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Elder David A. Bednar Visits the Saints in the DR Congo  

Elder David A. Bednar a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his wife Susan K. Bednar, the Africa South East Area President Elder Kevin S. Hamilton and second councilor in the Area Presidency Elder S. Mark Palmer and his wife Jacqueline A. Palmer visited church members of the Democratic Republic of Congo Lubumbashi.

Mormons believe that Apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ to the world. Also the apostles have heavy administrative responsibilities as they oversee the orderly progress and development of the global Church.

Many of the Saints in Lubumbashi had been preparing for months for this special visit. With friends, family and loved ones they gathered in large numbers, some in outside tents, and larger rooms in the meeting houses where they watched the Apostle speak via live video streaming.    


Those who gathered to hear Elder Bednar speak respectively stood as he walked in and welcomed him with their warm spirits. 

Members of the Church were previously told of this visit which gave them time to prepare spiritually to be taught by a modern day Apostle. He visited 3 congregations, in Lubumbashi, Kolwezi and Likasi not only teaching but giving the members the opportunity to ask him questions. 

During his instruction he mentioned often how the members needed to prepare spiritually to receive the blessings of the Temple currently being constructed in DR Congo Kinshasa. He taught of the special promises they will make to the Lord in the Temples and how they will be blessed by doing so. 

He taught about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and quoted from his talk given at the April 2016 General Conference titled, “Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins” He expressed the love that he has for them and more so the Love that the Lord has for them. 

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