Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Eve 2009 and Branch Baptism

Here Sister Saunders is preparing our meal of "fufu" at the Branch's New Year's eve party on the 31st December 2009. The Woman sitting on the stool is folding the fufu into a pile each time Sister Saunders raises the pole to pound it. The small house behind the women is one of the members homes. Notice the chicken in the yard. This was one lucky chicken, it did not become part of the soup that went on the fufu.

Africans certainly love to have their pictures taken. Here we all are on the 31st of December 2009, at the New Year's Eve branch party. This group is mostly branch members who were there for the party. Some members had left early, but as you can see, plenty of the neighboring children jumped into the sitting. The activity was a very fun event. The members truly love one another and are always giving their all to help one another.

Here we are at the baptism of Joanna ( the older woman standing between Sister Saunders and Elder Saunders) who was baptized the day after Christmas 2009. The woman to Sister Saunders left is a school teacher that spoke pretty good English. We combined this baptism with the Yamoransah branch. Elders Agama and Balyejusa are sitting in the front.


  1. Hi Elder and Sister Saunders
    We love reading your blog and seeing the pictures! What a wonderful experience you must be having. The Lord is truely blessing you.
    Love Reed and Bobbi

  2. Marci told us about this blog and it is awesome! You are doing a wonderful job and we are so excited for you. What an adventure. You are in our prayers - we love and appreciate you both. Have a GREAT day.
    Mandy, Eric & Kids

  3. Hi Dave & Margaret,
    I hope this posts. I've left a comment a time or two and haven't seen it yet, so I don't think it posted. Anyway, We just wanted you guys to know that we think that you are two of the best people in the world and are doing a great thing. The people of Ghana are beautiful and deserve to have your kindness & warm hearts in their lives, they way you have been in all of ours here at home. We await your safe return, although it seems like an eternity, I know there is where you're needed. You both have taught us so much and touched our lives in ways you could never imagine. It brings me to tears everytime I log on to follow you on your journey. What an amazing thing to have experienced in ones lifetime. We truely love & miss you both very much.
    Thinking of you always, The Werners

  4. good to know that mom is still cooking up a storm! your branch actually looks larger than i expected. that is so great! bo want's to say something..."i aw mihee mouse. hopper scare me. i aw winny the poooooh and ty" well...we'll work on complete sentences. in the meantime we love and miss you!

  5. So fun. Sister Saunders (that sounds weird to me to call you that), you are hard to find in pictures at times but then I just sing the song, 'One of these things is not like the other' and I can usually figure it out. : ) What an awesome experience. I bet the members there are truly amazing people. You are in our thoughts and prayers every day and I know what you're doing is blessing people near and far. We miss your daughter already but I know it's not near as much as she misses you. You have one great family.

  6. Elder and Sister Saunders,

    Just a note to give you an update on Holly. You may have known before you left that Holly is in need of a heart transplant. She and Quinton on preparing to come back to the states to enable them to get onto a transplant list.

    We have had an unbelievable time in getting her oxygen for the flight home since Delta has stoped providing oxygen for air travel. The cost of a portable consentrater in Australia was over $5,000. Holly and Quinton just didn't have that kind of money so Bobbi began the hunt for oxygen. In our search we ran into Kory Young from TRC. We had no idea that this was the same company that you were involved with and when we were buying the consentrater he asked if I knew a David Saunders from Logan. He was really suprised to know that we were brothers. What a great guy he is. He helped us out and we Fed Exed the consentrated to her today.

    Thought you would like to know. We would invite you to keep her in your prayers. The Blog looks great and it sounds like you are both enjoying your service. I was released as bishop a month ago and called to be the boyscout leader for the 11 year olds. I love it.

    Your big brother Reed

  7. Dear Dave and Margaret,

    I am so humbled to see and read about your mission. I think about you every day and I marvel at the love and dedication you have for our Heavenly Father. I love reading your blog and watching your mission unfold. You both look like the Fu-Fu agrees with you!

    You are in my prayers,

    Love, Susan

  8. I am so glad I found this link on Marci's blog. It looks like you have been having a great time. What an awesome mission, it somehow seems like the perfect place for the two of you! I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing more of your adventures!