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Elder Nash Pays Courtesy Call to the Asantehene in Kumasi, Ghana


Elder Marcus B. Nash of the Seventy and Africa West Area President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints along with his wife, Sister Shelley Nash, and other leaders made a courtesy visit to His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene of the Empire of Asante.  The Asantehene is highly revered in the Asante territories (Ashanti Region and other parts of Ghana) and is regarded as the first among equals of traditional rulers in Ghana.


The meeting was held on 4 March 2020, at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Ghana, the capital city of Ashanti Region and the Empire of Asante in connection with Awukudae Festival meaning: "Wednesday ceremony", a traditional Ashanti festival in Ashanti. Accompanying Elder and Sister Nash to the meeting were Honorable Francis Addai-Nimoh, a friend of the Church and former Member of Parliament of Asante Mampong; Emelia Ahadjie, Area Director of Communication, Africa West Area (AWA); Edmund Adusei, Asokwa Kumasi Stake President; Edmund Osei, Coordinating Council Director of Communication in Kumasi; Brent Belnap, Area Legal Counsel, AWA; Richard Dadzie, Area Family History Manager, AWA; along with Elder Lyle and Sister Cricket Parry, Area Communication Specialist Missionaries.  There were also other dignitaries from organizations across Ghana in attendance, including the Bawku Naba Asigri Abugrago Azoka II, and the Inspector General of Police, Chief Defence Commanders of the Military, Air Force and Navy.


 Elder Nash said “we believe all people are children of God, you are my brother and I am yours”.  He also spoke of families stating “we believe a family is a husband who loves his wife, a wife who loves her husband, and together they love their children”.  He explained the Church is here to “lift and serve all people”.  Elder Nash thanked the Asantehene for allowing the Freedom of Religion in his region because we know how important that is.

Elder Nash also presented the Asantehene with a statue of a family from the Church. His Royal Majesty told Elder Nash and other church leaders he is looking forward to a future meeting.

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