Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Death Threats, Dehydration, and Sludge.....All in a Week's Work

Ok, so I have a challenge for you followers out there!   I have been trying to be creative and think of good things to say, but man its difficult!  I have stories about seeing a drunk guy beating some cows, about the completely naked fat lady bathing in the sewers, and having my life threatened twice this week!   But I don't know what you want to hear!   So I guess I kind of have 2 requests.  
 1:   I want you to ask me questions about what's going on.   You can email them them to me (travis.legg@myldsmail.net), or you can just send them to my mom, and she can send them to me.  
 2:  I want you to try to stump me with the gospel or the scriptures!  I have been wanting to think of questions people might ask me, but it will be much more productive if real people ask me questions!   So I want to see what you can come up with!

Holy cow!!!!!  That's freaking crazy you guys got to go on TV?!?!?!? That is so lucky!  I have been to a news station before, but I never got to be on TV!  I went and saw Scott Dorval the weather man.  Goodness that must have been so much fun!  What were your favorite parts? I got all of the pictures, but I can't get the video to play.  I got to it, but it won't actually go :(   It looks super cool, and of course, My sisters were the ones that got picked! I mean come on!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  How old are you now?  Sheesh you are almost old enough to be a grandma!   Oh wait, I turn 20 this year!  You could pretty easily have been a grandma right now!   Wow are you feelin it?? :)  Betcha miss me now, huh!??  I love you mom!   Don't worry I know you are my young mom, and tali's old mom!  I hope you had a sweet birthday meal!  I am going to have a big party when I turn 20.  I will get a cake, and I have some candles already! sweetness! Yeah you should come so we can spend my 21st birthday in Africa together!

This week I got 4 packages!   I got Julie's! I got Uncle Mike's (&Donna's)!  I got Uncle Lance's!  And I got the Valentine's day one from you & the Reese's! (We all mailed them weeks apart, one was even sent back in Dec. Go figure he'd get them all the same week??)  Oh man it was so fun to open them and have a little party in my room.  I got a hat, some towels,  soccer ball,  books, some drink stuff,  pens, some letters, all kinds of super awesome stuff!   THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!   It is so great to get things from home!
I read through that effective missionary book that I was sent.  I am going to be trying a few things that were in it this week.   Actually I am going to try some of them in about 30 minutes! I will practice with Chris, and then I will improve it for family home evening tonight!  Thanks so much for the sweet Ideas and all the other awesome stuff everyone sent me!

Gracie: Sheesh that is such a sweet experience Lucky! I bet you had so much fun! You guys looked way cute in your audition photos!  I was looking at them and I didn't believe that you were actually auditioning for something.  What the what!  Sheesh that is way cool! 'Ill try to get some pictures of me flipping.  Right now no one in my apartment can flip me because I'm kinda fat!  Oops, oh well I'll see what I can do!

Tali:  That is way cool! So are you going to get to go and see Spencer Blake later when he returns, or what is the deal with that?  Man I am just green with jealousy right now hehe! Sheesh Tali you are just so cool huh!

Tay:  No you didn't tell me about the author!  Did you get me a signed poster?!   You just say oh and can I get one for my brother he's in Africa right now!  Boom instant more free stuff!  Sorry you are sick bro, anything you need me to do to help you feel better? Oh and by the way Happy Birthday on Friday!! When is Ty gonna take you to your first stake dance? And I don't care if either of you think they are lame YOU ARE GOING!!!! as soon as there is one!

Ty:  Hey Tay is turning 14, you need to take him to the next stake dance ok! And make sure he dances with some cute girls! I went at 18, so you have no excuses for you being old or it being boring just go! Pacho! That's please in Twi.  It sounds exactly like poncho, but without the n.

Ok, so the happenings! 
Elder Nelson got Emergency transferred.   A few weeks ago our office elders had something to do with an accident, or they saw an accident, or something weird.  And so they got moved to Texas, and then to Sierra Leon. So that whole mess has been all over!  Now we have a ward missionary staying with us, and he is pretty cool. He doesn't talk that much though.  His name is Brother Flomo.

A few weeks ago Elder Allen shredded his fingers and his wrist while washing.  And one of our investigators got mad, so she "forced" us to bring our clothes to her place for her to wash them while we went to Cafe.   She also dried them, and it was so nice!  My clothes haven't been this clean since I bought them.  And I definitely will never get good enough at cleaning them to make them like this.
We were going to take them there again this week, but bad news-----somewhere a pipe broke.  So like all of our area is out of water!   No one in our ward has it.  We got it on for like 8 hours a few days ago, but that is it!   Bucket showers it is!  Man that is no fun, and we are all getting really dehydrated.  Pretty close to the only water we drink is when an investigator offers us some.  We could buy our own pure water, but we don't have 2 cedis just floating around.  We could also use our water filtering bottles, but I don't have an hour to suck on a bottle!

Ok, so drunk guy beating cow.   He  was stumbling around in the bush as we just watched him when he cam upon a cow in his path.   He was so drunk that he didn't realize that he could just go around the cow.  So he proceeded to walk into it, multiple times.   Finally, he got frustrated and started slapping the cow which didn't care, so he searched the ground got a big stick and just wailed on it until it moved.  Ah some people are just so creative!

Naked lady.  I was riding my bike down the street, and to my surprise what do I see?  A fat naked lady looking at me.  She was only like 2 feet high, because she was standing in the gutter.   She reached down and pulled out a bucked filled with black and white sludge..... what would you do with a bucket of sludge? Me??  I'd dump it out.  Her??  She would also dump it out, the only difference is is that she dumped it out on her head... ewwwww!  Yeah like 3 of me fat and completely butt naked!

Death threats.  I was riding my bike when a construction worker yelled at me to stop.  I went over to him, and he told me that he saw me the night before riding like this! ( he shook his hands back and forth, so that I could tell I was driving poorly). Then he told me that if he saw me doing that again he'd kill me.  So right when I was about to chew this guy out, a little Chinese lady comes over chews his butt and tells him he was stupid!  Aw, sooo awesome!
Love Elder Legg

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Emailing by Generator

Ugh I wish I had a dentist!   Tell Patty (our hygienist) I am going to have some serious work for her when I get home!

Sorry there is no power anyways so I don't know if I can reply to the big email.  We are literally running on a generator that is about to shut off.

Agh!  Sorry no power in the whole city sorry! 

So next week I'll get on with me getting my laundry done by investigators, about Elder Nelson going on emergency transfer because our office elders have been transferred to Sierra Leon.  Yeah and whatever else happens.  Sorry I thought the power outage was just in my area, not all the city!
Love Elder Legg

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

No One Likes Scary Stuff Popping Up In Their Soup!

So far this transfer has been pretty good :)  I don't get to see Hoskins too much, mostly because his companion hates me.  Ah so awesome!   The three of us were talking after church.  Elder Ogembo came over all ticked off and starts trying to chastise us.  But I told him that public chastisement is rude and over all ineffective, since it will only bring contention, not change.   Needless to say 10 minutes later he took me off to the side and had some harsh words with me.   He told me I am a bad missionary and he asked "Elder what's wrong with you?" I thought that was kind of rude.  He told me I have an attitude and that I need to be humble.  I let him know that I had an investigator waiting and that he was wasting my time.  I got stuff to do, places to go, and people to see.   Ah soo fun!

There is so much junk with boundaries here.  No one is ever at their homes.  And all the people you meet live somewhere else.   We Had to give up a solid investigator because he live like 20 feet outside of our boundary/ stake!   But because of our faith in giving him up, since it was the right thing to do, we got to meet Brother Alex.   He is way cool!  He has come to church like 5 or 6 times already and he is going to be baptized next Saturday woo!   He has friends at his work that feed him a bunch of junk about the church, but he defends it fearlessly.

My favorite/ the most common misconceptions about the church here.
1.  We chant saints
2.  We call evil spirits
3. We drink blood
4. When we sin we cut our necks and let the blood pour out for repentance!
WHAT???  Oh it's so fun finishing those doubts.

We had a funeral this week, so the last 3 days there have been hundreds of people at our place.  Last night there were over 500.   They couldn't fit in our compound.  There were tables, and chairs, and tents, and portapotties set up out in the streets!   There was a fish whose head was about the size of my torso!   We got plates stacked with food.   They had probably over 100 crates of beer, and the neighbor's entire porch was stacked with them.   They had a huge jug even this morning.   That one was about the same size as the fish head.   They had a ton left over, so everyone that lives in our compound (except missionaries mind you) were  wasted before 8am.  Wooo party till the break of dawn!   We also may, or may not have stolen a few boxes of mineral... shh.   Oh and we got a mug and a bottle opener with Mommie's picture and information on it.   Mommie is the name of the person who died.

Also for eating, our investigator, who owns a bar, had us come for fufu today.  And then she told us to bring our clothes next week so she could wash them :)   We'll see.   Is it weird that I am basically a regular at a bar now?  Nah!

Am I getting anything for St. Patrick's Day?  Elder Nelson got a package from his date, which was super cute.  There were pictures, and candies, and a shirt that had her picture on it.  Needless to say, he didn't like all of that mushy stuff.  I would though!! So question, am I getting one of those hand shirts that we send to Grammy and Grandpa all the time?  That would be kinda flippin awesome!!   I got all of Uncle Pat's ties and I wear them all the time!

That's super cool that Spencer talked about you on the news!   When you girls send him your letter, you should let Spencer Blake know that your brother, who is currently living in Africa, would like a shout out too ;) My companion was also pretty jealous when I read him the story!
Gracie:  Sheesh you got all kinds of cool stuff for your birthday!  Lucky!  How can you say yuck to Tucanos? That's for sure more meat than I have had since I have been here. I would love to have a bunch of good chicken hearts!  Actually I think Elder Allen might have eaten one earlier today.  But I'm not sure that it tasted very good.   It was just a scary little lump of meat in his soup.  That's always a heart dropping feeling.   No one likes scary stuff popping up in their soup! 

Woo so yeah I had a party week and this train has no breaks!  All aboard the party train!  My name is Elder Legg and I will be your tour guide on this adventure through nonstop fun!
Love Elder Legg 

Monday, February 3, 2014

It's Hard to be this Attractive! We are just Irresistible!

Today we went to Odorgonno and I whooped on a bunch of school chumps! Also I was all postin up on Elder Nelson! He is from Shelly, ID and he is the only one as big as me, except he is taller. Don't worry I'm still fat though! And yes Elder Ogembo did get totally stuffed, and then later
knocked on his butt! He is one of my Zone leaders and I shut him down!
He is from Kenya. Not gonna lie (well maybe exaggerate a little) but I
was a total boss!...kinda

Tay: Dude how come plenty people can tell me about the super bowl,
but no one will tell me the final score?! And yes I was going for the
Seahawks! Alli is from Colorado, so I had to go against her! Dude it is
going fast! By the end of this transfer I will be 6 months old!

 Ty:  Man since I am the apartment leader I had to spend a ton of money this month for electricity and what not.  So I got reimbursed.  And I have like half of my subsistence left for just one week! Finally! Do everything you can that involves your sacred calling in the priesthood! I have given 4 or 5 blessings here. And do what you can to help others. Always magnify your calling, never try to use it to magnify yourself! 

Gracie: Since I don't get to say it Saturday: Happy birthday! Happy
birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Gracie, happy birthday to you! How old are you now? How old are you now? How old are you Gracie? how old are you now! That's how we sing the Happy Birthday song here in Ghana :) Super bowl commercials are always way funny! I do not have a tv, and I do not get to watch it! In fact I am not allowed to watch tv... shh don't tell anyone but sometimes I watch it while I am buying things in a small shop because our lady has a tv hehe, but never any american shows are on. By the way I was voting for the Sea hawks! So boom! 

 Tali: Yeah I have some serious troubles remembering songs, so you should send me all of the lyrics to just all of your favorite songs! You should have the rest of the family do it too! Ok when I get back you have to show me how to do a princess bun ok! I can cut my hair now. Did you know
that??! Last time I got a haircut I did it myself! I did a really bad
job in the back and around my ears, but the sides and the top turned
out way good! My hair is really long now, but because I keep it flat it
isn't very noticeable.  Hehe tricky tricky me. 

Don't worry mom, I cry when I get stuff from home! I just got the package with the cute little book in it.  Everyone was super jealous.  And it may or may not have made me start bawling when I was listening to it the first time.  And yes, I do listen to your page over and over.  

 Yeah I am growing up! I can cook, I can wash, I can clean, I can yell
at people that have more power than me, I can lead, I can talk to
random people and start an awesome conversation! I cook most meals... dipping my bread into a tub of blue band (butterish stuff) counts as cooking right? We were talking about how mission is horrible because there is no such thing as snacking! Now that is just horrible!

I wash all my clothes by hand! I have to do 6 white shirts every
Monday, usually some undies, and also a pair of trousers.  But the white
shirts are so hard! I do a terrible job :/
I do such a better job at cleaning stuff like dishes or the bathroom
or whatever I just do a better job! I did the bathroom today and there
are places that have not been cleaned in a really long time. And for the
first time in forever our toilet looked white!

One of my Zone leaders got their buns chewed the other day. So I am
the apartment leader and the only time anyone acknowledges it is when
they don't want to do something. So the zone leaders, last week, made an
announcement that from now on Apartment leaders need to be older
missionaries so that people will listen to them. I get 30 cedi 
to spend on apartment needs each month, so I bought 20 things of t roll.
I divided it up among companionships, so that some people wouldn't use
a ton and others be frugal. Everyone just has to worry about their
own. The zone leaders ran out early, so one of them got angry and just
starts chastising me. Telling me it's a stupid idea and I sort of just
snapped. I told him that I am doing what I think is best.  And it's his
fault that he isn't responsible. I also may have said that he was the
one complaining that the older missionaries won't listen to younger
missionaries, because they think they are better. Needless to say,
everyone was kinda shocked and I totally finished him. I have taken control of my apartment. Kinda not really, but I will make
some changes after transfers on Wednesday. 

 Apparently my companion and I are really attractive! Thursday we
contacted a lady because she was yelling to my companion that she
loves him.  Then Friday during a lesson at our bar, this lady told me I
was just too handsome and she couldn't handle it. Then yesterday we
went to a party, and this scary old lady with a beard grabbed me and
started dancing with me. I am not saying we danced together, but she
latched on to me and was using me like some sort of strip pole. Not ok!!
I think I might have to get another worthiness interview because that
was a little inappropriate! The rest of my district just ran away and
laughed at me. On the way back from the party another old lady stopped
us and started soliciting herself to my companion! She said "oh I am
very good for you!" Agh! Then we even had to give them our number, thank
goodness we had a pass along card, so we could just give them that and
hope they wouldn't call us! Ugh, its hard to be this attractive, we are
just irresistible.

Oh and Elder(name withheld to protect the innocent!!),on the way home pooped his pants! He is just one MTC session before me, so only 6 weeks ahead of me. But we were coming back, and his fart turned into runny tummy, and he had to rush back to the apartment!hahahahahahha!!!! Oh man he pooped his pants! It was just small, but still counts, and it was awesome! 

 Transfers this week! I was soo worried that I was going to leave Elder
Allen, but the only person in our apartment that is leaving is Elder
Thornhill. And guess who comes to replace him??! Elder Hoskins! Elder
Allen's trainee and one of my best friends from the MTC! I am so excited! He is from Malad, Idaho. (that makes 3 missionaries from Idaho!) This next 6 weeks are going to be so much fun! And when this transfer ends I should be about 6 months on mission! 

 I am way good at teaching Muslims! Just make them teach you. Then they
have to listen, and you let the spirit testify of your words. I really
want to get a hold of a Koran, and these a sweet hooded nightgown
looking things! Sooper cool!

 I ate some fish the other day. The people here call them dry fish, but
I call them zombie fish. If you take a fish, and picture it as a zombie-
all bent, and has holes in it, and it tastes like dirt, that was it. I
ate the heads like a boss! Zombie fish, kenkey, and pepe. Not many
missionaries can do that. So I like it :) Is that weird, or just the
usual me?

 Love you guys!
 Love Elder Legg