News Release

Renlunds Speak “Face to Face” With Youth in Africa

Latter-day Saint youth throughout the continent of Africa participated in the first broadcast event of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from West Africa. Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Ruth, hosted a regional Face to Face event Saturday, August 5, 2017.


Hundreds of young Latter-day Saints gathered at the newly completed Ghana Missionary Training Center in Accra, while thousands of young people joined by satellite in countries throughout the African continent and around the world via the internet. There are more than a half million members of the Church in nearly 1,800 congregations in Africa.

“I’m very happy to be here today,” said 12-year old Chimi Kwuatsenu. “We’re meeting an apostle of God, and getting our questions answered. I feel very glad for that.” Chimi sold popcorn with other youth from her congregation to raise money for the trip. They traveled twelve hours to be in attendance.


The Renlunds fielded questions from youth during the two live broadcasts, in languages spoken across Africa. The first broadcast held during the morning was in English, with live interpretation in Portuguese and Malagasy. The afternoon broadcast was in French.

Each broadcast had two different youth hosts. Helene Mawuli Delalie, who was one of the hosts said, “Of all the things I’ve done in my life, this is my number one and it’s very important to me. It makes me feel so happy, and pleased. I hope many youth will be triggered to live their lives as the Savior did.”

“I loved having the opportunity to be able to sit in the audience and listen to Elder and Sister Renlund speak,” said teenager Lethe-Ann Kauzeh-Anfo of Ghana. “I felt the Holy Ghost strongly as he spoke about the principles of the gospel, and I also had a lot of my questions answered through what he said today.”


“Ruth and I were thrilled to get the assignment to return to Africa,” said Elder Renlund, who served as president of the Africa Southeast Area prior to his service as an apostle. “While we lived in Africa we were frequently in awe of the immense faith we found in the members [here] and in the island nations of the Indian Ocean. There is no question the light of the gospel shines brightly in their countenances.”

The Renlunds encouraged the youth to read scriptures in the Bible and Book of Mormon that address life’s challenges prior to the Face to Face event, including James 1:2–8 and Alma 37:35–37.

At the broadcast Elder Renlund said, “Faith grows as we come to church. Faith grows as we read the scriptures. Faith grows as we keep covenants. Faith grows as we do what the Savior would have us do.”

The Church’s Face to Face events are live online broadcasts to reach Mormon youth around the globe. Guests have included senior leaders of the Church and Latter-day Saint performers.


This is the second regional Face to Face event sponsored by the Church. Elder D. Todd Christofferson and his wife, Kathy, participated in a regional event December 10, 2016, in Guatemala. The broadcast was in Spanish. On March 4, 2017, President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve were featured in a worldwide Face to Face event broadcast from Palmyra, New York.


Follow the conversation on the LDS Youth Facebook page or on other social media channels using the hashtag #LDSface2face.


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