News Release

Elder Palmer Visits With The National Chief Imam of Ghana

Elder S. Mark Palmer, member of the Presidency of the Seventy, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Jacqueline, accompanied by the Africa West Area Presidency, visited the National Chief Imam in Ghana, His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu at his residence in Accra.

The doors were opened wide to Elder Palmer and others to visit with the 103 year old National Chief Imam. His kindness and warmth was added to the warm welcome extended to all.

Later in the day, the Church delegation led by Elder Palmer was ushered to the National Mosque where they dined with other Islamic officials. The visit concluded with a tour of the beautiful Mosque, which was donated to the Ghanaian people by the Muslim faithful in Turkey several years ago.

As a symbol of religious and interfaith harmony, The Church has partnered and shown utmost love and support to members of the Islamic faith in recent years. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes and respects all people irrespective of their differences, especially in faith, belief, worship, or religion. As children of our Heavenly Father, we encourage any form of unity between each other and are ever ready to work with each other in God’s way.

As an icon of interfaith dialogue and harmony in Ghana, it is never a surprise that the National Chief Imam always stretches an arm of friendship to the Church. In years past, when Muslims in the Takoradi area were unable to hold celebrations, they were able to use the Church's property to hold the event. His Eminence has been preaching this type of relationship for years. This is truly a symbolic message for the possibility of Muslims and Christians to live in peace on the foundation of mutual respect, cooperation, and mutual solidarity.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints embraces this idea and believes that establishing such a good rapport is always healthy and ideal to the Savior’s plan.

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