When we were preparing to come to Ghana we were advised that this was a cash society. A year ago it was a major event to get to the right ATM so we could get out enough cash to survive a couple of weeks. However, we have found more and more grocery stores are accepting of credit cards and now can use them weekly on our provisioning trips. This is very convenient for record keeping.
We have commented in past blogs about the challenge of the young singles in this culture to marry, given the tradition of bride-price, etc. Our ward conference today focused on the importance of celestial marriage, both preparing for and receiving the ordinance and also including God in the relationship. Sacrament Meeting was longer than normal. Our classroom was locked and by the time it was opened we were limited to 20 minutes, so my young singles explained to me the intricacies of dating and marriage in Ghana. It was fascinating to me to hear the difference in perspective between the women and the men, both completely misunderstanding the other. It made me appreciate the necessity of honest communication even though it makes one vulnerable.
We are looking forward to General Conference next Saturday and Sunday. We will get four sessions live (although that will be at 4pm and 8pm after working a full day at the temple). We will watch the Priesthood Session delayed because it is live at midnight. We were very moved by the talks in the Women’s Session which we listened to this afternoon. They will all be worth two or three re-readings. Joe Junior will now have competition for his definition of “leaning”, at least in the church.
Next week-end is also when our friends from Rochester, the Redlins, arrive. They will be serving a humanitarian mission. We have become good friends with the Piersons who have been temple missionaries for a month. They still call me Anne most of the time because they knew my older sister, but I think of it as a compliment.
We had a long day yesterday, but it was worth the effort to help the many groups and individuals who filled the temple and who also filled the temple grounds while waiting for their turn to enter. Officially the temple closes at 3:30 pm on Saturday but the doors weren’t actually locked until almost 5 pm because of a late proxy sealing session officiated by our most elderly sealer. He wanted to help a group who had come a long distance to do proxy work for their deceased family members and he just kept going.
Blessings to you for the coming week!
A bus we saw recently.