Swiss baptisms planted gospel seed in the Congo

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  • Lowell Ralph HILLIARD, OH
    Feb. 1, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    I was deeply moved by this article, partricularly Elder Call's description of his search for the Banzas and his joy at learning of their faithfulness to their baptismal covenants and their diligence in building up the Church in their native land. I am fortunate to know both Elder Call and the author of the article, Ernie Shannon. The spirit of these good men is reflected in the article.

    It would be vewry interesting to see a follow-up article about the challenges the Banzas faced when they returned home and their work in spreading the gospel in the Congo (Zaire.)

    Dec. 30, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    I enjoyed this story because we live in the same stake as Junior Banza and have been lifted up by his testimony.

  • wjutjck Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 30, 2011 12:13 p.m.

    I loved this article it was very inspiring. My younger sister served in the Geneva Switzerland Mission (1984 - 1985). While on her mission she taught a young lady who was a student from Madagascar. Funja(shortened name) was baptized, later came to America and lived with my parents for a short while, while preparing to serve a mission. After her mission she returned to her native country of Madagascar. I also have a sister-in-law who served in the same mission (1977 - 1978.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Dec. 29, 2011 10:35 p.m.

    Thankyou for this article. Now I want to hear more of the story. What happened to the Banzas after they returned to Zaire (I would point out that the article had another error, Zaire was the name until 1997)?

    It would be neat to learn of how they stayed with the faith when they were about the only members in that nation, how it was that they came to be linked up with the Church again, and other issues.

    Is the picture of the Banzas at the Salt Lake Temple from when they were sealed, or is it a different trip?

    I hope a follow up story is done. There is so much more to discuss with this wonderful family.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Dec. 29, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    I hate to complain, since on the whole this was a good article. However Africa is not acountry. The wording that President Stevens had "severed in several countries including Africa" gives this eroneous impression.

    It is also worth noting that there is the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is where the Banza family is from, and next door there is another country also called Congo.

    I would like to just say on the whole this was a very good article, but people do need to start speaking of the Democratic Repuclic of the Congo and Nigeria and not speaking of the continent they are on as if it were a country.

  • gatsby Murray, utah
    Dec. 29, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Thank you for the wonderful story!! I served my mission in Geneva Switzerland 5 years after these Elders, but am thrilled to hear about such sweet valiant members who were baptized there. I also worked with many AFricans and can honestly say, that I didn't make the Zaire/Congo connection until reading this article. They are getting a Temple right? And so is Paris--finally!!! That announcement affected me deeply. I loved to see the sweet faces of this family, especially the parents at the Salt Lake Temple. Whenever I think the world is an awful place, and that everything is going downhill, I try to remind myself that the Lord is in charge and if I just watch His hand, and the amazing things He's doing--I get excited and am in awe of the way He has His eye on special people all over the earth. God bless this family for their faithfullness and example. Que Dieu vous benisse

  • Jacob's Dad LOGAN, UT
    Dec. 29, 2011 5:39 a.m.

    I didn't know Elder Call, but he left a great legacy as a great missionary. I did know Elder Clement who served as my zone leader in Geneva. One night, I was on a split with him and it was getting late and almost time to go home and we knocked on the door of Catherine Lloyd, a lady from Wales, who worked at the United Nations. To make a long and really good story short, she was baptized and remained very faithful and devoted to the gospel until she was tragically killed in a car accident.she became a strong part of the ward and good friends with the Bennions and others. I remember Elder Clement being very persistent but very loving at her door that night. Without his being there, missionaries might never have been able to begin and continue the discussions with her and see her enter the waters of baptism. Missionaries like Elder Call and Elder Clement truly do make a big difference.