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The Bonsrahs, Ghanaian triplets, just returned from three separate missions

Here at LDSMissionaries.com, We come across thousands of missionaries through our website and Facebook page and this set of Ghanaian triplets really stood out to us. They reached out to us (and sent us a cute picture) and we just had to publish their story on our blog.

Here is what they said:

“We are triplets and we just finished serving in 3 Nigerian missions. I feel it will be fun and above all we want to share our testimony with the world.”

So we asked them these questions, and got the following responses:

1. What are all your names, left to right?

Dicken, Dickson, Dick (Bonsrah)

From left to right Dicken, Dickson and Dick Bonsrah Ghanaian triplets who just returned from serving missions in Nigeria
From left to right Dicken, Dickson and Dick Bonsrah Ghanaian triplets who just returned from serving missions in Nigeria

2. What missions you served in, and your hometown?

Dicken served in the Nigeria Eunugu Mission

Dickson served in the Nigeria Porthacourt Mission

Dick served in the Nigeria Lagos Mission.

We are Ghanaians from eastern region of the country from a small town named Obosomase. We now stay in Adenta, a suburb of the capital Accra in the Adentan stake and we worship in Adenta Ward.

3. How did your parents, (particularly your mother), feel?

Our parents are not members of the church but our mum was very happy for our decision to serve our Heavenly Father.

4. Share with us your testimony.

“Our testimony is that we know fully and truly that there is a God in heaven and he loves us and the Book of Mormon is also another testament and the prophet Joseph Smith was called of God.

“So we found about the church through our guardians the Opare family. We came to school in their school and through that we became members. We knew everything about the church was true. I loved the plan of salvation. I had never heard of it so when I heard of it I was happy. My parents gave us the consent to be baptized. Like earlier said, our mentor has been the Opare family. I wanted to first broaden my knowledge or testimony about Jesus Christ and his church and I had the desire to share the restored gospel. My mother’s first name is Doris. Dick Bonsrah’s (favorite) scripture is king Benjamin. Dicken’s is also king Benjamin and Dickson’s is Moroni. Dick’s favorite scripture is Jacob 2:17-19. Dickson’s favorite scripture is Mosiah 2:41 and Dicken’s favorite is 2 Corinth 4:8-10.”

We were so glad to hear that they were strong in the faith and that they have returned with gratitude in their hearts and the fire of testimony.

 

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image via mylifebygogogoff.com

What happens when you mix the Gospel with Star Wars in meme format? Pure awesomeness!
As May the 4th (be with you!) approaches I’ve been collecting and creating Mormon Star Wars Memes! So enjoy 35+ Mormon Star Wars Memes to celebrate International Star Wars Day!

The Force is strong with this one Holland
The Force is strong with this one

 

millions of prayers silenced

When I came home from my mission, it was as if millions of prayers were suddenly silenced.

 

Home Teach Yoda

Home teach or not home teach. There is no try.

 

Vader BOM

Search your feelings. You know it to be true.

 

12 Jedi 12 Apostles

 

To see the rest of these cringe-worthy Star Wars LDS memes, go to My Life By GogoGoff.

 

I’ve listened to 100s of mission stories…here are 5 of the most CRAZY and DANGEROUS situations missionaries have been in…

*Think these stories are crazy?? Watch a dozen more crazy stories.

*Watch 15 of the Most Spiritual Mission Stories.

*Disclaimer: Missions are one of the safest places for young adults to be. Though many missionaries have crazy stories, you should take into consideration that they are often sharing the craziest experience they had over the course of their mission.

*I should also let you know I’ve heard many dangerous mission stories that strengthen my testimony of the Lord’s care over His missionaries. Many, many dangerous situations have been evaded by simply listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

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Image via Meridian Magazine

It is our desire to bring to life for you, through photographs and words, some of the actual places where Jesus suffered, bled, died and was resurrected. Please read every caption and study each photograph. It will help make your Easter weekend more memorable and filled with the Spirit. Better yet, share this with your family and share your own witness of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

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See the full photo essay at Meridian Magazine.

Many returned missionaries have told me their most trying experience- contracting Typhoid Fever, getting stabbed, being stoned in the streets, etc. But this is probably the worst set of challenges I’ve ever heard of one missionary having to endure.

I’m amazed at how much this Sister persevered despite so much opposition. Enjoy the video!

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I served a mission for the Mormon Church in Vladivostok, Russia. If I were “re-called to serve” this mission, there’s one thing I’d do differently:

This time, I would try to not hate it.

A Surface-Level Missionary

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti-missionary work—far from it. But there’s a fundamental reason why I once hated missionary work and why I’ve since learned to love it.

In order for you to understand why I hated my mission, you must first know something about my personality.

In the past, I haven’t been much of a “people person.” In fact, I frequently go out of my way to avoid people. My three biggest pet peeves are: people standing/walking behind me, making small talk with strangers, and having people waiting on me. Most of my personal pictures (prior to getting married) show me at a cornucopia of locations with—you guessed it—no one. And for years, that’s the way I preferred it.

So the missionary lifestyle of befriending complete strangers and having missionary companions follow you around 24/7 for two years didn’t exactly harmonize with my lifelong goal of becoming an Alaskan hermit.

Be that as it may, in 2005 I was called to serve a mission and entered the MTC (Missionary Training Center) with as much—if not more—naiveté about missionary work as any teenage Mormon boy. All I really understood about “serving” a mission was that you knocked on doors, miraculously found converts, had some cool spiritual experiences, and—if you were super lucky—got to take lots of sweet pictures in a foreign country.

That was not my mission.

The MTC was brutal. My habit to withdraw from people didn’t bode well with my district. As a result, I didn’t make any friends with the elders that were going to my mission. This meant that, in a mission of approximately 40 missionaries, I had already managed to lose favor with 10% of them.

As soon as I got to the field, I realized that my introverted personality was in for a world of hurt. I contributed very little to lessons, didn’t socialize at church events, and instead of soaking in the beauty and splendor of Russia and her people, I spent most of my time looking at the ground. I clammed up in conversations, scorned street-contacting, and dreaded going door-to-door. Faith is a deeply personal experience, I thought to myself. Why can’t we just respect other people and leave them alone?

Read the full article at LDSLiving.

Image via SheTraveled

For many missionaries who come home early, it can be hard to assimilate into the post-mission life. If you missed it, here’s a previous post on 8 Powerful Reminders For Missionaries Who Come Home Early.  These 9 articles will help these returned missionaries and their families to find peace and joy moving forward.

1. Coming Home At Exactly The Right Time

2. The Stigma Of Returning Early

3. The Choice To Return Early

4. The #1 Reason Missionaries Return

5. When Working Hard Doesn’t Work

6. Still A Returned Missionary

7. Readjusting to Home Life

8. Charity Never Faileth

9. Perfect Lessons In Imperfect Circumstances

To see full article, go to SheTraveled.

Stuart Edge shares some incredible mission stories: teaching MTC construction workers, confronting a man with a machete, falling into sewage, etc.

In this video interview Stuart shares memories from his time in the Mexico Veracruz Mission. He also talks about how his mission prepared the way for him to create a successful YouTube channel with 100s of millions of YouTube views.

*To browse all 16 segments of the video interview, click here.

via ldsliving.com

Does your ward hold Trunk-or-Treat? Many wards do these days, and the missionaries are often right there helping out. LDS members usually invite non-member friends to join in the fun, plus it’s a fun, casual event to invite investigators to. Here are some great Trunk-or-Treat ideas from LDS Living, mixed in with some fun Halloween missionary pictures from all around the web.

"Halloween is an awesome excuse to be able to wear my favorite outfit in public. Nobody likes it at home but the branch loved it..." via elderstetsonwood.blogspot.com
“Halloween is an awesome excuse to be able to wear my favorite outfit in public. Nobody likes it at home but the branch loved it…” via elderstetsonwood.blogspot.com

Pop Culture

1. Candy Land
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"For Halloween, our ward did a trunk or treat and all us missionaries made our hair a crazy color! It was pretty exciting." -via marissainmississippi.blogspot.com
“For Halloween, our ward did a trunk or treat and all us missionaries made our hair a crazy color! It was pretty exciting.” -via marissainmississippi.blogspot.com

2. Pac Man

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"The missionaries were the Ghost Busters. They looked authentic." via www.hawleyfocus.com
“The missionaries were the Ghost Busters. They looked authentic.” via www.hawleyfocus.com

3. Angry Birds

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"Elder Hansen and Elder Groneman dressed up as their favorite Rednecks." via spencergroneman.blogspot.com
“Elder Hansen and Elder Groneman dressed up as their favorite Rednecks.” via spencergroneman.blogspot.com
Using Pass Along card helped them get the "Winner of the "Best Trunk" Award!"  via spencergroneman.blogspot.com
Using Pass Along cards helped them get the “Winner of the “Best Trunk” Award!” via spencergroneman.blogspot.com

4. Sports team

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"The Quad. Scripture power, right here" via apeculiargirl.wordpress.com
“The Quad. Scripture power, right here” via apeculiargirl.wordpress.com

5. Cookie Monster

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If you don't have a trunk, you can still do trunk or treat! via flakemissionaries.blogspot.com
If you don’t have a trunk, you can still do trunk or treat! via flakemissionaries.blogspot.com

6. The Great Pumpkin

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A fun, simple Sister Missionary costume. via sistercarlsoninchesapeake.blogspot.com
A fun, simple Sister Missionary costume. via sistercarlsoninchesapeake.blogspot.com

7. McDonald’s Drive-thru

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A fun, simple costume for Elders- orange ties :) via elderdallenthomas.wordpress.com

8. I Spy

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"We couldn't do much for Halloween, but we tried" via hermanasilva.blogspot.com
“We couldn’t do much for Halloween, but we tried” via hermanasilva.blogspot.com

9. Muppets

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 "Sister Ott isn’t trunky, she’s trunk or treating! And the rest of the District!" via anoklahomasister.wordpress.com
“Sister Ott isn’t trunky, she’s trunk or treating! And the rest of the District!” via anoklahomasister.wordpress.com

10. Veggie Tales

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See 40 MORE trunk decorating ideas at LDS Living

Elder Richard G. Scott is Honored and Remembered with Love
(Image via mormonnewsroom.org)

Elder Richard G. Scott dies; funeral plans announced

On September 22, 2015, Mormon Newsroom announced that Elder Richard G. Scott had passed away at the age of 86from causes incident to age, while surrounded by his family at his home in Salt Lake City.” The Church has since announced that his funeral will be on Monday, September 28, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.

Those who wish to attend the funeral will find more information at Mormon Newsroom. For those who wish to watch the broadcast and pay their respects via condolences or contributions, the Church released these helpful instructions:

“The funeral services will be broadcast live via MormonNewsroom.org, LDS.org (English, Spanish and Portuguese), KSL TV 5.2, BYUtv, BYUtv Global, KBYUtv Eleven, BYUtv International, Mormon ChannelCanal Mormón (Spanish) and on the Church satellite system. In addition, audio broadcasts will air on KSL radio, BYU Classical 89 and BYU Radio.

“There will be no public viewing, but expressions of sympathy can be posted on Elder Scott’s official Facebook page or emailed to [email protected]

“In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Church’s General Missionary Fund at give.lds.org/elderscott.”

Elder Richard G. Scott is Remembered and Honored

After Elder Scott’s passing, expressions of love and touching accounts of his life flooded the LDS Internet community. Here is a sampling of the best and most shared articles

Deseret News

Deseret News shared a touching account of some of the last visitors Elder Scott saw before passing, including President Thomas S. Monson, President Russell M. Nelson, and Elder D. Todd Christofferson. Elder Scott’s son, Michael, arrived in Salt Lake from Houston in time to see his father one last time. He shared his emotions, saying he felt “more happiness than sadness, actually. My dad lived such a full, wonderful life, he did so much. The fact that he is reunited with my mom, it’s surprisingly positive and upbeat in our family,” Scott said. “We’ve had such a huge outpouring of support from people. It’s amazing how many people my dad touched, amazing — stories from all over the place.”

Deseret News also reported on how Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, paid tribute to Elder Scott on the Senate floor in Washington DC, saying: “…Elder Scott’s gentle voice invited all who had lost their way, who had given up hope, or had wandered far – to come home – home to the faith, family and community that would bring them real peace and lasting, genuine joy. Countless individuals around the world heard his invitation to come home and rightly felt that he was talking directly to them. Ever in search of the one who was lost Elder Scott’s words and witness of Jesus Christ served as the lower lights upon the shore to gently guide many a wanderer home…”

LDS Church News

LDS Church News published a touching account of how a double tragedy in Elder Scott’s life became a “pivotal moment” in his marriage and life. Richard and his young wife Jeanene lost their 2 1/2 year old little boy, who was Elder Scott’s namesake. The toddler, who had suffered chronic heart problems, died during surgery. Tragedy struck again 6 weeks later, when their newborn daughter lived only a few moments. “Instead of becoming bitter or down, they just seemed more committed and more faithful and more grateful,” their son Michael shared later.

Meridian Magazine

Scot Facer Proctor of Meridian Magazine shared a series of powerful quotes and his own personal feelings for the life and prophetic calling of Elder Scott. In the article, “Elder Richard G. Scott’s Voice Never Went Silent for Me,” Proctor wrote, “I’ve had a flood of memories since Elder Scott’s passing Tuesday. His voice was warm and father-like. He wanted to talk to the one, not just to the masses. Even in general conference he would make you feel like you were sitting in the living room with him and him alone. Sometimes his words would seem to melt the marrow of my bones.”

LDS Living

In the article, “3 Things We’ll Always Remember About Elder Scott,” Jake Healy discusses Elder Scott’s love and compassion; his focus on principles; and his relationship with Jeanene. “Elder Scott married his beloved wife, Jeanene, in 1953. Through their lives together, they shared a remarkably strong bond that Elder Scott became known for frequently addressing in his general conference talks—particularly following her death in 1995. He often reminisced on the peace and serenity of their marriage. ‘We have not had arguments in our home or unkind words between us,’ he said in a talk. ‘Now I realize that blessing . . . resulted from her willingness to give, to share, and to never think of herself.'”

For those of you who didn’t realize that Elder Scott was also an accomplished artist , check out LDS Living’s photo gallery of “The Artwork of Elder Scott.”

LDS.net

For those wishing to know more about Elder Scott’s early life, don’t miss LDS.net’s article, “The Quorum of the Twelve Before They Were Called: Richard G. Scott“, which begins:

“Richard G. Scott was not raised in a home that was active in the gospel. His father wasn’t a member of the Church, and his mother was inactive. However, his parents did instill good values and character in their children. Richard’s home teachers and ward leaders encouraged him to attend church. However, he admits that he sometimes did so reluctantly.

“But during his teenage and young adult years, Richard felt like there was something missing in his life. Even though he did well in school and participated in many activities, he felt alone. He did not realize that the emptiness was from the lack of gospel influence in his life until he served his mission.”

The Mission Geek

The Mission Geek, a popular blog about missionary experiences, shared an a article on 3 ways Elder Scott had changed a young man’s life. Bruce Peck begins this personal article with his own testimony of Elder Scott’s influence: “When I was 18, at the end of high school and I realized that I had my whole life ahead of me but I felt lost, dark and very depressed. I began to search for light in my life, I began to read the scriptures, pray and listen to conference like I never had before. One day in the midst of all of that I heard a talk by Elder Richard G. Scott, and in it he says a line with such love and such compassion that it changed my world, he said, ‘Don’t give up what you want most in life for what you think you want now.'”

Quotes and Memes

For those who love to print off or share inspiring memes, Deseret News published a series of memes for 23 great quotes by Elder Scott.