“But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not:
believe only, and she shall be made whole.”
Elder Harris and I have continued to witness miracles in
Asokore. Two weeks ago we were eating lunch in a chop bar when a man came to us
telling us that he wanted to join our Church. We actually have a lot of people
who do that, but most of them are not serious. We gave him our number and told
him to call us because he did not have a phone for us to call him. His name was
Maxwell. The next Sunday my companion and I were getting dressed when
our phone rang. My companion picked it up and it was Maxwell, he was at the
Chapel and wondering where we were. We dressed quickly and biked to the Chapel.
Maxwell was there, wearing skater shoes, a pair of white jeans, and a blue
shirt that read "Don't Worry Be Happy." We taught Maxwell after
Church that day and then set an appointment to come and see his house. He
speaks English and can write a bit but cannot read. When we gave him the Book
of Mormon he said, "One day I will read this."
Asokore is a very hilly place. Maxwell actually lives on the
side of a mountain that surrounds the Koforidua Valley. He met us at the base
and we hiked nearly to the top and found his broken down home. He moved to
Koforidua for work, so was staying temporarily in this house. It was one room
with the roof only covering half of it. There is no electricity there. On the
floor was a thin sleeping pad and in the corner was a small pile of neatly
folded clothes, the same clothes he wore to Church on Sunday. The white
jeans and blue t-shirt, neatly washed and ready to wear to Church again. My
heart nearly overfilled when I realized that that was his best clothes that he
had worn to Church, clothes I had worn to work at home. Yet in all of these
circumstances, Elder Harris and I found a faithful son of our Heavenly Father,
full of faith and hope. Believing in the Lord's timing. By the end of our
lesson Maxwell could read 2 Nephi 2: 25. “Adam fell that men might be, and men
are that they might have joy.” Maxwell believes that we are here to find joy.
He believes in a Heavenly Father who loves him. I pray that we can choose to
believe, even when it may be the only thing we have left.
I love you all.
Elder Harris and Elder Bergeson teaching
Maxwell how to read
Riding a bike to appointments in the hills of Asokore