News Release

Leribe, Lesotho, Group Achieves Branch Status

A group of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as The Mormons) have been meeting in a small rented business office in Leribe, Lesotho, since March 2010.  On Sunday, 14 April 2013, the group was thrilled to achieve Branch status.  Group Leader, and now Branch President, Thatho Michael Thatho has worked diligently to keep the programs of the Church going to enhance members’ lives.  These programs include Seminary and Institute, as well as weekly group Family Home Evenings.

The Woman’s Organization of the Church, called Relief Society, is lead by Ellen Cadribo who helps support the women of the newly formed Branch.  Full-time Missionaries in the Leribe area also work valiantly with members to strengthen them.  The result of all their efforts was evident in their happy faces and their righteous desires as they were made a Branch.

Approximately 70 people were in attendance as a host of Church leaders came to Leribe to celebrate the official announcement of the new Leribe Branch.  South Africa Durban Mission President, James C. Von Stetten, joined by his wife, presided over the event.  Other Church leaders in attendance included:  From the Bloemfontein District - President Gerritt Grobler, with his counsellors Thabiso Ntsomotho and Jonas Moroole; from the Maseru Branch – President Liphapeng Monesa, with his counsellors Brother Phakoe and Brother Sevlane.  Speakers at the event included President Thatho, President Monesa, President Grobler, and President Von Stetten. 

Branch President Thatho is a husband and father of one child with another expected in July. 

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