Elder Anderson visits saints in Africa

As Consolata Usi and some of her five children were walking down a Kenyan road one day in late 1992, Mormon missionaries approached her and started to tell her about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Although she was interested in what the missionaries had to say, her husband was traveling away for work, so she told them to come back at a later time to speak more with him.

"When I came home, I met the missionaries my family had told me about," said Elder Hesbon O. Usi. "I wished to see how they worshipped, so I went to Church. Right from the time I visited Church I asked questions. I had a feeling this Church is different, so I learned more."

The more the Usi family studied and learned about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the more converted they became. A short time later, in January of 1993, Brother and Sister Usi and their children old enough to be baptized joined the Church. Four months after the Usi family was baptized, he was called to be a branch president, a calling he served in for the next seven years.

"Callings have been part of our lives," he said. "When we get callings — any callings from a servant of the Lord — we take it seriously and like to do it the best we can. We don't take any calling for granted."

Now, almost 17 years later, Elder Usi serves as an Area Seventy in Nairobi, Kenya. Whether called to be a branch president or an Area Seventy, Elder Usi knows that serving the Lord is the best way to spend his time.

During his first visit to Africa as an apostle, Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, along with Elder Donald L. Hallstrom, of the Presidency of the Seventy, and his wife, Sister Diane Hallstrom, visited with Elder Usi and other leaders and members during travels to South Africa and Ghana Oct. 16-24. "We had some great experiences," Elder Andersen told the Church News. "The Lord's hand is upon these lands and the Church is growing and prospering."

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