A beautiful day with an unhappy ending.
After Breakfast, President Clawson, Elders Stevenson, Soares, Francis, Madu, Stanfill,
and Davies met with all the members of the District Presidency and all the Branch
Our morning was free. We had no meetings to attend all day. However, Sister
Clawson got the Sr. Sister Missionaries invited to a meeting the G/A wives were
having under the condition we sit in the back and say not a word. It was a fascinating
meeting and so very worthwhile for us to be there. They wanted to meet with 4
sisters to hear about their callings. Sister Clawson conducted the meeting then Sister
Stevenson took over. She asked each sister to tell them a little about themselves and
then talk about their callings. It worked out just the opposite. The back history of
each of these 4 sisters was so harsh and their conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
so touching we sat in silent awe. I don't feel that I should share anything here. I may
come back at a later time when my emotions don't overtake me.
After this meeting, there was another meeting between 9 natives and all the General
Authorities, their wives and Pres. & Sister Clawson. These individuals were asked to
share their experiences during the war or during the Ebola. Again, heartbreaking
stories full of pain and grief. President Sahr Doe was invited to this meeting and he
was asked to speak of his experience of his accident and life since. After all 9 of these
individuals spoke, the 4 G/A laid their hands on each of the 9 and gave them a
blessing. Sister Clawson cries every time she talks about it. She has not shared much
but she did say that several of them were blessed to be free from the pain of what
they witnessed and experienced. She said she had never heard such profound
blessings. Sahr Doe was the last person to receive a blessing and it was so powerful
that there were some very emotional people. Don was not in the room. He was
there to help President Doe to get from the car, up to the 2nd floor of the church, and
then back down to his car. So he was waiting outside the room. President Clawson
was the first one to come out of the room and he and Don shared a sacred moment.
Don says that when President Doe came out of that room his countenance glowed
and he was so very very happy.
We left the Stake Center and stopped by a decent restaurant for dinner. We both had
so much to share.
An unhappy ending to a very beautiful day: Elder and Sister Sherwood were on their
way home to Bo with one of the elders that was in the horrible accident two weeks
ago. He is the one that had his spleen out and he was one that was on his way to his
first assignment as a missionary. On their way to Bo tonight, this kid is still trying to
get to his first assignment, they were 3 cars behind a vehicle that had a head-on
collision with an on-coming vehicle. It was such a mess. They sat for one and a half
hours watching bodies being taken out of the pota-pota and being laid on the side of
the road. They didn't even have everyone out of the pota-pota before people were
stripping the van. Elder and sister Sherwood tried to get this young Elder to talk
thinking he may be dramatized. But he wasn't. He had seen so much death in his
short life that this scene did not bother him. Elder Sherwood called Sister Clawson
when they got to Bo to report what they had experienced. Sister Clawson was very
concerned about the young Elder and Elder Sherwood said, "Sister Clawson, it isn't
the young Elder you need to worry about, it is your Senior Couple".