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

Friday, December 10, 2010

December 9, 2010

Got word today from the missionary couple that they are flying the non-African missionaries out of the Ivory Coast. They will be going to either Togo or Benin. Don't know yet where Sam will end up. Some of the missionaries left today, but according to the pictures they sent, Sam does not appear to be one of them. So he will be leaving tomorrow. Sam loved the people of the Ivory Coast and I'm sure he is disappointed, but I have to imagine they are all relieved to be out of that cramped apartment. Here is the e-mail we received from the missionary couple:

Yes, Soeur Ayekoue & I did go shopping yesterday. It's not exactly the same thing, but all seems very good. Yet, we understand how quickly things can happen, and so does President Ayekoue, (and the Area Presidency) so....there are 15 tickets to Togo and Benin tomorrow abt 5:30pm for all expats (those from USA, France, & New Zealand). We have tickets as well, but may stay a little longer. Is it for a short time or for good, or to another location? For the missionaries, it is for the duration of their mission.
Remember there is always an upside: There are plans to finally split the mission, making Togo & Benin their own mission, hopefully by or before July this year. These elders are in a great position to help get things set up, organized, leadership, fellowship, etc. Plus, Elder Legere has wanted to experience Togo or Benin, even if only for a week (until he returns to Las Vegas). We will update you as things progress. Very busy right now. Can't imagine leaving the President at this time, or at any time. We've included a couple of pictures of some that left today. Keep in touch.
Lots of love,
Soeur Gubler

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