Friday, October 7, 2011
Braille Book of Mormon
This is awesome. Who knew that a braille Book of Mormon was 6 huge notebooks? Not I said the little hen. Elder Ditsi asked that I order a braille Book of Mormon for a young boy that they were teaching in Bo -- so I did; and HERE IT IS! Elder Vogl (one of our office elders ) is holding one volume of the book for us to see. When I took this picture it was all I could do to not have tears running down my face. Interestingly enough, Elder Vogl and Elder Ellsworth were the first missionaries to teach the boy a year ago. President and Sister Roggia will be driving to Bo on monday and will take the huge box with them when they go. Sister Roggia posted this story on her blog (sierraleonefreetownmission.blogspot.com)last September:
"President and I took a walk in the parking lot (church in Bo). It was dusk. While there, a little 11 year old blind boy came up to President and me in the parking lot and started talking to President. He told President Roggia that he had gone to church two Sundays there and wanted to be baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He wanted the missionaries to come and teach his family the word of God. President asked him how he lost his eyesight. He said he had the measles when he was six years old and became blind. President Roggia told him that he wasn't too blind because he could recognize the light of the gospel in his life. President explained to him about the priesthood and what a blessing is...asked him if he'd like one. He said that he would. The Assistants then came out. Elder Hickey bent over, laid his hands on his head, spoke quietly in his ear and anointed him. Then Elder Gunderson bent over, laid his hands on his head, along with President and Elder Hickey, spoke gently in his ear and blessed him. It was a tender, sacred, gentle, sweet moment. The missionaries who serve in the little boy's area, Elder Ellsworth and Elder Vogl, came out. When Elder Ellsworth spoke, and asked if he remembered him, (if he remembered his voice) the little boy's face lit up and grabbed Elder Ellsworth's hand. He indeed recognized Elder Ellsworth's voice! Off they went, the two missionaries and this little boy leading them to his family's home because he wanted them to be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ.---
September 24, 2010
Update to Oct 2011: He still hasn't been baptized because he has been going to a school for the blind which is out of the missionaries area. The current missionaries are teaching him (when they can) and his older sister who takes care of him. I can imagine how happy he will be to get this book that will be all his and he can feast on the words. Makes we want to cry again! Elder Vogl says the boy has very few braille books that he can read. This should keep him busy for a very, very long time. I would like to meet this boy in 10 years - he will probably have the whole Book of Mormon memorized! People will probably come to see him just to look at the book and marvel at the wonder of it.