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Congo stake activity recognizes early pioneers of the Church

NGALLIEMA, DR CONGO

Young single adults in the Kinshasa Democratic Republic Congo Ngaliema Stake participated in a day-long hike Jan. 16 in commemoration of the early pioneers of the Church. The stake president, Robert Tabu-Eboma Massa, began preparations two months earlier for an outing for young single adults that would help them realize that their own histories have significance in the worldwide Church.

The preparation began with the stake president mobilizing the bishops and the young adults concerned and several methods were employed to make the event successful. He personally telephoned each young adult.

When the day of the activity arrived, they gathered at 8 a.m. at the stake center, dressed for the walk. They were accompanied by their bishops and the stake president's wife, Marie-Ange.

Before beginning the walk, President Tabu asked Loick Kabwika to offer the opening prayer, and then gave instructions and explained the road they would follow to their destination, which was the Kimbwala Ward meetinghouse, some is located about 20 km (a little over 12 miles) away.

The day-long walk gave the young adults an opportunity to think on the history of the Church and the difficulties endured by the early pioneers who traveled with President Brigham Young, and those who came afterward.

The young adults faced their own challenges. After they had walked about a three miles, they encountered heavy rain. They had to cross a ravine and a rising river. By following the theme of the activity Many Latter-day Saint teens in a 189-voice youth choir that performed at the cornerstone ceremony of the Draper Utah Temple expressed a similar sentiment:

They were excited to be in the presence of a prophet, sing for him, and help him dedicate a new temple to the Lord. "Endure to the end" Many Latter-day Saint teens in a 189-voice youth choir that performed at the cornerstone ceremony of the Draper Utah Temple expressed a similar sentiment:

They were excited to be in the presence of a prophet, sing for him, and help him dedicate a new temple to the Lord. everyone was strengthened and encouraged in the re-enactment of experiences of the pioneers as they continued on to their destination.

Young single adults in the DR Congo cross a river during a day-long hike with which they commemorated the early pioneers in the Church and helped them realize their own histories have significance in the worldwide Church.
Young single adults in the DR Congo cross a river during a day-long hike with which they commemorated the early pioneers in the Church and helped them realize their own histories have significance in the worldwide Church. Photo: Michel Nsapu

When everyone arrived, a welcoming committee counted 120 young single adults and 10 leaders. Juice was served for refreshment. The stake president and representatives of the Church Educational System spoke to the young adults.

After Luc Luzingu offered the closing the prayer, everyone went into the cultural hall for a dance, which began by the President and Sister Tabu demonstrating traditional dance steps. The dance at the end of the day's long walk was reminiscent of the dancing by the early Mormon pioneers as they crossed the plains.

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