S: Elder Jeffrey Whitlock, Freetown Sierra Leone Mission
BC: RETURN WITH HONOR
FC: Sierra Leone & Liberia 2007-2009 | Elder Jeffrey David Whitlock
1: Dear Elder Whitlock, You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission. It is anticipated you will serve for a period of 24 months. You will report to the Missionarng Center at Ghana on August 29 2006. you will prepare to teach the Gospel in the English language. Your mission president may modify your assignment based on the needs of the mission. You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the Lord as a minister of the restored Gospel. You will be an official representative of the Church. As such, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and appearance by keeping the commandments, and following the counsel of your mission President. The Lord will reward you for the goodness of your life. You will experience greater blessings and n as you serve the Lord in the labor of love You will be set apart by your Stake written acceptance promptly | CALLED TO SERVE
2: Ghana MTC | And this gospel shall be preached unto every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. - D&C 133:37
3: "Akwaaba! Well first I should say that I am alive and well. The trip to Ghana was long and wearisome but quite an adventure! I can't even describe how much I love it here already,"
4: Paynesville Liberia
5: I'll go where you want me to go, dear Lord, Over mountain or plain or sea; I'll say what you want me to say, dear Lord; I'll be what you want me to be. - Hymns #270
6: Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you. - 1 Peter 3:15
7: "I am more motivated than ever right now to do this work, I love it... I love John 7:17; that is a scripture to live by. Its promise is true... I am grateful for your prayers. I can feel them."
8: "Just know the priesthood is real. And just know it is powerful and can work miracles if we have faith and if we live righteously." | "The people here are so strong. I am amazed by them continually."
9: Love is of the essence of this missionary work. Selflessness is of its very nature. Self-discipline is its requirement. - Gordon B Hinkley
10: Thunder Hill, Sierra Leone
11: How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; - Isaiah 61:1
12: Perhaps today there are loving words Which Jesus would have me speak; There may be now in the paths of sin Some wand'rer whom I should seek. - Hymns #270
13: "Unfortunately, Mom found out about my living with no power and water for a few weeks - and I am even parched as I am writing this :) Dry season rages on and boy is the sun hot!!!! There is a sort of hypnotic haze lingering in the atmosphere every day that makes for some of the most amazing sunsets!"
14: BO | S | SEWA ROAD
15: And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God. - D&C 42:6
16: Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. - D&C 64:33
17: "I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. And I know I need a savior. And I have felt the uplifting, ennobling, cleansing, and guilt-lifting power of his atonement."
18: There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save. The blessings of eternity await you. Yours is the privilege to be, not spectators, but participants on the stage of service to others." - Thomas S Monson
19: ""Tenki boku boku tenki! I love serving in Sewa Road, the Lord has blessed us SO much here. This area is on fire!"
20: Hill Station | God hath called me by a holy calling, to preach the word unto this people, and hath given me much success, in the which my joy is full. - Alma 29:13
21: "Time just continues to fly by quicker than I want or expect. Coming to the end of your mission really causes you to sit back and reflect. It truly has been an amazing two years..." | "Hill Station = Huge mountains, tired Elder Whitlock!"
22: There's surely somewhere a lowly place In earth's harvest fields so wide Where I may labor through life's short day For Jesus, the Crucified. - Hymns # 270
23: Sweet is the work...
24: ... The GOOD | The BAD ... | "I know that the Lord will prepare a way. I have that faith. I can do hard things. And in the strength of the Lord I can do all things."
25: (And the stuff I never told you about...)
26: All children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love; and they are all alike and partakers of salvation. - Moroni 8:17
28: Your son is a complete wonder; you should feel very happy. - Elder Peterson
29: "I can not believe how frequent miracles are in this work. In fact they happen so much that you have to constantly watch for them or you might make the mistake of not noticing them or taking them for granted. The Lord's hand is in this work, it is incredible."
30: 'Till we meet again...
31: Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God. - Eph. 2:19
33: "I know that God is our loving Father in Heaven and that his reality is unquestionable. He is a being that is greater than human comprehension that can get intimately involved in our lives. I know that my Savior lives and that His life is one of the greatest manifestations of God's love. I know that Jesus Christ loves everyone with a love that is matchless and incomprehensible. I am pleased to be able to boldly state that Joseph Smith is their Prophet of the Restoration, and that anybody who has the Spirit to know that God lives and that Jesus is the Christ can also know by the same Spirit that Joseph Smith is their Prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and the keystone of our Religion- and what a mighty keystone it is. Thomas S. Monson is a prophet and a great man. Revelation is real. I leave you these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen." | "...how great shall be your joy..." - D&C 18:14-16