Africa

By  Emily Abel
October 12, 2021 10:36 AM MDT
If you don't now love the temple or have fears about going back, this temple matron has advice on what do, and her thoughts come from personal experience.
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July 14, 2020 03:13 PM MDT
Filmmakers Tshoper Kabambi and Brandon Ray Olive, in collaboration with Deseret Book and Excel Entertainment announced on Monday, July 13, their award-winning, groundbreaking film Heart of Africa will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Friday, July 17. The DVD and Blu-ray will be available at all Deseret Book locations, online and at additional retailers throughout the United States. Heart of Africa had its theatrical debut earlier this year, but its run in theatres was cut short due to COVID-19-related theatre closures.
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February 16, 2020 09:46 PM MST
Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has been in South Africa for the last 10 days meeting with members, missionaries, and local kings and queens.
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February 13, 2020 08:38 PM MST
Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff released an update today, February 13, 2020, about Latter-day Saint missionaries in Liberia:
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October 30, 2019 03:34 PM MDT
The following has been republished with permission from pearlofgreatpricecentral.org.
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October 05, 2019 03:36 PM MDT
It all started with three.
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September 18, 2019 08:50 AM MDT
The Book of Abraham is believed by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be “an inspired translation of the writings of Abraham. Joseph Smith began the translation in 1835 after obtaining some Egyptian papyri. The translation was published serially in the Times and Seasons beginning March 1, 1842, at Nauvoo, Illinois” (Pearl of Great Price Introduction).
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September 13, 2019 06:59 PM MDT
“It was a historic and memorable day for the people of Mali, and for the Latter-day Saints in general, but [especially] for the Saints in Mali,” said Malian resident Yeah Samake, a Latter-day Saint and former 2013 and 2018 Mali presidential candidate.
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June 28, 2019 04:50 PM MDT
In a letter to General Authorities, general officers, Area Seventies, and stake presidents in Africa, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the division of the Africa Southeast Area.
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June 06, 2019 03:42 PM MDT
Senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited several countries in West Africa last week, where they met with government representatives, including the president of the Republic of Ghana.
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April 14, 2019 10:42 PM MDT
When helping to identify images for a last-minute piece of artwork for the new Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, Elder Dale G. Renlund and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, recommended something representing the Congo River — second only to the Nile as the longest river on the continent, second only to the Amazon as the world’s largest in discharge volume, and tops as the world’s deepest and the only river to cross the equator twice.
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March 25, 2019 03:51 PM MDT
Despite their own personal struggles during hard economic times, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Zimbabwe generously donated a small mountain of supplies, bedding and food to those suffering from the devastating effects of Cyclone Idai. High winds and floods have spread wide destruction throughout Manicaland, the eastern province of this southeastern African nation. Earlier the gigantic storm (described as the worst storm in history) had done similar damage in neighboring Mozambique and Malawi.
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March 01, 2019 08:54 PM MST
The general presidents of the Relief Society and the Young Women organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are in West Africa to meet with government leaders and Latter-day Saint missionaries and members.
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January 05, 2019 05:00 PM MST
In 1980, a man named Samuel Doe led a military coup d'état that overthrew the elected government of Liberia. Doe became the country's president, and, over the course of his 10 years in power, Liberia was ravaged by a civil war until rebels eventually assassinated President Doe, who belonged to the Krahn tribe. Suddenly, the life of any Liberian citizen of the Krahn tribe was in danger.
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November 15, 2018 03:31 PM MST
You have certainly seen the facsimiles from the Book of Abraham in your copy of the Pearl of Great Price, but do you know the story of the Book of Abraham? The most recent publication of the Joseph Smith Papers—Revelations and Translations, Volume 4: Book of Abraham and Related Manuscripts—includes all the surviving documents related to Joseph Smith’s translation of the Book of Abraham and his study of the Egyptian language. Here are four things you may not know about that story:
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October 02, 2018 12:05 PM MDT
The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced open house and dedication dates for the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple in Africa.
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August 30, 2018 01:28 PM MDT
That our Heavenly Father communicates with us through vivid dreams is a living reality among early converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana.
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July 19, 2018 05:31 PM MDT
A new temple president and matron have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service when the temple is dedicated.
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June 30, 2018 09:20 AM MDT
Twenty-four-year-old Shivam Shah was born in India and raised in Kenya, yet he jokes that it took moving to Draper, Utah, for him to be shot at. It was an attempted murder case that made headlines across the nation, but Shah doesn't remember that terrifying event as the day he almost lost his life—he remembers it as the day God saved his life, setting him on a path that helped him understand the reality of miracles, grace, and Heavenly Father's love.
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June 28, 2018 01:53 PM MDT
Containing Israelite psalms and a form of Hebrew written in an Egyptian script, Papyrus Amherst 63 has many similarities with Book of Mormon writings and gospel teachings.
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June 11, 2018 12:44 PM MDT
Just before the 40th anniversary of the priesthood revelation, Elder Neil L. Andersen and Elder Ulisses Soares visited Latter-day Saints in West Africa. “The Church is growing and becoming a great people of faith and righteousness because of the good people there,” Elder Andersen said. Learn more about how the Church in Africa has grown to 300,000 members in 40 years.
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June 08, 2018 03:21 PM MDT
Editor’s note: This article was originally published to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the revelation declaring that all worthy males, regardless of race, may receive the priesthood. We are sharing it again to mark the 40th anniversary and to celebrate the continuing growth of the Church in Africa.
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June 02, 2018 03:11 PM MDT
Learn how one of our recently called general authorities, Elder Richard Ahadjie, and his wife, Emelia Ahadjie, risked their freedom to not only practice their faith but to minister to Latter-day Saints when the Church was outlawed in Ghana. And learn about the powerful message Elder Ahadjie received in a dream while imprisoned for his beliefs.
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April 23, 2018 05:08 PM MDT
In many ways, Kiconco Bassler seems like a typical seventh grader. She likes art, particularly chalk pastels, enjoys running the 100 meters and hurdles in track, and is a nimble gymnast. But Chi Chi, as her friends call her, is anything but typical. Last year she raised $3,000 to build a home for a family in Uganda.
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April 17, 2018 12:21 PM MDT
During his global tour, President Russell M. Nelson became the second prophet to visit the country of Kenya. During his stay in the African nation, he told the Latter-day Saints, many who traveled for hours or days to see him, that tithing breaks the cycle of poverty. Elder Holland encouraged the African Saints to prepare for the temple. "Nothing will bless you more," he said, "nothing will unite your family more, nothing will bless your children more, nothing will bless your ancestors more."
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November 15, 2017 03:06 PM MST
Zimbabwe has been plunged into turmoil as troops, tanks, and other armored vehicles moved into the capital city of Harare. The military seized control of the country, placing longtime President Robert Mugabe (93), under house arrest.
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Due to an outbreak of plague, the Church has released a statement on the status of the missionaries serving in Madagascar.
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October 09, 2017 06:19 PM MDT
What an incredible story of persistence. It just goes to show how one person's life can impact so many others.
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September 25, 2017 08:08 AM MDT
As the mission president of the Zambia Lusaka Mission from 2013–2016, Leif Erickson and his wife, Linda, had the incredible opportunity to observe the faith and optimism of the Zambian Saints up close. “Just like anywhere else in the world, there are setbacks and struggles,” Erickson says, “but the goodness of these Saints and the strength of their faith and reliance on the Lord inspires us.”
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September 20, 2017 08:00 AM MDT
Often gathering in meetinghouses converted from local houses or buildings, Church members and investigators in Zambia fill the sacrament rooms with enthusiastic hymns and heartfelt testimonies each Sunday, unlike any other place on earth.
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August 07, 2017 06:09 PM MDT
In their recent face to face event with the youth of Africa, Elder and Sister Renlund shared very powerful lessons all Church members can learn from.
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By  LDS Living
August 07, 2017 05:00 PM MDT
No matter who we are, everyone is susceptible to the pains of adversity. Whether it's the death of a child or neighbors who shun your beliefs, everyone has experience anguish caused by some form of opposition.
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July 29, 2017 01:54 PM MDT
It's always encouraging to see how the Church is being recognized throughout the world.
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July 06, 2017 08:00 PM MDT
When Botswana first issued a blanket prohibition on foreign missionaries, the number of Mormon missionaries in Botswana dropped to one-sixth its previous number. We're excited to see missionaries return to the country after a four-year absence.
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June 22, 2017 12:15 PM MDT
”This is a land of miracles, a place where the Lord’s hand in preparing the way hasn’t been subtle,” said Elder Robbins. “This is a place where the hand of the Lord has clearly been manifest.”
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June 19, 2017 07:57 PM MDT
Thanks to ldschurchgrowth.com for making us aware of this story.
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April 13, 2017 11:59 AM MDT
From the 27 months he spent on a mission in his native land of Kenya to his views on the Church's priesthood ban, learn more about Kenyan presidential candidate Amram Musungu.
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April 10, 2017 12:30 PM MDT
"The gospel has helped me to understand that nothing is impossible as long as it has to do with blessing the lives of others," Kenyan presidential candidate Amram Musungu said.
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March 17, 2017 05:44 PM MDT
Luke Despain believes that music has power—the kind of power with the “potential to change mood, to shift an atmosphere.” To inspire the youth and people of West Africa for good, he plans to support them by helping raise funds to bring a school of music to the community of Makeni, the largest city in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, West Africa.
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February 10, 2017 05:14 PM MST
Two new videos released by the Church History Department depict the hardships and challenges South-African Latter-day Saints faced during the apartheid, a system of racial segregation used in South Africa from 1948–1994.
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November 13, 2016 10:00 PM MST
In bringing home our son, Elie (A’lee) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) five years ago, my previously only-Caucasian family added layers of complexity and richness to our lives. The benefits and challenges continue to emerge.
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October 04, 2016 05:20 PM MDT
Elder Gary E. Stevenson recently returned from a trip to Sierra Leone, where he met members who have survived a civil war and the Ebola outbreak. In an article about this trip by the Deseret News, Sarah Jane Weaver focuses on the challenges the Saints in this region have faced in the past and reveals how the direction from prophets can save lives:
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September 06, 2016 12:49 PM MDT
One of four missionaries seriously injured in a head-on crash in Sierra Leone returned home to Utah recently to receive medical treatment after spending a week in a hospital in Ghana.
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August 27, 2016 10:34 PM MDT
One man was killed and four missionaries and a church member injured in a serious car accident on Wednesday in Sierra Leone.
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July 28, 2016 01:59 PM MDT
The South Africa Mormon Newsroom reported Wednesday that all Church members, missionaries, and Church buildings are safe after a tornado ripped through Tembisa, South Africa. This is the second tornado this week to come through the Gauteng province, the other hitting Magaliesburg on July 25.
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June 16, 2016 06:00 PM MDT
From Paris, France, to Sapporo, Japan, to Johannesburg, South Africa, learn more about the seven new temple presidents called by the First Presidency.
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May 12, 2016 03:43 PM MDT
Dicken, Dickson, and Dick Bonsrah are a set of Ghanaian triplets who recently returned home from serving their missions, and all three of them served in Nigeria. Dicken served in the Nigeria Eunugu Mission, Dickson served in the Nigeria Porthacourt Mission, and Dick in the Nigeria Lagos Mission. LDS Missionaries recently featured these three missionaries and their testimonies.
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April 10, 2016 10:43 PM MDT
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, hundreds gathered in Durban, South Africa, as ground was broken for a new temple.
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April 03, 2016 02:00 PM MDT
It's incredible to think there were only 12 temples when President Monson was first called as an apostle. Now, we have 150 operating temples around the world, and now 27 announced or under construction.
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February 19, 2016 08:10 PM MST
Currently, there are three temples operating in Africa (Johannesburg South Africa, 1985; Accra Ghana, 2004; Aba Nigeria, 2005), with another announced (Abidjan Ivory Coast--Côte d’Ivoire--Temple) and another under construction (Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple).
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February 13, 2016 01:57 AM MST
Africa now has three temples in development, three more in operation. Learn more about the groundbreaking and the growth of the Church in Africa.
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February 01, 2016 05:20 PM MST
In 1989 through 1990, the government of Ghana banned all Latter-day Saint Church activities throughout the country. This freeze came as a result of misinformation and fear and left many Church members wondering if they could ever worship openly again.
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January 07, 2016 04:40 PM MST
This will bring the total number of missions up to 409! We love to see missionary work expanding. Follow the link for more information.
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December 10, 2015 03:59 PM MST
As in all majority Christian nations of Africa, Christmas in Kenya is a time of celebration, rejoicing, and reconnecting with family. Almost everyone, irrespective of faith or religious belief, puts aside the cares of career and work and travels “upcountry” to be with loved ones. The big cities and towns have a ghost feeling as a temporary migration takes place for about 10 days—from a day before Christmas to the second day of the new year.
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November 20, 2015 06:59 PM MST
MR says: Friday morning, November 20, gunmen attacked a hotel hosting diplomats in Mali's capital, killing 21 and trapping dozens of others in the building for hours. Latter-day Saint and former presidential candidate for Mali Yeah Samake narrowly missed being in the hotel during the attack.
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November 18, 2015 05:44 PM MST
MR says: Obedmoth Cosmas ready smile shows a strength and optimism few could possess after losing both hands in a grinding machine. But, he says, “I don’t mind about my accident, because others are suffering more than me."
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November 17, 2015 10:13 PM MST
In 1985, a special fast for the famine victims of Ethiopia sparked a flood of donations that far exceeded the Church’s expectations. This act of generosity by Latter-day Saints marked the beginning of what would become Latter-day Saint Charities—the Church’s humanitarian organization—which has been spreading hope and healing throughout the world ever since.
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November 09, 2015 05:19 PM MST
Ruth Raelene Hill, wife of Ghana Accra West Mission President Norman C. Hill, passed away on Sunday, November 8 from a medical condition. Born in Ogden, Utah, her Church service first took her to Texas, where her husband served as a counselor in the Texas Houston Mission. Later she traveled to Ghana in July of 2013 when her husband was called as the mission president over the Ghana Accra West Mission.
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November 06, 2015 03:28 PM MST
MR says: Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, eight Liberian missionaries in Monrovia fled the widespread violence of their native country, escaping to a refugee camp in Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local church leaders, the missionaries made the difficult journey, experiencing many miracles and tender mercies that aided in their survival.
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September 07, 2015 04:50 PM MDT
MR says: Even after war and ebola ravaged their lives and land, the Saints in Sierra Leone were left with the hardest task of all, rebuilding their lives. Learn about their incredible journey.
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