Every Saturday, Joseph shows up at the church to help clean for our Sunday meetings. “Showing up,” is not really what he does. It takes him more than an hour and a half to walk to the church from his home. He comes to help, and he always comes with a big smile. I love Joseph. He has a pure heart.
Because we live in such a dust bowl, every week every thing needs to be cleaned, especially the floors which are covered with dirt. The Elders help. We all clean. It’s a joy to work together.
Today after cleaning the floors, Joseph and I tackled the bathrooms at the church. It was no small job.
Joseph is a musician. He played in a Reggae band when he was baptized in November 2018. Here is a photo from that baptism. I remember meeting him that day at the chicken farm, admiring his dreadlocks and wondering about his history. He’s in the front row, third from the left.
Here is the sacrament meeting after the baptism, where he was confirmed. Joseph is sitting in the middle in front of the blonde gal from the visiting humanitarian group.
Here is our daughter, Claire, explaining to Joseph how to read the notes in the hymnbook. Joseph is a brilliant musician, but he plays totally by ear.
And here is Joseph today. Because his band worked every Sunday, he left it so he could keep the Sabbath day holy. Eventually he cut off his dreadlocks and now he practices playing the hymns. We often find Joseph at the church, practicing on the electric keyboard there. His soul is full of song.
Joseph has recorded 10 original songs and we are trying to help him get his music on the market so he can earn some money from his gifts and talents. We loved listening to his songs on his little phone. They are upbeat and happy.
Joseph was born in Togo about 45 years ago. His mother has leprosy and he tries to send medicine to her when he is able. He has traveled throughout West Africa playing his music with the band, but now he is here, with us. Joseph planned to go to the Accra Temple with us next week, but he wasn’t able to get a visa from Togo this month because of election unrest there. We hope he’ll be able to go on our next temple trip.
I love the way Joseph loves the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is filled with light and goodness and joy, in spite of the challenges of survival here with no employment. His trust is in God and his faith is in Jesus Christ. I have no doubt all things will work together for his good.