“Sierra Lione Leaders Pleased with Chapel Plans,” Liahona, June 2005, N12
In attendance at the groundbreaking for the first chapel in the African nation of Sierra Lione were Bo Sierra Lione District President Mohamed Turay; J. Wander, regional Sierra Lione People’s Party chairman; Francis Mses Tawer, officer in charge of Bo police; Dr. Wsu Sannoh, mayor of Bo; and other Church leaders and members.
The building will be located on a plot of ground in the center of Bo in an area of residencies of many Church members. Civic and tribal leaders lauded the building as a great asset to the area and a symbol of cooperation and goodwill between the community and the Church.
“The city of Bo is very supportive of the Church and understands the Church’s values and sees the benefits for the city as your members practice those beliefs,” said Mayor Sannoh.
President Turay gave the keynote address and provided information about Church doctrine and beliefs by reading and discussing the Articles of Faith.
The first official Church meeting in Bo was held on July 27, 1990, with five members in attendance. They met in the home of President Turay’s father-in-law, Sam Rogers. The Bo district now consists of five branches in the city of Bo and one in Kenama. There are currently 2,177 members. Four full-time missionaries were assigned to Bo in 1990 at the time of the first meeting. Two additional elders were added to the Kenama area in September 2004.
Adapted from Church News, November 6, 2004.