Dad and Family,
That's pretty crazy about
all the forest fires and stuff. It's been just about the opposite here.
It's been raining every day here lately. It's not continual, but it's
always cloudy. It's been nice as far as the cool weather, but it's kind
of depressing to wake up every day and have it be a little dreary and
damp outside. But I'd really rather have that than hot sunny death. This
week, to be honest, was pretty junky. Almost no one wanted to listen to
us. If we caught them for the first time just contacting, then they
would sit down with us, but when we scheduled a return appointment, they
were never there and they avoided us from there on out. So most of our
week this week was spent riding miles back and forth to failed
appointments. It was really a lot of fun..... not really. Towards the
end of the week I just thought, "I'm done, there's no point anyway,
we're just going to get to the appointment only to find that they've
left to Accra and won't be back for a week". That's pretty frustrating.
We're changing the way we do things. We're just going to go have fun
with people. Get to know people and be more personable. Because whatever
we were doing before made our investigators never want to see us again.
This evening we're going to host a Family Home
Evening at a member's house with one of our missionary training DVDs.
We're going to buy and pop some popcorn and just invite people in the
compound to come watch. We'll see how it goes. discouragement has just
been huge this week, and I can't handle too much more, so we're doing
things different as to avoid to much of that. We just need to have fun
and not be the two obruni's that come into people house and teach them
"the word of God". The people here seem a little desensitized to someone
sharing the gospel with them. No one will reject us because they've
been told never to reject "the word of God", but at the same time, no
one keeps commitments because they listen to us almost against their own
will sometimes. It's weird. We actually get a lot of people who say
"oh, won't you sit down and preach us small?". And I can tell they
aren't really interested, they just have that instinct to say that or
something so I just say, "No, like we're just passing by right now".
That sounds wrong, but believe me, it's right.
Transfers are this Wednesday, but I won't be
transferred because I'm training still. Unless something strange
happens. It's crazy to think it's already July. Next month I'll be a
year out. I think I gave up on counting the months a while ago and just
decided I should just get used to living here. I saw a monkey leashed to
the back of someone's car yesterday. Good thing too, because I don't
think I could have gone to Africa for two years without coming back and
saying I saw a monkey. It's just part of the whole stereotypical
I've got a lot of time left, so I'm just gonna keep
writing. No pictures this week. I probably should just take some random
pictures that I don't think are all that great, because you guys will
probably like them. The power has gone out like 4 times while I've been
trying to write this letter. I really hope it doesn't go off again. If
it does, I'm going to die. Every time it rains the light goes off. So
since it's been raining a lot this week, we've been having a lot of
light off. That means a lot of mud too. There's a lot of pot holes in
the roads, so they fill with water and you have to time your walking
right or else a taxi comes flying by and hits one of those potholes and
just sends the mud puddle flying everywhere. Because everywhere is so
muddy lately, I always seem to end the day with mud on the bottom of my
slacks. We've even been taking our umbrellas around a lot because of the
rain. If it rains, it cancels any appointments. That really doesn't
make it easy for us. We're all ready to go, but when we call them or
show up at their house and it's raining, they just say "oh, it's
raining, let's make it next time". Ha ha, it's great. I'm glad I get to
be with Elder Strong for another 6 weeks because it's so nice with him.
Everything is just great! Things get hard, but it could be so much worse
when you don't get along with your companion.
I've really been loving the Banku here lately. I
don't think I liked it at the beginning of my mission, but I really like
it now. I'll even buy it at a shop and take it home and eat it. Eating
with your hands is the best. I think secretly Connor knew better than
the rest of us. It's so much more convenient to eat with a spoon or
fork, but it's just fun to eat with your hands. There's not too many
rules to eating with your hands, and you just kind of suck everything
off the best you can and swallow it whole, especially with Banku and
Fufu. I'm actually just really hungry right now.
I hope you guys know how true this church is. To go
anywhere else is just a joke to me now. This church is just complete, or
"restored". It has everything. It's definitely from God. It's one thing
for a church to teach something, but it's another thing for you to find
out that that thing is really true from God. The church is like that.
It's not a scam, it's up to you. But I can tell anyone that it's
definitely God's chosen church on earth. I really don't like the idea of
people saying that we brainwash people into the church. I think that's a
load of junk. You can choose for yourself. You can't be brainwashed
past your own control, that's ridiculous. We have agency, and although
other churches may not emphasize or teach that as much, it doesn't take
away from the fact that we can choose. And we can choose to know the
truth even. It seems that it's all about diligence and faith. Those
people who keep "trudging" (like dad said") hoping for something better,
always find it. But those that don't put their faith in anything and
just criticize things around them hoping for something to just magically
happen, never get anything. I really started thinking more about the
scripture in D&C that says "...ye receive no witness until after the
trial of your faith". That's absolutely true. I think so many people
give up faith right before they receive a witness. After they give up,
it takes some time again for their faith to be tested, and if they give
up right before the witness part again, they could do that over and over
again their whole lives and never get anywhere. Things won't be hard
just one time, and then one day it all clicks and it's never hard again.
That wouldn't make any sense. If you work out a muscle and the muscle
gains some strength, that doesn't mean you can lift anything you want
now. There's always room to grow, always room for improvement and
greater happiness. There's always a bigger "mountain to climb" (from a
talk in the last general conference).
Well, I could go on and on, but I'm hungry, so I'm
going to go get something to eat. I'll answer Mom's questions in her
e-mail before I go, but know I love you guys. The thing that gives me
the most security on my mission is knowing my brothers and sister and
doing well. It's so nice to hear they're succeeding and stuff like that.
It would really take a toll on me if something bad happened to them. I
love you all.
Love, Dallin (Elder Littlefield)