Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bo District members are safely back from their temple trip

Our 55 members from the Bo District who left for the Accra Ghana Temple October 9th, spent 3 days in the temple and then headed back to Bo, arrived home in Bo just before 8 AM on Wednesday, October 24th.

Their journey home was not without incident. Sometime in the early hours of Saturday morning October 20th on the way home their bus went off the road in Kumasi, Ghana as the driver was trying to dodge a huge pothole and damaged the tire and wheel well. The owner of the bus transportation company was on the bus and by daylight began to make arrangements for another bus. A police officer who came on the scene was an Elders Quorum President of a ward in a local stake. They were taken care of by the local stake and were on their way with another bus by 2 pm Saturday.

The second counselor in the Bo Sierra Leone District presidency Peter Kpaka and his wife are both returned missionaries and took this opportunity to be sealed to each other and to their two year old son.  They both had recommends for receiving their patriarchal blessing when they were on their way to their respective missions, but at the time there was no patriarch available.  This time while President Kpaka was conducting some district business in the Church offices on the temple grounds he asked if there was a patriarch from whom they could each receive their patriarchal blessing.  The person he was asking was a senior employee in the office and also a stake president.  He replied that they most certainly had a patriarch and proceeded to make several phone calls and arrangements to accomplish what would have ordinarily taken several days.  President Kpaka testified that some of the very things in his blessing came to pass on the bus journey home!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bo Sierra Leone District Temple Trip 2012

The bus for the temple trip is scheduled to depart at 10 am.  We arrived about 8:45 am and already half the members going were waiting in the district building parking lot.  It will be a long trip of 6 to 7 days of travel, scheduled to arrive at the Accra Ghana Temple next Monday, 15 October 2012.

During today Mission President Roggia will also be conducting missionary interviews that are scheduled to start at 9 am. Here are some of the missionaries who have just arrived from Kenema, about an hour drive to the East.  The missionaries told us that they had dropped off another passenger from Kenema riding with them just a few houses back.

Here is the youngest traveler to the temple to be sealed to her father and mother.

Augusta Christiana with her father Francis Massaquoi

Rolandson is 8 years old today.  That means that for him to be sealed to his parents he needs to be baptized and needs to have a limited-use recommend.  He will be baptized in the font at the Accra Ghana Temple and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the temple.  Then he will join his parents and be sealed to them for time and eternity.  Rolandson is going to have one very unique experience!

Rolandson on the right with his older brother, younger sister and mother
Loading the luggage
The 54 ready to board!
Eight families, two couples and several single sisters and elders. One of the couples married just a few days ago in Freetown and able to find a place on the bus from Bo to get to the temple and be sealed as soon as they could!

Settling in to the last few seats
And they're off!

Bo District President Taylor is just behind the bus to the right waving