News Release

Delegation from the Church meets with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi in Durban

Fostering Friendship

In an event marked by friendship and mutual respect, a delegation of leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Durban, South Africa have met with His Excellency Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, MP.

Prince Buthelezi is the Founder and President of the Inkatha Freedom Party. The Church delegation used the meeting held on March 27, 2017 to discuss areas of mutual interest, including the ways that the Church was contributing towards community upliftment, healthcare and education.

The delegation also briefed Prince Buthelezi about missionary work and the ongoing construction of the Durban South Africa Temple of the Church in Umhlanga, north of Durban.

In his remarks to the delegation, Prince Buthelezi spoke very graciously and said he was impressed by the Church in the way it reaches out through partnerships that benefit the vulnerable, an example being the partnership formed between the Church and Ukhozi FM, the largest radio station in Africa.

“To me this is the calling of the Church…to be a light to the world to serve God’s kingdom, to bind up the broken hearted, to take care of the widow and the orphan, to preach the good news of the Gospel to visit those in prison, feed those who are hungry and clothe those who are destitute,” said Prince Buthelezi. “None of these things can be done by keeping ourselves apart. We must go into the world to be the hands of Christ.”

Prince Buthelezi also expressed appreciation for the IFP’s Executive Committee’s presence, and the importance of meeting collectively as friends. He also expressed appreciation for the update on the progress of the temple construction. Buthelezi was a guest at the ground-breaking for the Temple in April 2016.

Of that event, he said, “As we stood together with our yellow spades, I felt the significance of what we were doing.”

Speaking of the values shared by him and the Church, including being married to his wife for 64 years and being blessed with eight children, Buthelezi praised the Church for its focus on the family, saying strong families were a foundation for strong communities.

The Church delegation concluded the meeting by presenting Buthelezi with a special gift of leather-bound set of scriptures, including a copy of the Book of Mormon, embossed with his name. Gareth Hill of the Hillcrest Stake High Council presented Prince Buthelezi with the scriptures.

The Church’s delegation included Durban Mission President Kip G Thompson and his wife, Leesa; President Trevor Gardiner of the Durban Stake, President Siyabonga Mkhize of the Hillcrest Stake, Molweni Branch President Sipho Duma, KZN Multi Stake Public Affairs Director Graham Sabela and Hillcrest Stake Public Affairs Director Dominic Tshabalala.

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