Cornelia’s Conversion Story

This is my story about how the Church came to Kasane but for me, it certainly did not start in Kasane….

I was not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I moved to Botswana after my two year working holiday in the UK. My parents had moved to Botswana after being forced off our farm in Zimbabwe, so I decided to follow them there. It was during a holiday break back to Zimbabwe just after the move that I met up with three wonderful friends (Reeve Nield, Laurette Maritz and Cecilie Lundgreen) and what was meant to be an afternoon visit on a golf course turned into two weeks of spiritual stirrings. This fortnight at the end of January 2005 changed my life thanks to my three missionary friends and their wonderful example. I returned to my parents in Maun Botswana with a burning in my chest, still questioning my feelings and faith. The next two months in Maun were the hardest months I have ever experienced.

I moved to Kasane on the 24th of March 2005. Kasane is a small town in the North eastern part of Botswana; the next large Botswana town is 400km away. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is an hour (70km) away and Livingstone Zambia is 1 hour away (+/- 70km). It is a busy little town full of holiday makers come to see the Chobe National Park. I found my way here by what most would call chance, I know that Heavenly Father had it all planned and I just followed the feeling that I got…not realizing completely then that they had come from the Lord.

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