Sunday, September 25, 2016

 These were all taken where the Upgun Branch meets.  Brent is standing just outside the door.  The next picture is of the street and some of the reason it is hard to hear in church.  The meeting house is on the second floor of this building and it is a pretty busy street. with an intersection right on corner. 

 This picture of me is facing the other side of the building.  The stairs are just behind me. 
This is what it looks like inside the building.  This was 5 minutes before the meeting started.  We usually have about 35 people there and that includes the investigators.  It is small, but growing and the members are so friendly and happy. 
 Just some random pictures of our all mission conference during our lunch time.  I'm not sure the Elder on the left, but then there is Elder Wheelock, Elder Thomason, Elder Botang. 
 Some of our sweet Sister missionaries.  Aren't they darling?  Sister Soja is on the left and the 4th one from the left is Sister Abeka-Quansah.  They are the Sisters serving in Upgun the branch we are attending. 
 Brent and I.  Thanks Kassi for my cute dress.  This is the first time I wore it because I was saving it for something special and it doesn't get any more special than having a General Authority visit the mission. 
 Brent with Elder Arthur.  They have become very good friends.  Elder Arthur is serving in Makeni and has called Brent a lot about the new GT bank cards.  Hopefully now they are all working.  He is a really cute young man.  Darling sense of humor and great laugh. 
 This was our sister meeting on Saturday when we met with the wives of the General Authorities and some RS, YW and Primary leaders from SL.  Front row L to R:  Sister Stanfill, Sister Soares, Sister Stevenson and Sister Davies.  Back row L to R:  Me, Sister Carly, Sister Agbo, Stake Presidents wife, Sister Mabel Robin-Taylor Kossoh Town, Sister Christiana Kargbo, Kossoh Town (Ali's Wife) , Sister Alice Sawyer Wellington 1st Branch, Sister Clawson, and Sister Corbaley.  It was a wonderful meeting and I really felt the spirit. 
 Also on Saturday they had a meeting for all the Priesthood leaders in SL.  It was just for the Bishop's, Branch and District Presidents and the Stake President and President Clawson with all the General Authorities that visited us.  We had just finished our sister meeting and they were taking pictures, so I snapped one.  This is the church leadership of SL. 
My African dress.  I bought the fabric in a little shop in Congo market and Santo's a tailor here made it for me and I had him make a tie to match for Brent.  I was not sure it would fit me the way he measured me, but it fits perfect and I love it.  We wore this Sunday when the General Authorities were here.  I had a lot of people comment on it and tell me it suited me.  That is how they say it here. 
 Brent and Markus at the hospital in Sierra Leone after the accident.  The day after this picture was taken Markus went to Ghana and had surgery on both his wrists.  He arrived back in Sierra Leone on Friday 23, Sept. and he is doing really good. Markus called Brent and asked him to pick him up at Sea Bird when he flew in on Friday.  He felt honored to be able to do that for Markus. 
 This is a picture further back of the hospital.  You can see Brent and Markus up on the second floor through the trees. 
 My good friend Jeneba and her supper.  She works in distribution in the mission office as a volunteer 3 days a week.  She brought these chickens in a bag one day and took them home and ate them.  She brought some of them back in a stew the next day.  She is so much fun and always makes me laugh. 
 This is our sweet bread lady who just had a baby.  This is the one who told me she would give me her baby.  They are both beautiful and we love them, but like I told her, I am way to old to raise a baby. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

 This is the group of Missionaries we welcomed on August 23, 2016.  They are such an amazing group and there is such a unity between them. 
 Brent and I with Joseph Nicholoson.  This was taken on Aug. 25, 2016.  He is leaving on his mission today.  He gave me a flag pin of SL and Brent a banner. 
 Joseph and his family.  He is the only member in his family, but they all came to be with him when he was set apart.  They wore their best dress.  I love the way the Africans dress. 
 This is the group of SL missionaries that left on 25 Aug, 2016  L to R: Elder Pumagoi, Sister Jokella Vandy, Sister Josephine Ndnemah, Elder Joseph Nicholoson, Sister Bangura, Sister Joyce James, Elder Koroma.  I had to have a picture with them because I am close to several of them.  They will be missed. 
 President Ali, Kargbo, on the left with the Missionaries, 3 of them are from his Branch, Kossoh Town Branch.  Joseph, Josephine,and Sister Bangura.  President Ali Kargbo helps us do things for the mission.  He is such a nice man and we love him. 
 Sister Joyce James and her family.  Her father is the District President. 
Josephine and I have become very good friends and I will miss her.  I may never see her again.  We will probably be home just a few days when she is released.