In 1975, I was serving as a full-time missionary in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Africa, which at that time was part of the Johannesburg, South Africa Mission. To say we were isolated is an understatement. We had no cell phones, no faxes, no texting, no emails, and the only phone belonged to our land-lady downstairs. There were no stakes yet created in all of Africa. It was in this context that we first learned that Elder Thomas S. Monson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was planning on a brief visit to our isolated African community as part of his mission tour.
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Missionary Moment: My pictures are one of my most important possessions. My photo albums chronicle the intersection of events, places and people that have tremendously enriched my life. I even keep film negatives and back-up cds of digital images in my safe deposit box.
Each missionary’s story is unique. Some have battled anxiety and depression in the past. Others have worked hard to face addictions and overcome health obstacles so they can open that white envelope from Salt Lake City. No matter the journey leading up to receiving a call, there is another long trek before one finally reaches the mission field.