This is from Elder Brandt's blog at http://eldertaylorbrandt.blogspot.com/:
Hi :) We just arrived at the Mission Home today! I got to meet Brother and Sister Cosgrave today and they are awesome! He even approached me during dinner because I said I was a percussionist and asked what kind of percussion I did! He is a really nice and spiritual guy! And Shannon was right when she said he was funny! He's very good at slipping good little jokes into any conversation or discussion he is having with us! All is well here! I really like Elder Morford by the way. He is a great guy, very nice, very funny, and definitely full of the spirit! Love you!!!
This is a thought shared with me from Elder Walch's mom. She clipped this excerpt from his letter today and messaged it to me. It is so touching, I had to record it for Chris' memory's sake. :)
In the MTC we learned a lot about the Spirit and its essential role in conversion. Never before have I felt such a sweeter Spirit coming from these Africans. Here is a people who have come here from all over Africa to be a part of something big. Something that they deem bigger than themselves. We had a lesson on a scripture in I think 2nd Nephi that goes something like this:To all those who forsake their family, their wives, their friends, their homes in the service of the Lord,The instructor then looked up and said:"How many of you have sacrificed something to get here?"a vast majority of the Africans raised their hands. The instructor began to cry and read the next part of the verse,"they shall be restored to him an Hundred fold." I sat there amazed at what happened next. The Africans started to sing the last verse of Come Come ye Saints. These people are so much greater than me. It is an honor to be here among them.
Lastly, this is the account from the MTC blog about what happened on Chris' way over to Accra:
The Elders were in line to get pizza at JFK and a man came up and was nice and asked them where they were going. He pulled out $100 and asked the elders to get snacks for the plane and to have on their mission. Twenty minutes later he found them again and said he wanted to give them more money to buy American candy to give the African missionaries in the MTC. So he gave them another $100 and said that when he was a missionary, he wished someone would have sent him some snacks and that he wanted the children in Africa to have American candy. (What is so wonderful about this is that we do not know his name.)
Chris sent this picture recently and said, "Meeting an angel":
|Elder Porritt holding the donated cash|