A member of the 1st Quorum of 70 of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Utah, USA, has predicted that in less than 15 years, Nigeria would upset Mexico’s 140-year old record of number of stakes of the church.
Elder Edward Dube, 1st counsellor, Africa West area Presidency of the church stated this at the 6th Annual stake conference of the church and the inauguration of its new Umuahia South Nigeria stake in Umuahia, the Abia state capital.
The Zimbabwean national maintained that with its 53 stakes established in less than 40 years, the country is set to upset Mexico’s 100 which took about 140 years to establish within the 15 years.
Dube, who maintained that this is different from what happened in his country where it took the church nine years to establish a stake, charged the members to continue with its moves to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to every nook and cranny of the country.
According to him, establishment of the new stake in Umuahia South local government area followed the receipt of a request letter for it from Umuahia Nigeria stake by the Prophet, Seer, and Regulator of the church, President Russel Nelson.
While describing the church as law abiding in any country it finds itself, he appealed to both the leadership of the new stake and the members to love their families, the host community, and themselves as required by the gospel.
Inaugurating the new stake, which has Elder Emmanuel Akpan Okon as its president, Elder Gerald Chukwuemeka Igwe of the Areas’ Quorum of 70, expressed hope that sooner than latter that another stake will be established in the state.
LEADERSHIP recalls that at a press briefing ahead of the occasion at Umuahia Nigeria Stake where the new stake was carved from , the President, Elder Samuel Ekpolo said its growth in the area had been impressive.
He said besides preaching of the gospel, the church has also engaged itself with taking care of material challenges of the needy and having positive impacts on its host communities through humanitarian services and provision of infrastructure.
Similarly, the Public Affairs Director of the church, Elder Kalu Iche Kalu said there are many features that distinguish it from other churches including mode of worship, beliefs, control, discipline, and strict adherence to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
According to him, the gates of the church, which he said ranks among the richest in the world, are always open to non-members for interaction on issues where they have misconceptions about the environmental-friendly church.