Thursday, June 4, 2015

Accra Ghana State of Emergency

This is just a quick post to let everyone who reads this that all missionaries in our mission may be wet but they are safe.  We've had  lots of rain in the last few days which caused major flooding in and around Accra last night.  A major gas station, only a few blocks from one of our apartments, where apparently many were sheltering from the storm, somehow ignited and exploded killing many people.  Our missionaries close by were flooded in their apartment but all four made it out safely and stayed in our home last night.  We had Mission Leadership Training this morning and since all Zone Leaders were here had them call and tell all missionaries to stay in their apartments today.  Again, all are safe! 

If you know other missionary parents, please share.  We'll  work on contacting as many as possible.
Thanks,I'm sure all of the prayers heading our direction protected our fine missionaries.
 Sister Hill

Monday, June 1, 2015

December 2014 Departures


(Disclaimer: thought I had posted this - just found in my draft folder - SORRY!!

We bid a fond farewell to 3 of our missionaries just before Christmas. 

Our Ghana Accra West Kente Banners - presented after our farewell Testimony meeting:

 







Missionaries, Simba and Us - Hate to see you go!


Office Elders, Assistants and Missionaries leaving:


Elder and Sister Keele, Elders and Elder and Sister Berrett:


3 Assistants:


Plenty of Photo OPS!


Must have souvenirs - Caftans (President Hill pulled his Nigerian one out for this Photo OP)


Farewell (non-alcoholic:) toast



Our sleeping mats - being readied for the night's sleepover:


Departing missionaries all tried to finish the Book of Mormon end of year (in their case - end of mission) challenge - before boarding the plane for home:


Must play one final game:


The going home suit.  If they brought a suit this is the second time it's been worn - Arrival and departure days!  Many have suits made here to wear home - personal tailors!







Handsome group!


Traditional "after the temple" photos:









Office Elders, Assistants and Returning Missionaries:



Fun to the last!


With the new office couple - the Keele's

Office Council and Returning Elders:




















Hanging out at the mission home until departure time:



























1st one - off to Australia:





Final packing and checking for overweight bags:)


Our 2 Ogden, Utah natives:


Off to Oregon/Washington:

















Airport goodbyes:




WE MISS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Christmas Conference

So far behind on posting, but finally here's the Christmas post!
We brought in all the missionaries over 3 days for our Christmas conference mid-December.  Each day the missionaries were able to go to the temple, enjoy participating in a talent show/Christmas cantata and chow down on a catered lunch.  For a special treat we were able to get the DVD of  "Meet the Mormons" from President Curtis and watch it together.
Here's some random photos taken over those 3 days:

 Private showing of Meet the Mormons"

 



Getting ready for the movie:



 

Good to go!






Time to hang out together:
























Getting ready for lunch: 


 Creative decorating (via office elders) for lunch tables:
 













 

Gathering for Christmas devotional - reading scriptures from the New Testament, Book of Mormon and missionary talents celebrating the Saviors birth:















 Missionary Christmas gifts:


For the Sisters:  Specially designed necklace made by a Jeweler in the market using colors from the Ghana Accra Temple - Gold, purple and green:



Specially designed Kente (woven) ties for the Elders:



A mission pin:


We also produced a mission DVD (thanks to Elder Bay before he went home) with pictures since the beginning of the Ghana Accra West Mission, which every missionary got a copy of.  Thanks to all the missionaries who also shared pictures that were included. 

Always fun to be together and it's so hard to say goodbye:




Dr and Sister Hill, our Africa West Area Medical Advisor.  
He's a great resource when we have sick missionaries!




Celebrating after a great Christmas Conference the Office Council men sport their new
Christmas ties!


Office Elders/AP's with Elder and Sister Keele . . .



and with President and Sister Hill. (We need a designated photographer those times when we want a group shot:)