It was December 1982 in Johannesburg South Africa, when we met. We were a District of LDS Missionaries having the time of our lives. We were 4 Elders: Richards & Solomon, Horman & Ellis, 2 Sisters: Laemmlen & Parks, and one couple, the Waldrons. We were in Roosevelt Park, JHB having experiences that brought us together in wonderful ways. Sister Parks and I were teaching many wonderful people, including Alan and Leigh Chazen. We watched lives change as we cheered each other on. Alan and Leigh were baptized on December 26th. The 4 Elders performed the ordinances. These friendships are eternal.
Pictured above: Alan & Leigh Chazen, Elder Ellis, The Waldrons, Elder Horman, Elder Reeder, Sis. Klokow, Elder Solomon, Elder Richards and ?.
We’ve kept in touch over the years, as we’ve watched our families grow. We all have missionaries of our own now. When Alan comes to visit we gather to remember the great times we had together many years ago. These 4 missionaries were a traveling missionary quartet. They made beautiful music together. Last Friday morning we lost our tenor, Paul Ellis. He died suddenly and unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism. Today was his funeral. We came together today to remember and honor him. Alan Chazen is on the left, here from South Africa, then Solomon, Richards and Horman, their voices blending perfectly, minus one excellent tenor.
Here we are afterwards with Paul’s dear wife, Amy in the middle. What an amazing gift to be with such dear friends. I love them with all my heart.
Here are a few photos from Johannesburg, 1982: