As I have just reviewed my photos, I am surprised by how few pictures I have of the senior missionaries. I should have more, especially in view of their contributions, not only to our experience, but also to supporting the local members and branches. For example, I didn't find a photo of Elder and Sister Stones, and their son, Nathan, who are working in Lilongwe. The Stones have been a great inspiration to us--doing an absolutely wonderful job with the branches and members there. Elder Stones has gone to great lengths to help prospective members pull together the documents, and complete the papers, necessary to go on missions. It is hard to think of anything a senior missionary might do that would, in the long term, have more of an effect upon the Mormon Church's growth and stability in Malawi. Sister Stones is a wonderful teacher, and Nathan a great example of faithfulness. I am constantly in awe of the hard work, insights and commitment of the senior missionaries we have met.
President Erickson on the Christmas party in Blantyre. He has a great relationship with his missionaries, who hold him in the highest regard.
Elder and Sister Fisk, at the Blantyre Christmas party. They served in Lilongwe and have now returned to the States.
The Reynolds at the missionary setting apart of Felix Paul (in the suit), accompanied by Chris Sitolo (far left).
|The Merrills, new missionary Felix Paul, Sister Kandioni (with umbrella), and other family and friends.|
|Elder Bodily having a lighter moment with the kids at one of the distribution sites in the Chikwawa District.|