News Release

General Authority Seventies Greet the Saints in The Gambia

Two General Authority Seventies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with the members in The Gambia, Africa.  Elder Hugo E. Martinez, President , Africa West Area, and Elder Larry S. Kacher, First Counselor, Africa West Area, were attending.  The Church has not had active missionary work in the country but is seeking to be recognized by The Gambian government. Only a small group of members are meeting in The Gambia.  Elders Martinez and Kacher were able to gather with the members and feel of their strength and testimonies. 

Elder Martinez and Elder Kacher were able to meet and visit with government officials in The Gambia. During the meeting with the Honorable Musa Drammeh, Minister of Lands, Regional Government and Religious Affairs, Elder Martinez said, “We appreciate the honor to visit. As we feel the presence of God in this country, we feel we would like to collaborate to serve the people in The Gambia.” Elder Kacher added, “There are good people here. We want to build a relationship which will be long term. We are here to seek your advice.”

In his response, Minister Drammeh said, “Religious freedom and tolerance is second to none. Our government is serious about religious freedom. We are aware of your tremendous contribution to humanity. You are welcome to establish a church here. We will facilitate that. Our doors are open.”

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