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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Names, Faces and Families of Ebola

This is the Williams family.  The husband, wife and their child all died from
Ebola at the end of October 2014. They were members of the
Kossoh Town Branch in Sierra Leone.
The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continue to be strong in spite of the challenges they are facing with Ebola in their country.  They have experienced hardships throughout their whole lives.  When some primary children in Ghana were asked what they are thankful to Heavenly Father for, some answers were, "For protecting us" and "For giving us another year of life."  This should help us keep perspective of our own challenges.  They are nothing like what the people in Africa are going through every day.  We need to count our blessings and be charitable to those who are struggling and have no means by which  to help themselves.

This is the Kamara family.  They were baptized in November 2013.  About
October 4, 2014 the mom and youngest child both died from Ebola.  Simon,
the dad, also died from Ebola on October 18, 2014,
leaving 5 siblings with no parents.

The 5 children were quarantined at their home for 21 days to make sure
they were not also carrying the Ebola virus and not spreading it to others.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made sure
they had supplies since they have no family to take care of them.

The first Sunday after they were finished with their
quarantine period, the children got themselves dressed
and walked to church together so they could attend
their church meetings. I believe the oldest child
is just 14 years old.

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