President and Sister Dunn

Friday, November 14, 2014

November Departure Dinner

Tonight, on  Monday November 24th we enjoyed a special departure night in the mission home with 12 Elders arriving with luggage and passports to prepare for their final night in South Africa.
Lots of preparation goes into getting their passports,travel plans, letters and special packets ready with newsletters and inspiring talks. My mom is visiting and she helped with meal preparation and also packet stuffing!

Elder Ranjato and Elder Kelebogile arrived first with luggage and smiles, despite the rain.

Everyone began to prepare their page to be left in our missionary book.

Dinner places were set for everyone...

.....and dinner is served!


Miriana Ranjato
“For though I preach the gospel, I  have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me ,if I preach not the gospel”

-1 Corinthians 9:16

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Morgan M.K. Flynn

 By the time you know what to do, you're too old to do it. " -Ted Williams. The book is blue the church is true and God’s a Mormon.109 East South Temple #5L Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Samuel James Manaia Davies

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point… Pilate was merciful till it became to risky.” -C.S.Lewis

Brisbane, Australia

Jake Zebe

“By eliminating the possibility of failure, we eliminate the opportunity to succeed'' ''If'aint first you're last''

2000 Shenley Court Las Vegas, NV 89117

Jean Pierre Mugabo Ndikumana

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.” -Ephesians 6:10  -Alma 7:23 


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Emmanuel Bizimana

"Now when our hearts were depressed, and were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us and said:...bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success” -Alma 26:27 B.P.2737 Kigali-Rwanda

Geoffrey Scott Wilkinson

"The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can live after we die but that we can live more abundantly. The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can be cleansed and consoled but that we can be transformed. Scriptures make it clear that no unclean thing can dwell with God, but no unchanged thing will ever want to." -Brad Wilcox    1249 E. Round Mtn. Cr. Alpine, UT 84004

Marcel Crescendrien Botomandrazire Massou

"Do not serve so that your presence will be noticed but serve so that your absence will be felt"

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Anosi Masina, Itaosy, Antananarivo, Madagascar

Sean George

"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations -- these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit." -CS Lewis 

Rota, Spain

Devin Alan Brackett

"Be the missionary your mom thinks you are."

3684 Lowry Road

Fremont California 94555 USA

Tshepo Vincent Kelebogile
“For it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every STEWARD, to render an ACCOUNT of his stewardship, both in TIME and in ETERNITY. For he who is faithful and wise in time is accounted worthy..And whoso is found a faithful, a just, and a wise steward shall enter into the joy of his Lord, and shall inherit eternal life.” D&C 72:3-4 51:19    Kimberley, Northern Cape, SA

 Peter Max Ilungole

“All of us are called to serve for a reason, the Lord is watching over us, we are not alone there are forces which help us in this righteous course. When we keep the commandments & serve with all our might, mind, &heart, we will find success. The Lord is bound if we do what he wants done. Keeping commandments+Obedience+loving your companion will never turn off the spirit but will bring joy, success, peace, more inspiration. Go out & love it & do it. Great power comes great responsibility, drive with & listen to radio holy ghost. Those in the dark, Elder Holland will scratch on your window & pound you to righteousness. The lord loves you Elders don't forget that.”  Uganda, Mbale district, Tiger Lane #2


 Elder Martin and Elder Fidel were also part of this group, but left a few weeks early, due to needs to be home. We had special dinners for each of them in an intimate setting. Just one on one.

We loved our last night with Elder Fidel on Wednesday November 5th. It was a great chance to talk one on one with him and understand more about his mission experience. He reminded us that he is the only member of the church in his family and hopes he can go home and convey to family members what he has been doing for the past two years.  Elder Fidel is 26 years old and has given his all to his mission experience. It was delightful to spend time with him. 

Then on Tuesday November 11th, we had another one-on-one dunner with Elder Martin, who was heading home two weeks early.
 Fidele Sinayobye

“Bowing humbly and reverentially before the redeemer, confessing our weakness, rendering service, making sacrifices, being willing to be inconvenienced, lifting and strengthening one who has fallen, expressing loving kindness… there are the tokens of true christianity, the emblems of discipleship, the coin of the celestial realm. They manifest to God and to ourselves who and what we have become.“  Kigali-Rwanda

The Germiston District came to drop off Elder Martin.  I told them I hope it feels like a long time before they are bringing their own bags and coming for their last night. ( Elder Broadhead, Martin, Allen, Manuma)

Elder Martin from Switzerland and  Elder Broadhead from St. George Utah have been together as companion and trainer
for the past 10 weeks.  They both speak so highly of each other.  They are awesome missionaries!

Kevin Daniel Martin

“Brethren, the works of God continue, therefore let us all press on in the work of the Lord or in other words: The Show Must Go On!” -Various Artists

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It was fun to have both of these missionaries leave us with a page for our missionary book. I also loved having my mom able to participate in a one-on-one dinner with a departing Elder before the group of 12 shows up on the 24th of November. She loved getting to know our "Swissionary" Elder Martin before he left for Switzerland.


  1. Love the photos of you and your President, and MOM, what great work and delicious looking food. Carry on!

  2. Wow my son was Elder Fidel's companion when he first arrived in Johannesburg, I got to e-mail with Elder Fidel a couple of times. A nice young man.

  3. Pres. Dunn. Many thanks for keeping such a great blog. I've checked in on it many times. Morgan has very much enjoyed having you for a mission president. May God bless you and your family as you continue to serve. Michael Flynn