Swakopmund is a city on the coast of western Namibia 280km (170 miles) west of Windhoek, Namibia's capital. The town has 44,725 inhabitants and is situated in the Namib Desert. It was founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German South-West Africa , and a small part of its population is still German-speaking today.
There are 50 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Swakopmund and they were recently assigned two missionaries, which pleased the members very much. They love the Sabbath day and find delight in it, as Isaiah spoke in chapter 58: 13 & 14: 'If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.'
The Branch President, Hans Noble visits elderly relatives on the Sabbath with his wife, Dorothy. He says, 'Sunday is a very special time for me. It allows me to think and ponder about the Saviour’s love and His atonement and helps me to share His love with my loved ones.'
He and his wife also home teach on the Sabbath day.
Helaman Noble says: 'I love the Sabbath day because it is a family day and I can be with the Primary kids.'
Here he is giving a talk in Primary.
Zhané Noble shares her testimony in Church.
Dorothy Noble's testimony of the Sabbath: 'The Sabbath day is very special to me. It is the day that I can rest from my daily labours and renew my baptismal covenants with my Heavenly Father, read my scriptures, prepare my lessons and really ponder them. On the Sabbath day I love to worship my Lord and sing praises unto Him.'
Here Dorothy teaches the youth.
The Ngundja family 'love the Sabbath day because it is the best family/church time together.'
Here they are at church.
Sister Hercules: 'We enjoy sharing the scriptures with our friends. I love the Sabbath day because it helps me to ponder about our Saviour Jesus Christ’s atonement and His love for the children. By teaching in Primary I feel very close to our Saviour.'
Here is the Hercules family reading scripture with friends.
Sister Hercules enjoys teaching in Primary.
Fourteen members of the Swakopmund branch visited the Johannesburg, South Africa temple in December 2016.