Monday, July 16, 2018

Here comes the sun.....

Hi family and friends,

I hope this week finds you well and safe. Today we don't have much time so I am going to write a quick letter and then next week I will give you more information.

Everything is going well here in Lartebiokorshie, life is good. We are doing well. We have had a stressful week doing a lot of different things other then missionary work. Like helping missionaries with things, going and ordering food for the zone conference and also having people come and fix our house. It has been a rough week of doing randoms things.

One thing that I have thought about this week is how each of us has choices and linked with each choice we make is either a blessing or a curse to us and something we regret. One scripture I really have found to love is Mosiah 2:22 and the beginning says, "All that he requires of you is to keep his commandments." That is it. That is all he requires of us is to follow the things he has given to us and he will bless us as we do. So as we make good choices, as my Papa would always say, our Father in Heaven will bless us. That blessing may not come now or tomorrow or even this year, but it will come and when it does you will see how it changed your life.

I love all you people. Be safe and may God bless.

Elder Paulson

Sadly, no pictures were attached but I love his thoughts!  

Monday, July 9, 2018

Mission is a serious blessing!

Hi family and friends,

I hope this letter as always finds you safe and all happy, this week we have been working hard and have had another good week of finding new people to teach.

For this email I'm going to talk a lot about the things I have learned being here.

Mission is a huge blessing that over the 2 years I have spent serving the Lord I have learned so many amazing things and met so many wonderful people. I have loved the past 2 years I have spent here. It was not the easiest thing but it was worth it.

We have been visiting a lot of members lately this past week so that we can be able to be better friends with the ward and they can be able to trust us more, it has been a lot of fun to get to know them and become friends with people I did not know before.

As I have been reading in the Book of Mormon these past couple of Days, I have loved it. I am now in the Book Of Ether and one part that I loved is,

Ether 3:19: And because of the knowledge of this man he could not be kept from beholding within the veil; and he saw the finger of Jesus, which, when he saw, he fell with fear; for he knew that it was the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he knew, nothing doubting.

This has become one of my favorite versus in the Book of of Mormon as I have study it.

I love you people. I know this letter is shorter but I hope you can see the meaning I have behind it.

I hope all you guys are safe. May God bless.

Elder Paulson

1- Teaching a lesson in a tree house
2- Elder Ofozie and I
3-Elder Ofozie, I and One of our investigators Bro. Sean.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Really? 5 weeks....

Hi family and friends,

This week has been a good week, getting my new companion Elder Ofozie and showing him around the area is a lot of fun. We are getting along really well and both enjoying our time together.

We have been doing a lot of finding and contacting to try and get our teaching pool to be bigger. We have a lot of good people we are teaching right now, and hoping to have some baptisms before I head out of this place.

Tuesday Elder Bangura left to Kasoa and Elder Ofozie came. Then Wednesday was a normal day of full proselyting.

Thursday we had our MLC meeting at the mission home with the Ap's and President to discuss things to better help our mission this up coming transfer to better the work of the Lord. I have really enjoyed those meetings and feeling the spirit there as we counsel together as leaders and to learn from President.

I have been continuing to study from the Book of Mormon and learn from it every day and it has influenced me so much as I have read and put the promises it gives us into action. I love it and know it can bless any who read it.

This week I had the chance to bare my testimony in my ward here, and when I got up there it hit me that this is my second to last fast Sunday here and that made me sad and I realized what little time I have left here. Like I have said before I have grown to love these people and the culture here. From the time I have spent here learning from them has influenced me for the rest of my life and I will always remember the things I have learned here.

Well everyone be safe and Happy 4th of July. May God bless.

Elder Paulson

1. Elder Ofozie and I
2. Elder Ofozie and I and Mission momma (Rose) and Her father (they are Members)
3. Elder Ofozie and Sister Lydia and I

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Last Transfer!

Hi family and friends,

Another week gone by and seems like they are flying now. Crazy how time goes by.

This week we were blessed with a baptism with two awesome people that we have been teaching. We have had an awesome time with Bro. Israel and Bro. Johnson sharing with them and answering all their questions and they were both so excited to be baptized and join Jesus Christ's church. I have had some amazing experiences shared with them. I'ts amazing how fast people can grow to you so quickly.

So this week we had transfer news and I will be staying to finish my last transfer in Lartebiokorshie, My companion Elder Bangura will be going to Kasoa, Ashtown to be with my former companion Elder Antwi. My new companion will be Elder Ofozie. He will be my final companion which is crazy to think about but life is all good here in Ghana Lartebiokorshie.

We will be having some more baptisms coming up in July hopefully.

We have been visiting a lot of members this past week trying to build relationships with them. It has been alot of fun being with them and getting to know them more and more. I feel the more I get to know each one of them the more they become like family to me then anything.

I have experienced so many things here that have grown and strengthened my testimony. Seeing how the gospel can bless so many peoples lives who have very little but rely so much on God. It's a very humbling experience and I have been so grateful to experience it.

I love all you people. Thank you for the letters of encouragement and love. May God bless.

Elder Paulson

Elder Bangura and Elder Paulson

Bro. Israel after his baptism and Elder Paulson in his baptist suit! 

Sister udo and sister N'dri and I

Monday, June 18, 2018

Crazy how time flies!

Hi family and friends,

I hope that all of you are safe and this letter finds you happy.

This week has been a good week for my companion and I.

So Tuesday I got super sick and was having pretty bad stomach problems so that was not to fun.

Wednesday I was feeling a lot better so we went to district meeting and then to Kasoa to get measured for our suits, my companion and I, so that kind of took all our day.

Thursday through Saturday were normal proselyting days. Our investigators Israel and Bro Johnson are doing really well and both progressing towards baptism this week so hopefully that comes through. Life is really good and I'm really loving the people and place still.

I was just thinking this week how fast time goes by and how it seems like I was just getting past one year yesterday and now I'm coming up on my last 6 weeks. Just comes to show,  take every moment in and live so you have no regrets in things that you do. I have loved my mission and have come to learn so many things and I'm not the person I was when I left. I know this is God's church and that he really does speak to us. I can't describe how thankful i am for all the things I have learned here. I love you all.

God bless and be safe.

Elder Paulson

1- me and my sons
2- Hippo i bought
3- finally gave up on my shoes....
4-sis chukwu and i. Sister chukwu is going home this transfer

Honestly i suck at taking pictures lately sorry mom 

Elder Paulson and Elder Bangura


Bro and Sis. Dalton, the couple that took care of the missionaries when he was in the bush. 

Elder Antwi and Elder Paulson at MLC

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Another Week Down!

Hi every body and greetings from Ghana. Happy Birthday to My momma and my brother. Love you guys both so much.

This letter will be short and sweet because the power went out and I don't have much time.

This week we had a good week with finding and doing the Lord's work. We are preparing to have three baptizims on the 23rd of this month with some awesome people the Lord has blessed us with. I'm excited about that and the teachings we are having with them.

This past week we had our Multi zone conference and I had the opportunity to give a instruction on "change and become." It really helped me to learn more about the Savior and the things he has in store and the way he wants us to become. I learned a lot from a verse in 3rd Nephi chapter 12:48 which says " Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect." Possibly the hardest commandment we have been given. Although sometimes life is hard and it seems that we can't go on I know that God gives no commandment that we cannot follow and he loves us so much.

Also last thought is that today we had a zone activity at our chapel and we played games and played pure water dodge ball, the water that is in bags we throw them at each other it is a lot of fun. Then we had a lunch and it is just a good chance to get together and know each other more.

I love all you people and hope you are all safe and may God bless.

Elder Paulson

He was not able to send pics so I decided to revisit a couple of my favorites!  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Elder Clayton Stopped in!

Hello family and friends,

I hope this letter finds you all safe and well. This week has been another good week for us here. I hope you all enjoy this letter.

First highlight of this week is that Elder Clayton President of the Quorum of the Seventy was here this week for the Lartebiokorshie stake conference and had some awesome things to tell us. He talked a lot about ministering to others and helping people by service.  I really enjoyed hearing of his message.
This week is another week of preparation of the upcoming Multi-zone conference on Wednesday for us. We have to go and order all the food for the conference and also buy the drinks and go and set up the place and just make sure everything is in order for the conference to go successful and it can be a little stressful but it's all fun.

This week we have been having some awesome lessons with our investigator Israel, he is doing amazing and is really prepared by the Lord. He came with us to the conference and asked a lot of good questions while we were there.

We have also been blessed to find a new investigator this week named Johnson and he is also awesome. He is like 60 and was living in Nigeria for 38 years and he said that all the churches he has gone to he does not feel like they are true. He saw us and said he just felt like he should talk to us, so he stopped us and we have met with him twice this week and he is really doing well. He also attended the conference with us.

This week Wednesday I have also been asked to instruct for the conference on change and how we can become like the Savior and that has made me to reflect and look at the way I have been blessed to change on my mission and do his work here and have had the chance to serve his children. I think I have shared this before but I love the example of Paul for this. One of the people who persecuted the Savior the most and then became one of the most devoted people to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is my favorite example of changing and becoming like the Savior.

It's crazy all my friends are heading home. Congrats Ethan. SHOUT OUT to E for finishing up strong and heading back home. Love you man. See you soon.

Love you all and will talk to you next week. Be safe and may God bless.

Elder Paulson