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Unto All the World: The LDS Church’s Growth in Africa

On a visit to Burundi, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland said that “Africa has been held in reserve by the Lord” and ”will someday be seen as a bright land full of gospel hope and happiness.” That prophesy is coming true today.

The revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy males regardless of race was received in 1978, opening the door for missionary work in Africa. The Africa West Mission—which has since been divided several times as the Church grows—was created in 1980. President Gordon B. Hinckley announced temples in Ghana and Nigeria in 1998 and 2000, respectively.

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