Archive | June 2012

E-Mail 6/25/2012

Dearest Family,

  Things are a little awkward right now. The guy i’m sitting next is looking at things he probably shouldn’t be. I’m trying my best to stay focused on everything on my left side away from his. Anyways it’s good to finally hear that at least something has been turning around for you guys. Thanks for taking care of my loan thing. The next time I say
I’m going to take out a loan just give me a good whack. Totally not worth it. Anyways Dikane is doing better and Elder Sandy is pretty sweet. He knows how to cook.  As with James oh gosh Saturday we had a funny time with him. We needed some information for the record and wanted to walk him through the baptism for sunday. In the process of
getting the information we found out that apparently his father died at the age of 128 yrs. old. For his birthdate we put it in the year of 1878. He’s lived ever since the early days of the church. I can’t say that I believe he lived that long but it’s all we got. It’s because of sketchy things like for why I’m going to be sent back to ghana as a resurrected being. Just to come back and fix records. I’ll cry “wait no, it’s not my fault please have mercy.” I’m not excited for that
day. The other funny thing happened when we tried to figure out his childrens B-day. He had two who were born three days apart. Obviously we questioned him about thinking it was just the wrong date on one of them. Turns out at one time James had a “concubine” as he calls it and had a daughter by her. Something I never knew about the man. He was
all excited for the baptism and Elder Dikane did a good job baptizing him.  James did spend a night in jail and it turned out to be a testimony builder for him. His wife has not yet been baptized because of the jailing her sisters took her to Swedru so we’re trying to wait for her to come back while James gets a secure job. The church has employed him for a few months to mix cement for the extension on the chapel. It’s been sweet. I burned my stomach on the iron this past
week and cut my finger on a cutlass while weeding. I think the stomach one is a funny story because I wasn’t thinking at all.  We had a loooong discussion with a Jehovahs witness yesterday. It was incitefull but left a little disappointing. Jehovah’s witness’ actually has some somewhat solid doctrine and they all study hard. But it’s like it says in I think 2 tim. They become ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth. The one thing I noticed talking to him is that he lacked the spirit. At the end of our thing I tried to get him to notice the spirit. Told him to forget all the scriptures, studies, JW doctrines and see what he’s feeling. After a few moments he goes back to the quotes a few scriptures to not disprove me but to make his own standing in a way. The exact thing I told him not to do.  Well I did my part I guess that’s all I could do. Maybe he’ll see it in the spirit world. I have a few requests of you before I finish. I’m wondering if it would be at all possible to have contacts sent for my year mark or birthday or something. My last pair
of glasses only lasted 6 months and I’m getting sick of glasses too. If not it’s cool. Also Elder Abioye wants to know if you guys couldfind a book called The Missionary pocket reference book or something like that. Apparently it just gives a bunch of helpful things for missionaries to know about other churches or doctrines and things. The Last thing. In Green Lantern there is also other lantern corps. They all have their own symbols. Could you guys send the symbols in an
email or something. I have something sweet in mind to decorate my planners so they aren’t as boring. and so I can find scriptures relating to those qualities. Thanks for all your support and I”ll be praying for you guys.
From the inner most thoughts of your son,
Elder Holder

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E-Mial 6/18/2012

Dear Family,
   It’s been a pretty crazy week. Mostly because of transfers. Dikane and I were in a threesome with our zone leader and soooo we actually ended up cancelling most of our appointments for tuesday and wednesday so that he could fulfill his duties. Dikane got pissed at me and that caused some problems but luckily during our companionship inventory we resolved it. A good thing about this experience was that I was able to tell when the spirit has left. We acted basically the same but everything just felt empty. Good to know that the rest of the time we were bringing the spirit with us when we went out. The new guy in our apartment is from Sierra Leon. I won’t lie I have trouble understanding him a lot of the time.He’s pretty chill though. We only had one investigator come to church on sunday.  A little depressing. Oh and James who we are preparing for baptism I guess got arrested by his boss. His boss accused him of stealing. We are trying to find him a new job. Picked up a few people this past week and everything is looking promising except for the church attendance but it’s only been one week so we’ll see. There are two new trainees in my zone. An elder brown from Australia and an elder more from UK. Dikane excited because now he isn’t a “greeny” anymore. Did you guys send a journal at all? I remember you saying that you were going to but my journal is pretty much finished here so I want to know if I should just order one from the mission. Not too much has really happened this past week aside from transfers. We unofficially dropped the muslim girl we were teaching because she didn’t seem to fully desire to learn with us and her father said she couldn’t come to church. If she ever  decides to actually try we’ll be happy to go for it again but not otherwise. That’s about it for me. Sorry it’s not too much. Peace out fam.
Yours truly,
Elder Holder

E-Mail 6/11/2012

Dearest family,
           what’s up? I would to start by apologizing for the whole loan thing. If stuff starts not working out just yank the money out of my account. It should be enough to last till the end of mission. Don’t extend yourselves. They said I couldn’t get a forbearance because I’m not in the peace corps, I thought that was why I couldn’t get a deferment so I had to go with the forbearance instead. This past week has been a bit of downer again. We had too many lessons fail us and then dikane got sick on thursday. still not the worst week I’ve had just not an overly productive week I guess. James and Mary are preparing to be baptized on June 24th. Which is freaking sweet. I made a goal to have at least one baptism a month like back in january or February and through no power of my own it has happened. we have someone in mind for next month too. everything’s coming along. dikane and I are trying to start with this muslim girl but she’s underage and her father doesn’t want her coming to church. Not that she can’t learn with us just no church. Since we would have to wait 6 months for her I asked her if she really wanted to come, discuss, and be baptized. she said yes but I’m not sure if completely understood what I was asking her. we’re going to go talk with her father this week. whol knows maybe she’ll end up being like me at 14, knowing something was good but not really understanding or knowing what it was. We got transfer news on wednesday and had a big party as a district. elder bunker is going home and he is already missed. My apartment is getting a sierra leonian, some other guys in the district are leaving. dikane and i are the same. When the mission splits Elder Wheeler (my mission father) is going to be AP with my zone leader when I first came elder briggs. I guessed one of them would be AP but not both. right now I’m in a threesome companionship until transfer day. Bunker left earlier this morning. I also found the mormons are too christian thing funny. I don’t understand why people would get mad at that. “OH noooooo, we believe in Christ too much” sounds silly to me. we went and donated blood this past saturday and I’ve gained a few more pounds since last time. Not too much but a bit. I won’t lie I think is muscle with a little fat in my belly area. I’m trying to exercise every morning but sometimes it sucks trying to. I actually didn’t know that about tithing and eating. I’ve never even heard a hint of it before. In the half caste pic I don’t actually remember why we held up L’s. The day after I tried remembering and couldn’t.sorry. Funny story I accidently burned my companions shoes today.  We were doing our deep cleaning and well i needed to sweep and saw a lone pair of shoes. they had holes in the bottom so Elder bunker always talked about his holed shoes so I thought he left them. I threw them in the trash. We went outside to burn it and my companion was like are those my shoes. and went and grabbed them. I guess those were his shoes.  whoops. He spent the next little bit moping. they’re actually not in that bad condition. Just the back of one shoe got burned it’s totally wearable but sorry Dikane. My bad. Anyway I think that’s it for me. talk again next week.
Your only son who came on mission in october,
elder Holder

E-Mail and Photos 6/4/2012

Dear Family,
         Sorry this one might not be as long but we’re in a hurry. we recommited James and Mary to the end of this month and had a pretty cool experience with them earlier this week. Went on splits with the zone leaders (Bunker). It was getting late and I had planned to go see James and Mary before we went home. We walk all the way to Pomadze and get to their house. Came to find out that a few moments before James was coming to hand his phone to someone he got a scorpion sting. His foot was already swelling up when we got there. We ended up giving a blessing with oil and stuff. Two days later at church found out that the pain and swelling he had went away after ten minutes and he was even able to get to work the next day.  Powerful. Cyril is doing good and John we can’t get to come church enough. W’ere trying to see if people can get in to his parents and maybe that will be an easier route to go but I don’t know. I had zone conference on Thursday so I got to see Nzuki and got my package. My twix are already gone. Sad day. I think because I was out of food I decided to eat them more than usual. Thanks for the back pack. It’s almost too flashy for me. Anyways Had a sweet activity today. Kakum-rope bridges and I touched crocodiles. I’ll see if I can get some pics to you right nowl. Alright let me try right now. Oh and tell justen my letter to him got sent back for some reason. Only took two months to find out. Anyways I’ll try the picks.
elder Holder

Dear family,

these pics are from the last few weeks until today, i’m short on time but here’s a few. A few of beach P-day activities, the tower that fell dureing a storm, Kakum national park on rope bridges, and touching a crocodile at a botel. The half castes of the mission. Elder Alba whose half mexican and then Brown and I who are well you know.

Elder Holder

Elder Holder by the Ocean

Elder Holder on a Rope Bridge

Petting a Crocodile

Elder Alba, Elder Brown and Elder Holder