Monday, August 21, 2017


Well, good morning from Africa everyone. I am here in the bushy part of Ghana, writing you this letter. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying.

First off, i am now here in Asunafo, which consists of 2 branches and we cover both of them. The village is a small place just on the out skirts of Abomosu in the Eastern region of Ghana. Out here is basically like camping. Its quiet and dirt roads and no street lights, its a big change coming from the most city part of our mission. My new companion is Elder Stilson, from Emery Utah, home of the Spartans ( I know dad will appreciate that one haha). We are living the life here!

This week we have been preparing some of our investigators for baptism this coming Saturday. We have been doing a lot of work. We ride bikes which is making my legs stronger again. I have some pictures of my new area I will send in a separate email. I have been getting to know the new people of our branches here and everyone speaks Twi and very little people speak English. So looks like I will be learning a lot moreTwi.. Our branch mission leader goes out with us everyday and translates for us and he is awesome. The area is a great area.

On Saturday we had our Africa wide service project and our two branches came together and did some service for the community and it was a great time. We did some weeding and filled in giant pot holes on the main road to the village. It was great to see everyone working so hard and together. They did a lot of good that day. Ghanaians are super crazy hard workers, oh and I forgot to mention that everyone out here basically owns a farm. So one of these days we are going to do farming. Another thing is that you can see Toucans all over the place haha. Also yesterday one of the people that stay in Asuom, which is the zone leaders area, have a pet monkey and we went there yesterday while we had to have a meeting and played with it. ONLY IN GHANA!

This week I have been reading in Alma 32-40. In it, it talks about how this time is a time for us to prepare to meet God. I love the preaching that these missionaries are doing when they go to teach the Zoramites. Also they talk about how the people who were poor and humble from there afflictions, listened to the gospel and they converted many people. I remember reading about that.

This time last year I was about to head into the MTC and start this long journey. I'm excited for what is ahead for all of us and I love all you people who support me, thank you so much.

Elder Paulson

1-Elder Reunlund devotinal. Elder Aiono, Elder Joos, me
2-the book is blue the church is true3-pizza for my 1 year before i left4-my Northridge People
5-Bro. Promise. North Ridge ward mission leader
7- me and Bro. Martey our first consuler
8-saying good bye to morris
9-family home evening at our bishops
10- here it is.... the bush
11-bush, bush, bush

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I'm a little baby bush boy.

Well family and friends another week has gone by and we have received transfer news on Saturday night and the area that I'm going to be in is called Asunafo, it's in the Eastern region of Ghana and it is the most forest/bush area that we have in our mission. I'm excited, also a little nervous as well. My new companion is Elder Stilson, he goes home at the end of this transfer. A new experience in a new part of Africa.

This week has been an awesome week, as well as a slow week. We were able to have 5 new investigators that we have found, on the sad part though our 1 investigator who was suppose to be baptized this week did not come to his baptismal interview so we were not able to have the baptism this week and there is a few more things that he needs to get figured out before he can be baptized.

I'm going to miss the people of North Ridge, the city life is a good life. It is smelly and it is hard to find people to teach and be very serious about the gospel, but the members were very loving to me and I appreciate all that they did for me.

So in my scripture reading I am now in Alma 1-27 this week. Reading the Book of Mormon again has helped me so much to understand it more. So in these chapters 2 of my favorite parts are 1 when Alma and the sons of Mosiah meet up again while traveling in the wilderness and they rejoice to see each other and I'm guessing that is how it will be when all the bros get back to home and meet up at the end of all our missions. I'm excited for that day! Then my second favorite part is when Ammon goes and teaches King Lamoni and his people and we all know the great story that comes out of that. I was thinking that all he did was a simple act of faithfully serving someone and showing the light of Christ inside of him, it is such a simple thing to serve others that we sometimes pass it over or do not look at it as something that we do. I hope and pray that all of us can find chances to serve others around us and that we can still show the light of Christ inside of us. To continue on I also pondered on the thought of what if Ammon never went to these people or just was too scared to talk to them, because if we look at the Lamanites, they literally wanted to kill the Nephites every chance they got to. He had the courage and trusted in the Lord to go forth and to share to his fellow brethren what he knew to be true and because of that there sons became great warriors. They were a chosen people of God. I love their story so much. I have learned so much from reading the Book of Mormon again.

Also one last cool thing is the place I'm going has Tucans and monkeys. I'm sure Elder Shoemakers place is still more crazy then mine but hey Schy maybe I'll get a taste of what you see haha.

Love you all and I am coming up on 1 year this next week, thank you all for supporting me in what I am doing here in Africa.

Elder Paulson

Monday, August 7, 2017

Dear friends and family,

I hope that this letter finds you all well and safe. Sounds like my family and the Thomas family had a fun time at Bear Lake this week. As well as whoever else went there this week!

So this week we were suppose to have Jennifer confirmed this past Sunday, but she showed up late and was not able to be confirmed.  Sad but she will be next week if she comes on time.

On the bright side, Emmanuel is going to be baptized on Saturday.

Bigger news is that Elder Renlund, is in Ghana and tomorrow we are having a devotional with him at the temple site and then we are going to be able to have a walk through at the new MTC that has been built right next to the temple. It looks very nice.

So this week coming up is transfer week, I have been in this area for 3 transfers now and I think that soon I will be leaving to go to the bush. Haha! I'm excited to go to a new area.  This area has been great but after some time you start to feel like the area is getting old.

So this week I don't really have much to say. I will be sending lots of pictures and if you want to know anything about Ghana just write me and I will reply.

Last thing is that I have been reading in the Book Of Mormon, and I am in Alma 8. This is the chapter when Alma goes to the city of Ammonihah and is rejected and kicked out. In the chapter it talks about how he was depressed and down on himself, then an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him to return to the city. He did as the angel directed and was received by Amulek and then they start their great missionary journey. While I was in the MTC my instructor Sis. Mitchell helped me when I was feeling down and read this scripture with me and she said all I can encourage you to do is to "try again" and to not stop trying again. This has stuck with me through my whole mission and has helped me and been a lesson to me. If Alma had not tried again, he would have never found Amulek and many people would not have been converted. I know that as we try and rely on the Lord we can truly see miracles. I love you people. Be safe.

Elder Paulson

1- Our Chapel
2-rice amd beans i eat everyday
3 a huge gutter in our area
4- more of the gutter
5-me in front of the gutter haha
6-Jennifer's baptism 
7-My comp and I
8-My MTC comp Elder Hall and I
9-some cool carved birds
10-my ZLs before multi zone
11-me studying

Monday, July 31, 2017

Well Hello dear friends and family!

This week has been a good week!

So first off we had multi zone meeting on Wednesday and that is always really nice to hear president again. We talked about finding and how we can be better finders by putting our faith and trust in that the Lord is preparing people for this message. This area is in the city and it has a lot of people just here for work, so sometimes it can be hard finding people that actually live in our area. On another note we have been having some success finding and teaching people this past week as well.

Some BIG news..... we had a baptism on Sunday! My first one in this area! Sis. Jennifer was baptized yesterday and it was a great experience for her! She is a little shy so it was I think hard for her to be the main person, but she was awesome! Everything was great and next week she will be confirmed. It was actually the most people I have had at a baptismal service before, it was right after church so everyone just came in after.

Also we have been meeting with a man named Emmanuel that is from Nigeria. He has been learning with us for some time now and this week we are preparing for him to be baptized. Saturday is the day we have set for him. He is doing well and has come a long way from when we started with him.

Well people, I am also reading in Mosiah chap. 9 this is where the people of Zeniff come to the land of Zarahemla and obtain from the Lamanites and they began to grow and have animals and trust in the Lord. Then the Lamanites see that they are growing and they begin to start to attack the people of Zeniff and in Chapter 9 verse 7 it says:

"Yea, in the strength of the Lord we did go forth to battle against the Lamanites;"

I like how it says "in the strength of the Lord" because they are putting there trust in the Lord and not in themselves. I know that as we put our faith in the lord he will strengthen us as we do.

I love you people. Thanks for all you do. Enjoy your Bar-B-Ques and all summer things.

Elder Paulson

Sadly no pictures were sent today because of the very limited internet connection in Ghana!  It is Africa afterall!  

Monday, July 24, 2017

11 months.....going too fast!

Welllll, happy 24th of July Utah people. Hope you all have a safe fun day!

Today has been a good p-day and a good week as well.

This week we were planning on having one baptism, but unfortunately, our candidate did not show up to the interview. So we will plan the baptism for next week!

This week we have had a great time trying to find new people to teach and also we met some interesting people.

On Thursday we were waiting at the chapel for one of our investigators to meet us and as we were waiting for him to show, these two people from Liberia showed up and we started to teach them and they wanted to know more about the church and the things we do. So I have now taught some Liberians as well.

The highlight of my week is that we have 7 new investigators that we have found and are now teaching this week. Our mission president has really encouraged us to find more people which will, in turn, lead to everything else that we have goals set for increasing. My companion and I are trying to find 6 investigators a week. Which will really help us to find the ones who are ready to hear our message. I'm excited for the things of the future for this area. When I first came this area was really struggling and now we have picked it up and turned it around with Elder Akpan and me.

This week I have been reading the book of Mormon, I am now in Mosiah, where King Benjamin is talking to his people and telling them to listen to the things he is saying and he tells us that salvation comes through Jesus Christ and that it is the only name where we can have salvation.

I love the message that he brings to us to be able to put our faith and trust in the Lord that he will keep his promise with us as we keep our promise with him!

I love you people and hope you have a good safe week!

Elder Paulson

1 Elder Ben and I when we went on exchange two weeks ago
2- this cool bowl i want to buy
3- me in my jaliabia
4-our chapel grounds
5- on sunday i gave all the primary kids the toys and the dresses that you guys sent me and dolls. They were so happy and all said thank you Elder Paulson

Monday, July 17, 2017

Good Evening from Ghana friends and family.

I hope this letter finds you all well and safe.

This week was a good good week. First thing is that we are preparing someone to be baptized on the 23rd of this month, so on Sunday. So we are praying and hoping that goes well. Her name is Jennifer and she is awesome. She is younger and we have become good friends while meeting with her. So I hope that she can have the desire to come unto Christ and take this step in her life.

This week Elder Akpan and I had a good week trying to find more people to teach and going out and seeing our investigators. Right now we are teaching about 10 people and are trying to have them all to have baptism dates, we are hoping that way we can have more baptisms and bring people to the Gospel.

Also we have given lots of blessings to people who asked us this week, which is always awesome! When I first got ordained to be an Elder I was worried about giving blessings and I was nervous but now I really love to give them.

I would like to talk a little bit about small and simple blessings and how much our Heavenly Father truly loves us. So on mission I have experienced many simple and small blessings. I look back on mission and realize how much my Father in Heaven has been there for me in times when I needed him most and sometimes when I did not even notice. I promise that as you look for the small blessings in your life they will be bigger then you think. I have had a great missionary experience with great companions and with awesome people. I look back at all the amazing people that I have back home. I know truly that our Father in Heaven loves and knows each one of our trials and challenges and I have seen his Spirit truly touch peoples lives as I have been here. It's amazing to see how the spirit works through us to touch other peoples lives. 

We have been teaching another girl, her name is Anifa and she is Muslim and she has a strong desire to hear and learn the gospel. It is hard for her to keep commitments because of the influence of her family, but I can see the spirit truly testify to her that these things are true. We are continuing to work with her.

I love all you people and I hope you all stay safe!

Elder Paulson

Monday, July 10, 2017


Well happy July everybody. This is my first time not being home for the 4th of July, and honestly is kind of sucks haha. Mission fire works and bbq, but all of that will come soon.

Well first the highlight of the week is we are preparing two people to be baptized, Bro. Ofori and Sister Jennifor, on the 23rd of July, which is exciting because we have not had a baptism here for a long time. So I'm pumped for them.

On Sunday I got to participate in a baby blessing for a new born baby in our ward, we are teaching the father and his whole family are members, so it is exciting for him to see that happen.  The family is awesome and I love them. There name is the Ofori family.

Also a big thing is on Sunday, while I was sitting in the investigators class, the ward clerk came in and asked me to come out into the hall and there were these two ladies from the USA that my mom knew, they came and delivered a package that my mom had sent me and I want to thank all those who contributed to the package, I love it and it is like a little slice of home.

For the 4th of July we bought pizza! It was awesome!  The place we bought it, it was buy one get one free so we bought the big one and got another big one free. It was like a little heaven,  haha! Even the pizza in Ghana is nice though.

Another thing is that my companion Elder Akpan is doing very well with his training and him  and I are getting along great. Being with a companion at first when you come on mission can be hard because you have to do everything with that person, you can't go anywhere alone. Now it's just kind of normal. I also wanted to tell you all about a weird thing they do in Ghana, is when you shake someones hand you snap after with yours and the other persons hand. 

Another good thing that happened this week is I got to see Elder Morris, he has become a really good friend here on mission.

Ghana is good. I love you people, sorry this is short. Not really that much of a week. Just teaching the Gospel to people. Love you all and please have a safe summer!

Elder Paulson

1. 4th of July
2- 4th of July Pizza
3-Prosyleting in the Rain with my hat
4- Our chapel
5- I saw Elder Morris this week
6-Just a nice picture of ya boy.
7-My Package
8-My new shirt. ( love it)
9-our apartment.

Not sure why he is so serious here, except he does take the 4th very seriously! haha! 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

African Wear!

Good afternoon friends and family back home in the USA! Happy 4th of July tomorrow. Enjoy!

Well this week has felt like a long week with a lot of work put in going and preparing people for baptism. "The best thing is at the end of the day your tired and your energy is just drained because you did some sort of good in the world."- Saratov approach.

First highlight of this week is that I was able to purchase some awesome African/Ghana clothing. I'll send pictures but I love it. It's freaking awesome guys..

Anyway. we are preparing some of our investigators for baptism, but they have had a hard time attending sacrament meeting. It is really hard to see people not come because we ask and invite them to come and they say that they will but then they don't.  Sucks but it's a part of mission and you can see how it improves your testimony as well as helps others.

This man, his name is Ben, he is one of our investigators and he has been doing awesome. I think he was sick so that is why he did not come to church. He is doing awesome though. We are almost finished teaching him the lessons and he always has awesome questions when we come to visit him. Also another man his name is Bro. Ofori. He is a part-member family investigator and he is super awesome. He was our only investigator at church this week. He has met with missionaries a lot, but was just not ready to be baptized yet. Now he says he is ready and wants to learn all about the church and the covenant he is making. So we are really excited for him and his family.

Something else this week is a lot of the missionaries who were here when I first came on mission and had just hit a year are now going home and they all told me to enjoy because time flies and it's so true, time does fly by. I'm going to miss those guys and the examples they were for me.

Well love all you people. Keep being safe and love the USA this week. I'll love it from Ghana. Love you guys!

Elder Paulson

1- just a selfie
2-this is Sis. Tahala, she is going home
3-this is Elder Barr he is also going home. He is from Idaho
4-Me eating Kasava leaf stew with rice 
5-Elder Akpan, our investigator Ernest and me in my new proselyting hat

This Boy makes me laugh!  He says he is going to wear his "African" wear when he gets home, knowing him, he probably will!  haha!