Saturday, August 31, 2013

 August 26th, 2013, Elder Liufau is on his way home to Texas, then BYU Hawaii. We enjoyed swapping stories.

 Sister Lauritzen's Belliar Park Ward primary kids. Sister Lauritzen teaches them songs and they love it. 

 Elder Liufau helping get subsistence payments ready on the night before he left. Strong to the end.

 Three assistants enjoying Sister Ostler's pineapple upside-down cake.

Sister Lauritzen saying goodbye to Sisters Awouche (Kenya) and Owusu (Ghana). We thought they might be starting a singing group with their matching dresses.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hoisting Trusses

 Hoisting steel trusses to the top floor.

 They use lots of manpower and do amazing things.

 A new printer arrived today and the missionaries were being very helpful. Elders Narteh, McDonald, Weller and Mongalo.

A siren kept sounding and we looked to see why. There was a funeral procession passing. Most of the people were dressed in white and the line of mourners seemed to go on forever.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cleaning Day for the Assistants

 There is no spring season in Sierra Leone so the assistants are deep-cleaning their apartment in August. (Elders Wolfgramm, Wootton and Liufau)

 We pulled the screen frames from the windows and found a considerable amount of insectoid wildlife + lizards.

 Elder Wolfgramm was surprised to know the screens were actually blue ... not black.

 Elder Liufau borrowed Sister Ostler's vacuum cleaner and filled it with cobwebs and hornet nests. See that smile ... six days and a wake-up and he's flying home.

Elder Wootton and laundry ... missionary style. After all the cleaning their apartment has never looked (or smelled) so good.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

All-Africa Service Day 17 Aug 13

Aberdeen beach was divided so each ward in the Freetown Stake could take a section to clean. We joined the Hill Station Ward. There was some fun along with hours of work.

 When we started there was a driving rain so we were all soaked. The heavy rain came and went. The locals were freezing. We thought the temperature was very nice.

 There is no garbage service in this city of 2 1/2 million people so the trash comes down to the ocean in the streams and washes up on the beach. We must have picked up a thousand flip-flops.

 Marlene wanted a picture of the Latter-day Saints working around the "God Bless Islam" fishing boat.

 One of the young women in the Hill Station Ward who liked working beside Marlene.

 The man at the back is Barnard Jamirez. Marlene is giving him piano lessons on Saturdays.

 The girls were acting goofy.

Following a taxi back up the hill to the mission home. They don't pack light.

Friday, August 16, 2013

 Elders Nickle, Donaldson and Stewart on their way home. Great missionaries.

 Goat on a rock.

 This kids called hello and goodbye to us until we were out of sight.

 When we go for walks we have to ford this little stream. The water is high now that it's the rainy season and someone keeps moving our stepping stones. This family lives by the stream and they are always excited to see us. They put some rocks in place for us to step on and helped Marlene across. Then they all lined up for a "snap".

 This football team was practicing. Their young coach asked us to stop and watch, so we did. They are all very good and they know how to play on a gravel-covered hillside.

 The president's assistants, Elders Wootton, Wolfgramm and Elder Liufau, made me a birthday card and a cookie. That is Yayah Sanoh with the black hat. He is over facilities for the area.


Sister Lauritzen helped Elder Wootton with a picture of a jet. It's the wrong one. Humph!

 The "cookie?" Elder Liufau made it. It was a cinnamon sugar cookie and it was a bit tough, but good. One of those goes a long way.

 President and Sister Ostler returning from their first trip to Accra. Sister Ostler is taking a picture of Sister Lauritzen taking a picture of Sister Ostler.

 August 15th, 2013. Making a birthday pepperoni pizza.

 It was perfect!

 Rainy season in Sierra Leone.

 Deep puddles on a muddy and narrow road in front of the mission office. The road is usually very crowded with people, motorcycles, and Coca Cola trucks.

 My birthday tie from Ryan and Rachel and our new printer. That's a box of African Kleenex. It's a knockoff called Cleenex.

 Rainy season has really slowed work on the new mission home.

 Foliage in front of the mission office.

 The bee tree next to the office driveway.  The bees lived in the crack. They were very aggressive, but all the construction has driven them away.

 Inside the bee tree the honeycomb is barely visible.

DHL always delivers our shipments to the lower driveway. Sister Lauritzen was carrying them up to the office African style.