Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas From Ghana!
Just pics! Sorry it is late!

The video chat with Elder Paulson yesterday was wonderful, if not a little frustrating! The bush of Africa is not the most reliable place for the internet! First we could not get connected and after half an hour of waiting I just called him. We finally worked it out and was able to chat but on his end the computer sound was so soft we had to yell at him to get him to hear us. Such a great way to communicate with your missionary! NOT! Anyway, we did finally get things to work successfully and we were all able to chat with him without yelling. He even was able to share a message with us and that is always great to hear spiritual wisdom coming from your 19 year old. Makes his mother happy! In spite of the technical difficulties it was the best gift of the day to see his face and hear his voice. He is happy and well, only 7+ months to go and he is going to finish strong.  He asked me to tell you all thank you for your Merry Christmas wishes and prayers in his behalf!

Kids Christmas party! Hats and treats purchased by the Elders!  

Bro. CK, a member in our ward.

More members

More members

The pig we roasted for Christmas dinner. 

Toucans in the tree.

Pic taken from the back of the TroTro. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Afehyiaa Pa!

Merry Christmas everyone from Ghana.

I hope my letter finds you well and safe.

So this past four weeks you have only heard from me maybe once or twice and that is because of the internet problem out here, you will be happy to know that 4G wifi is coming to Asunafo after Christmas and emailing will not be a problem for us anymore.

This past couple of weeks lots of things have changed like I am training again and my companions name is Elder Tupou from Tonga and he is awesome! Elder Antwi and I are still together in the same apartment both training. Life is good still here in the bush!

So big new is that Elder Marcus B. Nash of the seventy came and had a mission tour with us. He talked to us about many things, but one thing I learned a lot from him is that we don't just come on mission to baptize others and teach but we come also to learn for ourselves and become truly converted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

This week we also had a baptism for 2 of the boys we have been teaching named Doku Emmanuel and Richmond Ntow who are both awesome young boys who I have had fun teaching. I will send you guys a picture.

Ok, other than that we have just been doing our work and helping others to come to Christ. This week on Saturday we will be having a Christmas party here, we purchased lots of fun things for the kids here with our Christmas money. So hopefully that will be fun! On Christmas day we will be having a zone activity and roasting a pig! Elder and Sister Dalton will be cooking some American food for us as well and we will enjoy and bond together as a zone! I love you guys so much and appreciate all the support you guys give me.

Be safe and may God bless,

Elder Paulson

1- At kwabeng chapel
2-My father and I last time
3-My STOOL!!
5- all of the baptism
6-Our Christmas tree
7-Elders and sister in our district
8-Me and Bro. Promise
9-Hair cut in Accra
10-Helping a sister in our branch

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

No Internet suck! BTW

Well good evening from Ghana friends and family, it has been a long time since I have been able to write you and that is because the internet in the place we usually write is down and out here in the bush they have no internet cafe. Life is good though! 

So big news is this past week Elder Antwi and me got a call from our mission President that we will both be training and that we will be splitting the area. So now my new companion from Tonga, his name is Elder Tupou and he is awesome! We are now taking ward 2 of Asunafo. It's a great opportunity to train again. So we are now just working in ward 2 it will be good to get to know all the members better in ward 2. This means I will be staying in this area until April 3rd because in march we will be having a 9 week transfer. So we will see how that goes over.

We have been working hard here in ward 2 and have found 9 new investigators this week. We are hoping to have some baptisms in the month of December.

We are planning on going to the temple with our recent converts soon which is also exciting. The work has been going amazing here as now there are 4 missionaries the work will go much faster and hopefully we can do a lot of baptizing before I leave.

I love you guys. It has been 3 weeks since I have been able to read my emails and I had 50 of them to read.  Also the internet keeps going in and out so it's hard to say how long I will have to write and get this sent to my mom to post.  So, I don't really have a ton of time so I will some how keep it short, but I will be sending pictures! Love you guys!

Elder Paulson

1-At mission home picking up our new comp
2- My new comp Elder Tupou and I
3-Ampesi and groundnut stew my favorite food
4-All the elders
5-see my eye is ok

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Elder Paulson has been unable to connect with the internet in his African bush village. While he loves it there, it has been a little hard to not get to hear from him. Luckily the young man, Promise Dumevi, who is the ward mission leader in his last area stays in touch with him and so I am able to find out how he is through him.

Elder Paulson traveled to Accra on Tuesday with his companion Elder Antwi where they both received new missionaries to train. They will be staying in the same place they have been living but training 2 new missionaries. Elder Paulson's new comp is from Tonga but that is all I know for now. When he first arrived in Accra I was able to communicate with him for a couple of minutes . His friend sent me these pictures that he had taken of them together. Also, his eye is getting better, and not in the time frame that the doctor indicated, so I am grateful for that. Thank you for your prayers on his behalf!

I have gotten spoiled over the last 15 months because I had not had one week where I was not able to touch base with Elder Paulson, however, his happiness level is great and his missionary work is going very very well and he is happy so I am happy too!

We reached the 1 digit number of months left. He has 9 months left, well really he has 8 months and 25 days! I can start counting days now that we are in the single digits. Haha!

That is all I have to report for this week, hopefully Elder Paulson will be back next week and be able to tell us many great things!

Love you all, Momma Paulson 

Monday, November 20, 2017


So today I really have short time because right now I'm in Accra and have about a 4-5 hour ride back out to the bush.

SO some small highlights is that we had 4 baptisms this past Saturday and I was able to be the baptist for them. WE have been doing awesome!  I love all you people. Be safe and make good choices. LOOVVEE YOU!

Elder Paulson

1- the sisters in my district wanted a picture with me
2- My eye has a virual infection (that was why he was in Accra, eye doctor)
3-our baptism
4-more baptism
5-sis simpson took us out to lunch.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Gye Nyame

Good Afternoon everyone from Ghana Asunafo. I hope you are all doing well and being safe!

First I want to just say that prayers go out to Coach Dave Peck and his family, I am so sorry for their loss. One great football coach and even a greater man.

Some highlights from the week, we had a really good week of finding and were able to find 6 more investigators. We found this family that has the potential to be awesome, the father is a less-active member but his kids and wife were going to another church, so this last week the kids came to church but him and the wife did not.their picture is below. They are a great family!

This week I have tried to look at people how Christ would, look at them, not what they are now but what they can be. I thought how blessed this man and his family could be with the restored gospel in their lives and home. It has made me have a totally new perspective on things and a more positive way of thinking. I think it can work in all things, if we try to look at how good things can be if we just put our faith in Christ and put work into it, how much better things can become.

We have also been working with a 17 year old guy named Seth who is the brother of one of our recent converts. He came to church on Sunday and we hope on the 19th we can get him baptized.

The lord is truly blessing the work here. I know I say that every week but I can see it every day as we go out to teach and help other people to come unto Christ.

This week was also transfer news but I'm not going anywhere, I'm staying here with Elder Antwi!

Well people I love you all, I hope you stay safe and God bless.

Elder Paulson

My District

Giant Pineapple

Little Rasta boy

Our apartment

(Notice the jungle creeping in! ) 

Just walking my goat!

Elder Bawden getting max hugged (ya haven't had a good hug until you have been hugged like this!)

Cocoa season

our Recent convert caught this rat thing they call Grass cutter

The Kaffour family

Elder Paulson and Elder Antwi 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Happpiest Halloween from Africa!

Hi everybody, hope you are all doing good and being safe! This week has been great!

Well first off we had 4 baptisms on Saturday! Abigail, Ester, Edna, and Ernest! Awesome young kids who I have grown to know very well over the past couple of months! They are awesome and I'm so happy for them getting the chance to be baptized!

As for other things we have been doing lots of finding here. The town here in Asunafo had a big party this weekend because they had 8 funerals. It was so crazy, loud music, people dancing in the streets and so on. We stayed away from the main part of town. We are having success here and the Lord is truly blessing us for our efforts here. We met two awesome guys who we are preparing for baptism in November. I'm excited for them. Missionary work is going great here!

I have been reading in Doctrine and Covenants this past week and I'm on section 25 and God is talking to Emma Smith and in the very first verse, it says all those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters in my kingdom. I love that part. People who receive this message are sons and daughters in God's kingdom. Also something else my trainer on mission explained to me, I would like to share is in 3rd Nephi 12:9 when Jesus Christ visits the people of the Americas and tells them "Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God."
I want to reverse that and say "Blessed are the children of God for they shall be called the peacemakers." We as children of god have a chance to be peacemakers unto others. Serve others with our full heart. I have found that true as I have been here on mission serving God's children. The love they show to you is amazing. It has brought me great joy!

I know this letter is not that long but I just want to tell all of you thank you for the love and support you show to me here. I could not have come this far without you guys. Love you all!

Be safe and have a great week! God Bless!

Elder Paulson

1-This is coca season in Ghana. This is how they dry there coca.
2-The kids that live in our Compound
3-me in a farming hat
4-the heavens opened
5- Our baptism
6-Elder Antwi and me on the canoe
7-me being funny
8-Elder Paulson and Elder Antwi on P day.

Below I would like to share with you a letter from Elder Paulson's companion, who is from Ghana. He has such a humbling story. Elder Paulson asked me to write to him because he does not get many letters from his family. So both Brad and I wrote to him and he told us today that we now have an African son in Ghana! He thinks of Max as his brother. I have not edited it. His main language is Twi so his English is a little rough, but he is really helping with teaching the Gospel. Elder Paulson told me today that he will definitely leave a piece of his heart in Ghana and feels sad to think about leaving Ghana and the people there! I just love that!

Dear Mother-

It was a great week and also a busy week,We had four baptism they were five but one couldn't make it,I was the baptizer and it was a great experience for me.I and Elder Paulson had a great week and we also enjoyed the work,Last Saturday we traveled to Sagubenase to interviewed some people for baptism for the Elders there and it was good,for me to see how lovely children of our Father In Heaven want to enter into covenant with Him is a great moment for me and we have been called as instrument in His hands and brings them unto thee,Missionary work is the greatest work upon this Earth.

Elder Paulson is a great basketball player and he has told me more about it and also football as well,he told me that he plays for the Bingham team and also shown me some pictures it was cool.From Asunafo where I and Elder Paulson are serving to where I'm from is 6 hours journey it's far,Asunafo is in the Eastern Region Of Ghana I'm from the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

I will like to tell you about my life,My name is Elvis Antwi from the Ashanti part of Ghana from a town called Asonomaso,the people in Asonomaso wave Kente I mean the fabric Because Asonomaso is close to Bonwire the origin of Kente.My mum's name is Alice Daagye and My Father is Kwabena Antwi,my father is from the Brong and Ahafo Region of Ghana.I have 3 oldest siblings ,I'm the youngest and I love my family but I did not have Happy family but I'm still praying for them to be a happy family one day.

My lovely Father who I love most passed away on the 15 April 2017 while I was serving,Mr Antwi started learning with missionaries and also attending Sacrament meeting,He was writing me every Monday.My father died because of a liver problem and I MISSED him,Anytime I feel he around me but I know I will see him one day,I know Our FATHER in Heaven has as a great plan for all His Children.My older brother and my mum are member but now they less active because they are saying that Heavenly Father do not care about the family because the family is suffering,I have been sending them letters but they do not want go back to church but I know in His own due time they will change.

I'm high School graduate and I'm cultural dancers and runner,I danced for me school and won many competitions.I graduated 2014 and I was working as cleaner for for company that what I was using to care for my mother because my dad and my mum have been divorced for long time and my mum is not working Ghana is not easy. I joined the church in August 2014 and it has been a blessing for me,that why I'm also out sharing what I know to be true to other to enjoy the blessing.

Mom you will know more about Elder Antwi,feel free to ask me any question because I'm also your son.I will send my testimony or how I became a Member of the Lord's church in christmas it will be pouch because I have printed it.

Love you mother,
Elder Antwi.