Monday, August 3, 2015

"Croydon is still blowing up" - 3 Aug 2015

Dear Family,

So this letter might be a little bit shorter than other ones because I didn't keep track of time as well as I try to so I don't have loads of time but I will try to include everything.

Croydon is still blowing up! Even though Elder Probst and I were sick for a couple days at the end of the week we still got a lot of work done!

Melissa is preparing to be baptized on Saturday! We are so blessed to be a part of it! We have been doing service for her a few times over the past few weeks to help some of her physical needs but also to teach her and build up her spirits as well! We've been encouraging her sons to help her out and the boys have been really good about that. Everyone is reaching in to help her and she is grateful for the love we are showing. She has anticipated being baptized for a long time and her baptism is the fulfillment of many blessings so it is a very exciting time for her and us as well!

We dropped a few of our investigators this week but we still spent the majority of our time teaching fantastic people. Stephen is going to be baptized on the 26th of September but is going on a 4 week holiday at the end of the week with his wife so we made a packet for him to take and study from while he is on holiday.

Nadir is doing really well also. We haven't been able to teach him since last week but he is still working towards the 29th of this month to be baptized! He has been very prepared and is in love with the gospel and is working on gaining a personal testimony. We are again very blessed to teach him and every experience we have had with him has strengthened our faith and boosted us up as we seek to build him up. I understand a lot more how much God really knows and the love and guidance He gives to all of us, whether we recognize it or not or it doesn't make sense for a long time.

I've mentioned it before but I have gained an absolute adoration for African food since I have been graced with the opportunity to have some in Croydon. I love it so much. This week we had fufu twice, fufu is very similar to mashed potatoes but a bit stickier and can be made out of lots of different things and you eat with your hands and usually dip in a soup or sauce. The picture is of a goat soup we had with yam fufu, which we ate all of with our hands! So much easier! The family that made it, the Hansens, are from Ghana and always invite us and Jonathan over for lots of food whenever they have time!

Thank you for all that you do and to amazing times that we have shared with each other. I love being able to share some of my experiences the Lord has blessed me with on my mission. Keep on being the greatest this world has to offer!

Elder Draney

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