Monday, January 10, 2011

#71 - Harvesting Bananas

Dear friends and family, January 10, 2010

(I had just written a wonderful e-mail, and g-mail ate it)

This past week has really flown by. We didn't have any meetings or
anything, which are usually what makes time go quickly, but it freed us
up to do things, like missionary work :)  We taught a lot more then we
normally do, we involved members better then ever before, and we taught
some of our branch missionaries. Hopefully, they'll stay fired up for the next few months.

We taught the Ye.'s again. We still count bottles every time we go
by as they are still working on their commitment not to sell alcohol
anymore. Anyway, we had a wonderful kneeling prayer
with them, and it was a truly sublime experience...a father, pleading
for the blessings of heaven upon his wife and children. Truly great.
They didn't come to church this week, but if they are kneeling in
prayer every day, it will be a big step up.

We also taught a man name Kwesi. He was a referral. A
self-referral, if such a thing exists. He's been praying for a long
time concerning which Church he should be part of. On one occasion, a
voice told him to "go with the Latter-Day Saints.” A few days later,
as he was praying, he saw a finger write "The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-Day Saints" on the wall and immediately decided that's
where he needed to be. He found a friend whom he knew as a member and
had him bring the missionaries. A prepared man, in every way.

Transfers were a bear. We have two new trainees and Elder K. came. He
replaced me in Buduburam. Now he's here. I'm excited. It's like the
Lord is giving me all my old troops back! Why a bear, then? Splits
that day involved 3 tro-tro rides, spanning 3 hours, on dusty roads...
then we had to repeat the same trip back! Nothing makes me so grateful
to live in a country where we can drive ourselves. This is a
remarkable blessings we totally take for granted.

We went to the farms today. Elder Abu's farms. I learned how to harvest
bananas, plantains, and yams. Banana sap is the most disgusting gunk
in the world. It felt no remorse as I chopped the trees down.
See, they only produce fruit once, so you harvest it, cut it down, and
the roots send up a new one in a few months. The trees are pitifully
weak, so I reached the point where I could slice through one in one fell swoop.
Then they dripped that vile sap in my hair. It's still there. I'll
need to shower a dozen times to get it out. It was nice to work physically.

I wish I had time to write more. I love you all very dearly, and I am
doing my best to serve faithfully. I know this is the most important
thing I could be doing now.

Elder W. Farnbach

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