Saturday, November 10, 2012

 Sister Burton, General Relief Society President and Sister Dalton, General Young Women's President visited Freetown on the 7th, 8th and 9th of November.  We had dinner with them at the Country Lodge on the 8th along with government leaders, local Church leaders and Elder Sitati.  Sister Sitati is in the front row on the left.

 Sisters Burton and Dalton with Sierra Leone government officials.


 President Swarray is president of the Freetown District.  It was announced two days ago that his district will be made a stake in three weeks.  Elder Holland is coming to create the stake.  It will be the first stake in Sierra Leone.  That will be an historic event.

 Elder Sitati and his wife spoke to us.  Elder Sitati made this simple event a memorable one for us.  Marlene and I both felt this little dinner was the best part of the visit and it will probably remain a spiritual highlight of our mission.  Sister Sitati is humble and gentle.  Marlene really likes her.

 President and Sister Roggia, our mission leaders.  They have done great things with the missionaries and the Church in Sierra Leone and Liberia.  They are both from Montana!

President Jonathan Kpullum (ignore the K when you say his name), and Elder Lauritzen.  President Kpullum is president of the Freetown East District.  He readily admits that he speaks very fast and I have to work hard to understand him, but I enjoy working with him.  He has a great sense of humor.  He and his wife rode together to the meeting on the back of an okada (motorcycle taxi).  They were going home the same way.

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