The Deseret News recently ran an article chronicling the formation of this new stake, to see the full article click here.


Nestled between Ghana to the west and Benin to the East, the nation of Togo occupies 22,000 square miles of West Africa. It is about the size of West Virginia in the United States. You may not even have heard of this country, but regardless of wide recognition, miracles are happening there.

“Elder Terence M. Vinson of the Seventy and first counselor in the Africa West Area Presidency, organized the Lom Togo Stake with the assistance of Elder Norbert K. Ounleu, an Area Seventy from Cote d’Ivoire.

The members of the Church in Lom have shown wonderful love for the Lord and have demonstrated a marvelous commitment to living the gospel. They now have the privilege of being a stake,’ Elder Vinson said.

From the small district that was formed less than four years ago, there are now eight wards and four branches in the newly formed Lom Togo Stake. This historic event took place because of significant and rapid growth. But where rapid growth sometimes comes at the cost of maturity and depth, that is not the case in Lom.’

Lom is the capital city of Togo, a country of 7 million. The church in Togo began with only a few Togolese people baptized abroad and then returning home to find no congregation for them there.

“Now there are 12 units in Lom and there have been 310 baptisms in the last year alone,’ Elder Vinson reports.

To read the full article in the Deseret News, click here.