For the faithful Saints who live in remote and impoverished locales, many lack the means to attend a temple even once in their lifetimes. Most live off the land and have little outside income. For families that travel to the temple for the first time from regions as remote as the DR Congo, the church has established the General Temple Patron Assistance Fund. This fund provides financial assistance to those who otherwise could not afford to attend a temple and participate in the sacred blessings available only in the House of the Lord.
I met Nestor Ilunga at a small cassava processing facility deep in the interior of the DR Congo. He spoke a little English; I spoke no French or Swahili. But Nestor was able to tell me of his plans to take his family of nine to the Johannesburg South Africa Temple.
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