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Kasai Region Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple


Proposed:  14 February 2016 by Neil L. Andersen

Temple History

In February 2016, Elder Neil L. Andersen became the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to visit the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During the historic visit, Elder Andersen addressed a congregation of approximately 2,000 people who had gathered to hear the apostle and his wife, Kathy, both of whom speak French, at a special Sunday meeting for the members of Mbuji Mayi.

Although loud music coming from an adjoining church proved a distraction as the meeting began and as the speakers delivered their messages, members offered silent prayers. Remarkably, when Elder Andersen stood to speak, the music quieted through his entire address, resuming just before the closing prayer. "Is it not wonderful to be in a land where so many gather to worship in their own way, such as our neighbors?" he said with a smile.

In his remarks, Elder Andersen encouraged members to teach their children to work and to receive education. He taught the principles of tithing and asked parents to teach their children likewise. He spoke of the importance of temple worship and shared experiences from the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, where he presided two days earlier. He invited members to prepare for a temple in the Kasai. The congregation was visibly moved and filled with hope by his comments.

In closing, Elder Andersen remarked on the spirituality of the members in the Kasai region, expressing gratitude for their faith and devotion. He blessed them to receive blessings sufficient to meet their needs.1

1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "First Visit By An Apostle to Central Congo," 17 Feb. 2016.

"I urge our people everywhere, with all of the persuasiveness of which I am capable, to live worthy to hold a temple recommend, to secure one and regard it as a precious asset, and to make a greater effort to go to the House of the Lord and partake of the spirit and the blessings to be had therein."
—Gordon B. Hinckley

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