Elder Robert C. Stones and Sister Francis Stones are our newest senior missionaries. They have served two prior missions to New Zealand and Zimbabwe. Serving with them on his third mission is Elder Nathan Stones. Nate is a faithful contributor to the mission and has a beautiful testimony. His speech is a little hard to understand at first but during our meetings last Sunday, he bore his testimony in english and his Chichewa translator picked up every word. A sweet and faith promoting experience. The stones serve in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Just wrapped up conferences for the Blantyre and Lilongwe Zones. Our theme was: "Our duty is to preach the gospel to all men" (President John Taylor), emphasizing the need to teach to the full spectrum of society.
The fabric of Africa is rich with people from all walks of life. However, we often think of Africa in terms of the very poorest villagers who are often in such desperate need. Africa is also filled with talented, educated and ambitious families making a better life for themselves. They too are looking for truth and the blessings of the gospel and deserve our faith and devotion.
After seven months in the mission we were able to pull all the senior mission couples together from around the mission for two days of training and presentations and then enjoyed a day offsite at Livingstone, Zambia. Just a few of the sites:
The mist of Vic Falls in the background
We were on a tower with a pano camera
Dung beetles at work
Sunday, February 9, 2014
|Lusaka zone conference....our first held at the mission office.|
|Copperbelt zone conference|
|Elder Barnard and Moses|
Our most recently arrived are 2 wonderful sisters who did not get their visas renewed from Botswana, Sisters Vea and Gehring. Sister Vea is from Hauula on the north shore of Oahu and talking to her reminds me of Sharon Beaver and her daughters (they are in the same home ward). Sister Gehring used to babysit the grandchildren of our public affairs couple, the Humpherys. Small world! Then we received Elder Walusimbi who we were expecting and with him came 2 elders who did not get into Botswana, Elder Barrett and Elder Njeri.