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After such an ugly end to 2006, it is so refreshing and energizing to post and discuss something truly virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy I have received the most recent update from the West Africa Ghana mission, and was buoyed up after having the opportunity to read it and look at the photos Elder and Sister Moncur sent. Reading their emails and seeing the photos brings me a much needed reality check for those things which are truly needful and good.

Everytime I read one of these emails, I always think of King Benjamin’s discourse on service:

Behold, I say unto you that because I said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for I have only been in the service of God.

And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

We are indeed blessed to live when we do, and where we do, after the Restoration of this Great Work. I am truly humbled.

Happy New Year everyone–May God’s blessings follow you throughout this new year.

Following is the email. The photos follow after that. You can double click on them, to see them in the original and full sizes (more…)