Hello from the Democratic Republic of the Congo!

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“Hello from the Democratic Republic of the Congo!” Friend, October 2019

Hello from the Democratic Republic of the Congo!

Friend Magazine, 2019/10 Oct

Illustrations by Katie McDee

Hi, we’re Margo and Paolo!

We’re visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DR Congo.

This is DR Congo. About 80 million people live here.

A big part of DR Congo is covered in rainforest. It’s home to all sorts of interesting animals, like okapi, elephants, gorillas, and rhinos.

DR Congo is known for traditional art like wooden statues, woven baskets, and masks.

Our missionaries started teaching people in DR Congo in 1986. Now almost 60,000 people there belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In DR Congo, most people speak French at church. That’s the country’s official language. Almost 250 other languages are also spoken there!

This year, DR Congo got its first temple! The Church members there are excited to have a temple in their country.

Thanks for exploring DR Congo with us. See you next time!

Meet some of our friends from DR Congo!

One Sunday, there were soldiers everywhere, and my parents said it was going to be difficult to go to church. I told my parents that we should attend at least sacrament meeting. Together we showed faith and went to church to honor the day of the Lord.

Prodi K., age 7, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

I love helping others. One day in my class, a child was sad during recess because he had nothing to eat. I went to him and shared with him what I brought to eat.

Célia Tshidibi K., age 5, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Are you from DR Congo? Write to us! We’d love to hear from you. See page 39.