Well friends, the time has nearly come to say good-bye, can you believe it! And we are going out in grand style, if I may say so myself.
Thursday we went back to Linda’s house to hang out with all our new friends and we learned how to play a bunch of different games. They have these things that resemble Mancala boards, but without the little goals on each end, and we always see the old men playing it ALL day long. Turns out they have tons of different games that they use the same board for, and we became pros at 3 or 4 of them. Much of the time it was us sitting in front of the board attempting to play and all the little kids correcting us and playing for us…but they still gave us the credit when we won, so we celebrated appropriately.
A couple weeks ago, the Ghana Kumasi Mission was officially opened, and rumor had it that the new mission president was going to come visit our little branch in Asamang. So, Friday we met with most of the branch to clean the chapel! It was a blast—we blasted the hymns on their little player piano and went to work. I have never touched more dead bugs in my entire life! Oh. My. Gosh. Gross. But if I had a problem with spiders and cockroaches, I certainly don’t anymore. Yay! The mission president didn’t end up coming this week, but the chapel looked great on Sunday!
Friday was also my last clinical weigh day at the hospital. I LOVE our Friday clinic days because dozens and dozens (usually 60-80) of women bring their children in for weighing and immunizations and it’s just a party all day long. A lot of the women have seen me three months in a row now and we’re just getting comfortable talking to each other. Go figure.
Saturday, Brother Tawiah (in the branch presidency) took us to his farm in Asamang! We sported some long pants, tennis shoes, a cutlass, and off we went to walk the farm and attempt some weeding along the way. IT’S SO HARD, holy cow! But we saw all his orange, cocoa, and palm trees, ate some more fresh cocoa, and just enjoyed being out in the bush again. Cocoa farms are some of the most peaceful places I have been here, as odd as that may sound. They are so pretty! After a couple of hours on the farm, we were all exhausted, so we headed home, through a bunch of cushions on the family room floor and spent the rest of the day napping, watching movies, and playing card games.
Random lesson of the week: if you fry cookie dough, it actually turns out even better than baking it! (thanks for that idea mom…and the cookie dough!). Seriously, Lauren and I went through a whole batch of peanut butter fried cookies in two nights. Yup, so good.
Finally, Lauren and I finished out Book of Mormon reading yesterday (Monday). It has been such a special experience to read the Book of Mormon in such a short time-span, with other people, and during a comparatively challenging, unique time in our lives. I can’t even begin to describe our experience yesterday as we finished Moroni and took the challenge laid out in the final chapter of his writing, but it proved to me beyond any doubt of the divine nature of the Book of Mormon. I can think of no other book that provides its readers with so much awe-inspiring knowledge, guidance, peace, love, and pure happiness. No one says it better than Elder Holland: http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/10/safety-for-the-soul?lang=eng&query=%22safety+for+the+soul%22…start at 5:50.
Now what, you ask? Here’s the itinerary:
Wednesday & Thursday—work, pack, and party in Asamang
Friday & Saturday—stay at our friend Rita’s house in Kumasi being as lazy and boring as we want
Sunday—travel the 6-9 hours to Accra (hopefully my bus doesn’t break down this time…)
Monday & Tuesday (day)—hang out with my American friends that we met in Cape Coast, walk around the temple grounds, and visit a Liberian refugee camp
And then Tuesday night at 9:00 I will officially leave Ghanaian soil! I’ll have 8 hours to spend exploring Frankfurt and practicing my German, and then it’s finally off to American soil, Arkansas, and my wonderful family! …Then gone again a week later for a family vacation out of the country. My passport is gonna have SO MANY stamps! Yay! Thanks for tuning in for a little glimpse of my life in Ghana. I’ll try and get one more post up once I’m home with some final thoughts and stories from this coming week!