(French for: "This is Africa") A common term used by the missionaries when they want to express "thats just the way it is because "THIS IS AFRICA"! ie..."the power went out..AGAIN... C'est Afrique...or sometimes denoted as TIA...This Is Africa!!)) Elder Halvorsen has been serving a full time mission since January of 2009 in the Ivory Coast, Abidjan West Africa Mission. This mission encompasses the countries of Benin, Togo and Ivory Coast. He loves it there and is enjoying his experiences serving the Lord and the people of West Africa!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Headed to West Africa - SLC Airport

After Cameron's two month stay at the MTC, it was time to head for West Africa. He left April 1st and arrived 2 days later (due to crossing the international dateline).

A kind gentleman, Bro. Powers, at the SLC airport snapped this picture while the boys waited to catch their flight. There were 5 of them in all travelling together. He, then kindly sent it to all the parents of the boys in this picture. From L to R: Elder Halvorsen, Elder Foreman, and Elder Turner.

Below is the email that Bro. Powers sent. I thought it was such a wonderful gesture, especially since we're always anxious to hear about our son and how he's doing.

Dear Halvorsen Family,

Here is a picture of Elders Halvorsen, Foreman & Turner at the SLC International Airport. I hope I have the emails and names correctly. They originally wrote them nicely on a piece of paper which I correctly misplaced. We went back to their flight arriving just as it was boarding so speed over clarity became the desired writing style. Each has my email so if this fails, they can email me with the better data later and you will receive this later.

We met them patiently waiting for others in the group to finish their phone calls. They were all excited to pose for this picture to send you. We noticed them while walking the airport before our flight.

As you can tell in the picture, Elders Halvorsen, Foreman & Turner were happy, smiling and obviously looking forward to their new assignments. I can assure you from being there in person you could feel their excitement and the Spirit was strong. All seemed especially excited for the Ivory Coast Mission.

We just had 2 sons return from the Puerto Rico & Houston South Missions last March and May respectively. We had others serve in Lisbon, Portugal- South (That also opened up the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of West Africa and loved the area), Dominican Republic &Mexico City South. It is amazing how much they grow during those 2 years.

I hope this finds all of you well and understanding of the sacrifice they and your families are making on behalf of the Lord.

Enjoy the photo. I am honored to have been able to take it and send it.

Bro. Jack Powers

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