Elder Neil L. Andersen is the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to visit the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is particularly appropriate that he should visit the members of the Church in these lands as he and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen both speak French.
A special Sunday meeting was held for all members in Mbuji Mayi. Approximately 2000 people attended. For many members it was the first time that they would be with an Apostle.
As those on the stand took their seats, loud music from the church next door filled the air. The speakers proceeded with a prayer in their hearts. Miraculously, when Elder Andersen spoke, the noise died down. As he concluded his talk, and before the closing prayer was finished, the noise began again.
When Elder Andersen first began to speak, he said, “Is it not wonderful to be in a land where so many gather to worship in their own way, such as our neighbours?” His comment turned a negative situation into a positive one. He also spoke about educating the children and teaching them to work. He taught about tithing, and encouraged parents to teach their children to pay their tithing. He said that if they pay tithing when they are young, they will likely pay it when they are older.
Elder Andersen also spoke about the importance of temples. He shared experiences from the ground breaking ceremony for the Kinshasa Temple, which occurred on Friday 12 February. He invited the members to prepare for a temple in the Kasai. This message on temples was visibly inspiring to the members and increased their hope in the future.
In his closing testimony, Elder Andersen described the members in this region as a spiritual people. He expressed appreciation for their faith and dedication. He blessed them that they would receive sufficient blessings to meet their needs. After the meeting he met with priesthood leaders and auxiliary leaders.
Elder and Sister Andersen toured several southern African countries, teaching and blessing the people.