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.