Saturday, October 1, 2011

Elders Quorum Activity

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The Bujumbura 2nd Branch recently planned an activity. We went on a hike! We went up about two miles from the chapel at the base of the foothills in Quartier Mutango Nord.
To get there, we walked through a nice neighborhood. As you can see, in the nicer neighborhoods which are left over from the Belgian colonization period, it is a pleasant walk. Burudians take great pride in striving to keep their streets swept and clean, even though they are dirt or stone. Bujumbura has won the distinction as the " Clean City of Africa".
Elder Frogley, along with other branche members, are walking along a main route in northeast Bujumbura. It was a beautiful, sunny day in the dry season. There was no threat of storm or rain.
These two sisters, who have now been baptized, were investigators at the time. They were two of the first to arrive to the shady spot. Their names are Jeanne d'Arc and Jacqueline.
Soon, everyone arrived and this group photo was taken.
We then hiked up higher into the foothills for a beautiful view of the city and of Lake Tanganyika.
After enjoying the view and pleasant conversation, we began the descent.
We took a break at a home, as we passed a member's home who was ill, to wish her well and greet her kind husband. It was a shady place to rest, as well.
Then, the group continued on.
As we returned to the chapel, we met upstairs in a classroom and had two spiritual thoughts. Frere Thaddee and Frere Jean Rene shared uplifting messages of hope in our Savior, Jesus Christ and encouragement to follow His ways.
Then refreshments were served, which were a refreshing "Fanta" drink and a fresh bread roll, which is nothing like an American bread roll, but tasty!
There was much love between the members...lots of hand slapping, hand-shaking, pats on the back and sharing uplifting conversation!
"A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34

1 comment:

  1. Good news for your friends in Africa: the Church is building a temple in the Congo!
    I was so thrilled for you to hear that announcement from Pres. Monson at the Conference. I'm sure the news must be making quite a stir in your community too.
    Thanks for all the pix on your blog site. Your African friends are beautiful. I wish I could hear them sing.