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Instead of just gathering information from others, he wrote a book and delivered the manuscript to the archives.

Walking in the Sand: A History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ghana

The archives arranged to have it published by BYU Press. The attitude of being actively engaged in a good cause shines through the entire book. He tells the story of those early days, then the revelation on the priesthood, which opened the work wide for Africa. The Church was officially established and it grew. The members were only able to meet in very small groups; it was a time of sifting as many fell away.

But it is a testament to their great faith and faithfulness that, only a few months after the Freeze ended, in April , the first two stakes were established in Ghana. In , the Accra Temple was dedicated. All along the way, there were problems and difficulties and great blessings. The greatest strength of this book is that it is written by a man that was in the middle of it all.

And it is a good story. Dec 30, Jessie rated it liked it Shelves: I found this book at the library when I was researching stuff about Ghana for the kids and I thought it looked interesting. As the introduction points out, it's not written by a professional writer or historian so some aspects of the style are a little unusual. I found some parts a little harder to read than others. It was still an engaging read and I found myself inspired by the story of the Church in a country I didn't know much about before now. Nov 17, Jane rated it liked it.

Well, I now live in Ghana with the Church growing rapidly. It is amazing to see what has happened the last 33 years. This book helped document the early history through the building of the Accra Temple in Interesting information and photos by an early pioneer member.

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Walking in the Sand: A History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ghana

Amidst the discontent, church member and prominent school teacher Stephen Abu was being called to step down from his position teaching at a Presbyterian middle school. When the request was not complied to, those that opposed the church began praying to God to bring death to Stephen Abu and his brother Dr. Others were upset, because they perceived the church was indoctrinating members to accept their poverty and oppression instead of finding solutions within political and economic spheres. Articles from the time also show anger at the missionaries, who were thought to be colonizing the country with their religion, using a bible as a front for interest in Ghana's natural resources.

Some believed the announcement that allowed black male church members to hold the priesthood was just trying to erase the resentment, instead of change the fundamental doctrine. They were called to officially stop practicing on June 14th, Police officers began showing up at the church meetinghouse, looking for evidence that would show the religion was against the state of Ghana. They took control of the meetinghouses as well as the farmland the church owned, auctioning off their chickens. Stephen Abu was brought to trial, where he was charged with two things: If found guilty, Stephen Abu could have been punished by firing squad.

After a search warrant at his home, nothing of interest was found and he was released on bail. During this time, the church functioned very differently in Ghana. Missionaries withdrew from the country, including the acting mission president. In his place, Dr. Members could hold sacrament meetings in their homes on a family basis, instead of at formal meetinghouses. At times, small groups met together to share talks, sing and study the scriptures.

Those who had an ecclesiastical calling kept the leadership position throughout the Freeze. However, instead of members congregating, the branch presidents would visit families individually. Billy Johnson and his wife were the only missionaries at the time.

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The payment of tithing was ceased, as it would be considered a crime. On November 30th, , after a period of 18 months, the Freeze was lifted and the church was allowed to continue as it did before. The government became convinced the Latter-day Saints were loyal citizens when they submitted to the laws during the Freeze.

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On 21 April two stakes were organized in Ghana. The other was organized by James E. Faust in Cape Coast. Following this, the first African mission president was called, Christopher N. In there were four meetinghouses, by the end of there were Membership grew rapidly, with 8, members in and 22, members by In , Emmanuel O.

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Opare was the first Ghanaian called to be an Area Authority. In , Gordon B.