News Release

Ghana TV Station Interviews Church Leaders

More than 200 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently gathered to watch Maame Korea, host of Metro TV‘s talk show AFUTUSEM, interviewing three local leaders of the Church in Accra.

The 60-minute weekly program, broadcast nationwide on Monday nights, focuses on everyday values, social customs, local issues and success stories. Live audiences and seasoned panelists bring a friendly and personal touch to the production.

President Daniel Abeo, lay leader of the Tesano Stake (a stake is a group of Latter-day Saint congregations, similar to a diocese), Dr. Emmanual Kissi (former senior leader of the Church in Ghana) and Dr. Jonathan Adjimani (first counselor to the Accra West Mission president) answered a variety of questions from Maame Korea concerning the Church’s beliefs and practices.

The animated dialogue in Twi (Ghana’s local dialect) was interspersed with musical numbers from two Latter-day Saint choirs.

“I am so enthused,” Maame Korea said during the taping of the program on April 26. “I have learned so much about your church tonight.”  She was happy to put into proper perspective some of the beliefs that were accurately explained and clarified by those she interviewed.

A variety of topics and concerns were discussed on the TV show, including:

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a presence in Ghana since 1978.
  • Members of the Church are found at every level of society throughout the world.
  • Anyone is welcome to worship at Sunday services in Latter-day Saint meetinghouses.
  • There is no full-time professional clergy. Members voluntarily participate in “callings” or assignments in the Church.
  • The Book of Mormon is a companion scripture to the Bible. Both are used side by side in preaching and personal study.
  • The Book of Mormon has been translated into Twi.
  • Modern revelation continues through living apostles and prophets today. Individual members can also receive a spiritual confirmation of guidance (personal revelation).
  • Tithing payments are one-tenth of a member’s income. They are voluntary and considered sacred.

"The answers shared by the participants erase misconceptions about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," said President Abeo. 

President Abeo added, "After viewing the program, our full-time missionaries said there were people who expressed interest in knowing more about the Church." 

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