Letting a loved one go…


On Saturday, Feb. 16, our dear friends in South Africa gathered to honor Mama’s son, Philip. One of the couple missionaries, Elder and Sister DaBell shared a sweet message to those who attended. Thank you to everyone who went and supported Mama during this difficult time. Below are the remarks Elder DaBell shared.

“My dear Brothers and Sisters, I wish I could both understand and speak Zulu. The Spirit is strong today and we have been inspired by the speakers and the music. It is an honor to be with you this morning. I want to pay tribute to Regina Sekgobela, whom we affectionately call “Mama” and her son, Phillip.

Sister DaBell and I are missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We come to South Africa from the western United States. One of the first places we visited back in August after arriving here was Mama and her orphanage. I represent many Senior Couples who have visited and served at the Orphanage. In particular I represent and bring the love of the Savages: Elder and Sister Savage and their daughter Sindee who love Mama and her children and did much to bring love and cheer to the orphanage. I also bring the love of the Bassos who are in Lesotho or they would be here today.

Mama, we love you and we honor your son!

Sometimes Mama has given me a hug and said: “you are my son”. Even though she is only 2 years older than me, I honor Mama as a valiant mother and I know she loves her son.

May I testify that her son still lives today. In the Bible we can read: John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus Christ died for all mankind and was resurrected the third day. All of us will die, but we will all be resurrected one day and live forever. Families can be together forever. God loves all of His children. He loves you and He loves me. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ,