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While visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo Nov. 11-13, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke with other faith leaders, met with missionaries and ministered to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Christofferson and his wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson, have been to Lubumbashi in that nation, but this was their first visit to the capital city of Kinshasa.

“We see a vibrant Church, a rapidly growing Church; we see a stable Church and great opportunities for the future,” Elder Christofferson said. “Members are making individual contributions, but as a Church, we’re beginning to be a real force for good in this area.”

Latter-day Saints in the growing Central African country have been waiting for several years for an Apostle to visit the capital of Kinshasa, said a report from the Church’s Africa Newsroom.

The Apostle said he came to Kinshasa to learn. “I was anxious to see more of what the Church is in this area and to edify and strengthen the Saints to whatever extent was possible.”

Elder Christofferson was joined by Elder S. Mark Palmer of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Sister Jacqueline Palmer; Bishop Gérald Caussé of the Presiding Bishopric and his wife, Sister Valérie Caussé; Elder Thierry K. Mutombo, General Authority Seventy and first counselor in the Africa Central Area presidency, and his wife, Sister Nathalie Mutombo. The Mutombos are both natives of Kinshasa.

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