Sunday, February 5, 2012

An Unexpected Ending to a Marvelous Adventure

The time has come to say goodbye.  Our mission has come to an end. 

 We have had an amazing and marvelous adventure with some of the most beloved children of our Father in Heaven who happen to live in Burundi and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  These wonderful saints and friends have changed our lives forever......for good!  We will sorely miss them and are grateful for the positive influences they have been in our lives.  They will forever be our friends, brothers and sisters. We love them.  They will forever stay in our prayers.

We express our deepest thanks and gratitude to the wonderful saints in Africa who continue to " press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God".
"Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Moods of Lake Tanganyika in the Heart of Africa

Lake Tanganyika is the life source for many millions of people in Africa. She serves people in four different countries including Burundi, Democractic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia.
  She seems to be a bit moody.  Here, she looks to be a bit mischievious and naught, with an undercurrent of knowlege that she can affect how people behave.
Melancholy and alone is what she is portraying in the late hours of this day. 
Other days she is happy, optimistic and even jubilant to have these young boys on her shore.
Aggravated, annoyed and cranky is what she feels as she stirs up a little trouble for the fisherman.
As she nurtures the many fouls that feed in her waters....
she is encouraging in helping them to take flight.
She is loving and accepting of the many who need her so desperately.
She can be peaceful and pacified and allow the many clouds to gather within her skies.
Then suddenly, she can take a calm fishing trip and begin to get upset and blustery, as they race to the shore for safety!
Hours later the sun can come back out and she is calm, serene and peaceful again, so men can continue to fish with their  hand-made nets for food.
When she gets a little too excited and energetic the winds can kick up and seem threatening.
Her moods can include being satisfied and lethargic.
However, you must beware when she becomes dark, depressed or disappointed.
You need not worry. By sunset, she will calm down and feel blissful, thankful and even anticipatory.
Her most content time is when she can be of service in assisting  the true in heart into the waters of baptism.

"...and after thou hast been baptized by water, which if you do with an eye single to my glory, you shall have a remission of your sins and a reception of the Holy Spirit.." D&C 55:1