Sunday, June 22, 2014

This week in our Liberia

This is a picture of the New Kru Town Primary doing the 'I Love You' sign.  
I taught them to do the sign as a reminder that Sister Berrett loves them
 AND so does their Heavenly Father.

And here is the New Kru Town Branch Young Women's Presidency.
L to R - Naomi Johnson, Margret Nepay, Nmasnoh Larmie, and Mary Nagbe.
We've just had a training meeting in the courtyard of the church.

I wanted everyone to see what it now looks like in the Logan Town Chapel since it's been remodeled. Doesn't it look nice!  It's so large and bright.
Now all the members can fit inside for Sacrament Meeting.  No one needs to sit outside.  
That's President Kirkham visiting with some of the members.

Had a great Meeting with the Brewerville Zone.
L to R - Elders Osanebi, Cottrell, Nartey, Fairwell, LaMont, Amoah, Maurana, Etete, Backman, Humphreys, Anderson, Abbott and Sister and Elder Berrett.

Elder and Sister Hezseltine will be going home on July 23.  So, we have been driving around with them, trying to learn where the missionary apartments they take care of are located on the Monrovia side of the mission.  On our travels we passed a fruit stand where I bought this cute little pineapple for only 30 LD - Liberian Dollars - which means it cost about $.30 USD.

On our drive we passed this road side business where weights were for sale.  The larger weights are made from car parts. The small hand weights are iron bars with cement balls on the end. There's even weight benches.  No excuse not to be pumping iron!!

Look…..No hands!
We made this young man stop so we could look at the hair accessories he had for sale.  He was carrying quite an array of goods on his head.  When we stopped him, he put the stool he was carrying down and sat the box from his head on top of it.  Was a clever way to display his wares. Sister Hezseltine found what she was looking for, but he wouldn't dicker with her on the prices which is unusual.

We made a stop at the Gardnersville Chapel and saw how well their garden project was going. They had a grow box with some plant starts in it.  We weren't sure what was growing in it, but we could tell that the plants underneath were cabbage.  You can see the rice sacks lined up against the building that they have also planted cabbage in.  It was quite a large and beautiful garden.

They were also growing a few pineapples.

When we stopped at Harbels Grocery Store on Friday, I noticed a young boy holding this bouquet of flowers standing on the sidewalk.  Elder Berrett asked, "How much?"  When he said, "$5" I knew they'd be mine.  Aren't they beautiful!  Bird of Paradise.
Thanks Elder Berrett!!

And finally …..

Remember Elder and Sister Ekufu, the Senior Couple from Nigeria who came in March?  They were only here for two weeks when they received news that their daughter who was 8 months pregnant had been killed in a ferry boat accident.  The next day, Sister Ekufu's mother passed away.  They returned home to take care of the funerals and waited to see their son sealed in the Temple on June 18.  After the marriage, they were on their way to the airport to fly to Lagos, Nigeria to be set apart again so they could return to Liberia on the 20th and resume their mission.  On the way they were involved in a head on crash with a bus.  Sister Ekufu was killed and Elder Ekufu was seriously injured.  We were looking forward to our reunion with them and are deeply saddened.    
We pray the Ekufu family will be blessed with peace and comfort.  We will always remember them.

Back row - L to R - Sister and Elder Hezseltine, Sister and Elder Miles 2, Sister and Elder Dever, 
Sister and Elder Ekufu.
Front Row - Elder and Sister Berrett, Sister and Elder Miles 1, Sister and President Kirkham


  1. What a bitter sweet week. We are praying for peace and comfort for the Ekufu family. Thanks for sharing all the pictures, I love seeing what you are doing in Liberia. I love so much that Dad bought you flowers. He is such a romantic :) I love you Mom and Dad and I am so grateful for you.

  2. I'm grateful that they were able to be there for their son's sealing.

  3. That's a very touching story about the couple. It will be nice when the Lord wipes away every tear.

  4. Since Dad bought you flowers, you bought him weights, right?! :)
    I still tear up thinking about the Ekufu family, our prayers are definitely with them. Love you Mom and Dad!!

  5. I just love reading your posts! What a wonderful thing you guys are doing in Africa! Thank you for being an example to me, Lorene- I hope I can be just like you some day.

  6. The story of Elder and Sister Ekufu makes me cry! I will definitely pray for them and their families at this time. Thanks for sharing your mission stories! You two are a great example to the whole family. We love you! Jeff & Chris Sedlacek

  7. I can't believe all the Ekufu family has suffered. My heart hurts for them.

    I loved seeing all these pictures! It's great to see the wonderful church members and their garden. I was impressed. Looks much better than my garden! It was also fun to see the inside of the chapel. I love that the members there will just sit outside if there's no room. Thankfully, they won't have to do that anymore. Loved seeing the cute little pineapples and Daddy's flowers. ��

  8. PS - You look great, Mom! And so do those darling primary children. I love them (and I don't even know them, but I do! I love them). ❤️