News Release

President Porter and Sister Craig Visit With Ghana Muslim Women Student Association 

On Monday 7 November 2022 President Susan H. Porter, Primary General President, and Sister Michelle D. Craig, First Counselor General Young Women Presidency accompanied by Africa West Area President, Elder S. Gifford Nielsen and Sister Wendy Nielsen of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited the Ghana National Mosque and held a round table meeting with young adult women of the Ghana Muslim Students Association (GMSA.)

Dr. Mohammed Abubakari Marzuq, the Personal Assistant to the Chief Imam, welcomed the delegation and led them on a tour of the National Mosque.  “We welcome another opportunity to visit with our friends from the Church.  We affirm our commitment to work together and exchange ideas.”  Dr. Marzuq gave the group a tour of the beautiful mosque.

Following the tour of the Mosque, Sister Porter and Sister Craig were greeted by several young women students and women professionals to discuss education, families, and employment needs and opportunities in Ghana.

Sister Porter addressed the GMSA group and asked them to share, “from your viewpoint what needs are most important to be met in your community and in your country.”

Samira Mumuni, a member of GMSA and the University of Professional Studies shared, “we are worried about the children.  They are very vulnerable.  In our faith, we believe that everything we can instill in a child they will be able to keep it as they get older.” 

Marjanatu Habib, GMSA and a student at the University of Ghana, discussed how important learning in her faith from an early age has helped informed her life now.  “In the Islamic faith, we have weekend school.  During that time the things I learned in my early years I have been able to go back to as an adult.”

The discussion turned to the importance of men and women supporting each other in marriage and in the family.

President Porter asked another question of the group, “How can we strengthen marriages and parents as they raise faithful children?”

Rabiatu Muhammad, Leader of the Ladies Wing Committee of GMSA gave her thoughts, “The mother and father must be spiritually very strong as the parents in the home.  They must put the children on the right path because the children observe their spiritual strength.”  Adizatu Awudu, National GMSA Deputy Women's Commissioner shared, “Parents must practice what they are teaching.  The child knows they are taught to pray 5 times a day because they have watched their parents pray this way daily.  Also, parents need to be their child's friend.”

Sister Craig praised the group and said, “I celebrate your desire for lifelong learning. We are thankful that you have been here today to share with us your feelings and thoughts. We are thankful for your faithfulness and strength.”

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