This blog covers the years 2014-2016 when we (the Robisons) were at the Ghana MTC. To see the blog covering the period 2016-2018 click on this link:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Frugal Use of Energy in the Fabric Business

This is a classic.  No need to rely on electricity for this project.

Know of a Good Stop on Way Back from the Temple?

 Every woman wants to take a look at Esther's Fabric store.

 Meet Esther.

Her fabric is preferred over most other stops and is reasonably priced.

However the truth is out.  A stop for pizza and gelato at Pinocchios make you think you are not far from Italy.  This is a favorite stop for ex-patriotes.

However the best pizza of all is found at Mamma Mia's.  I do not believe you even find it that authentic in Provo, Utah.

 What to order?  The "Peter Pan" of course.  And ask for chili oil.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Visiting 'the pit'

This is where the local artists sell their goods - clothing, beads, paintings, and lots of wood carvings, along with old African masks and other antiques.

It's fun to explore.

Today we met Agbley, the wood carver and his helpers. We love his things - particularly the works in progress.

Touring Cape Coast Can Be Sobering, Scenic, Historic & Adventuresome

At first brush, Cape Coast is actually breath-taking.  It is located on the Coast of Africa and as shown here features a thriving fishing industry.

President and Mrs Obama visited the Prison on July 11, 2009.  Michelle Obama traces her roots back to Cape Coast.

This series shows  the male dungeon where 200 slaves were kept in each room for as much a 3 months awaiting deportment or death.

Below is a picture of the female dungeon.  There were many fewer women slaves than men.
Below is the door of no return, where slaves boarded the ship, to leave Africa forever.
If a slave rebelled, they were sent to a cell without windows or ventilation to die.  They were not given food or water.
However, one of the most sobering stops is the Cape Coast Castle Prison.  It was originally built by the Swedes in 1653 and then went to the British in 1665 when they captured Cape Coast.

Above is the first court room Ghana with Donny Dayton, BYU law student intern at Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah.  Below is the building where the Church was organized in Ghana on Dec. 3 1978.  Pictured with Donny Dayton and President Robison is James Ewudzie, the 4th person baptized in Ghana.  In total 89 people were baptized that day of the 249 baptized that first weekend.

Below is the site of Billy Johnson's home which is no longer standing.  Billy Johnson was the key person who got the Church started in Ghana.

Here is a photo of Jame Ewudzie and his brother with President Robison, just across the street from the location of Billy's home.
A visit to Cape Coast would not be complete without experiencing the Canopy Walk in Kakum National Park.

And finally, here it is - a stop at Hans Cottage Botel to feed the crocodiles.  Yes they are alive, but after watching a bus of school children get photographed with the crocodiles, the Robison-Dayton group tried their hand at it.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ghana MTC Slideshow of 13 June 2014 Group

How is Batik Fabric Made?

Instructions:  First pick your Batik stamp.  The select your first color and your 3 yards of white cloth.  Next stamp on the cloth your design.  Next the cloth is dyed and laid out on the lawn to dry.  Then you pick your next design and dye it again.  After it is dried again on the lawn, voila you all line up and hold your work of art on display.

And if you had the time, you would dye it again and again and have a product that looks these below.

And here is a great use for your fabric...the baby wrap!

Elder Yirenya-Tawiah Addresses Area MTC Devotional June 19th

Our speaker Thursday, June 19th was Elder Yirenya-Tawiah, Area Seventy who is the physical facilities manager for the Africa West Area.  Elder Yirenya-Tawiah was named a member of the Third Quorum of Seventy during April General Conference 2012 and was the first stake president in Tema, the city where the MTC is located.  He and his wife have 4 children.

The current group in the MTC is the 11th group to train under the direction of President and Sister Robison.  The number 46 and come from Australia, Botswana, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and the United States.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Funerals Are Celebrations in Ghana

Funerals in Ghana are very costly affairs.  Large posters are published advertising the event throughout the community, bands are hired, and the entire village shows up for a parade of sorts with the casket.