Don went for a run tonight and came across the Eman (Imam) we have had meetings with 3 times for a well here in grafton. He had an absolute glow about his countenance. He was incredibly happy. The event that brought so much happiness to him is he had received an invitation to make the trip to the Haj (the pilgrimage the Muslims make when they go to Mecca). What profoundly struck Don was how filled with joy the Eman (Imam) was at this point in his life - to have this invitation. Most Muslims only do this once in their life. The Eman's joy would be equivalent to the joy members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have who are so poor that to be able to go to the Temple one time in their life to have their family sealed together for eternity.
Don, Alie and I spent the day shopping for Sister Clawson. We have a special conference
this coming weekend. We have coming the following: Elder Gary Stevenson from the
quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Dean Davies from the presiding Bishopric, Elder
Ulisses Soares from the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder Vern Stanfill from the Africa
West Area Presidency, Elder Madu an area Seventy, and Elder Francis from the
Department of Temporal Affairs and all their wives. There are meetings to plan and
prepare for, meals to make, and a ton of things in Sister Clawson's head yet to be
finalized. What we went shopping for today was 300 eggs, 10 lbs of margarine, a muffin
tin, 105 books we can use for a journal, a ream of pink paper, pens, baskets, picture
hanging hardware, and other stuff. It took us most of the day.