LDS Church creates first stake in Togo

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  • Schnee Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 12:46 p.m.

    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!

  • Utterance Orem, UT
    Dec. 28, 2013 1:46 a.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Dec. 27, 2013 3:32 p.m.

    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 Lome.

  • 1.96 Standard Deviations OREM, UT
    Dec. 27, 2013 3:02 p.m.


    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.

  • Clifton Palmer McLendon Gilmer, TX
    Dec. 27, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    I rejoice for my Togolese brothers and sisters!

    Dec. 27, 2013 11:51 a.m.

    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, Alberta, Canada.

  • lledwards38 Canandaigua, NY
    Dec. 27, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    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.

  • ReadMineFirst Ft. Collins, CO
    Dec. 27, 2013 7:26 a.m.

    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!

  • Shelama SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 11:29 p.m.

    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?

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 7:26 p.m.

    Looks like a great little family. Wish them well and continued success..

  • antodav TAMPA, FL
    Dec. 26, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    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 most.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 26, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    Very amazing just how quickly that stake was formed!
    What a testament to the Togolese people and to the missionaries working in that area!