Sunday, October 30, 2005

Here is an interesting job. These men are digging a foundation for a home. They were happy to take time out to explain to me how the rocks are heated with the fire until they crack. Then the sledge hammer and muscle power are applied and the rock is broken and removed piece by piece. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Removing these huge rocks is not the easiest job but here any work is a blessing. Posted by Picasa

The Harmattan arrives late December and remains through mid February. It is caused by the fine atmospheric dust that blows in from the Sahara Desert during the dry season. Last year was especially bad. Each day there was a fine layer of dust on everything. Posted by Picasa

Friday, October 28, 2005

When the Elders can't get enough roasted pig, they go to Sister Nsom's. She always provides a treat for them. This time she prepared a delicacy of African grubs or maggots. Be glad this is not a motion picture because at the time of this photo, the meal was still wiggling. Posted by Picasa

The closest we get to real wild life in Africa is a visit with the pet chimpanzee of Sister Nsom. He loves people but hates the constant flash of the camera. Posted by Picasa

Brother Paulin, our branch genealogy specialist, is helping Elder Taumoepeau prepare for the feast of the roasted pig. Elder "T" could do anything. With the help from his willing companions, he bought a little pig, fattened it up for a few days and then prepared a feast that will never be forgotten. Posted by Picasa

Here Sister Badger makes her way to our next appointment. Posted by Picasa

It was a special privilege to be with Elder Grainger and Elder Gballo last November when they went searching for a lady who had asked for some information on the church. Instead of finding the lady, this man, Brother Solomon, walked over and asked why we only taught the women. Elder Gballo responded that we have a message for everyone. Solomon was later baptized and is now one of our finest branch missionaries. Posted by Picasa

Our missionary football team is one of the best. Our players were recruited from many countries including: the United States, Tonga, France and Scotland. The playing field may be rough, bumpy, and muddy when it rains, but everyone here in Yaounde really enjoys a good football (soccer) game. Posted by Picasa

Don't think that being a missionary is all work and no play. On the Fourth of July, we were invited to a celebration hosted by U.S. Ambassador Marquardt. It didn't seem to matter that some of the missionaries were from other countries besides the U.S. Posted by Picasa

One of the key players in the conversion of Brother Kemle and his family was our good friend, Brother Bombyck. He is sitting on a near finished sofa he made for us. Note what he calls "African Springs." They are strips of tire cut and woven in order to support the foam seat. Brother Bombyck did many odd jobs for Brother Kemle during the time that he was Pastor Kemle of the New Covenant Church. Brother Bombyck set a good example and after many months, Brother Kemle invited us over to visit. The resulting friendship allowed the Holy Ghost to bear testimony to Brother Kemle and the rest is history. Posted by Picasa

This is a photo of Brother and Sister Kemle with us at the New Covenant Church. Their conversion to the gospel was a miracle that unfolded before our eyes. He is now working on his former members and leaders to bring them to the truth. Posted by Picasa

This is a picture of Brother Kemle (to the right of Sister Badger) with his wife, family and some of the council members of the New Covenant Church before his baptism. We could write a book on this good man's 18 years of service to the Lord as a pastor of his own little church. We are so happy that he was a seeker of the truth. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

These are some of our Primary children just before the Primary Sacrament Meeting program. It was great! These children really like to perform. They sing and talk with real gusto. Posted by Picasa

After our home teaching visit, Brother Gaston, the Elders Quorum President, divides up the gifts from the family with Brother Luc, his first counselor, on the left, and Brother Paulin, our branch genealogy specialist, on his right. Home teaching was never this good in the USA. Posted by Picasa

Monday, October 24, 2005

I invited John, our guard, in the blue shirt, to join us for a farewell breakfast for three of our departing elders. Going clockwise from John is Elder Taylor from Alabama, Elder Badger, Elder Brown departing for Scotland, Elder Burnham from Mesa Arizona, Sis. Badger, Elder Anderson from Fairview Utah, Elder Seguin from West Jordan Utah, Elder Taumoepeau departing for Tonga and Elder LaCombe departing for France. Posted by Picasa

This is our Young Men's group: two priests, three teachers, four deacons and the rest are leaders and visitors. You would have a hard time finding a better group of young men anywhere. Guillaume, one of the boys, walks the two hour distance from his home to attend activities. The other boys would do the same. Most of them are committed to a reading program in the Book of Mormon. Posted by Picasa

These are some of the young women of our branch viewing the Young Women's General Conference on a DVD in our apartment. Note the photos on the wall. We wish you could meet these outstanding young women. Posted by Picasa

Our newest member of the Bastos Branch arrived early Sunday morning, Oct. 9th. She will be named Lynda Ruth Njumbe (sounds like another Lynda I know). We hope in the years to come Lynda Ruth will be an honor to her parents, Therese and Luc, and a good example for her namesake, Sister Badger.

This is our friend, the wife of Brother Simon. After nine years of living as a part- member family, Brother Simon said his wife is asking to receive the lessons. We stopped by to congratulate her on her decision. She reluctantly agreed to have this picture taken in her front yard kitchen

Sunday, October 09, 2005

A view from our kitchen window shows the Palais de Congress. In June, the sun sets in the middle of the building. In December, it sets far to the left. This is the only indication we have that the seasons are changing.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

We have some beautiful sunsets here. This picture was taken the last of May and the sun is almost over the Palais, so we know it is springtime in the USA.

Friday, October 07, 2005

In November, the sun sets far to the left of the Palais.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

We would like to introduce some of our favorite people. The lady on the left is Sister Rameline. She was campaigning for the Presidency of Cameroon during the last election, but midway through the year, her party was disallowed over some technicality. To her right is our Branch President, Ephraim Ndongo, his wife, Agnes, with their children, Alma and Abinadi. President Ndongo is the man who keeps this branch together and will sometimes comment that "the load is too heavy."

Sunday, October 02, 2005

The picture above is Leticia. She writes:
Ngo yetna leticia (My name is Leticia)
J’ai 12 ans. (I am 12 years old.)
Je suis au CE2 (I'm in level 2 at school.)
J’aime une tomate (I love tomatoes.)
J’aimerais etre une infirmiere (I would like to be a nurse)
Je vous aime (I like you.)

The picture on the left is Cecile.
BONJOUR C HERE AMIE (Hello dear friend)
Je m’appelle Cécile.(My name is Cecile.)
j’ai 15 ans. (I am fifteen years old)
je me suis fais baptise le 24 octobre 2004 avec les autres membres de l’église. (I was baptized October 24th, 2004 with other members of the church.)
comme je ne vous connais pas mais je suis une jeune fille. (I do not know you but I am a Young Woman.)

This is Coquine Makanda. She is one of our outstanding Young Women. She traveled with her family in the first group of members of the church in Cameroon to attend the newly dedicated temple in Aba, Nigeria last August. She was sealed to her family at that time. We consider Coquine and her fellow travelers as the true pioneers of Cameroon.

If anyone would like to say hello to any of the Young Women in the branch, you can post a comment or e-mail us at

This is Brigitte Bala. Her father is the first counselor in the branch presidency. Her mother is the Primary President. Brigette writes:

Je m’appelle BRIGITTE. Je suis membre de l’église depuis 9 mois. j’aime apprendre jouer au tennis. j’ai 14 ans. j’aime mes parents. (Hi dear friends. My name is Brigitte. I am a member of the Church for 9 months. I love learning to play tennis. I am 14 years old. I love my parents.)

If anyone would like a pen pal in Yaounde, Cameroon, please send an e-mail and we will pass it on to our youth. (

This young lady is Merveille Kemle. Six months ago she was helping her father, the pastor in the New Covenant church. Now she is helping her father in the LDS Church. The entire family has been baptized. She writes the following letter:

Kemle merveille pierrette (Her name)
J’ai 12 ans. (I am 12 years old.)
Je suis au cm2 (I am in the 2 yr. cm school.)
J’aime les fleurs et j’aimerai etre policiere.
(I love flowers and I want to be a police woman.)
Et enfin pour termine je suis eleve (In order to do this I am a student in school.)
Je fais la musique a l`eglise nouvelle alliance. (I am a musician in the Nouvelle Alliance Church.) This was written before she was baptized.
Je vous aime tous (I love all of you.)

Merci (Thank you.)

Saturday, October 01, 2005

This is Bijou Nsom. Her father is the Minister of Health for leprosy in Cameroon. He is not a member, but we think one day he will join the church. Her mother saw something about the LDS Church on TV that touched her heart. After months of searching, she was doing some shopping when she was forced to make a detour down a different street. The new route took her past the sign "Eglise de Jesus-Christ des Saints des Derniers Jours." She immediately recognized that this was the church she had been searching for. Now she is serving as the Young Women's President. All of her children, including a number she has taken in, (unofficially adopted), have been baptized. Bijou writes the following:

Nsom Kiliane (Bijou is a nickname given by her father. It means "jewel." )
J'ai 14 ans. (I am 14 years old.)
Je suis en 4. (I am in the 4th level of school.)
J'aime les fleurs (I love flowers.)
J'aimerais etre docteur. (I would like to be a doctor....just like her father and grandfather.)
Je suis eleve (I am a student.)
J`aime le francais, l`anglais, la science (I love French, English and science.)

Many homes are built with the material that is available. The soil is a heavy, red clay and if there is no money for the sturdier cement, clay makes a very nice wall when packed inbetween the supporting slats. The cloth on the right covers a doorway and is semi-effective for keeping out mosquitoes and little children.