Saturday, May 31, 2014

You Sweep the Floor & it Actually Gets Clean!

I don't need eye drops or anything like that, but thank you!  It's like every 30 minutes I have to stick my finger in my eye because there is a noticeable build up in my corners. If it's a really bad day, then my eyes just kind of fog over and I have to wash them out. (caused from dust, pollution, conditions, etc.)

Ty: Don't worry bro, I didn't do much this week either so its no problem!  We did move but I will be coming to that. So I hear you guys are doing some stuff with the trucks. Make sure you hook a few more speakers into it :)  That is the most important part!  Yeah for THE ELDER, a sound system is by far the most important!  My African request is to add at least 2 more speakers inside!  Here like everyone has huge speakers! You know the big concert speakers! Just bars have at least 2 of those! It's sick!  After you've seen what I've seen, anything you can throw together counts as safe driving! 90% of Ghanaians fixing a car includes hitting it.  30 percent of that time is with a hammer, but 60 percent can't get one, so they just give it a few smacks with a rock!  Painting is like by far the least important! At this point it's chill with the dirty red look!   If it's a nice paint job, it will have to be washed much more! Maybe they can fix the hole in the roof while they are at it!

Tay:  Flip perfect attendance! I don't think I have ever gotten that! I always get sick or just "get sick" and end up staying home!  Even here I can't even get perfect attendance for mish! I spent some days in the hospital and many times I have been sick in the house! flips yeah!

Tali:  A Hawiian themed party?! That's sick! For my birthday when I come home I think maybe I will do an African theme!

Gracie:  Oh my freaking goodness you were just meant for the stage weren't you! Sounds like you were a super cute monster weren't you! Man you are gonna be a drama queen when you are older now aren't you!  But remember:  save the drama for yo mama!

I think unofficially we are supposed to deworm every 6 months, but I doubt any one ever does it. More so just on an as needs basis.  Bbut if I had worms I would be hungrier, and I just haven't been super hungry as of late, but we shall see!

Ok so good news for this week! We moved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Freaking heck yes!!!!!! I am so pumped! the apartment is wayy smaller, but it is much much much nicer!  This is the first place I have lived that when you sweep the floor it actually gets clean!  There are 2 bedrooms each, with their own bathrooms, one lounge room, and one kitchen, and like 50 windows.  Our building is 3 stories tall.  We are on the second floor, the land lord is on the first floor, and the third floor is under construction.  But the land lord never stays here so it's basically just a big bad house to ourselves! Story buildings are not very common in our area, especially 3 story ones!  You can see it from far away, and you are just like "yeah baby some freaking rich people live there!"  Which is kind of true, the land lord is way rich.  But as Elder Itidjere describes us, we are just some broke #$##$#$ $##$#$ (broke bum black guys, except not these words :) Yeah it is sick! We got the big room, which is still small, but it is sick. It has 2 curvey corners, which is actually really inconvenient, but hey that's what fancy houses have here so ha!

This week we had stake conference, and it was so boring! WWayyy too many people, and too many missionaries trying to usher! 30 guys ushering one room doesn't work!
It was way weird seeing that many white people all in one place! Oh well, I think it was inspiring and some new people came to church again and asked me to teach them.  Some members volunteered to help me do my work, so it's all good!
The most difficult part for me was seeing all those white people, all together!  Like there was only 10, and it got me all uncomfortable!  In my house I'm the only white guy, in my ward I'm the only white guy. I mean there are 2 islanders, but they are still darker than me! Ugh it's just weird!  I can't wait to see how I adjust back when I come home!

I made spaghetti and beans today, and it was delicious!  It was way too spicy though, darn it pepe. You can get beans a lot, but they cook kind of funny, but they taste good. I had beans and endomie pizza the other day, and that was sweet! 
The spicy here is seriously just the painful spicy, and it sucks because I am always overheating!

Ok everyone have a spectac week!
Love Elder Legg

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I AM the Rabid Monkey Whisperer

Ok, one I forgot was the Monkey story!!!!!!!!!!
Ok, just so everyone gets a preview.........I am the rabid monkey whisperer!!!!

I went on exchanges last week, and there was Chatterly, Jones, Reeves, and I.  Those are the guys in Kasoa 2nd ward. Elder Jones has an investigator with a little pet monkey tied to this big metal thing in a corner. 

Man it was cool!!  It's running and jumping all over this wall. PS...It wasn't rabid, just mean! We bought a bunch of biscuits, and wanted to try to feed it.  Apparently this is just one freaking racist monkey!!!!  The black people there could just walk right up to it, and hold it, or feed it, or whatever. But if we got too close, it starts hissing and jumping at us, trying to kill us!  
After Reeves had been bitten, and Jones had been scratched, it was my turn to make the attempt. I got real close-like, when all of a sudden, it came a-flyin at me! I fell backwards landing on my, already sore, buttocks!   But after a few attempts, I was able to successfully hand the monkey a cookie!  Pew pew pew gosh I am the bomb!
So all you guys who have been asking about the exotic animals I have been seeing..........there was a monkey, and I fed it!
If you want to picture what this monkey was exactly like, think of the one from Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Feed a monkey.......CHECK!

The Poop Story

Ok, so first, yes I am emailing on the wrong day. (5/20/14) But there were more light problems and moving issues and painting and cleaning and ridiculousness! It is the most frustrating thing to be sitting in the cafe and the light goes out, then you look across the street and realize you are on the absolute edge of your grid and it's going to be midnight before you could get back on email!!! Ugh, but here we go!

Ok, so mom you wanted the poop story! Ok here:
So as I hope you all know I get runny tummy a lot here. Not completely sure what its from, but probably a mix of the food, the bugs, the rats, the cockroaches, and the mold all over our house! Ugh, but yeah nearly every day I make a mad dash to the toilet! 

So a few weeks ago ELder Crotz and I were on exchanges, but both us us were having really bad stomach troubles. We should have stayed in, but since we are just too hard working we thought we could just run out, see a few people, run back, and then we would be safe. We go out and at the first appointment Crotz tells the investigator we couldn't start the lesson yet, because he left something.  Then as fast as he could he dashed back to our house. We made it but only kind of. We got to the house, but bad news...........we were locked out.  The other guys had both keys, so Crotz grabbed a piece of cardboard and just had a nice squat in the bushes next to our house... ewwww!  But after that we were feeling ok.  So we decided to try again! 

We went out and had 3 failed appointments, which led us about a 45 minute walk from the house. We were just walking minding our own business, when it hit us like a poop train on overload!  We were looking all over for bushes and eventually found a nice little alcove a little ways off the road.  I was smart enough to bring a whole 4 squares of t-roll for us to share. We got down right there.  Crotz in some bushes, and me up against the foundation of a little house.  We do our business, and, of course, don't have enough I ripped some pages out of my planner and used those.  Feelling good and refreshed, I grab my trousers and stand up only to hear "HEY, who said you could **** there?! Who said you could make that into a toilet?" Great I thought I had escaped pooping in my drawers, but it appears not!
Some crazy old dude was just watching us relieve ourselves! |I guess I should thank him, because he was nice enough to wait until we were done before he yelled at us.

Elder Crotz and I tried to defend our selves for a little while, but since we were fighting a losing battle, we just kind of ran away..........yeah pooped in some dude's yard, got caught, and then ran away.
Now if any of you are wondering what missionaries do, that is exactly it.

Yeah for this week though my companion and I are killing ourselves because we are running 2 areas and training the new guy because Elder Damane is sick... again, well I guess still... for 2 months... ugh defs not sick!  But it's ok, because we were able to still get average numbers in our area. Kind of, not exactly average for us, but for the low working mission we are in. We would just drop their area, but 3 people from there need to be baptized, and these guys haven't taught them anything!  All's well that ends well though right? And  baptism seems like a pretty good ending to me.

We were able to meet Sister Hannah, who is this older lady, whose daughter was just baptized.  She has her husband and like 3 kids who are not members. Just she and Charity come to church. It's sad because almost every time we go there she asks us what she needs to do to get the rest of her family to come. I love this woman, but I hate going to see her.  It is just so painful to have to tell her that everyone has agency, and she just has to keep inviting them, even if she gets rejected every time... agh well we will just keep waiting. As she continues to be an awesome example, they will eventually see the true happiness she receives from this gospel, and that it really is the truth that she believes in.

Gracie: goodness now your a big bad middle schooler! Don't let it go to your head, or you'll be a spunky punk :P why are you getting so old? I am still the same as when I left!  You should stay the same too! How come you don't like the fun run? its way fun!!  Well don't worry I heard you did great!

Tali:  Of course you are going to be a future principal, and got that award for your class!  They  must have all known that you like to be the boss ;) and I heard you did the fun run super fast!   What the what!?!  Girl why you gotta be like that?  I don't think I can even do it that fast! Especially right now!  My tummy runs more than I do now!

Tay: YEAH FX!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course you made it!!! And what--- 3 of 4 freshman were from our ward! Gosh you are such a boss! Were you bustin a move and showin them what's what!?  And you go and rock it up at the stake dances!  Gosh keep it up bro chang!

Ty:  Yeah, what is up with this junky truck stuff!?  Next time just buy us something new right ;)  Of course you made FX and Madrigals!  You're like top of the school now, and everyone is looking up to you!  Show them what it means to be awesome!

Ok so Imma zip out because my lunch time is up so I see ya next week!
Love Elder Legg

Monday, May 12, 2014

Man This Stuff is Wack!

Ok so we don't have time today, so I will just try to get you the stories down for right now :)
Ok so this is for those that think their mission is hard, or their 3rd world country is bad, or that think they know what we are going through. Man this stuff is wack!

Ok so Elder Berisa is from Ethiopia. Which, yes, is another 3rd world country, which sounds way bad, but he has only been here for 2 months and he had a complete mental breakdown!

He gets up one morning acting a little weird.  Then during studies he talked to his companion for 2 hours straight about all sorts of craziness. Such things as:  when Italy tried to colonize Ethiopia it failed because Ethiopia is God's Chosen country, that the lost pages from the book of Mormon are hidden in Ethiopia, that the Ethiopian government is trying to kill his dad, and that black people are going to destroy the church! What the what!???

Then his companion takes a 20 minute eye rest, and wakes up to a missing companion.  We then discover that his bike is missing, so we go check outside.  When we arrive at the gate Elder Berisa flies past us on his bike with a wild look in his eye.  He rode back and forth really fast.  We wait for awhile for him to come back, but he doesn't.  We call it in that we have a missing missionary.  

We get a call from our bishop that a missionary had an encounter with a taxi, or something, and now he is at the police station.  We rush to the station and find Elder Berisa with chains wrapped around his wrists and a padlock keeping him at bay.  We asked him what happened and he couldn't remember anything.  

We went around piecing together the rest of the puzzle. Apparently he had tried to break into a car and steal it.  So some guys tried to fight him, and he got kinda beat up, and he spit into the car through the window he had just smashed.  Then the police had to wrestle him down to put the chains on him. So yeah, some serious craziness, and he has no idea. 

Did I mention when he left he was fully dressed in missionary attire except for he had no shoes on! Agh what is going on here??  This is hard that's all I can say.

Next week remind me to talk about me pooping in a guy's yard and getting yelled at.
But for today I'm out of time but I love you guys!
Love Elder Legg

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Tribe Speaks Pig Latin (igPay atinLay)

Without power and water hmm. Well there is a lot of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Without water I just went out without showering and we get these bags of pure water that we are able to drink.

Gosh I want fast food sooo bad! Dang it! And Yeah gosh choir is something I miss a ton!
Yeah woop woop gonna call! So we can talk more then! You guys should ask about my twi this time so I can Impress you, but don't ask me anything too hard because I still am not good at it! I will try to call between 1 and 4 here so like what 7 and 10 there maybe :)

 I just got some money out, because I will be going to Circle tomorrow so I will try to get a camera and some shoes.  I was going to buy shoes today, but the guy obroney priced me, so I got kind of grumps and just took my business elsewhere... but that elsewhere didn't have shoes.
Tay: flip like I coulda gone over that! im no good with notes and whatnot! but dont worry my first tryout I practiced just the day before :) you are gonna rock it! man you are hanging out with your friends too much! what am you gonna do when you can drive?!
Ty:hey sorry bro! its no good being sick! whats wrong? dont worry ill talk all about my nasty sickness thismorning :) gosh you just rockin it up in fx and goin on tour and just everything right now! you do way more stuff there than I do here! every day I do the same thing haha keep it up bro!
Tali:hey its good all those people are still doing well! glad the fx concert was awesome! what is this ballet dance that you are going to be doing?! why have I not heard about that? prepare a bunch of questions to ask me on sunday!
Gracie:freak how come when dad is in charge of the girls you guys always go out and do super fun stuff but when he is watching me he isnt wanting to do anything? ;p hey get ready for me calling sunday! things are gonna be pumpin!
Ok so this week I got super sick... well actually just this morning! I was dying! I was running and in pain and nothing was going right! It started at 5 in the morning and I wasn't able to leave the toilet for more than 30 minutes before I had to return. We tried to visit sister Hannah and her Daughter Charity, but nope. I turned the 25 minute ride home into an 8 minute ride home! Ugh but after 4 anti diarrhea pills, 4 tums and 3 advils I was able to finally get out of bed.  Oddly enough I still haven't eaten today!
The sickness was probably a result of the fufu I ate at the nasty girl's birthday party last night.  No the party wasn't that fun, but I hit it off with the little girls. They taught me all the Ghanaian dances, so I  can kind of do them now! yeah yeah!
Also we met a super sweet guy this week.  He showed up at church on his own. He told us he had met with missionaries a few months before, but he was in a nasty accident and just recently got out of the hospital. He said he used to go to his brother's church where his brother was a pastor, but he knew that Latter Day Saints was the true church and it was where he needed to be.   Studd!!!!!
Also once again I wooped on the African Elders in football! USA wins again and there is just no stopping us!
Also since I keep getting in trouble for not having a tribal language from back home, I have been perfecting my Pig Latin, and people are loving it!   I can speak it good now!

Alright so times up, but looks like the party is on so keep it up y'all!
Love Elder Legg