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Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pronounced a blessing upon the people of Kenya on Sunday as he concluded a 10-day visit to three countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Apostle was joined by his wife Melanie; Elder S. Mark Palmer of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Jacqueline; and members of the Africa Central Area Presidency.

Leadership Instruction Meetings

Church leadership from across the Central Africa Area, which has 150,000 members in over 450 congregations, gathered in two historic meetings to receive instruction from Elder Rasband, Elder Palmer and the Area Presidency. The four hours of meetings allowed local African leaders to ask questions and receive council on a variety of topics. An in-person meeting was held with stake, district and temple presidents from East Africa on Saturday, May 21. The next day a similar video conference took place with leaders from the area’s French-speaking countries.

“It was a privilege to be instructed by Elder Rasband in a such setting as this,” said Yves Bizimana, a district president from Rwanda. “Elder Rasband promised that this meeting would be memorable for those attending for the first time. It really was. I have been touched by the fact that the Apostle wanted to know what we needed, I felt like it came from the Savior. I felt the spirit and new strength to go forward with others to build up the kingdom.”

Elder Frederick M. Kamya, an Area Seventy from Uganda, said, “Today was historic. For the first time I had training from an Apostle of the Lord, even Ronald A. Rasband. I received such great teachings and testimony from him. During the question-and-answer session, he simplified issues in ways unimaginable to us before. Oh, what a tremendous opportunity and blessing we have had. I am so grateful for having attended this training. It was one of a kind.”

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