The Sons (and Daughter) of Mosiah

The Sons (and Daughter) of Mosiah
‘Sacrifice is giving up something good, for something better’.  Just as we read about the four sons of Mosiah who left their homes to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, so Deon and Mandy-Sue du Plessis from Polokwane in South Africa, have their four children serving missions in various parts of the world.

Sister Monique-Sue du Plessis (22) is serving in England, Elder Charl du Plessis (21) is serving in Cape Town, Elder Warwick du Plessis (19) is serving in Birmingham, England , and Elder Dante du Plessis (18)  is currently in the Provo MTC learning Korean to serve in the Seoul Mission.

“What a blessing it has been to have all of our children serve missions willingly.  Their testimonies strengthen us and their spiritual growth is evident in every email we receive.  We are grateful for the gospel in our lives which has enabled us to raise our children in a Christ-centered home.  Members who have said goodbye to their missionaries know how hard it is, yet the goodbyes have increased our faith as we know that we have placed our children in Heavenly Father’s hands and He will keep them safe as they serve Him.

All of our children have expressed gratitude for their home to the many members and families they meet, who have less than we have regarding family love and closeness.  Our children have set such a good example to the Young Men and Young Women in the Polokwane Branch which we attend, and we are grateful to the members for their love and support.  In 1 Timothy 4:12 we read, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity”.

We have seen the light of Christ in each one of our missionaries’ eyes and we are constantly uplifted by their testimonies which continue to grow stronger.  They have had wonderful missionary companions and have made life-long friends.  As parents, we are very grateful for all the blessings we receive from Heavenly Father. We are also so grateful to family members who have been kind and generous, and even to unknown members.

We are grateful for all fulltime missionaries who have left their comfort zones and consecrated two years of their lives, to serve their Father in Heaven. 

Like the four sons of Mosiah, once we have been healed by the Saviour, our desire for others to receive that same joy motivates our actions.