Due to security concerns, I wasn't sure I would ever get to visit the Aba, Nigeria Temple. But with special security arrangements and travel plans, I made it! This was a very eye opening experience for me. I am thankful for opportunities that help me better understand Gregg's world.
Gregg has often told me that Aba is his favorite temple because he was there when President Hinckley dedicated it and had some very special experiences there. The grounds remind him of the Garden of Eden and there is a profound feeling of peace in this sometimes troubled region of the world.
We were there for the Employee Christmas Social. The employees were visibly happy that Gregg came. One person there described it like this, "every time Gregg Dunn comes here it gives us all a boost." I don't think anyone knew we were coming. I have often taken comfort that part of what keeps him safe is that he just shows up unannounced and leaves just as quietly.
It was very interesting for us to be THE only white people around from the airport to the temple grounds. At some of the traffic stops, there are vendors (including some children). They would enthusiastically point at me and smile. Gregg explained, "They haven't seen a white lady in quite a while." We passed through 10-15 military/police checkpoints. It gave me an eery feeling but Gregg says it helps keep the bandits and kidnappers in check. He reminded me that these are the "good guys."