Sunday, February 22, 2015

Goin' Great Guns in Ghana

'Goin' Great Guns in Ghana' is the saying of our Mission President, President Hill.  And this week, we felt like we were 'goin' great guns'…….it was a very busy week, with lots of trips into Accra.

Monday we went into the Mission Home for the farewell dinner of some of our Accra West Missionaries. Elder Sulonteh, from Liberia, was returning home the next morning.  We were able to send letters with him for several of our friends in Liberia.  That made us very happy.

Tuesday, we were able to attend a temple session with the returning home missionaries.  We have loved being able to attend the beautiful Accra Temple.

Wednesday was transfer day.
Elders Jones and Bass from Nsawam.  
Elder Bass was transferred.  We're going to miss his smile and his hats!  

Elders Snyder and Cartwright - Adoagyiri Elders - just before we left to drive Elder Cartwright in for transfers. We've loved watching Elder Cartwright move in next door as a brand new missionary and then leave, all trained and ready for new adventures.

What should have been a 20 minute drive into transfers turned into over 3 hours  because of a bad accident and road closure.  Look closely - notice the cab of this truck is missing off the front.

About 600 feet down the road from the truck….there was the cab.  We can't figure out how the cab got there… far away from the truck.  This accident, caused one side of the main road to be closed and both directions of traffic to have to share the other side.

Thursday, we were back in Accra to say farewell to Elders Pearmain and Guymon before they left for home, as well as see Elder and Sister Miles.  We served with these great missionaries in Liberia. After leaving Liberia, they all served in the Ghana, Cape Coast Mission.     

L to R - Sister and Elder Miles, Elder Guymon, Sister Berrett, Elder Pearmain, Elder Berrett

When we arrived home Thursday, Nicholas, Daniel, an Charity came by.  They had heard we will be going home soon and came to ask us to 'Please stay!"  They kept asking us if we'll come back.  We are going to miss our little visitors.

Friday - back to Accra once more.  We were able to do a sealing session with President Curtis and some of the Senior Couples.
Then, Saturday morning, we left for the Hohoe area of Ghana to visit the Wli Falls.

L to R - President and Sister Curtis, Sister and Elder Berrett, Sister and Elder Wilde. 
We are all friends from the Butler West Stake in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The falls were spectacular!  

You can't see it, but up by the top of the falls were hundreds of bats hanging from the rocks.

The hike into the falls meant we would need to cross over 9 foot bridges.  At one of the bridges, we saw women and children working hard, doing their laundry.

At the end of our hike, we HAD to stop at this little shop called, "Remember families & friends when shopping."  And, we did!

We then stopped at the Monkey Sanctuary in Hohoe (pronounced Hoe hoe way) to see these cute little Mona Monkeys.  Our guide walked ahead of us making this funny sucking sound.  The monkeys heard her and started gathering.  We held our hand out with a banana in it and the monkeys came, peeled the bananas, and ate.
Elder Berrett loved it…….(he is the one on the left)

Me…..not so much!  
See the tail on my neck.  I was glad only 1 monkey came to get his banana from me.  That was about all I could take.  We all had dirty little monkey prints all over our shirts.  

We stayed overnight in Ho and the next morning, Sunday, attended parts of 3 different  branches - Ho 1st and 2nd branches, and the Tsito branch (That's pronounced Cheeto).
This is the Tsito Branch - a wonderful little branch where we were warmly welcomed.

Being with friends from home was a great way to spend the weekend.  

As we attended Church, it suddenly struck me that we only have one more Sunday to meet with the wonderful Saints of West Africa.  There's nothing like hearing them sing and bear testimony.  It was great to be with them today.


  1. So much fun to be able to see your good works on your blog. Best wishes as you finish your mission and return home. Please give Brother and Sister Wilde my love. I taught their kiddos way back when... They are such a wonderful family. Love to all. Pam

  2. Just saw Brother and Sister Curtis as well. Please tell them hello also. Lucky you to serve with such awesome couples! Lucky them to serve with you!

  3. Thanks so much for your wonderful pictures and stories you have shared! We will miss your being in W. Africa! Hope to hear from you in person some day!

  4. What a busy week indeed!!! Looks like you had a great time! Maybe you should bring a monkey home.....Charlie could use a friend!! Love you both!!