Friday, July 6, 2012

Letter from Scott's Mission President

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sierra Leone Freetown Mission

PO Box 263, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Telephone: +232 (0)76-541523 or +232 (0)76-541524


July 6, 2012


Dear McDonald Family:

  Here is a picture of your son as he arrived at the mission home.  We thought you might enjoy seeing him with Sister Roggia and me.  We are pleased to have him here in Sierra Leone.

  You can probably expect that he will experience some homesickness as he adjusts to mission life.  Not only is there the normal adjustment of leaving behind family, friends, sports, etc. but here there is the adjustment of living in a developing country as well. You should also know that English is spoken differently here and often takes time to understand.  Many still use their tribal language, which requires an interpreter.  It will be interesting to hear your son incorporate the local Krio with his own accent.

 Your son will find the food and living conditions much different.  We work diligently to keep all missionaries happy and healthy.  There is a water filter in each apartment so they can drink purified water.   Most of the time, an apartment will hold 4 missionaries with one companionship per room.  They have single beds, a bathroom, table and chairs, and not much other furniture.  Apartments meet their needs but are not what he may be used to. He will however, adjust to all of this and come to love his companion and the people as we have learned to love them!

 We admire him for choosing to dedicate this time to the Lord.  We know He will bless him in this great cause.  We look forward to getting to know him better. 

 Missionaries love to hear from both families and church members. We encourage you to write often. It always gives the missionaries a lift to get a letter from home.   You can send a normal letter or package directly to us by addressing it to him at the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission, P.O. Box 263, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa.  We hold the mail here for them until someone goes to his area.   That may not be until Zone Conference.  Of course he may use email, which they are allowed to do in this mission. We have found that is a great way for friends to write to your missionary since only family should be emailing him.

Our email address is   in case you need to contact us.  It is often easier than trying to call.
Thank you for sharing him with us!   We are sure he will be a great missionary! We do love our missionaries.  The Lord’s hand is on West Africa today.  This is a special mission; we know he will come to love it. 

Very Sincerely,

President Richard P. Roggia                                       Sister Cathy Roggia

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