Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Say Lartebiokorshie 10 times fast

Hello family and friends,

To start don't mind the header. I am just running out of Ideas.

This has been a good week for us here in Lartebiokorshie. The work is going great and we have seen miracles for us here.

One awesome highlight this week is we got a call two Sundays ago from a man named George. He said that he wanted to come to church so we directed him to the church and now we have been teaching him and he is really awesome. He could not come this past week because he was sick but we are preparing to baptize him on the 28th of this month. He just says things to us that are amazing. He has prayed and he says that he knows it is all true.

Elder Bangura and I have become good friends now and we enjoy the same things, laughing and just loving the people. He is a good guy and I'm privileged to be companions with him.

We have also been visiting a lot of less actives in our area. It is nice to talk to them. When I go and we speak to them you feel for them and want them to feel the spirit in their lives again.

Today we did apartment cleaning. Inside and outside. We have a gutter right in front of our house and let's just say that it could be on the show dirtiest jobs. It was a lot of work but nothing feels better than hard work and then a nice finished project. After we then went and played basketball at the temple site. My first time playing basketball in over 1 year. Felt good to be back at it. Life is all good here in Ghana. I love all you people.

This week also I finished reading the New testament. It was good to finish that goal in my mission. One place I always like reading over and over again Is 1 Corinthians 15: 8-10. This is my favorite scripture in the Bible. It is Paul speaking and he is talking about how the Atonement of Christ for him is not in vain. I really like that part. He then says how we can not change the past. I am what I am. So we need to look for the future.

May God bless.

I love you all

Elder Paulson

1- Me, Our ward mission leader , Elder Bangura
2- Our apartment
3- Meee
4- main room of our house
5- Kitchen
6- Shower
7- Our room
8-Our study table
9- cafing right now

I think this looks a little scary!  

Bro. Promise and his wife Priscilla

Bro Promise went in search of some shoes for Elder Paulson, his comment to me was "finding a size 14 shoe in Ghana is like finding a needle in the ocean."  LOL!  I guess that is even worse than a needle in a haystack!  

I think this is #6 or 7 pair of shoes.  I may have lost track!  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Back to City Life!

Dear family and friends,

This week has been a good week with transfers and coming to my new area and getting settled in and meeting the ward is awesome. Lartebiokorshie ward has awesome members and the work is good. My companion is fantastic and I'm excited for the things that will happen here.

Well Wednesday was a normal proselyting day enjoying the area and getting to know some of the members in our ward and teaching investigators. Had district meeting and got to know some of the missionaries in my district and zone, haha! Life is good here.

On Thursday we had MLC (mission leader conference) when all of the zone leaders get together with President and the APs, and discuss and have meetings where we talk about how we can help the mission better succeed and we talk about things we need to improve on. It was really inspiring and I liked it and I always enjoy the opportunity to get to hear from President. He talked about how we need to focus on the recent converts and trying to get them to go to the temple as soon as possible after they are baptized and how it really helps in the conversion process for them. It was a good meeting and I really enjoyed it.

The rest of our week was lots of proselyting and getting to know my apartment members and my companion. My new companion is named Elder Bangura (BAN-GUR-A) haha and my area name is Lartebiokorshie (LARTE-BI-KORSHIE).  My companion is from Sierra Leone and he is awesome. He loves to laugh and loves jokes and is very friendly and a nice guy. I am enjoying with him as my comp.

One thing I oved this week is we went and just read the Book of Mormon with one of our members, Alma 5. If you are familair with this chapter you will know that it talks a lot about preparing for the life to come after we die. The chapter as Alma is speaking to us gives us a variety of different questions we need to ask ourselves in this life. It is a great chapter and has a lot of great lessons we can learn.

Well family and friends this has been another week in the mission of Elder Paulson. I love these people and this place. I love all you. May God bless.

Elder Paulson

Sadly no pictures this week!  He said he would take lots this next week of his new apartment and companion.  

Monday, April 2, 2018

Just a  note from his mom, Elder Paulson is now a Zone Leader.  He said he didn't write about it in his letter because it was no big deal!  I guess that is just mission life!  

Back to City LIfe!

Hi Family and Friends,

This week has been a week full of mixed emotions! I got the news this past Saturday that I will be heading to a place in the Accra called Lateriokorshe. I'm excited for my new journey but sad to leave Asunafo. I have grown to love this place. These people are like family to me and Asunafo is home. I have grown very close to this little village and it's truly like Heaven on earth out here. I wish all of you could meet the people and just see how they are. They have so little but would give you anything. They are happy with what they have and it has given me a new outlook on my life and how I look at things. I'm sad to leave but the Lord needs me other places. I am grateful that I have had the chance to be here and learn to love these people.

I'm sad to leave the Elders here as well, we have all grown really close but that is how mission is and we will keep in contact as we go on. As many of you know, Elder Antwi, my former companion has become one of my best friends on mission and it will be hard to say goodbye but we will meet again.

This week we have had some good work going on that I am excited for, Elder Tupou to continue with his new companion in this area. He has been an amazing hard worker and will be a outstanding missionary. I have grown to love him.

My new companions name is Elder Bangura. He is from Sierra Leone. He is an amazing guy and I'm excited to work with him and get to know him more. I'm excited for what the Lord has in store for me in the ending part of my mission.

Well everybody, I hope you are all safe and doing awesome things. I love you all. May God bless.

Elder Paulson

1- Momma caroline
2- This is Eric an awesome member
3- This is sister Aba, the women who stays at the back of our house with her Family.
5- A picture of the Elders in our district
6- A picture of our whole district
7- Me in my african wear
8- Tupou and I

This is a letter from Elder Antwi, he has a great testimony.

Dear Family and Friend,

It was a wonderful week! We also heard wonderful messages from our chosen leaders.I am going to leave Asunafo to the Central part of Ghana.My new area is Bawjiase and am excited to go and continue the work there.I am going to be the District Leader in Bawjiase.I have loved Asunafo and the time I have spent there.The people in Asunafo are really nice and also love the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We went to the Stake center in Abomosu to watched the general conference and the chapel was full with many people so missionaries we gave our seat to others to sit and listen to the messages.Some of the people who came does not understand English well but the way the room was quite you will know that The SPIRIT is testifying things to them.I felt it within me Indeed This is the Lord Church.

I asked One old lady who is 90yrs I said Nana how did you see the conference she said my Elder when I was coming I was not feeling well but after watching the conference I am feeling good.The gospel of Jesus Christ can heals us when we are not feel good.

I could not had the chance to watch and listen to all the messages but the ones I had the chance to are all great.Elder Dallin H. Oaks now has explained to as that we NOT THE PRIESTHOOD but PRIESTHOOD HOLDERS. One of my favorite message was from Elder Lynn G Robbins his message he gave a wonderful discourse on learning from our mistakes.He said that making mistakes is human but we learn from our mistakes and grow to become non human.He also noted that repentance is not a backup plan but IT IS HIS PLAN. He said that dont change remain the same.It is important therefore for each of us to understand that we must repent everyday and be constantly changing so that we may become THE SAVIOR HIMSELF.

Thank you all for all your wonderful service for me.I love to read your letters.
Hear from you next week.

Elder Antwi.

Picture 1 our last funny district picture
picture 2 with the 90yrs old lady after watching the conference
picture 3 the Asunafo Elders,I and Elder Paulson are leaving,I will miss Elder Reid and Elder Tupou

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Conference Week/Easter Week

Hi family and friends i hope you have all had a good week and that this letter finds you all safe and happy.

In Ghana here we have had a good week with the work of the Lord. We found 2 new investigators that are awesome and I'm excited about their progress.

One awesome thing I'm excited about is that Frank came to CHURCH! He just showed up and he stayed for the whole time and he asked good questions and he said he liked it. Also a less-active for like 5 years now came to church and he brought a friend.  So exciting.  

This week is transfer news and I will probably be going from my current area so yesterday I bore my testimony and it was sad to know that some of these people I will never see again. I have grown also to love these people very much!

Not alot happened this week. I received a question that how do we get water here in our village? Well we probably have the nicest house here in Asunafo and they have a piping system that runs to a poly tank in the back and then it is piped into our house through a nice pump that the mission has purchased. All though when the power goes out the pump does not run so we do have to fetch water from the tank. I love the questions. This town is the farthest place in our mission north which is awesome.

Well everybody I love all of you. Be safe and May God bless. Happy Easter and Enjoy General Conference.

Elder Paulson

1-Hot proselyting day
2- Some members of ours after a they fed us
3- nice new hair cut today
4- this is stephine she wanted me to take her picture

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