change of scenery.

FHE at bishops wasnt anything special, because it was my first time i had to give the spiritual thought (they call it spiritual talk). Good thing i had the conference edition.(Thank you sis. Mackay) I went to president monsons talk on temples. It was sweet, they gave us water melon after wards.

Well ive gotta go, my companion is bored.

Love Elder Lehr

Good News? Kidney stones, not Malaria? 06/11/11

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So tuesday at 3am i woke up with pains in my side and back, then it went away. Wednesday morning about the same time i felt even worse pains, and it did NOT go away for 7 straight hours i was dying of these severe pains in my abs and side and lower left back.

Went to the hospital got some fluids in me since every time i would drink something i would throw it up. There was blood in my urine and just all kinds of problems. Got through to a doctor by 1 in the after noon cuz Ghana and hospitals suck! Got a few prescriptions including an antibiotic to kill the infection in my urinary track. Went to an ultra sound place and a med lab to take blood and urine tests....Ive been feeling pretty good since ive been taking that medicine every day 3 times aday.

The mission doctor says he's 100 percent sure its kidney stones....and i still havent passed them yet, thatll be a sweet experience. Ive been drinking water like crazy and havent felt too much pain since that wednesday but just thought i should let you know! Ill be fine i promise!! 3 months left! Dont worry about me! :D :D 7 Missionaries are coming to our ward tomorrow to teach some families so they can complete the temple portion of the goal from our families....asokwa is powerful! Love you dad! You can tell mom if you wanna scare her! :D

I finally feel like I know what I'm doing 06/06/11

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My week was fantastic! I got here on wednesday and we have been working our butts off every since. My companion has been here for 3 months and is from Nigerian, Elder David. He is awesome! I love this kid! We have found 6 new investigators that could be interested so we'll see. Asokwa has changed a lot. This is the very first area in kumasi that i came to straight from the mtc. I love it here. There are now groups in Atonsu and Daban that take a lot of the old members but there are also a lot of new faces that have moved here or been baptized since i was here, its exciting to be back.

As for the couples i havent met them yet, they come up on wednesday sometime. I think they are called the Zolls. Elder and Sister Zoll. It will be exciting for them to come. They have no idea what Ghana is like so it will be funny to see how they adapt :) . I got an envelope from the Mackay family! They sent me the new ensign and i got it today, tell them thanks for that! I get to use it to teach a FHE lesson with our bishops family! :D

President and sister Sabey leave like the first week of July. The Assistants have gone around taking videos of everyone saying something to them and theyll put it on a disk for them as a going away gift, besides that i think they have scheduled another zone conference in the next two weeks where im sure we can say our goodbyes and stuff, itll be interesting getting a new mission president. The new president has been to ghana i think twice, serving as couple missionaries both times.

I feel so good being in this area again. My companion and I are working so hard and its such a good feeling especially getting close to the end. Its a sweet feeling when my companion looks to me when teaching or when Im speaking a little Twi and he asks how to say some things and im able to teach him. I never thought i could get to this point where i finally feel like i know what im doing....Ironic part is that it will only last these 3 months haha. I wish i could have been like this my whole mission, how powerful that would have been.

Bounti, the guy that adjeifio and I baptized within my first few months is still here and active and going to the temple next month to do baptisms with the wards!! He was just so excited to see me again and to tell me that he's going to the temple and planning on a mission after his school finishes! :D :D

Well ive gotta head to bishops house for FHE. I love you guys. I know that God lives and loves me. I especially feel that love when i kneel in prayer asking for forgiveness each night. The church is true and this work is HIS work, to bring to pass the immortality and immortal life of man and HE directs it. I have had so many trials and frustrating times as well as amazing and powerful experience....add it all together and its called...mission, the best two years...SO FAR. :D I love you all and will talk to ya next week!

Elder Lehr

Back to the beginning---Asokwa 05/30/11

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So after we finish appointments durign the day and the evening comes there is nobody around to translate for us, so we use the day time and work all day then when it hits like 7 we come to the stake center to use the internet, its free and no hassle and just nice cuz of the AC....all of this doesnt matter since i am being transferred to.....DUN DUN DUN.........drum rollllllll.....................................................................................................................................................................................
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ASOKWA!!!!


Hahaha just kidding....


No really.... im going back to where it all began!! I cant believe it but its for real haha. President called me and said he has a special assignment for me and my heart was racing so hard.... then he explained the news of a new couple coming to finally replace the Kiffers spot in asokwa and he wants me to train them. Since i know all of kumasi so well. Then he said my companion is also very new and will also need some training too.....training 3 missionaries? Is this possible? Im excited to see the old stomping grounds and bare my last testimony where i bore my first! It will be sweet! My companion here in Fosu is also leaving so they are white washing this area.....which sucks cuz we just got a huge teaching pool and even baptized that man Baffur that was coming to church for the last six months....that was sunday! YAA! He was so happy and appreciative of us and going through the lessons with him. He'll is a solid guy!! He needs a calling!! HES RETIRED AND BORED OUT OF HIS MIND! Haha. We just got a sweet referral who is a nurse at the clinic across from our apartment...SOLID! She will be baptized in the next month for sure. She's so funny and smart....Its such an awesome feeling to teach someone educated and understands what the heck im saying without translation. I can actually learn how to teach that way! haha.

Well i love you so much and I can tell you that ive seen myself grow and change in a lot of ways which is wierd since i normally cant see changes in myself. This is a good thing. Ive still got a long way to go but at least im on the right path. Pray that i can get good enough grades for BYU's crazy hard business school?? haha ill never make up my mind will I? The church is true. God loves us all and shows us in so many ways....we need to humble ourselves and ask for blessings and He will be able to unleash so many more that are being held back cuz of our lack to just ask. I know that is true. I pray for certain gifts of the Spirit that i feel that i need and ive started to see changes. Ive got so many things to share with you and the rest of the family but just typing things and reading them just doesnt do it. Ive gotta be there. 11 more emails left after today! Can you believe that? Its almost less than 10 weeks left....very soon i will be home. I lvoe you so much! Im headed to Kumasi wednesday to be with Elder David from Nigeria!

Love Elder Lehr