Sunday, November 20, 2016

 Happy Birthday to Brent.  We celebrated his 65th Birthday in Sierra Leone with the Clawson's and some wonderful missionaries.  5 of these Elders are returning home.  L to R: Elder Afful, Elder Seaman, Me Brent, Elder Oyebambie(AP), Elder Bloomfield (behind the white board), Elder Akan (AP) Elder Arthur and Elder Okpara. 

 Sister Clawson gave Brent 6 Water Balloons, one for each of his decades.  He dropped them from their 3rd story window.  I don't know who had the most fun, Brent or the Elders. 
 The morning the Elders left for their homes.  Me, Elder Seaman, Elder, Affull, Elder Arthur, Elder Okpara, Elder Bloomfield and Brent. 
 Dad and Elder Arthur became fast friends.  We will really miss him and his cute personality. 
 This is our new group of missionaries we welcomed on Tuesday 15th November 2016. 
 These three Elders are from Bo in Sierra Leone.  They left on the 17th of November to go to the MTC in Accra.  They loved these beaded ties here and came into my office to show me their ties.  I told them I needed to have a picture and Elder Woyah (on the left) said, "We are the Three Wisemen."

 Sister Gladys George also left with the "Three Wisemen". L to R Brent, Elder Woyah, Elder Bangura, Sister George, and Elder Johnson and me.  They will be great missionaries. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

 This is Prince Siaffax.  He is from Sierra Leone and went to the MTC in Accra on the 27 October 2016.  He gave me the shirt I have on.  He found it n a street market and it had "Miner" on it  It was embroidered.  He said when he saw it he thought of me and wanted to buy it for me because I had been so helpful to him.  He is such a cute young man and I was so touched by his kindness and thoughtfulness.   I wear the shirt with pride and get so many comments about it. 
 This was our flat tire a couple of weeks ago after Church.  The building straight ahead is where we go to church.  It is on the top floor.  Peter Swarray is the brother who came to our aid and brought a young man with him to change the tire.  As it ended up they couldn't put the spare on because we needed another key, so they took the tire to the service station and got it fixed, (Ox in the Mire).  We so appreciate these two brethren. 

 Saturday 5 November 20126, Shaka cut several bunches of bananas from our banana grove.  Ali Kargbo is by Brent.  He helps us in the mission and is also the District President of  Kossoh Town Branch.  The 2 Elders in the front are Elder Jones and Elder Saunders, the Office/Apartment Elders.  On the stairs are Elder Mars and Elder Amoah-Baafi.  They all live upstairs above the mission office, along with the AP's, Elder Akan and Elder Oyebambi. 
So many bananas.  We split them between everyone here and gave more to other Senior Couples and saved some for the Claswon's.  They will be ripe in about a week.  We just leave them on the counter to let them ripen.  Shaka takes care of the grounds here in the compound. 
 Ok, so don't panic, My hands are mostly better, but I wanted to document the way they looked at pretty much the worse point.  I went to a doctor here and he had never seen it before.  Sister Clawson sent these pictures to Dr. Anderson in Accra and he said it was an allergic reaction to the antibiotic he put me on for a sore on my heel.  This was pretty painful, itchey and sore.  I didn't go to the office for 3 days, because of the sores on my palms.  I couldn't touch anything without it feeling like pins pricking me.  Dr. Anderson put me on prednisone and within 3 days my hands were a lot better. 

  A week after my hands cleared up from the sores they started peeling.  They peeled for about 2 weeks and they are still peeling a little today, but they are so much better.  I will never take a sulfa drug again.  I am really grateful to Dr. Anderson and the Power of the Priesthood.