Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas In Cape Coast

This Christmas was spent without family, presents, lights, or snow but we were surrounded with love and the spirit of Christmas. We are grateful for the birth and life of our Savior and for the opportunity to teach the people of Ghana about His restored gospel. Here are a few highlights of our Christmas. Christmas morning we went to Pra-Ewusi, a village in our Branch boundaries, to deliver bowls of "goodies" (flour, rice, and fresh vegetables). Elder Saunders tried to carry the bowl the Ghanaian way but still uses one hand to balance (needs a little more practice). He is also a "kid magnet", whenever we walk into a village the children surround him. He soon has them chanting, clapping, and laughing. They also love to have their picture taken but usually don't smile for it. But they really are a happy bunch!

We took a drive out to "Baptism Beach" with the other couples in our mission. We are here with Fifi Imbrah one of the "pioneers' of Ghana. He was baptized 30 years ago when the first missionaries came to Ghana. He told us that sixty saints were baptized that day at this beach.

Elder Saunders with Alice, our primary president in our branch. They are standing in front of her goat pen. We take Alice, her husband, and grandchildren to church every week. She is a dear friend and we love visiting with her.

Alice gave us some cashews for Christmas from her cashew tree. I had never seen how they grow before. One nut grows on a piece of fruit (cashew apple). They are in extremely hard shells and are hard to break. No wonder a jar of cashew nuts is so expensive. Ghana is the sixth highest producer of cashew nuts. The fruit is sweet but a little bitter. It is usually used to make juice because it is difficult to transport due to it having a very thin skin.


  1. What a memorable christmas! i love that first picture of dad trying to balance that huge bowl, so funny! is this your first time to "baptism beach?" i know it was a place you were really excited to see. it looks beautiful! you guys look so happy and i can't help but be jealous of that gorgeous weather!!

  2. I am sure Brother Saunders will have the bowl balanced on his head without any hands in no time. I have to agree with Marci, the weather looks warm!

  3. Gosh, I think I'll come to Ghana this year and spend Christmas with you guys. What a beautiful place surrounded by great people! Sometimes I think I would love a Christmas that was about one thing only, Christ. You two look great and I love reading all the fun facts you're learning. Oh, and Elder Saunders always did have a way of getting kids to chant and sing....I can totally picture all of that happening. : )

  4. Hello,
    I am someone you don't know, but a regular in GH. Though not born there, my Ghanaian friends and family all tell me I am more Ghanaian than some Ghanaians!
    Anyways, I actually came to just comment on the bucket-on-head; many Ghanaians use a hand to hold it steady. In fact, it is mainly street vendors who don't use their hands, because they do this day in and day out.