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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Meet the new South Africa Johannesburg Mission President

     Elder Smith (and the rest of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission) received a new mission president on June 29, 2014.  A mission president and his wife are typically called to serve for 3 years.  They also leave their families, friends and careers behind and move to the "mission home" in the area in which they are called to serve.  President and Sister Omer have fulfilled their calling and have returned home to their family. 
Elder Smith with the Omers in November 2013
   We (Elder Smith's family) were privileged to attend the Sacrament meeting (homecoming) in their home ward when they each spoke about their time in South Africa.  We could tell that Elder Smith had been greatly blessed to have been guided, taught and served by this wonderful, loving, spiritual couple.  
     Now the mantle has been passed on to President Michael and Sister Linda Dunn.  
The Dunns (photo credit: Church News)
     We are confident that they will lead the SAJM in an inspired and spiritual direction and will care for and love our sons as their own for three years.
The Benoni Zone meets President and Sister Dunn (photo credit: Sis. Dunn)
(Elder Smith is 2nd from the left)
     Some highlights of their mission experience can be found on their blog, Dunns In Joburg.  Also, President Dunn is a survivor of the first recorded grizzly bear attack in Grand Teton National Park.  To read more about that adventure and how he recovered and became an Iroman, please use the links below.  
Grizzly Ironman Video (Kona Inspired)
Audio of Pres. Dunn's talk "Bears and Prayers" (His story starts at 8:06 but the first 8 minutes are pretty amazing too.)