Sunday, December 2, 2012

 Rose and Markus Wallace.  Markus was set apart as one of the first bishops in Sierra Leone today.  Rose is one week past her due date.  Elder Holland had her stand in conference today as he announced that she could have the baby now and, if it's a boy, she can name him Jeffrey since tomorrow is Elder Holland's birthday.  UPDATE:  Baby boy born Wednesday, December 5th, Jeffrey Moroni Wallace.

 Fixing the mission office well pump ... about an inch into the sand by the well was this lizard egg.  Sister Lauritzen re-planted it after we photographed it.  This is especially for Janson.

 President and Sister Roggia, Sister and President Dixon (area presidency) and Elder Mensah standing in front of President Roggia's missionary assignment board that Sister Lauritzen worked so hard on.  President Roggia loves his revised board.

 Randalls, Kirkhams, Burns' and Lauritzens having lunch in the mission office during Elder Holland's visit.

 Soda pop!  Wow!  Not accustomed to things that are fizzy.

 Dinner at Mamba Point with President and Sister Roggia and senior couples.  Sister Lauritzen and I had a huge pizza.  It was great!

 We had a large district/stake choir for conference today.  They did a very nice job.  The power went off during an obscure hymn, leaving us in the dark and the choir didn't miss a beat.  They finished the song without the organ and knew all the words.

 Two boys dressed up for conference.

 Elder Walker.  Hard worker.  Lots of fun.

 Elder Wuthrich.  Freetown East Zone Leader.  Always has a smile, but not usually this big.

 Elders at the entrance of the building where Elder Holland created the first stake in Sierra Leone today.  Stake number 3,000!

 Albert, our guard.  The Randalls worked with him and he was just baptized a couple of months ago.  He said he really liked hearing Elder Holland.

 Two Samoans in Sierra Leone, Elders Penia and Purcell.  Great elders!

Elders Despain, Wooton, Stanford and Donaldson.

 The Schlehubers from Bo with Elder Iheanacho.

 Elders McDonald and Hovley with their matching Rokel District ties.

 Elders Hales and Richards from Hill Station District.

 Elders Hovley, Woodhead, Nwosu and McDonald.

Sister Kirkham and Elder Wolfgramm served in Liberia.  Elder Wolfgramm was transferred back to Sierra Leone in the Freetown East Zone.

 Elder and Sister Holland departing from the Sea Coach dock.  Elder Holland asked us to sit with him for a few minutes before they left.  He visited like he was an old friend.  He grew up in St. George with Uncle Jacob's son, Jonreed Lauritzen from Short Creek.  He also said he knew where Woodland Hills is and when I acted surprised he said, "What do you think, I just fell off of the turnip truck?"  He said how much he appreciated the service of the senior missionaries and he kissed Sister Lauritzen on the cheek as he said goodbye.

 Elder and Sister Holland entering their chartered Sea Coach boat that takes them across the bay to Lungi Airport.  He was hurrying to leave on the Huntsman jet to meet with the King of Morocco.

When Elder Holland and his entourage left, Sister Lauritzen was still snapping pictures.  It was a very memorable day and a special blessing for the people of Sierra Leone and the Lauritzens.

1 comment:

  1. What an adventure you are both having. You will have stories to tell by the hundreds. How proud I am to be able to call you "brother" in the purest sense.