During our transfer meeting, each departing Elder has a chance to share their testimony to a chapel full of Elders getting transferred. This slide comes up behind them while they are sharing. They also get this picture framed as a keepsake to take home.
Ten Gifts Every Missionary Should Take Home
By President Gordon B. Hinckley
1. A knowledge of and love for our Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ
2. A knowledge of and love for the scriptures
3. An increased love for parents and family
4. A love for the people among whom you labored
5. An appreciation for hard work
6. The availability of inspiration when needed, and the ability to pray and ponder the things of the Spirit
7. An understanding of the importance of teamwork
8. Increased personal virtue
9. The faith to act and obey
10. A thirst for knowledge and the praiseworthy things of life
Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded not only as a willingness to die manfully but also as the determination to live decently. Be of good cheer, the future is as bright as you faith
Elder Andritiana Tsilanja Nariniaina Pierre
"How can you go home if you are leaving it behind"
Elder Jason Paul Haynes
Elder Nkululeko Magrangqa
''The more we become righteous and thinking about others Salvation we become a blessing to many, let us cast out the works of darkness and put the Armour of light''
''The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding
Sbusiso Mxolisi Majozi
"There are occasionally hard days for each of us. .Do not despair. Do not give up, look for the sunlight through the clouds. Success comes with hard work, it doesn't just land in your lap". By president Gordon B. Hinckley.
Elder Aaron McLean Mead
''Our duty is to preach the gospel to all men....This what God expects of us.'' -President John Taylor
Elder Samuel James O'Riordan
And the king inquired of Ammon if it were his desire to dwell in the land among the Lamanites, or among his people. And Ammon said unto him: Yea, I desire to dwell among this people for a time; yea, and perhaps until the day I die.” -Alma 17:22-23
Elder Jake Michael Raymond
As long as we are willing to rise up again and continue on the path..... We can learn something from failure and become better and happier. Is not late Elders ! Atonement is still there . Learn from it and change the future, dust up and continue. Be of good cheer! -Mother Beatrice Nduku.
Alec Mitchamm Ryan
-"We are eternal beings, children of the Almighty God, whose name is Endless and who promises eternal blessings without number. Endings are not our destiny. How grateful I am to my Heavenly Father that in His plan there are no true endings, only everlasting beginnings.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Wambua Joshua Kyumwa
Later in the day, our departing Elders rode in a local taxi after the transfer meeting. This is an experience they are not allowed to do in their areas due to safety concerns, so it was fun to do on their last day all together. At least 80% of the population gets around solely by taxi transport, so you see them everywhere, filled to capacity. It is a SA experience to ride in one before heading home.
We ended up at the Family Search Center at the Area Office. We paired each of them up with senior family history missionaries to take some time to find their own pedigree chart and see what temple work is waiting for them to do when they arrive home.
This activity was also intended to remind them of the importance of continuing to be consistent in temple attendance. President Dunn completed final interviews at this time, reminding them as returned missionaries to move forward with their lives by getting sealed in the temple at the right time, with the right person!
|In addition to the Family Search, we also took a walking tour around the temple and read the re-dedicatory prayer given in 1973 by Spencer W. Kimball for the land of South Africa. Each departing missionary read a part of the prayer. It was sacred and very touching. The prayer is at the end of this post!|
|We loved having Elder Zach Anderson's parents join with us for this activity. Afterwards, they went to a temple session together.|