Mama Borsay

In March of 2017 Elder and Sister Mahlum were trying to visit a sister in the Dallas 6th Ward at an apartment complex that appeared to have apartment numbers assigned at random. Sister Mahlum went exploring while Elder Mahlum stayed in the car and tried to impose some order on the numbering system. Three buildings away from the actual member apartment (she was homing in), Sister Mahlum saw a lady on the ground floor out on her balcony hanging up clothes. The woman had such an appealing and open smile that Sister Mahlum stopped, introduced herself and asked if she could retrieve her husband and show a video message about Jesus Christ. This wonderful stranger said yes, and Sister Mahlum hightailed it double time back to the car and breathlessly told Elder Mahlum to hurry up and come, she had found someone willing to listen. They re-found the apartment and were welcomed inside.

There they discovered the name of the lady was Mama Borsay, a delightfully open woman from Liberia, Africa who was babysitting for her four grandchildren. The children’s bible videos seemed appropriate so two or three of them were presented and enjoyed. Mama had a wonderful knowledge of the scriptures associated with the videos and helped explain the lessons to her grandchildren. Sister Mahlum asked if they could return in a week and discuss more of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mama said yes, and an ongoing saga of weekly discussions was begun.

A panoply of young elders came with those discussions. Elders Bigelow, McCann, Toone, Fafita, Anderson, Shumway, Goff, Sutton and Averette all came to teach and challenge, to bask in the Spirit always present when two or three are gathered in His name. All loved to hear Mama pray, or more correctly, to hear her converse with the Lord and ask her gospel questions and pray for guidance and thank Him for blessings received. Mama did not need to be taught how to pray.

Sister Mahlum told her that on the first Sunday of the month testimonies of the Savior were shared in our church meeting and that members of the congregation were doing the sharing. Mama loved this idea and after several false starts due to her teaching obligations in her current church, she finally made it to fast and testimony meeting in July. She loved attending our church. She said she felt such love there, and that the Holy Spirit was there in that church of love. After that first venture, she has been faithfully attending each week. When she speaks with her daughter in Africa, her daughter laughingly asks if she is still attending her “white people” church and Mama emphatically answers yes. She tells all who will listen that the stories she heard in Africa about the church were lies and tells them to just attend one meeting and they will see.

Many baptismal challenges were issued and rejected on the basis that she had already been baptized. In September she went to the Saturday night adult session of the Irving Stake Conference. President Dalton, the Texas Dallas Mission President, shook her hand after the meeting and told her about the White Christmas program. He told her if she would be baptized then he would attend. She said ok! Sister Mahlum told Elder Mahlum afterward she thought Mama had just agreed to be baptized. Sure enough, the next week when the Elders questioned when she wanted to be baptized, she said Christmas. Later that was changed to the first White Christmas date. Thus, on December 2, 2017 Mama Borsay was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by President Dalton at the Sunbeck chapel in Dallas TX. One grandchild attended, but they all want to attend and in time they will join. She will truly be a Savior on Mount Zion to generations of her family both past and future. All who know her love her and love to hear her testimony of the Savior.mamas baptism

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