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Elder Christofferson Visits the Republic of The Gambia

Delegation is received by president, First Lady and vice president in Banjul

For the first time, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has visited the West African country of the Republic of The Gambia. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles arrived in the capital of Banjul on Wednesday, February 23.

Visit With the President of The Gambia

The senior Church leaders visited The Gambia as guests of the country’s president. They met with President Adama Barrow, Vice President Isatou Touray and First Lady Madame Fatoumatta Bah Barrow at the State House in the capital city of Banjul.

“The meeting is the best meeting I ever had since I became a First Lady,” said Her Excellency, referring to a collaborate effort between the Church and her foundation to help those in need. “It's the mighty God [who] works in miracles. I'm happy about this visit and I hope this is a beginning. … And we will continue in strengthening and changing the lives of people of this country.”

Elder Christofferson was joined in The Gambia by his wife, Kathy; Elder S. Mark Palmer of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Jacqueline; and Elder Larry S. Kacher of the Africa West Area Presidency and his wife, Pauline.

The Gambia stretches along the Gambia River and is surrounded by Senegal, except for a section of 60 kilometers (37 miles) of Atlantic Ocean front.

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