Have had more spiritual experiences in one day than was had in Germany.
Met a young man this morning named Generous. Isn’t that a great name? He is Muslim and has been investigating for about a year. Is very excited about joining the church. We talked about Allah and Elohim and how they are the same God that Abraham worshipped. Then we spoke about Jesus Christ and that he was not just another prophet but the actual son of God and the one who could relieve us from sin and from whom we could receive the Holy Ghost as a constant companion. He is coming to church tomorrow.
Met all of the missionaries in Tamale (16). There was a couple from the states
the others were from the south Pacific and Africa. When they bore their
testimony they were strong and had a burning knowledge that the gospel is
true. It was wonderful.
Later we went to dinner the mission president and his wife, Elder and Sister
Halladay, and met President Ofusu-Hene and his wife. He is the police
commissioner here in Tamale and is the church district president. He was one
of the guards of the church buildings during the Freeze, the big shut down of
the Church by the Ghanaian government in the 80’s. He dutifully kept the
members out and was an armed guard to make sure they stayed out. He then
got curious. What was it that made this “cult” so strange as he had been
taught? So he went in to the building and started picking up the literature that
had been scattered about when the building was ransacked. One of those books
was the Book of Mormon. You can read the full story on lds.org. Search for
The Freeze in Ghana.
Also at dinner we met Thomas Abanga. Thomas had just returned from a
business trip to India today. President Cosgrave had been wanting us to get
together and talk. Thomas is setting up a tractor manufacturing plant in
Tamale. He has worked a deal with the Ghana government, USA, and the
World Bank to assist in establishing this plant to give employment to
Ghanaians. We had a lively discussion about his plans and now he wants to
hire David to help him. Of course he is busy, but Dad can help some. He then
proceeded to teach us at the table about Moroni 10:3 – 5 and how he had read it
over 100+ times and knows it is true. He is also coming to church tomorrow.
This meeting of Thomas was not just a coincidence. The Lord has a hand in us
being here in Tamale at this particular time. Thomas and Dad were supposed
to meet. They became instant friends and brothers in the gospel even though
Thomas wasn’t baptized yet. H said he was supposed to have been baptized
that day in Accra. The fact that he arrived here when we did with President
Cosgrave and that President Cosgrave was able to arrange the dinner is a
Dad is like Goofy just before he goes down the ski slope. Yahoooo! He can’t
contain himself. I’m right behind him. The Lord has been preparing us for a
long for this very mission. We are in the right place at the exact right time.