Monday, April 6, 2015

Six Months

The Journey Marks A Milestone

        Today is the sixth month anniversary of our entrance into the MTC. It does not seem possible. Yet in many ways it seems like we have been gone for so much longer. It would not be fitting to let the day go by without some sort of recognition. 

         We had a wonderful Easter and Conference weekend. We will always have Conference to mark our mission. We celebrated October Conference in SLC with Larry and Janet. With the wonderful use of the Internet we were able to watch Conference here in Ghana as easily as we could in Arizona. Here it was live at four in the afternoon and eight at night. You do have to be amazed at how quickly this has all come about. Worldwide has a real meaning for us now.

        We hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter. We enjoyed going to church and seeing the people of many faiths going to various congregations and religious services set up in fields and dirt lots in so many villages along the road that we travel. The services that were held in a dirt area near our building in Suhum finished at noon as did our meetings. It really was like the Easter Parade to see everyone walking home along dirt streets and rutted roads in their Sunday dress. 

         We invited several couples over to watch Conference on Sunday and then had a wonderful Easter potluck dinner. It was great to not feel that we were alone on this wonderful holiday where we celebrate our Savior's Atonement and Resurrection. Then again through the miracle of technology we talked to Kristen and Julie in Dallas and Kim in Hawaii. All this from a place so far away in Africa. 

         Easter Monday is also a holiday in Ghana so with four other couples and Barry behind the wheel again we drove into the hills two hours to the north to Kofuridua. The people were out to celebrate the family day in spite of the heat. We went to Umbrella Rock, the 3 in 1 palm tree and the Akaa Falls. We finished off at the ward building where they were having a district game day. People had taken trotros from all over the area. Many people had traveled over an hour each way to enjoy the activities. My favorite was advertised as the "tag of peace". Any guesses? There was dancing, soccer, board games and an eating contest.

        We drove to the Umbrella Rock and then walked over to the palm tree a enjoyed being up close with the people, little kids and an amazing use of a cutless on a coconut.

Grave stones

A family enjoying each other and selling hard boiled eggs

He has their rap attention

        Akaa falls a nice little hike to get the muscles moving. It is awful to think how out of shape we are becoming. I don't think that it is all the heat and humidity. I really do miss my exercise.

Sister Wilde and Sister Kirkham

        The end of six months. Not many people can say they have spent time working and traveling in Africa for six months. We feel in awe and blessed at the same time, especially for the safety and the good health that we have enjoyed. We hope the same for all.


  1. LOVE this post!! Miss you all and Ghana so much!!

  2. Happiest of Easter to you. I thought about you both and how the locals would be celebrating. How wonderful to experience it through your pictures. I keep you in my prayers. Love, Heidi

  3. The time is going by so fast! We soon will be at our half way mark. We really enjoy your blog and seeing what you are up to - you are having an adventure, for sure! We all are - missions are such a great experience! Keep up the good work!