INCREDIBLE PART ONE!!!

I’m sorry it has been a couple of weeks!  The longer we are here the faster the time flies!  We had an incredible week last week.  I will just tell the story through pictures.

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Nate, Taylor and Branson came and I can’t even express how exciting it was to see them come through this door at the airport!  I know this is a blurry picture but they sure looked happy for having traveled for so long and far! This was Saturday afternoon. We drove back to the mission home and just relaxed.

 

 

Sunday morning we went to Kissi Branch.  I think they enjoyed the chickens and birds and goats and other churches preaching of the whole village could hear.

 

 

 

This is Taylor, Nate and Branson with the Kissi Elders, Elder Gyansah and Elder Odongo

 

 

 

 

Taylor, Nate, President Amankwa and Branson!

 

 

 

 

Monday we took Taylor shopping for fabric and had her measured for an Ghanaian dress.  It was a fun day!

 

 

 

 

Nate and Branson were trying to find some sandals….no luck.

 

 

 

 

Just a few sights at the market….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful baby girls…

 

 

 

 

 

Snails…a real treat for Ghanaians…you can’t tell how big they are but they are HUGE!

 

 

 

On Monday Evening Theresa fixed fufu for us…but not without help from Nate….

 

 

 

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…and Taylor…

 

 

 

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…and Branson!  With that much help it had to be the best fufu EVER!!!

 

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed watching them eat the fufu with their hands.  They were good sports.

 

 

 

We invited the elders that live close for FHE.  They taught Nate, Taylor, and Branson how to eat the fufu.  Elders Miskin, Prince, Cardon and Atuake.

 

 

 

Elder Brown and Elder Dikane were also there.

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday morning we took them to a District Meeting with Cape Coast Zone.  We had a fantastic meeting and I think Nate enjoyed it.  I’m not sure about Taylor and Branson…

 

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After the meeting we went to the Castle Restaurant.  Branson wanted to eat something strange so we had him order “Octopus” (Calamari)  He thought it was okay.  It really was pretty good Calamari.

 

 

 

 

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After lunch Branson and Taylor went for a little stroll on the beach.

 

 

 

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Then we toured the Cape Coast Slave Castle.  This picture was taken just beyond the “Door of No Return”.  It is a solemn feel.

 

 

 

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The tour is finished…

 

 

 

 

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After the tour we were doing some souvenir shopping and this little boy was hugging and kissing Taylor.  He was so cute!

 

 

 

 

This was Tuesday…they came on Saturday…and I cannot believe that it was already Tuesday.  The time flew by so fast.  I know this is a little lengthy already so I’m going to sign off and call this Part 1…and the Saga will continue!

Love you All!!!  President and Sister Shulz

We Are Beginning Our Lasts

I know that it has been a few weeks so I hope I can catch you up quickly.  It seems our lives have been caught in a whirlwind for the last couple of weeks.  It just hit me the last few weeks that we really are beginning our “lasts”.    I’ll take you through a few.

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The first of our lasts was our last Mission Tour.  We had the privilege of touring the mission with Elder and Sister Vinson.  Elder Vinson is the 1st counselor in the West Africa Area Presidency.  They are a lovely couple and we thoroughly enjoyed there company.

 

IMG_2904The first thing that we enjoyed was our Mission Leadership Council Meeting.  These leaders in our mission are so awesome and they were instructed so well! When the meeting was over we had a conference with Abura, Cape Coast and Yamoransa Zones. Elder & Sister Vinson were stuck in traffic and we were late starting.  We didn’t get a picture of those zones. (Sorry moms)

That was Tuesday.  Wednesday we went to Takoradi and met with the Takoradi, Sekondi and Kojokrom Zones.IMG_1142

We left Takoradi and went back home for a dinner with the Stake and District Presidents and their wives.  This is one of my favorite parts of our Mission Tours.  It is so fun to have these wonderful people in our home and then to be able to visit with a General Authority. It was an incredible evening!

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On Thursday Morning we met with the Swedru, Winneba, Assin Fosu and Praso Zones.  I must not have gotten a picture of that group either.  I’m getting bad with the camera! We really enjoyed the Vinson’s.  It’s amazing how you can learn to love someone in just three days.

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On Saturday and Sunday we attended the Assin Foso Stake Conference.  This was the second of our lasts.  It is always an adventure finding out how we will participate in these conferences.  President always instructs at the Priesthood Leadership and on Sunday.  I was told that I would bear my testimony on Sunday.  When we got there for the adult meeting on Saturday, I was listed as a speaker.  Then again on Sunday I was listed as a speaker.  You would think I would eventually learn to not be surprised.  I guess I’m a slow learner because I was surprised.  You just do the best you can!IMG_1203

 

On Monday we had our “Safe Journey” meeting.  I always ask them to look a little sad to take this picture. It reminds me of the mixed emotions that they feel.

 

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Then I tell them to be happy.  It is a time to be happy and excited as they look forward to their future. It is hard to see them go.

Front:  Sisters Sibiya, Asuquo, Agbai, and Emeh

Back:  Elders Adair, Ayang, Ndah and Obot

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This is our traditional “Kia Kaha” shout out!  I love these missionaries.

 

 

 

 

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They are all excited now.

 

 

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And here are our new missionaries.  President & Sister Robison (MTC) Elders Tyson, Ripplinger, Mocke, Uata, Cole and Tobler, Sister         Adu-Twum, President & Sister Shulz

 

On Saturday and Sunday we participated in the Takoradi Stake Conference meetings.  Again…another last.  I love seeing our missionaries as they greet investigators and members when they arrive.IMG_0132 IMG_0138 IMG_0139 IMG_0140 IMG_0143

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren’t they great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

AWESOME!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday President and I were first on the program and we had to be excused so that we could go to another “last”.  Our last Mission Branch Conference.  Tarkwa, Nkroful, Axim, Agona Nkwanta, and Daboase Branches were in attendance.

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This was our Mission Branch Conference in 2012.

 

 

 

 

I don’t know that you can tell the difference because of the angle of the picture…but there were so many more people!  The church is bursting in Ghana!

 

 

We love this work.  We feel so bless to be a part of the “Hastening the Work of Salvation”! It’s wonderful!  There is a very hard part of this calling.  The hardest thing that I ever have to do is send a missionary home for medical reasons.  We had to do that last week.  I hope that is the “last” time we have to do that.  When missionaries go home for medical reasons it is so sad because they don’t want to go home.  It was such a sad goodbye!  These young elders are so incredible and I love to get to know their hearts!  The hearts of those that have to go home are so amazing!  They are very strong spirits and I love them so very much!

The most exciting thing that will happen this next week is our son Nate and his two oldest children are coming to Ghana!  You can only imagine how excited I am for that!  So I will look forward to sharing that with you!  We love you all!  We hope you are all doing well.  Remember…if you are questioning whether or not you want to serve a mission.  STOP questioning!  It IS the thing to do!  You can’t even imagine what good senior couples can do here in the mission field!  You are needed!  LOVE YOU!  President and Sister Shulz

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A Great Week!!!

We had a great week and really enjoyed ourselves!

On Tuesday we went to a district meeting.  We went to the Bakaano district!  These young elders never cease to amaze me!
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We have such great leaders and great teachers!!! Elder Halverson…the tall one in the back row…gave a wonderful lesson!  I love to see these young men in action!

 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning we had the wonderful privilege of spending some fantastic time with our couples.  We had invited President and Sister Robison (MTC President) to come over to Cape Coast and we would go see the Castle and the Canopy walk.  I will just show you a few of the pictures.

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This is inside the castle.  Elder & Sister Crittenden, President Robison and Sister Ivie.

 

 

 

I’m not sure what we were looking at but it must have been interesting!

 

 

 

 

 

Elder Schiffman standing in the court yard.

 

 

 

This was the first time we have been to the Elmina Slave Castle.  It was pretty much the same horrific stories about how they captured and sold slaves.  The following are pictures from various different places at the castle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sorry I don’t have time to tell  you all about this.  I told myself I would have this done before I go to bed and it is really really late.  So you pretty much just get pictures.

Here is a little History if you want to read it!  Elmina Castle (Why would they call it a castle?) was erected by Portuguese in 1482 as São Jorge da Mina (St. George of the Mine) Castle,also known simply as Mina or Feitoria da Mina) in present-day ElminaGhana (formerly the Gold Coast). It was the first trading post built on the Gulf of Guinea, so is the oldest European building in existence below the Sahara. First established as a trade settlement, the castle later became one of the most important stops on the route of the Atlantic slave trade. The Dutch seized the fort from the Portuguese in 1637, and took over all the Portuguese Gold Coast in 1642. The slave trade continued under the Dutch until 1814; in 1872 the Dutch Gold Coast, including the fort, became a possession of the British Empire

Thursday morning we went to Kakum….the canopy walk.  President and I stayed down and just watched people.  I don’t do the walk and President has done it to many times.  I must say…that morning it was probably a lot more interesting watching people.  We have never seen it more crowded.  I’m just going to post some pictures so you can see how many different groups were there at the tree walk!

Thursday morning we went to Kakum….the canopy walk.  President and I stayed down and just watched people.  I don’t do the walk and President has done it to many times.  I must say…that morning it was probably a lot more interesting watching people.  We have never seen it more crowded.  I’m just going to post some pictures so you can see how many different groups were there at the tree walk!

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Here they go…heading up the trail to get on that rope bridge.  I don’t know how they do it but I want you to know that when my Grandkids come in a few weeks…I’m going to conquer m fear!  I can’t not watch them experience it so I have to conquer my phobia!!

 

 

 

 

This is just to show you how many people were there!

 

 

 

These are just a few different groups that I saw while I was waiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pay attention to all the different school uniforms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was amazing how many different school groups came that day.  What we were not aware of was the fact that it was Independence Day.

 

 

We had a great time and the couples all had a great time on the Tree Walk!  On our way home we stopped and saw the Crocodiles.

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When we stopped at the Crocodile place it was poring rain.  This was a group of school students that we had seen at the Canopy Walk.  They were waiting for the rain to stop.

 

 

 

 

I think this Croc likes the rain!

 

 

 

 

 

A little rain didn’t stop us “old” people!  We were right out there getting drenched!  Sister Ivie is touching the Crocodile!  The woman next to her always sees us coming.  She feeds the Crocs chicken to get them to move for us.  And they do.  I wish I could put video footage on fb.  It does get quite exciting at times!!!

 

Well…there is our week in a nutshell.  We are looking forward to this next week.  We will be doing a mission tour with Elder Terence Vinson and his wife.  Once I get past deciding what to feed them…I enjoy the experience.  We have had to opportunity to be instructed by him before.  He is a great teacher and his wife is as well.  It is a blessing to be in the presence of one of the Lords chosen.  We will fill you in next week on how it goes!  We love you all and appreciate your support and your prayers!

President & Sister Shulz

Unbelievable….32 down and 4 to go!

I can’t believe it is March.  We have been here for 32 months and we only have 4 more to go.  :-D (BIG smile)  :-(  (BIG frown)!  I don’t quite know how to feel.  BUT…I’m not going to think about it right now!  :-D

I’m just going to show you this last week in pictures.

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On Tuesday we went to Praso Zone for interviews and instruction.  What a great zone! You have to pay attention to how close these benches are.  These young elders sat in these tight quarters for over 3 hours!  Without complaint!  They are awesome!

 

Elder & Sister Schiffman serve in the Praso District.  I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of them both.  You can see Elder Schiffman in the back right corner.  His wife is behind Sister Ivie. I have to say that the Schiffman’s have adjusted to their assignment quite well.  We are so blessed to have them here!

 

 

After the meeting there is always a group of children that LOVE to have their pictures taken and….

 

 

…the group always grows!

Below are pictures of others that wanted to have their pictures taken.  My favorite thing is the babies on the backs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve had many opportunities to get blood tests and other things with our young elders and sisters but Wed. was a first.  I had to take President Shulz in for blood tests and…..x-rays.  Nothing serious, thank heavens.  But it seem a bit more stressful to me.  Really kids your dad is fine! It is a real experience going to the doctor here in Cape Coast.  The funnest part was trying to send a picture of the x-ray to the Area Doctor so he could see it.  It’s always interesting.

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Today we went to Abura Dunkwa.       Elder Hodges and Elder Nakedi are leading the group there.  This is Sacrament meeting.  I wish I would have gotten a picture of the group.  It was so small when we started but today there were about 30 people there!  Our missionaries are doing an AWESOME job!  The two pictures below are of Joyce and Joseph.  They sat by me during sacrament meeting and Sunday School.  The sure liked my iPad!

 

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Again….after every meeting there are plenty of people that like to have their picture taken!

 

 

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Some of the poses that you see are really quite funny. (the tongue, the salute, the girl that almost looks she’s picking her nose but she is holding a ring or coins to her face, the girl next to her looks like she is praying)

 

 

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I took about 6 or 7 pictures of the children and this woman was always trying to get in the middle but they always crowded in front of her.  So she was thrilled when I made them stand back and took a picture of her by herself.

 

 

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Juliet is the girl and is such an asset to this group. She leads the music and she also teaches the primary.  The young man is a RM of 2 years.  He teaches the Sunday School and does a great job.

 

 

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This is Brother Alexander.  He was baptized about a year ago (in April).  He is a great young man and so enthused about the gospel!  Now if we could just get him to cut his dreads!

 

 

We are looking forward to this next week.  We will be having some fun activities with the couples.  So I will fill you in next week.

It never ceases to amaze me…the love that I see these missionaries develop for those they teach.  I love to watch missionaries watch their investigators.  Especially as they watch them bear testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel.  I love to see the joy that comes to them as they watch the lives of those they love change.  Brother Alexander made a total transformation from the life he lived before.  He bore a strong testimony today.  I didn’t really understand the words that he said (he spoke in Fante) but I could feel the spirit so strongly!  I had the opportunity to speak to him after church and he told me of people that he has shared the gospel with.  You feel his love for the gospel.  The gospel is so good, so correct and so true.  It is joy and happiness!  I’m thankful for it and to be a part of this great work!

We love you all!  President and Sister Shulz

 

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Hello Again!

We have had such a wonderful week!  President Shulz has continued his interviews with the missionaries and I have enjoyed going throughout the mission and seeing each one of our missionaries.  We have had the privilege of having Elder & Sister Ivie travel with us.  They have participated in the instruction part of our meetings.  While President Shulz is conducting the interviews. the Assistants, the Ivies and myself instruct the other missionaries.  If things work out really good then all the missionaries have been interviewed about the same time we finish with our instruction.  Well we hope that it works that way so the missionaries can get back to work and my husband can rest.  One day he had to interview 30 missionaries.  That is a bit grueling.  Now for my sake I like to finish the instruction before so I can have a little bit of one on one with some of the missionaries.  I enjoy our missionaries so much and I love to hear of their experiences.  I have to say that I feel so totally blessed to have had this experience.  I didn’t know that one heart was cab able of loving so much.  Heavenly Father has truly blessed me with a great love for these missionaries.  They are incredible!  Before President starts his interviews he talks to the missionaries as a group.  This time he has mentioned that we only will do interviews one more time and have one more zone conference…(after the mission tour coming soon).  When he says that I feel so sad!!!  Which is really strange because I am so excited to get home to my family..but it is going to be really sad to have this experience end!  I am just so very grateful that we have been blessed with this opportunity!  I’ll give you our week in pictures, I know most of you don’t know most of these missionaries…but this is our life and I want you to see the great young men and young women that we love.  They have sacrificed 2 years or 18 months of there lives to come to Ghana and to invite others to “Come Unto Christ”.  They do a great job, they love the Ghanaian people and want them to enjoy the message of the gospel!

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Takoradi Zone

 

 

 

 

 

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Sekondi and Kojokrom Zones

 

 

 

 

 

Elders Egbert, Dikane (AP), and     Elder Moffitt

 

 

 

 

This is for Elder Shinasi’s mom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sekondi and Kojokrom Zones

 

 

 

 

Elder & Sister Ivie instructing on pointing new converts to the temple through family history.  They have done a great job!

 

 

 

 

 

Elder & Sister Julander who are doing a great job in Takoradi with the 3 zones.

 

 

 

 

This is the Yamoransa Zone

 

 

 

 

 

This is a fun sight.  These Elders are coming to the meeting and are in plenty of time!  Swedru and Winneba Zones

 

 

 

Swedru and Winneba Zones

 

 

 

 

These are the Assistants to the President Elder Brown and Elder Dikane.  They are great missionaries and great teachers!

 

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This is Sister Nansamba.  I love our sisters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elders Baird, Halverson, and Thipe.

 

 

 

Today we attended Cape Coast, Ghana, Stake conference.This is what it looked like 30 minutes before the meeting started.  It was filled to the back.  There were people in different rooms throughout the church to accommodate the large group.

At Stake Conference they released the Stake President, President Kaku.  I had such a hard time calling him President when we first came because we knew him as Tony from 12 years ago when we were here…I finally got President down pretty good and now he has been released.  But only for a few months…he will be President again in July.  He has been called to serve as a Mission President in Nigeria.  He is such a wonderful man and has a wonderful wife and family!  We are really excited for them!

We look forward to this week when we get to go to Praso for interviews.  We will be seeing our good friends Elder & Sister Schiffman!  They are doing an awesome job!  All our couples have seemed to adjust so well and so quickly.  We love and appreciate them!

We were asked to bear our testimonies in Stake Conference today.  That happens often, but today I was especially grateful for the opportunity!  I truly am so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I’m grateful to be a member of this church!  I know that it is true!  I know I don’t take the opportunity on my own to share how I feel often enough.  I know the Book of Mormon is true and if you abide by its precepts you will draw nearer to God.  I’m so thankful for this knowledge and for the wonderful opportunity that we have to be involved in this great work!  I’m grateful for our Heavenly Father and I know He loves us and wants us to be happy.  I am happy!  The gospel brings joy to our lives!  We love you all!

President & Sister Shulz

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A GREAT WEEK!

We have been so blessed.  We were able to spend 9 days with our son Blake.  It was so great.  It was great to see him and have the opportunity to spend time with him! I hope he enjoyed his time here.  We kept him pretty busy but still had time to enjoy!

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You heard about our first few days in the last blog so I will start with Monday.  Blake is pounding fufu for our farewell dinner for 3 of our missionaries.

 

 

 

 

Now he is eating the fufu like the Ghanaians with his hand.  Fufu is cassava and plantain pounded together to make a soft ball of fufu.  You pinch a piece of with your fingers and then form it into little spoon. Then you dip it in the soup (we had light soup) and you swallow it down without chewing.  He was a champ!

 

 

After dinner we had our little farewell meeting and heard the testimonies of those leaving.  That is almost my favorite of the evening.  My favorite part are the hugs I get from the missionaries.  I waited two years to get these hugs.  It is so sad to see them go…but I love the hugs they give me!

 

 

 

These are the missionaries that finished their missions.  Elder Kalahiki-Anthony, Elder Harris, and Elder Hansen.  We love these young men.

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday morning we headed for Accra to take the missionaries to the temple and send them off on their flight home.

 

 

 

 

A great picture of father and son!  Love these two!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday evening we met our 18 new missionaries and Wednesday morning we were off to the mission home.

 

 

So Blake went through the whole transfer with us.  On Wednesday we had our orientation meeting, then lunch, then we sent the missionaries off to their areas and we got to play with Baby King Benjamin (Theresa’s baby-Benjamin nicknamed King).  Isn’t he cute?

 

 

Thursday morning President Shulz and Blake went on the “Tree” walk.  Kakum National Park Canopy Walk.  It is a series of 7 rope bridges at the top of some very tall African trees.

 

 

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Because I love heights so much I chose not to go on this tree walk again.  I did it once 12 years ago and tried it 3 different times in the last 2 1/2 years and I have decided it is okay not to walk on something that terrifies me! :-D

 

 

 

I forgot to mention Wednesday afternoon.  After things had settled down we took Blake to the Cape Coast Castle.  No matter how many times I go to this place it still leaves me with an unbelievable feeling.  This is where they used to hold the slaves until they put them on boats and shipped them away to be sold in different countries.  It may be a shock to some of you but America only received a small portion of these slaves. Something else that was surprising to me is that the slaves were captured by African people.  It could have been through tribal wars one tribe would capture some of another tribe and then take them to the castle for “trade”.  They would trade them for goods.  In my mind…as small as it might be…I thought that the Americans actually came to Africa and captured the Africans and brought them to America to sell them.  That is not how it happened.  Well here are a few pictures.  It is a very solemn place and a lot of sadness took place there!

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This is the door to the Male Slave Dungeon.  There are 3 chambers in this dungeon and in each chamber there were as many as

 

 

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This is the door that the slaves were taken out of and put on the ships.  It was dubbed the “Door of No Return”.  Such a sad commentary.

 

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This is what we saw as we went out the door.  It is a fishing village with all kinds of fishing boats and nets.  It is a fun little area…not quite what they saw years ago!

 

 

 

 

As you turn around you see this above the door “Door of Return”.  It is an invitation for all to return and find their roots.

 

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This is one of my favorite things at the castle.  The slave trade was a tragedy. When I hear how the slaves were treated and how many died, not being able to withstand the conditions of the castle or the ships, it truly was a sever injustice against humanity.

 

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On Thursday morning we went to Praso to see the Schiffmans.  I feel bad that I didn’t take any pictures of them! On our way there we stopped at Forever Young…a school that Billy Johnson started.  It is named after Steve Young.  Billy Johnson was one of the very first Pioneers in Ghana.  These little children loved Blake the Obroni!

 

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This is the grave site of Billy Johnson.  He died in the year 2012.  He wanted his final resting place to be at the Forever Young School.

 

 

On the way home we  stopped at the Hans Cottage and of course we talked Blake to pet the alligator.  You can think that these alligators are very ferocious…tee her!

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Have you ever touched an alligator?

 

 

 

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We also stopped at Sella’s vegetable stand.  These two wanted a picture with Blake.  Or was it me who wanted the picture.

 

 

 

 

 

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On Friday we went up to Takoradi and I honestly can’t believe that we have no pictures but this one.  We went to Bushua Beach and stopped at Agona Branch and stopped at this soccer stadium and they were having a track meet!  That was kinda fun.  We didn’t stay long though!

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On Saturday President had to spend the day in Swedru preparing for a Swedru District Conference.  So Blake and I just played.  It was a fun day.  We found this wheelchair basketball game.  It was fun to watch for a minute.

 

 

 

We went shopping for souvenirs and found this cute little girl sound asleep.  She wasn’t for sale!  Too bad!  :)

 

 

 

 

We walked down and saw these boys playing on the beach.  They are just below the castle restaurant and they like to “perform” for those in the restaurant.  Funny!

 

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On Sunday we had the blessing of attending the Swedru District as it became the Winneba Ghana Stake.  We could not be happier!  It was one thing that President wanted to be sure to accomplish before we finish our mission and it was quite an accomplishment!

 

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One special thing that happened is our friend Maxwell was called to serve as a Bishop in the new stake.  President Shulz giving him the  Melchizedek Priesthood.  Now they share Priesthood lines.  That is way cool.  Of course he shares that with his sons as well.

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 Maxwell, Shawna, Angela and Abigail Acheampong.  We love this family!

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After church we went to the Helping Hand Childrens Home which is an orphanage which has about 40 children.

 

 

 

 

This young man took a liking to Blake.  If I remember right, he is the oldest in the orphanage and I think they said he was 14???  I’m not sure.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a fun time.  The children are so cute and they all love the boron’s.

 

 

 

 

The ran to Blake as soon as we drove in.  It was fun!

 

 

 

 

I don’t know what they were all excited about with this truck but they were back there for several minutes.

 

 

 

 

It was fun to see Angela warm up to Blake.  She just kinda clung on to him for the day.  She is a cute girl.

 

 

 

 

This is a woman who is sorting the clothes that had come to the orphanage through Humanitarian Aid. I’m not sure where it came from.

 

 

 

These three girls were there volunteering and helping at the orphanage.  I think two were from Holland and one from Norway.  What a great experience for them!IMG_1767

 

 

 

Then we had to take him to the airport and say goodbye.  It was very hard but we were so grateful that he could come!  And look at these two little sweethearts waiting for him at home!  They have their African clothes and drums and are happy as ever.  Thanks Blake for coming!  Aly we missed you!  We love your little family!!!

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After Blake left we had a fun filled week with missionaries…This is in Assin Foso.

 

 

 

 

President did interviews while the Assistants, the Ivies and I instructed.

 

 

 

 

 

It is always a great time to spend with our incredible missionaries!

 

 

 

 

These are our AWESOME Assistants to the President.  They are great teachers.  We love them.

 

 

 

 

This is part of the Cape Coast Zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Coast…

 

 

 

 

 

Elder Larsen and Elder Daynes….great young men!

 

 

 

 

 

These are our two extreme elders.  On the left we have Elder Mngoma and Elder Mosweswe on the right.  They are not companions but it would be funny if they were.  They are great elders!

 

 

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On Sunday we attended church at Axim Branch.  They have been having a few problems so President went out to get it straightened out.  When we pulled in this is what we saw walking towards the building.  It is a sight that brings such joy to my eyes! Elders Moleme, Hackmeister, Cavaness, and Larsen.  AWESOME!!!

I hope you can feel the love that we have for these young men and young women.  They are such great Ambassadors of Christ. We are so grateful for them and for all they do to move this work forward!  The church is true!  Much love, President & Sister Shulz

 

A Day With an Apostle and a Visit With Blake

What a GREAT week!!  On Tuesday we had a wonderful experience.  We had the opportunity to spend the entire day and evening with an Apostle of the Lord.

Elder David A. Bednar is on a Priesthood Review of West Africa and he took the time to come to our Mission Presidents Seminar.  It was an incredible day!  We were instructed so well.  Elder Bednar is absolutely AWESOME.  We are all used to seeing him at the pulpit at General Conference.  He is pretty serious and seems a little “stuff shirt”.  But he is honestly so different.  Not only did were we uplifted and enriched by his spirit…we also saw a more playful side.  It was so wonderful to hear him talk about the brethren.  He spoke with such love, admiration and respect.  He said some of them are getting older and life is not easy for them but they are strong.  He also said “They will not draw one breath less then Heavenly Father wants them to take”.

He talked about Ghana and said that the church in Ghana is like the days of Nauvoo.  The church is young.  He also told them not to wish they could be like the church in America.  He brought out such an important fact.  He told them to keep things simple.  Don’t try to do all the “stuff”.  It is so true.  They do things so simply…and they love the gospel!  The big fancy programs that sometimes cause us so much stress are not necessary.  There are many things that we could learn from these amazing Ghanaian people!  Elder Bednar just gave us more reason to love and appreciate them.  We feel so blessed to have had this opportunity.  You could feel his apostleship.  He left a beautiful apostalic blessing with us. What a beautiful experience!

We had to say goodbye to the other mission presidents and their wives.  We will probably not get the chance to see them again before we come home.  We shared a nice dinner with them:

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The seminar was definitely a highlight and the week just continued to get better and better.  On Friday we went to the airport and picked our son Blake up.  Oh my goodness!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to have him here.

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It was a long flight but there were no real delays…he got here pretty much on time.  He got here just in time to start a transfer with us….

 

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We have 18 new missionaries coming and we had our training meeting on Saturday morning.  These are awesome missionaries!

 

 

 

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Saturday evening we went to Biriwa, a restaurant on the beach.

 

 

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The scenery is beautiful!

 

 

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Just like Hawaii!

 

 

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Sunday Morning we went to church at Kissi.  There wasn’t much english spoken but it was a great experience.

 

 

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These little old ladies wanted to have their picture taken with the o’bronie!

 

 

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Look at this cute little family.

 

 

 

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After church we went sight-seeing for a while.

 

 

 

 

 

Just some random shots…

 

 

 

 

A gutter in Kissi.

 

 

 

 

 

Mud hut…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He was playing soccer in the street.

 

 

 

 

 

I have no idea what was wrong with this chicken…but I’m wondering if I will be able to eat chicken again.  :)

 

 

It was a great week and we are looking forward to another exciting week.  We are so happy to have Blake here with us.  We are grateful for the sacrifice he made to be here.  I wish Aly could be here but it is hard to leave the little ones behind. We feel so blessed!

President and Sister Shulz

 

January 2014

Hello again.  It is still January but not for long! We have had a very busy week!

We started the week with Zone Conferences:

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This is our Takoradi Zone, Sekondi Zone. & Kojokrom Zone.  Sorry the picture is a bit blurry.  Have I told you lately what great missionaries we have?  AWESOME!!!!

 

 

 

 

Elder & Sister Julander, Elder Dikane, Elder Brown and Elder Moffitt.  They all participated in the meeting

 

 

These were all the birthdays in those zones…well from January to March.   Elders Chishinji, Wamono, Moleme, Ndah, Larsen, Tuai, Ntlhaakgosi, Wright, Hackmeister, Keetch and Sister Ilegomah.  (If any of these names are wrong…forgive me, my eyesight is bad and the picture is small!)

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These next three pictures are the Assin Foso, Praso, and Swedru zones.

 

 

 

After the meeting we feed them a lunch of chicken and rice.

 

 

 

 

Sorry moms…the pictures aren’t very good.

 

 

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The next pictures are of the Cape Coast, Abura and Yamoransa zones.

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t get really great pictures but these are great missionaries!

 

 

 

 

 

We love all of our missionaries and we love the opportunity to teach and learn from them!

 

 

The Zone Conferences were held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The instruction was great from President and the Assistants.  What can I say about me?  I try!  Hee Hee!  I started by talking about developing Christlike Attributes – the Assistants talked about being more effective in the work and President Shulz talked about being a consecrated missionary.

On Friday we sent  Elder & Sister Ivie and Elder & Sister Julander up to Praso to get the Schiffman’s house ready for them to come.  Our couples are so awesome.  They give so much service and are willing to do whatever is asked of them.  We had them stay in the house to make sure things were in working order and were so glad we did.  They not only cleaned but took care of many problems that came up so that everything was in working order when the Schiffman’s arrived.  Elder & Sister Schiffman arrived the next day.  We picked them up at the airport and drove them back to Cape Coast!

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All the couples met us at the mission home.  We had a great dinner and had the opportunity to get to know the Schiffman’s better. It was a great evening.

 

After dinner the couples left and we had a wonderful time visiting with the Schiffman’s.  For those of you that don’t know…our other new couple…the Julander’s are from Hooper.  We have lived in the same stake for as long as we have been in Hooper.  We are so happy to have them here (a little piece of home).  Elder & Sister Schiffman are not only from Hooper but they are from our ward.  He was our Bishop when we came here and she was my counselor in Young Womens.  It is so fun to see the connections we have with our couples.  Elder and Sister Crittenden’s grandson was in our mission until December and our son lived in the same ward as the Ivies in New Mexico.  I would just like to say again…if your family is grown and you have considered a mission…just do it.  The contributions that the couples make is remarkable.  Couples are so needed in missions and it would be such a blessing in your lives and also in the lives of those you serve. And you must know that the church takes such good care of the couples.

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We actually attended church on Sunday in the Nkanfoa Branch and then went to Praso and stopped to let the Schiffmans meet the District Presidency.

 

 

 

Then we took them to their new home where they will be staying for the next 18 months.

 

 

We love this work and we love the relationships that we develop here with our missionaries…both the young Elders and Sisters and the Senior couples.  We are thankful for them.

We love this work and we appreciate all those who have sacrificed to help bring souls unto Christ!    Have a great week.

Random Pictures:

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January 2014

This Mission is AWESOME!

We love this work!  We love our missionaries.  We are so blessed!  I’ll just take you thru our week thru pictures:

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This is the picture that I took when we said Hello to the Julander’s and a very sad goodbye to the Bybee’s.

 

 

 

On Tuesday we went to the Yamoransa Zone for their combined district meeting.  It was AWESOME!  We have such fantastic missionaries!

 

 

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This is just one of the many, many, many weird rashes that we get to see and treat.  Mom, if you recognize this back…don’t worry it will clear up!

 

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Elder Mthalane and Elder Molefe gave a great lesson!  They are such incredible zone leaders!

 

 

 

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Tuesday was President Shulz’ birthday.  He was blessed to get a phone call from LaGrande and Beverly Belnap.  Yes…they even call us on our birthdays when we are clear across the globe.  Thank you Belnaps.  We love you!!

That evening we had some visiting Elders who brought him this delicious ice cream cake.  Look close at the candles.

 

 

 

Elder Merrill lit the candles…

 

 

 

 

 

….and he lit more candles!

 

 

 

 

 

This was hilarious…..

 

 

 

 

He tried hard to blow the “candles” out……but

 

 

 

 

….he needed a little help!!!  Elder McKeon to the rescue!

 

 

 

 

Elder Merrill, Elder McKeon, President Shulz, Elder Walston and Elder Atuake`

 

 

It was a fun night and we love these missionaries.  They are amazing and I have to say that their baking skills are incredible!

On Wednesday morning we headed up to Takoradi to pick up Elder & Sister Julander and take them around to the branches that they will be working with.  We went to Axim, Nkroful and Agona Nkwanta on Wednesday and on Thursday we took them to Tarkwa.  I forgot…on Monday we met them at Daboase.  So they have been to and met all the Branch Presidents except for Axim.   I wish I would have taken more pictures but there are a few….

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Here we are in Tarkwa with Elder Keetch and Elder Williams and the Julanders.

 

 

We are trying to get the Tarkwa leadership to create a group.  We went and checked out some places where missionaries could live and where they could hold the group.  For those of you who are wondering what a group is…it is a pre-branch congregation.  They are very small and start by having Sacrament meeting and Sunday School.  They are to small to be considered a branch.  It is good to open groups up because it creates a new “center of strength”.  Our missionaries are not supposed to proselyte any further than a 30 minute walk from the “center of strength”.  So if we create a group it helps those people who are further than 30 minutes away from the center of strength.  Then we are able to put missionaries out there and the church continues to grow. IMG_0841

We stopped at a school to see if it was a good option for a group to meet in. This was the first class room that we looked into.  So cute!  It reminded me when I was in Kindergarten and I took a big towel to have my nap on.

 

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I think we woke a few of them up…

 

 

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I think that Elder Keetch and Elder Williams really enjoyed the kids.

 

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Here we are meeting with the Head Mistress.

 

 

 

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This was a funny experience.  We had made a lunch to take on our travels on Tuesday but decided to show the Julanders this beautiful resort area.  I think it was called Kroma.  Larry and Jean correct me if I am wrong.  Well we walked through but didn’t want to eat in the resort because we weren’t eating at the restaurant where we usually have eaten.  So we saw this nice picnic table and it was on the outside of the resort.  Well we discovered it was the employees table.  They were very kind and didn’t kick us out!  We enjoyed our lunch.

 

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Friday night we had the Ivie’s and the Julander’s stay at the mission home because we had Training in Praso.  We also were taking the furniture up to the apartment we have for our new couple who will come on Saturday.  We are so excited to have Elder and Sister Schiffman with us!

 

I can’t begin to tell you how valuable our couples are.  It is so hard to see them leave and so exciting to have them come.  Missionary work is incredible and it is such a privilege to be involved in it.  I see the joy on the missionaries faces when they tell us about the baptism they have had or the people they are teaching.  What a blessing it is for them to be able to bring souls unto Christ.  There has been so much growth in our branches its amazing!  We love and appreciate our missionaries for their love of the work.  We hope and pray that all of you realize what a privilege it is to be involved in the work.  Remember….every member a missionary!

We love and appreciate you for your love and support.  Our lives have been blessed by each of you and we appreciate your words of encouragement! President & Sister Shulz

Sorry….I’m a Slacker!

I am so sorry that I haven’t posted for a few weeks.  I don’t know where the time has gone. I think the holidays threw me for a loop!  I took very few pictures the last few weeks and that is what reminds me what we do.  So I guess this weeks post will be pretty sparse.  I’ll take it from our New Years Eve.  We wanted to get the couples together to be able to say goodbye to President and Sister Bybee.  So we decided that New Years Eve would be a great time to do that.  We had them come and we had a wonderful time.

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We had Pizza and played some games.  None of us made it til midnight.  But we had a great time.  I’m not sure what time the Bybee’s had to get up but I know they had to leave here by 4:00 or earlier.  So we all called it an early night.

Really other than that…I have nothing to report.  Our missionaries are doing great!  They are awesome and we love them!  We attended a few District Meetings but I didn’t take pictures.  I did take one picture:

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I think I’m avoiding telling you about this last week.  It was full of challenges, excitement and sadness.  It started out with enthusiastically anticipating the arrival of Elder and Sister Julander.  They are a couple that come from our wonderful home town of Hooper.  They are great people and we are excited to have them here!  We ant into Accra with the Bybee’s to pick them up.  They were scheduled to arrive at about noon on Tuesday.  Well to make a long story short…the Bybee’s picked them up somewhere around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.  That definitely was not in the plan.  It kinda made for a big change of plans.  I feel bad that I don’t have a picture of the Julanders.  You will see them in the future I’m sure.  Well the Bybee’s had 1 day to show the Julanders Takoradi, then it was time to say goodbye to President and Sister Bybee.

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It was very hard to say goodbye to this couple!  They have been such an asset to the Ghana Cape Coast Mission.  They are full of energy and have accomplished so much.  Words cannot express the love and appreciation that we feel for this incredible couple! We do miss them but are happy that they have been reunited with their family.  We love you “Larry” and “Jean”!!  Please stay in touch.

After we had taken them to the airport we went to the MTC for the night and in the morning we had to say goodbye to another amazing couple!  President & Sister Graham

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After Christmas, New Years and trips to Accra, I think it is time to get back to work.  President and I sat down the other day and we are ready to work hard.  We are definitely on the downhill slide!  Six months…and there is so much to do!  We made a commitment when we first started 2 1/2 years ago that we would finish with as much energy and as much enthusiasm as we started with.  With our Heavenly Fathers help we will keep that commitment and then some.  Right now I’m making a commitment that I will also keep up on this blog for the next 6 months.  Hopefully better than the last few months.  Thank you for your patience and mostly…thank you so much for your love and support!

We love you all!  President and Sister Shulz