Monday, September 23, 2013

Mission Tour - The Bush

I'm posting here about our Mission Tour with Elder and Sister Vinson which we had last week.  For those who paid attention, I promised to get pictures up of our Open Houses, which we've been doing all over the mission in every ward.  Our Open Houses are ongoing and I'm hoping to have a few more pictures from those out in the Bush before posting - hopefully next week.

President Hill and I drove to Asamankese with Elder and Sister Vinson last Thursday for our first day of the Mission tour with all of the Elders and Senior Couples from our 2 Bush Zones - Abomosu and Asamankese.

Driving to the Bush gives a whole new meaning to "Road Trip"! :)


Apparently, the word got out that great things were happening at the chapel in Asamankese as evidenced by the cattle rushing down the road to get there, too :)  We generally see goats on our drive, not cattle!

Elders waiting in the lobby of the Asamankese Chapel.  We also had to register all of our Bush Elders for the non-resident cards during the morning of our conference.


 Getting the chapel set up before our meetings start.
Elders gathering.


  Is our music ready?
Elder and Sister Vinson with our Asamonkese Senior Couple, the Nielsons.
   Our Assistants - ready to go!

 Almost ready to go!

 READY!  Abomosu and Asamankasie, first meeting as 2 Zones! 
 We begin!
 Part of the program, a discussion about working with ward leaders.
 Mission Accomplished?!?

Below: Ghana LDS Pioneers, President and Sister Abu, from Abomosu.  As President Hill shared with the missionaries, the history of the church in Ghana is now a heritage for all of us serving  in the Ghana Accra West mission.  President Abu shared his conversion story, which occurred shortly after the 1978 revelation of the Priesthood for all men, as well as his experiences since then as a church leader in Ghana. This wonderful couple joined the church in the early days and remained strong through serious persecution during the "Freeze" in Ghana.  For a period of 18 months beginning in mid 1989, the members of the church were not allowed to meet and especially in Abomosu, a small village where the church was strong.  This wonderful man was imprisoned several times and his wife said, "I never knew when the police took him away if I would see him again."  I said, " I guess, perhaps more than any of us, you can understand what Emma went through when the Prophet, Joseph, was taken from their home."  She smiled and said, "Yes, I can!"  They are a wonderful example of faith for our missionaries!

President Abu is now serving again as a Branch President in Asoum, in the Abomosu District. The Abu's with Elder and Sister Vinson.
 Add Sister Hill (not often out from behind the camera:)

Goodbyes, as Elders get ready to return to their areas. 

A wonderful, inspiring day together with each other and Elder and Sister Vinson.

I'm planning on posting the Mission Tour in Kaneshie (Accra) later today.  Sorry, this week has been a challenge with working on a new computer, slow/intermittent internet and last minute change of plans, including this morning.  Off to an Open House in Ofankor and then hopefully, back to the computer this afternoon.  I figure if I don't get this much up now who knows when?


  1. Thank you! Thank you, Sister! I'm Elder Mason's mom and was just trying to find the mission address online, because I haven't received an email from him for three weeks. I'm more than glad to see a picture of him and know that he's not dead in the bush somewhere. Thanks for posting. Ask President Hill to give him a kick in the behind for not writing to his Mama. Blessings, Sister Albach, Mesa, AZ

    1. Email to you bounced. Check the blog the end of July for the mission address. BTW talked to Elder Mason. No Internet in his area this month.

    2. Mission address is now on the sidebar of this blog;)

  2. What an inspiring story about the Abus! And look at all those cattle. You're in Africa...shouldn't it be elephants and lions? :)

  3. Love this, love all the pictures and the story of the pioneer couple. It brought tears to my eyes.

  4. Thanks so much for posting all the pictures! It's so cool to see a little bit of where our son is and seeing him is a great treat!!