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Jackson Mkhabela: New Zimbabwe Mission President

Jackson Mkhabela: New Zimbabwe Mission President

Taken from https://www.lds.org/church/news/church-calls-new-mission-presidents-and-wives?lang=eng

Church Calls New Mission Presidents and Wives

  • 28 JANUARY 2015

Talafuka Jackson Mkhabela and Dorah Majujwa Mkhabela have been called as the new president of the Zimbabwe Harare Mission, succeeding President Bryson C. Cook and Sister Janice L. Cook. Brother Mkhabela served as an Area Seventy and is a former stake president, bishop, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, and branch presidency counselor. He was an attorney in private practice. He was born in Limpopo, South Africa, to Marufu Jackson Mkhabela and Anna Mashaba Mkhabela.

Sister Mkhabela serves as a member of the Young Women general board and is a former branch Relief Society president and ward Relief Society, Primary, and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Peter Magezi Mjujuwa and Annah Tsatsawani Majujwa.

This additional autobiographical information was taken from http://www.blacklds.org/mkhabela

Conversion

I was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS through the missionary program. I met the missionaries in December 1992. I was coming back from work and the two young men saw me unlocking the gate of my house to park the car. They approached me and asked if they could share the gospel with me and I agreed. They asked whether I was married, and I confirmed that I was married to Dorah and we have one child, a boy named Jackson Junior.

From that day the missionaries made appointments to teach my wife and me the gospel, and both of us agreed. Four months later we were baptized on the 28th March 1993.

Two weeks after my baptism, I was called to teach the elders' quorum class. That calling was a great source of my testimony as I learned the doctrines and ordinances of the gospel. I was ordained an elder in the same year and was called the following year (1994) to serve as a first counselor in the branch presidency.

Callings

I served as a counselor in the branch presidency for about two years. I was then called as a high councilor in Roodepoort Stake in 1996. I served in this calling for about a year and was called as second counselor in the stake presidency in Roodepoort Stake. The Roodepoort Stake was reorganized in 1999, and I was called to serve as first counselor in Soweto South Africa Stake. I served for about three years and was called to serve as bishop in the Soweto Ward in September 2002, where I served until February 2005, when I was called as stake president in the Soweto South Africa Stake.

My wife Dorah served as Relief Society president, Primary teacher and Sunday school teacher.

Career

I started my career as a police official where I worked for 12 years, and I resigned from this service in 1995 as a senior officer holding the rank of Captain.

I joined a higher education institution, where I was employed as a lecturer specializing in criminology. I am presently employed as Area Manager for Physical Facilities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.