In the MTC - Sam is kneeling down in front on the left pointing to the Ivory Coast in West Africa

Sunday, August 30, 2009

This is an e-mail that we received from the missionary couple, Elder & Sister Bailey, in Abidjan shortly after Sam arrived in Africa. This was very comforting, and they said some very kind words about Sam.

August 7, 2009

Brother and Sister Bertoch,

We wanted to let you know that Elder Bertoch boarded a plane from the Ivory Coast to Togo today. He will be serving in a city called, Gbedjromene. ( I still can’t pronounce it!!) Elder and Sister Black who are the couple serving between Togo and Benin were there to greet him and Elder Starita and make sure they were safe and got to their destinations to meet their companions. His companion is Elder Kouakuo from the Ivory Coast. I don’t know this Elder but I’m sure that they will be a wonderful companionship.

We were so grateful to meet your wonderful son. He “hung” out with the “coop” (spelled couple) as the Assistants had many assignments to feel.

He expressed his great love for his family and the Lord. We were able to hear is beautiful testimony in French. These young Elders came prepared to go to work to help bring souls to Christ. Thank you for preparing such a valiant missionary for the Lord.


Elder and Sister Bailey


1. Elder Bertoch in the Mission Home

2. Elder Bertoch next to President Ayekoue (on the left) and all the “New Missionaries”.

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