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.
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.
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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