Monday, March 19, 2018

I know the Church is True!

Hi family and friends,

We have had another good week here in Asunafo. I hope this letter finds you all well.

This week has been an awesome week for Elder Tupou and I. We have had a successful week with finding new investigators.

We have this awesome couple we are teaching named Frank and Bernice. Frank is a moto driver here and has really become one of my good friends. He has a lot of potential. He is an awesome guy and she is also awesome.

We have had a fun week going out and working with our ward missionaries as well. There is 2 of them and they are both preparing to go on missions.

It has rained every day this week and every night. Its niceeee!

Also another funny thing that happened this week was on Friday Abomosu Elders had a baptism and there Bishopric was traveling to Accra for a meeting with Elder Vinson, so they called Mission President and with the permission from their Bishop, mission President can allow the Zone leaders to preside at the baptism and if they can't then they can have the District leader to preside, so for the first time and it was strange, I got to preside at a baptism service. Cool experience!

Spiritually I have been studying more of the life of Jesus Christ and how much he was an example to us and how he blessed the lives of the people who listened to him, I thought about how much he blesses us because we cannot see him but we still have faith and believe that he is there watching over us, He suffered so that we can live with him and our Father in Heaven again. I have loved to study about his life. I know that He loves all of us.

Well peeps love you all. Be safe and may God bless.

Elder Paulson

taking a bath in a bucket with shorts on!  haha! 

On a moto!

Me and Elder Antwi

Giant moth

From Elder Antwi -

Dear Family and Friends,

The week was still good and busy.I and Elder Reid taught many people,we preparing 7 of our investigators for baptism on the 25th of March and they are really progressing.We also had 11 at Sacrament meeting and it was amazing! but the time is running very fast I will be leaving Asunafo in some weeks and I am going to miss the people but I know the Lord need me in a different area.

It seems that everything is working out well for me now on mission and I will say YES! some times I and Elder Reid face some challenges but looking unto the Savior has make me very strong.This transfer I chose one Christlike attribute that I am working on it and it is Love.We all know that the second greatest commandment is love thy neighbor as thyself.The Savior show us the greatest love to all mankind that he paid for our sins.Mormon taught us that we need to pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart that we may be filled with His love,following Mormon counsel has help me very well.Teaching and serving others has help to love them and the work has been joy for me.Following the Savior example is a privilege for each and every one because we chose to follow Him in heaven let all try and show love to others and the Lord will also bless us.

Love you all,
Elder Antwi

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Multi Zone Week!

Dear Family and friends,

This week was the week of multi zone conference and it was great to be able to hear from president and listen to his counsel that he has so we can be better missionaries.

He taught us how we can always have the spirit to be with us and reminded us that the spirit is the best teacher.  The Spirit knows how to teach each one of us personally. He can help us to over come doubt and fears that we might be having. He is with us as we keep the commandments.

Elder Tupou and I have had a lot of success this week finding new investigators and are excited to be teaching them. We have three weeks left in the transfer and then I will be getting transferred to my final area. I have enjoyed Asunfo very much! .

This week i have also been studying and I am coming to finish the Bible hopefully this week. I'm so grateful I have taken the time to read it and to grow closer to my Father in Heaven by reading about his Son, Jesus Christ.

Mission and time is going fast. I love all you people stay safe and may God bless.

Elder Paulson

Bro Opoku and Abigail's baptism. 

Helping with a member's house. 

Sis. Mercy

From Elder Antwi -

Dear Family and Friends,

The week was busy and went by fast. We were kept busy teaching many people. On Thursday we went to Multi-Zone in Accra. President Simpson gave us great instruction on how the Holy Ghost is the greatest senior companion we will ever have. He taught us that we must be worthy of his companionship, we have to pray for it and pray that we will be ale to hear its promptings. Many of our investigators came to sacrament, it was especially good to see a older couple, Sis Christiana and Bro Bednard. We had the opportunity to push an elderly member in her wheel chair to sacrament meeting. She is 97 years old, she has a very strong testimony after being a member for many years, and told us that nothing will stop her from coming to church. And told us we should keep helping others. I pondered what she told me, and I know that doing good is a pleasure. King Benjamin said when we are in the service of others we are in the service of God. Elder Eyring said we should listen to the Spirit and it will tell us to do good. On my mission serving others, doing good has been a blessing. So let us all continue to strive to do good for others.

Love you all and Thank you for all your service for me.Hear from you all next week.

Funny pic of a dog in a bucket.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Another Week in the Books!

Hi family and friends,

Another week down and that is weird. This week has been a good week!  My companion and I worked this week and we had great success.

Our big highlight of the week is we had 2 more baptisms back to back which is always awesome to have. We are preparing and working towards some others in our teaching pool to be baptized soon.

I had a request to talk about my area and some of the people I have come to love here in Asunafo. Well Asunafo is a small town near a town called Abomosu. If you did not know how to get there you would totally miss it. You have to take a dirt road to get into it and once you get there you could drive through the whole town in 5 minutes. The town is very small.

We live on the outside of the town near the chapel which is nice. It's quiet where we live..

Some of the people I have met here are amazing. One of my favorite families are the Deho family. I will get a picture with them this week. They are truly amazing and kind. Another family is our ward mission leaders family. I have grown to love them. Sitting here thinking about it actually I love everybody here and have grown close to the people I have come to meet. It will be hard to leave here.

Elder Tupou and I have also grown closer these past weeks and I have come to look at him as a brother. He watches out for me and is always very close to the spirit and he gives great hair cuts! I think that on mission you come to meet these people who will shape you to be the person God intended for you to become.

I will most likely be leaving this area on April 3rd to go who knows where. I am excited but also sad to be leaving.

I love all you people. I know that our Heavenly Father loves all of us. May God bless.

Elder Paulson

Monday, February 26, 2018

Hi everybody,

I hope this email finds you all safe and well.  I have had a fun week.

Well some highlights for the week is first off we had 2 amazing baptisms on Friday. It was awesome to see our candidates enter the waters of baptism. It is always a great scene. The two of the them are younger boys both 15 named Seth and Steven. Both awesome and have grown really close to both of them.

This coming week though we will have 2 more baptisms right at the beginning of March this week so im also excited for that. Life is good here.

This week I have been sick since last P day. A head cold going on. Sucks, but things come and go.

This week one cool thing I found to study is how the Bible and the Book of Mormon have comparing scriptures and found that to be really awesome. Like the scriptures that talk about Joseph Smith and how the Book of Mormon will come to us.

I have loved my time here in Asunafo. This week we had Interviews with President and he told me that I will most likely be leaving this area and headed to probably my last area. I'm excited but also sad, this place has become like a second home to me and I have grown a love and appreciation here for the people.

Well that is really all I got. Sometimes the days on mission just seem like they repeat themselves. Haha.

Love you all.. May God bless.

Elder Paulson

1- A little girl named Sis Ima
2-Our Baptisms
3-Ghana sunset

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been a good week for my companion and I, we have been working hard to have baptisms this week but we felt that we should push them forward to this week. We are hoping to have 4 this week which is super exciting.

We are working hard here and continuing to be blessed by the Lord in the things that we do. I have come to see the small blessings in my life each day as I search for them. We have found some awesome people this week. One, his name is Martin and he has a desire to follow God and wants to know how he can know which church is God's church. We are working with him and he is doing amazing.

This week Elder Tupou finished his training and it has been really fun to be able to train him and be with him. Lucky me I will still be with him for 6 more weeks. We have grown close in this time and is truly one of my brothers now. It seems like every one in my apartment is.

Well I want to share some things I have thought about this week. When I go to do interviews in Kwabeng which is some how like 45 minutes away we take a taxi and when we are coming back it gives me time to think about things and to just kind of relax. I do a lot of this thinking lately when I have time and it really helps me to relax and overcome challenges. I was thinking this past week about the story of the young Indian boy and his grandfather and they talk about how there is a battle of 2 wolfs going on inside all of us. One wolf is good and one wolf is bad and whoever wins is the wolf we feed. I have thought about what this means and have come to see that all of us have a version inside
of us God intended us to be and all we need to do is what he asks to become what he has made us to become. 

I know that was somehow random and a lot but that was one thing I wanted to share. I love all you guys. stay safe and have a good week.

Elder Paulson

Our Apartment.

Sister Chukwu - one of the sister missionaries

Dear Family and Friends,

Elder Reid and i had a great week this week. Unfortunately we had some concerns to resolve with our investigators we were planning on baptizing, but we should have a baptismal service this Saturday. We have plenty of people to teach and we continue to find new investigators. We had the opportunity to provide service for sister Gyaba, we fetched water for her and her family. We also brought her the sacrament again this Sunday after church. We started teaching a man named Commander 1,  he is very good and will be baptized very soon, we are helping him with his problem with the word or wisdom. My son Elder Reid will finish his training this week.
Have a nice week.

Elder Antwi loves you all.

Monday, February 12, 2018

One by One

Good evening Family and Friends,

I hope this letter finds you safe and well.

Well another week gone by and it seems lately that they are flying by, like it seems like the days are long but the weeks are short and that is just crazy to me.

This week we have had a lot of success as we have gone and done the Lord's work. We are teaching some awesome people who we are preparing for baptism this week. We are hoping to have 3 this Saturday baptized. Life has been good here!

On Thursday, when I was in Accra for my last eye appointment,  I had a surprise Birthday from my mom and Bro Promise, which was super awesome. I was unprepared for it but I loved it. Thanks momma!

We had a great time Elder Tupou and I working this week and made my Birthday very awesome I want to say thank you again for all the birthday wishes.

This week I have been studying the Hebrews in the Bible and have loved it. It talks about how we can continue to have faith in Christ and the reason Paul wrote it is because he was talking to the people who go through challenges and happen to lose their faith somewhere on the road. As we pray and continue to study the scriptures we can always know that our Father In Heaven and Jesus Christ are there for us no matter what thing is happening to us or what we have done. Their love is unfathomable for us. I have come to know that they love us no matter what.

Happy Birthday shout out to my Pops!  Hope you have a great one! 

I love all you people, thank you for the Love and support. Be safe and God bless.

Elder Paulson

Monday, February 5, 2018

More Days here in the Bush!

Hi Family and friends,

I hope you all are doing fantastic and having an awesome start to your week.

This week my companion and I were able to do a lot of good work.

We did a lot of finding new people to teach and also trying and continuing to help our investigators who are progressing towards baptism.   I am excited for the future work Elder Tupou and I have to do here. Looks like I will be staying here until April 3rd, that is when this transfer ends because we will be having a 9 week transfer. I'm excited though for the work here.

This time last year if any of you remember, I was sick the day after my Birthday and now this same time just a little bit before I also got sick, which always sucks. I was sick Friday night and all Saturday. I have come to the conclusion that becoming sick on mission is the worst thing ever. Over it now though, which is good.

We had a great district meeting on Wednesday and talked about companionship unity. As for the spiritual note of this letter, I always talk about the Book of Mormon but today I wanted to talk about the Bible.  I have been reading in Paul's letters and right now I'm in 1 Timothy and in these small chapters he has a lot of great lessons that I have learned from him. He talks about Jesus Christ a lot ad the importance of his teachings for us. I have really enjoyed reading those teachings, I have learned from him.

Well peoples time to go. I love you all! THANK YOU ALL FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES!  The videos were awesome and the voice recordings!    God bless.

Love Elder Paulson

So sad no pictures today!  His camera battery is shot but what he doesn't know is a friend of his in Accra is going to surprise him with a little pizza party when he goes to Accra on Wednesday for his eye appointment.  So next week look for some great pictures of that surprise!  Wish I could be there to see his face!  

This is a letter from an Elder who is from Kumasi, Ghana serving with Elder Paulson.  I love how he describes their village.  

Hello Mother,

It was great to read your message but is not good to be sick.I know that you will be better soon! It was good to received the priesthood blessing and I know you will be good.The week was great! we taught many people and it was great some were at the Sacrament meeting and it was great to see them.The work is still progressing.

I hope one day you will get the chance to attends a service in Ghana and it will be great, people has a wonderful testimony.

Asunafo is a big village and the people are nice people but is BUSH! I am Ghanaian but I have not been in a bush like that but it's fun and nice to be there.The people in the village are farmers,they plant many types of crops but the most one is Cocoa.The people here are very strong the old people can carry a lot of stuff on their head.They have nice school buildings because they supported by the WORLD JOY FOUNDATION,the foundation has been helping many people here and it from Utah, especially the people in Cache Valley.People here are not rich but they are happy people,there are many different churches here but the Mormons are many.

As for shopping we used to go the nearby town to buy stuff.Everything is great here in Asunafo the Lord want us to be here and we say to Him Father thy will be done we will do the work with all heart and might.

Mother I will tell you more next week.

Love you mother,
Elder Antwi.

This are some of the pictures from Asunafo