By Vickie Speek
First Stake in Kenya
NAIROBI, KENYA -- The first stake in the African nation of Kenya was
created last month by Elder Robert C. Oaks and Elder Steven E. Snow
of the Africa Southeast Area Presidency. Organized from the Kenya
Nairobi District in the Kenya Nairobi Mission, the new Nairobi Kenya
Stake includes five wards and two branches.
Joseph W. Sitati has been called to be stake president, with Daniel
Muthiani as his first counselor and Hesborn O. Usi as second
counselor. All served in the Kenya Nairobi District presidency prior
to their new callings. Sitati, 49, was converted in 1985. He and his
wife and children were the first Kenyans to go to the temple.
"This is a special day that the saints have come together to create
the first stake in Kenya, East Africa. This is only the beginning,"
Elder Oaks said during the meeting.
He urged members to rededicate themselves in the service of the
Master and admonished all present to read and study the
scriptures daily, to be obedient to the commandments and to strive to
increase faith in Jesus Christ.
The Church was introduced into Kenya during the 1970's by American
USAID employees . The first baptisms took place on Oct. 21, 1979.
The Kenya District was organized two years later with two branches.
It has approximately 1,760 members.
First stake in Kenya created
LDS Church News 29Sep01 D1
By Elder Gerald W. Jensen and Sister Carolyn Jensen: Africa West Area public affairs