Rosemund Deku, Young Women president of the Odorkor 1st Ward, Accra Ghana Larterbiokorshie Stake, is a convert whose life was changed and changed again by the gospel.
Her first marriage had broken up and left with her a bad taste for marriage. Then she was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she accepted the message and was baptized.
"I realized that marriage was very important in the sight of God," she said. "To enter the celestial kingdom, I really need to be married in the temple and receive all the ordinances, including doing work for the dead."
She met a man and he proposed to her, but he was not a member of the Church. However, the new convert accepted and was married.
"It was really difficult getting the gospel over to him," said Sister Deku. "Then it was announced that our prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley, was coming to Africa via Ghana."
The event was an opportunity of a lifetime for members. They attended a member meeting and when President Hinckley was interviewed on national television, they were watching. Her husband was also watching.
"All the questions which have been going over in his mind were the questions which were thrown to the prophet by the interviewer," said Sister Deku. "So my husband's questions were answered by our dear prophet, President Hinckley."
After the interview, Sister Deku's husband had a change of heart and called for the missionaries. After receiving the lessons and attending Church services, he was baptized.
"Today, he is the Young Men president in our ward," she said. Brother and Sister Deku are setting the example for the youth in their ward, "We are saving money to enable us to enter the temple to perform all ordinances," said Sister Deku. They are eagerly looking forward to the completion of the announced Ghana Accra Temple.
Another in a series of "Temple Moments."
Drawing by John Clark.