Elder Thierry K. Mutombo: ‘Ye Shall Be Free’

General Authority Seventy

Notable quotes:

“The truth will always triumph over error; and darkness will not continue on Earth, because of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“Jesus Christ is the light that we should hold up even during the dark times of our mortal life (3 Nephi 18:24). When we choose to follow Christ, we choose to be changed.”
“He is the antidote and remedy to the confusion of the world. He is the standard of excellence for exaltation, even Jesus Christ.”

Summary points:

  • The gospel of Jesus Christ is the key to freedom from the lies and darkness of the adversary.
  • Faith in and obedience to the Savior bring about lasting change.
  • Those that follow Jesus Christ will “not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).”

Talk summary:

Many are blinded today by the subtle craftiness of men (Doctrine and Covenants 123:12). Truth is needed to become free from the lies that the adversary spreads.

While Elder Mutombo was growing up, he lived with his family in a home that “was not only small in size but it was a dark place.” After meeting with the missionaries and being baptized, his family adopted a new lifestyle centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ and “truly became a family.”

A few years ago, the people of Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo suffered from a conflict between a traditional group of warriors and government forces. As Brother Honoré Mulumba and his family hid in their house, a group of the militia found them and told them to choose to adhere to their militia practices or be killed. 

Brother Mulumba told them: “I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My family and I have accepted Jesus Christ and have faith in Him. We will remain faithful to our covenants and will accept to die.”

Though the militia promised to come back and kill them, the soldiers never did. 

“Jesus Christ is the light that we should hold up even during the dark times of our mortal life (3 Nephi 18:24). When we choose to follow Christ, we choose to be changed.”

About the speaker:

  • Elder Thierry K. Mutombo was sustained as a General Authority Seventy on April 4, 2020. At the time, he had been serving as president of the Maryland Baltimore Mission.
  • He was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Jan. 31, 1976, to Antoine Kasuangi Mutombo and Marie Therese Matsanga Nzambu Mutombo.
  • Elder Mutombo and Nathalie Tshayi Sinda were married in a civil ceremony on Nov. 29, 2002, and were later sealed in the Johannesburg South Africa Temple on Nov. 19, 2004. They have six children.