Monday, August 29, 2016


This Saturday, Elder Keddington will mark one year of being a full-time servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in the Ghana Accra West Mission.  He has experienced such incredible growth emotionally and spiritually (and he's shrunk physically!).  We couldn't be more grateful for this past year and look forward to what the next year will bring.  Our young man is being molded and shaped as his Heavenly Father sees fit.  

Dear Mom, 

This week was so much better than last week.  Instead of teaching 4 or 5 lessons this week, we taught 19!  We found 10 new people to share the gospel with. Everyday at noon, we stopped what we were doing and said a prayer that we would find people to teach, and it worked!  The Lord helps us if we are faithful and stand in need of help. I know its true.  It's happened several times on my mission. With my first year almost gone I am often reflecting on the ups and downs of Missionary life.  If you ever need help, just ask the Lord. He will help in his own time and his own way.

This week we are planning on celebrating our 1 year with pizza and a marshmallow roast. We will celebrate on Saturday.

I haven't gotten my package yet.  Hopefully it will come soon.

I love you all so very much! 1 down, 1 to go!
Love, Elder Seanshine Keddington

Monday, August 22, 2016

51st Week: Time to turn this area around!

Helping the fishermen pull in their nets.  Working hard!

Dear Mom, 

This week was a turning point in some ways. The work right now is not good. We are teaching only a few investigators and its hard to even meet them. We call set the appointment and then they are not home or are busy at that time. Also, one of our best investigators said we can't meet her at her house anymore because her Uncle will throw her out.  We are going to decide on a place we can meet that's not at her house. 

So we had our zone training this week and President said that we are not having success because we are aiming too low. So my companion and I are going to aim as if we were teaching in the city. Hopefully it will work out. It's been a little frustrating lately. I shed a few tears because I don't want this place to be another missionary death spot. Can you guys send a few prayers our way? I know it would help.

We had our Service project on Saturday. We went to the beach and picked up trash. It was a lot of fun.  The entire ward was there. We missionaries also helped some fishermen pull in their nets from the beach.  It was very hard, but it was a ton of fun!

I love you guys so very much, and I pray for you everyday! Love you to the moon and back!

Love Elder Seanshine Keddington
Pulling in the nets

Pulling in the nets

He called this "Escargot Ghana Style"  Yikes!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Working Winneba

Yesterday, we were able to attend the Homecoming address from Elder Tyler Kaelin.  He was Sean's 2nd companion in the field and has become a very good friend to Sean.  It was wonderful to hear the testimony of this great young man and have him give us a report on how our boy is doing.  We appreciate the guidance and friendship he gave Sean so far from home!
With Tyler Kaelin after his homecoming
Hey Mom! 
Man, its so good to see you guys met Elder Kaelin! He has become one of my very good friends. Everyone is looking really good!

So the work right now is kind of slow. We learned this week that Winneba (which was once part of Cape Coast Mission) was kind of the area where they sent missionaries to die, basically. So a lot of people here don't take missionaries that seriously, especially the members. We will keep on trying though. We are working everyday to try and teach as much as possible.  We are planning a big service project, so we have that coming up.
Elder Bednar came to the mission for a YSA devotional. We were not able to go, but he said that the gospel is rolling forth here in West Africa.  It was very nice to hear that our work isn't going unnoticed.
Well Mom not much else to say about this week.  Continue to pray for us.
I love you Guys soo very much!

Love Elder Seanshine Keddington

So, Sean sent this pic last week and wondered why I didn't include it.  He says this is pretty much how Ghana is.  Every corner of every house.  I hope this wasn't in his, because he and I will have to have a little talk about the egg shells and trash.  I get the bugs, but not the trash.  Boys!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Learning new skills!

Elder Keddington and Elder Dall learning to sew!
Hey Mom, 
The work is amazing right now!  We are teaching two women that are pretty serious about learning, Sister Yvonne and Sister Hannah. Both of them are very nice and very interested about learning the gospel.  My new companion is Elder Dall.  He is really cool.  He came to Ghana with me.  We are doing very good. 
So, the only athletes from Ghana in the Olympics are the weightlifters. They have this show here called Ghana's Strongest that is really popular.  So besides weightlifting,  the Ghanaian people don't really watch the Olympics, but we've caught a glimpse of a couple of events here and there. 
Man, Hayden Bush is going, Jacey Gilchrist is going, and Kailee Sharp just got her papers finished. It so exciting!  It's insane how fast my mission is flying by!
Well Mom, the the work has started up again truly.  I am excited to get some conversions going. I love you guys sooo very much.
I love you!

Love Elder Seanshine Keddington

Monday, August 1, 2016

New companion, same area

The Gulf of Guinea in Winneba
Dear Mom, 

My last week with Elder Maloba was very nice.  He is definitely ready to go home. So, we got transfer news.  I am staying in Winneba and my new companion is Elder Dall. He is from Washington DC and from my TC (the group he went to Ghana with.  They actually sat next to each other on the flight), so it will be awesome! 
Happy Birthday! I love you so much.  I hope you had a great day!

So, it's true that the work hasn't been great, but part of that is because Elder Maloba was pretty much done working.  Elder Dall and I will do more missionary work this transfer.

Elder Kaelin is going to call you when he gets home. His homecoming is on the 14th and he is excited to see you guys and meet you.

I love you guys so very much.  I try my best to make you guys proud every day!

Elder Seanshine Keddington
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