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Self-Reliant Missionary

Self-Reliant Missionary

Elder Samson Daniel Tlathi did more than just fill out missionary papers before his call to the Ghana Cape Coast Mission. Sam also built a new home for his family.

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Several months before Elder Tlathi’s mission, his home was totally destroyed during a major winter rain storm.  As a surprise for his family, he rebuilt their home for them. He had been providing financial support for his sister for several years.  In addition to financing his own two-year mission, Sam also had to provide resources for his sister while he was on mission.

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Elder Tlathi exemplifies the teachings of Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles who said, “Only when we are self-reliant can we truly emulate the Saviour in serving and blessing others”. 

Elder Tlathi left Port Alfred, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, to serve in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ghana Cape Coast Mission.  However, Elder Tlathi started serving a “personal mission” much earlier when he shared his testimony of love for his Saviour and Heavenly Father with friends, neighbours and loved ones. He is a great example to all who know him.


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