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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


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