Ah, I was thinking they'd have had one long before now and then realized I
was thinking Togo was a Pacific Island nation rather than in Africa. Congrats on the stake!
Having just returned from Africa this week in Congo,I saw in the hearts of these
wonderful people and Saints of the Lord, the future of Africa. We met with
church leaders but held business meetings for the first time in that country, to
help the people of Congo, but I am impressed Togo has moved along so well. This
is wonderful. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will save Africa and its wonderful,
beautiful, sincere people. They have suffered too long, but have been prepared
for the truth, the love, the freedom found within the teachings of the Ssvior.
Congratulations to the people of Togo and their faith, their futures and their
families who benefit the most. Africans love their children and families. I love
these industrious, hard working, sincere people.
Togo is one of the places the Church has really taken off. I hope soon the
church can be as well established in other parts of the country as it is now in
Shelama-When I was a missionary, I taught non-Christians the same
way as Christians -- using The Book of Mormon as the primary tool for teaching
and conversion. The Book of Mormon has a promise that anyone can know of its
truthfulness. Knowing The Book of Mormon is true will also help someone know the
Bible is true because The Book of Mormon testifies of the Bible's
truthfulness, along with many other things like Christ's divinity.Missionaries also customize lessons within a framework depending on a
person's needs. The framework is like the Plan of Salvation, Gospel of
Jesus Christ, commandments, etc. Missionaries may need to spend more time with a
non-Christian explaining why Jesus Christ is the Savior, and both The Book of
Mormon + the Bible will be used, but The Book of Mormon having a particular
emphasis. The key to teaching anyone (Christian or not) is the
Spirit of God. As missionaries testify of the truths they teach, the Spirit of
God can penetrate the heart and mind of the hearer so he/she knows the
missionaries speak the truth. This helps the hearer develop more faith in Christ
and ultimately leads to conversion.
I rejoice for my Togolese brothers and sisters!
When my wife Jeannette and I were on our 1999-2001 Mission in Tonga in the South
Pacific Islands, sometimes our mail was sent to Togo, Africa, half a world away!
We are so delighted to see Togo grow so rapidly in the Gospel. Way to go, Togo!
- Doc and Jeannette Meek, Dec 27, 2013, South Jordan, Utah, and Calgary,
I always get "goose bumps" when I read about the growth of the Church in
Africa. It is so wonderful to see the progress of Church and the people. There
commitment to the eternal principles of the gospel is uplifting and inspiring.
Please keep them coming.
With all of the traumatic/dramatic news coming out of Utah right now, this
article was refreshing and heart-warming to read. Truly, the "stone cut out
of the mountain" does continue to roll forth with no unhallowed hand
stopping it. It makes my heart rejoice. When the Savior stands upon
this earth, we all will have no other King but Him.(Doctrine and Covenants
38:21) Follow the Prophet, he knows the way!
When Mormon missionaries encounter somebody not already a Christian –
somebody who does not believe the Bible "is the word of God" –
what is their approach?Do they have lessons geared to a critical
examination of the Bible, to persuading people that the Bible is different, that
somehow it's "the word of God" and not purely a human invention?
How does that go?
Looks like a great little family. Wish them well and continued success..
So beautiful to see the work going forward so rapidly in Africa. :')
I'm very happy to see the Gospel going forth among those who need it the
Very amazing just how quickly that stake was formed! What a testament to
the Togolese people and to the missionaries working in that area!