Monday, February 28, 2011

Setting Apart

Sorry no pictures today.

Sunday evening at 8 p.m. our stake president came to our home to set us apart.  Two sons and the bishop also came.  We were interested in the blessing the Lord would give us through His servant.  Settings apart are one time that the Lord speaks directly to us.  Just a few of the multitude of blessings follow:

The Lord blessed Ann that she would be able to communicate, that she would have the gift of tongues, that she would be a leader, that the people would see the light in her countenance and want that light in their lives.  She was blessed that she would have an influence on families being united for eternity.  Considering the poorness of the DRC and the nearest temple being 1000 miles south in Johannesburg, that is a major prophecy.  She was promised good health and energy.  The Lord thanked Ann for her willingness to serve.

The Lord also blessed Bill with good health and energy, that he would speak the language fluently, that he would be protected and know what to do.  The Lord reminded Bill to follow the directions of the Mission President.  The Lord thanked Bill for being a good example on the members of the ward and stake to serve missions.  Just today in Church an elder asked me what he needed to do to prepare financially for a mission.  He had heard us talk about putting the date on the calendar, even if they had little children.  My advice was no debt, including a home mortgage.

We were promised so many blessings.  The blessing was so personal and tailored specifically for each of us.  We are so thankful for the Priesthood and the willingness of our leaders to give of their time to bless our lives.

Tomorrow (Monday) we start taking our daily malaria tablets (an antibiotic).  Hope we can find yogurt in Lubumbashi to resupply our systems with good bacteria after the malaria pill kills everything else.  Tuesday we start our training in Public Affairs in Salt Lake for 3 days.  We'll come home to an almost empty house each evening.  My sons helped us move the furniture into the basement in preparation for Ann's niece who will housesit for us.  We trust that she will treat the home well.  It's better to have someone in the home, but there are numerous horror stories of trusted and close relatives trashing a mission couple's home.

Two of the major concerns of senior missionaries are #1 What to do with our home? and #2 How much money will the mission cost?  Preparations for a mission have many hidden costs: dentist, doctor, immunizations, clothing, batteries for hearing aids, even an 18 month's supply of vitamin pills adds up.  Since Medicare doesn't cover outside of the United States, we needed special insurance from the Church.  But the good thing is that there are people in the Missionary Department who helped us complete all the necessary steps.  The mission staff in the Congo have found a nice apartment for us.  It's like going to the temple for the first time: there are workers to help on every step of way.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


There is a place
a name
That conjures up terror
and trepidation

A wild country that
speaks of night mares and
violent death

The largest rain forest in Africa

As full of mystery today
as it was a century ago.
One of the last great wild places on Earth

The fabled "Heart of Darkness"


***Dialogue from BBC DVD
"Natural World: Africa and Europe"
(available from SL Co Library)

When we tell people we have been called to the Congo on our mission, the first thing most people say is: "Be safe!"

We were both willing to go. But the Lord has been very kind to us. We gave us what we desired. Sweet Sister Ann is a mosquito magnet. The Lord has blessed Lubumbashi with few mosquitos. Ann's first choice for a mission was Hawaii. Well, Lubumbashi is in Central Africa, but at an altitude of 4000 feet. We've monitored summer temperatures in the high 70's. Almost Hawaii.

What follows is from President and Sister Headlee's website. President Headlee is the mission president in the Kinshasa Mission. The Lubumbashi Mission was split off from his mission about 7 months ago.


President Mike and Sister Pam Headlee administer the DR Congo Mission. They have a web site: I pass on a post about Lubumbashi which has been a mission for about 7 months.

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 10:35 pm in Uncategorized

It just rolls off your tongue! ….lube ume bosh ee… It is at the southeast end of the Congo. It is about 1000 miles from Kinshasa. There are two LDS stakes here and they are growing very fast. It is possible that we could see 2 more stakes here before we leave. It felt a lot like being in Zambia…possibly because it is only 40 miles from the Zambian border. We came to Lubumbashi to have a zone conference and meet the missionaries. There is a couples’ home here, which is vacant right now because our couple assigned here doesn’t arrive until Sept 7th or 8th. We came down one day and President Headlee met with the 2 stake presidents, had a zone conference the next day, the following day we drove to Likasi (about 2 hours drive away) for a small zone conference and then drove back the same day. We left the following morning. I was thinking that all this travel would be a drag, but actually it is really nice to get out of Kinshasa and visit some these pleasant (and rural) areas away from the big city.

One of 7 LDS chapels in Lubumbashi (click on photo to enlarge)

How big is Africa? (click on photo to enlarge)

Are you as surprised as we are? The Lord is doing great things in "The Heart of Darkness".

Elder William and Sister Ann Moore

(We depart on March 7th)