Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Hi Everyone,
          Well its all going great! I’m doing good, and settled into the lifestyle of a misisonary. We are going to have a baptism for 2 on this coming Sunday, David and Kwame. We went to their house this past Thursday. They stay kind of on this hill next to the road. There are many of the Fra Fra's staying there. They led us to their house.  (It’s a little wood board shed, it looks about like Grandpa Georges wood shed.) They had their mattress for everyone to sleep on inside and they had a wood chest full of their belongings. Everything else they had was outside, their pots, pans, cooking supplies and stuff like that was all outside. When we came, their dad was all smiles and was bowing for us. Haha..   It was quite the experience; also very humbling as well. David was the translator for us. They said, “ Yes" and "Thank you very much for coming to baptize my son”, in Fra Fra. It was a very cool experience.
          Yesterday was another Stake Conference to split the Ghana Kumasi Stake into the Ghana Kumasi Dichemso Stake and the Kumasi Bantama Stake.  There were many people there; about like last time.  There were people outside watching the TV broadcast and also in the halls and classrooms. I was able to see a lot of people from Asuoyeboah and also many of the other missionaries. I saw Stetson and Riley. Stetson is really sore and limps. Just now he came in talked a while, he says he can get the stitches out at the end of the week and the bandage is ok to take off; so he is doing really good, but he says he’s really sore. But yeah, that is a really cool story about the Esplin’s, just now I even told him about it.  He was really happy that you were able to meet them. It’s quite cool that while I was reading about it; here both of them come in to the internet café.   haha… It’s a very small world. It’s amazing how we meet up and see people we know and that we can relate with, half way around the world!
          Anyway for Christmas there is a party for all of the missionaries on Thursday. So all of the missionaries in Ghana Kumasi Mission will be coming; all 130 of them. It’s going to be at the Bantama Chapel. It’s just like the Asuoyeboah one, but closer towards metro mass, so the missionaries can just get off there and walk a few min to Bantama. They said they are going to feed us potato salad and BBQ chicken, so it should be a good time to see everyone, and have something good to eat. Yeah, everybody in Ghana celebrates Christmas for the most part, the only thing different about it is that they just make more of the fufu, banku, etc. They don’t do much more than that.  Haha..
          So about Angelo, we have not been able to give the shoes to him yet.  He says he will be back tomorrow on Tuesday, so we will then.  He said that he traveled to his village for some few reasons. He is a really humble and a cool guy to be around and talk to. Also, we have been able to find a few more serious people. One is named Emmanuel, he owns a taxi and really likes the church. This week we are going to really try to focus on him and see what we can do to best help him. So other than that not much has really happened.
          On Saturday, it rained really hard; probably one of the biggest storms I have been in.  By the time we got back to the apartment we were soaked to the bone, and we didn’t even need to shower, just to dry off. They say there is always a real good storm before the dry season really hits.
          So about Iron,  I don’t think I want to sell him. What would I use when I get back to rope a cow or just to go catch andgo. I don’t think so.  I’ll think about it though.  And thank you Dad for taking care of my small herd of canners and babying them.  Haha.. Sounds like you are all doing well and are being blessed and protected.  We can talk much more about it all next week! Wow!  I can’t believe I can say that.  Haha… Better go!  Take care and keep up the good work.
             Love Elder Ty Blackburn

So we finally saw  GEORGE!!!!  from Jungle Gold.
 He was at Stake Conference yesterday.

We were just sittin at our inv. place and there was this curious lizard that
just wanted to stare at us, and thought he was hid.
 I just threw a rock at him and I got him, first throw!! Haha..  
 I couldn’t believe it!  It was just perched up on a pile of boards. 
There are lizards everywhere we go.

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