Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ghana Accra Temple

Temple Facts 

Announcement: 16 February 1998

Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 16 November 2001 by Russell M. Nelson

Public Open House: 3–20 December 2003

Dedication: 11 January 2004 by Gordon B. Hinckley

Site: 6 acres.

Exterior Finish: Namibia Pearl granite.

Ordinance Rooms: Two ordinance rooms (two-stage progressive) and two sealing.

Total Floor Area: 17,500 square feet.

The Accra Ghana Temple was the first temple built in West Africa and the second built in Africa, following the Johannesburg South Africa Temple (1985).

The first Missionary Training Center in Africa opened in Tema, Ghana (just east of Accra) in 2002.

Temple History

The announcement of the Accra Ghana Temple by President Gordon B. Hinckley came after he had challenged members to make a special effort to fellowship new converts to the Church. "Put your arms around them, make them feel at home. Teach them the doctrines of the kingdom. Befriend them and help them in every way possible," he said. "I make you a promise that if you will do that you will be blessed with a temple in your midst."

The day of the announcement, at an outdoor gathering of some assembled members in Accra's Independence Square, President Hinckley said, "You've gone a long time without a temple. When I was here five years ago [as a member of the First Presidency], we tried to find a place to build a temple. We didn't find anything and we didn't say anything to anybody. But efforts Monday, February 16, were more fruitful. This morning we approved the purchase of a beautiful piece of ground," President Hinckley announced.

Ground was broken on Friday, November 16, 2001. Intended to begin at 8:00 that morning, the ceremony was delayed 45 minutes while awaiting the arrival of the Vice President who had returned earlier that morning from New York and graciously accepted an invitation to attend. The combined Christiansborg and Lartebiorkoshie stake choir thrilled the waiting crowd with inspiring music. Upon his arrival, the ceremony commenced; and Elder Nelson gave the concluding remarks. Groundbreaking followed with participation by Elder Nelson, the Vice President, stake presidents, and other dignitaries. The event was covered by a local radio station and Ghana Television.

Fifteen months after presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Accra Ghana Temple, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles returned to the construction site while on assignment to Ghana and Nigeria in February 2003. Ghanian Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, who broke ground for the temple with Elder Nelson, met with the apostle in the Osu Castle. Elder Nelson says, "We have a very good relationship."

Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Mission in Ghana!

Ok,  friends and family, yesterday the Church announced that they were going to be creating 58 new missions in the months to come. of those missions happens to be in Ghana. It's going to be called the Ghana Accra West mission. Now what does that mean for me? I have no idea!?!? All I know is that I'm going to the Ghana Accra Mission. For those who would like to read the article I am copying and pasting the article/link. This is truly amazing and it's exciting to see all the new missions being opened.

Thousands of young prospective missionaries have responded enthusiastically to the October 2012 announcement by President Thomas S. Monson that lowered the age requirement for missionary service. As was indicated at the time of the announcement and reiterated later, the Church is working to accommodate the increase in the number of new missionaries who have made plans to serve.

In addition to the previously announced changes in time spent at the missionary training center (MTC) and a new MTC in Mexico, some of the 347 existing missions will be divided to form an additional 58 missions. The Church periodically opens, closes and divides missions around the world to accommodate increases and decreases in missionary numbers and other needs. The new missions will function in the same areas covered by existing missions. No new countries or territories are opening to missionary work. These creations will bring the total number of Church missions to 405.

“The enthusiastic response to the change in missionary age requirements has given thousands of young people more options to serve and they have responded with incredible faith,” said Elder Russell M. Nelson, Chairman of the Missionary Executive Council.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' missionary program is one of its most recognized characteristics. Missionaries can be seen on the streets of hundreds of major cities in the world as well as in thousands of smaller communities. The missionary effort is based on the New Testament pattern of missionaries serving in pairs, teaching the gospel and baptizing believers in the name of Jesus Christ.

Here is a list of all the new missions in the Church being created. 

With the influx of new missionaries, some existing missions will be divided to form these additional missions:
Angola Luanda
Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia
Argentina Posadas
Arizona Gilbert
Arizona Scottsdale
Australia Sydney North
Bolivia Santa Cruz North
Botswana Gaborone
Brazil Curitiba South
Brazil Fortaleza East
Brazil Juiz de Fora
Brazil Natal
Brazil Piracicaba
Brazil Santos
Brazil São Paulo West
California Bakersfield
California Irvine
California Rancho Cucamonga
Chile Santiago South
Colorado Fort Collins
Ecuador Guayaquil West
Ecuador Quito North
El Salvador San Salvador East
Georgia Macon
Ghana Accra West
Guatemala Cobán
Honduras San Pedro Sula West
Idaho Nampa
Idaho Twin Falls
Illinois Chicago West
Japan Tokyo South
Kansas Wichita
Korea Seoul South
Liberia Monrovia
México Cancún
México Ciudad Juarez
México Ciudad Obregón
México México City Chalco
México Pachuca
México Queretaro
México Reynosa
México Saltillo
New Zealand Hamilton
Nigeria Benin City
Ohio Cincinnati
Oregon Salem
Papua New Guinea Lae
Perú Huancayo
Perú Iquitos
Philippines Cavite
Philippines Cebu East
Philippines Legaspi
Philippines Urdaneta
Ukraine L'viv
Utah Salt Lake City East
Virginia Chesapeake
Washington Federal Way
Washington Vancouver

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pre Mission Photos!!!

Hi Everyone!!! Here are some great pictures of my me prior to my departure to Ghana. I am super excited and am counting down the days now until I fly over to another part of this beautiful world.
(Photos were taken by Warren Durrant.)

Who is Elder Bowden?

My name is Ty M. Bowden, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS/Mormon). I am 18 years old. I am leaving to depart to the Ghana Accra Mission, I depart from St. George Utah on March 21st and will arrive at the Ghana Missionary Training Center (MTC) on the 22nd of March. I will be serving in the mission for  24 months, 2 years. I love this gospel and am so excited to be able to serve my fellow brothers and sisters.