Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Our Very Own Stripling Warrior Sons!

May I introduce to you our very own Stripling Warrior Sons ("for they are worthy to be called sons"-Alma 56:10)!
This drawing by Elder Kizimbou was a Christmas Gift.  You will see the messages and also each of the signatures of these eight hand-picked missionaries who have courageously commenced teaching the gospel in the city of Bujumbura!
Elder Kizimbou and Elder Diazola are companions.  Elder Kizimbou is full of confidence.  Elder Diazola is very determined! Guess who is the oldest of the two?  Yes, Elder Diazola.

Elder Tshituka is one of the kindest people I have ever met!  Elder NGondo is very wise! They make a powerful companionship!

Elder Mpoyi is an excellent musician!  Elder Moussa has an intense personality! They touch many lives together!
Elder Mousselle is saintly!  Elder Kintembila is optimistic!  They are the Zone Leaders and make a powerful team! 

They were so honored and joyous to meet Elder Holland!

These servants of the Lord are like sponges!  They love to absorb the truths of the Gospel, especially at the feet of an Apostle!

The day of the Dedication of Burundi is a day they will never forget!

As we have experienced the character and strengths of each of these fine men, we have felt honored to associate and learn from their fine examples of discipleship. 

They express love and fellowship to everyone!

Yet, they are fun-loving and a joy to be around!  The sound of their laughter is contagious!

You never know when one of them will pop-up with something hilarious!

They love to sing.............

and sing.....

...and SING!!!  They never need an instrument and they sound awesome in full harmony!!

These missionaries never need an invitation to help.  Many times, we will recognize something that needs doing and when we go to do the job, they are already there doing it or have already completed it!  Exceptional!

From the moment our feet landed in Bujumbura, they have worked....

and worked...........

and worked some more, following instructions beautifully!

They also do all kinds of domestic work. Elder Diazola is washing white shirts while Elder Tshituka is crushing cassava leaves to make manyok.  He adds onions and bell peppers to make a sauce all of the missionaries enjoy!

You can see them out on the streets of the city..


in all .................



of neighborhoods,

Day or night.

Rain ........

or shine!

These are missionaries that know the gospel of Jesus Christ...

and love their Savior.

These are missionaries that teach the Gospel powerfully in Swahili and French and a few other languages.

"Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually." Alma 57:27



  1. What a powerful tribute to eight special young men and the other 50,000 special young men and women as well as senior couples throughout the world who everyday go out and do their best to bring the Gospel of peace to all our Heavenly Father's children.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. Love this post! Hooray for the incredible missionaries in Africa! I love all their smiles and can tell they are amazing young men. The couple missionaries look great too! Love you!