I think I belong to Mormonism by default, but I have had no chance. May someone please come to me and get me to the faith, please? Know what? I have always desired to become a Mormon, but alas, no chance.

Immanuel Bofomo,



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El Santo Gringo
February 27, 2012

Dear Dr. Bofomo. What a privilege to receive a message from such a distinguished person. Thank you for linking your question to your facebook account so I could learn a little bit more about you. I’m thrilled that you are interested in learning more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This Church has been a great blessing in my own life, and I’ve seen it bless the lives of many other people as well. I pray that your interest in the “Mormon Church” will continue to grow so the gospel of Jesus Christ can be a blessing in your life and, perhaps through you, in the lives of others in the great nation of Malawi.

While the LDS Church is growing rapidly in Africa, our church only arrived in Malawi in 2000. If you joined the church, you would likely be counted among the founders in your nation, an important distinction in our community. We do have a congregation in Lilongwe, where I presume you live. I was unable to find the address, but a Mr. Ntholowa is the congregation president. I believe he can be reached at +265 1-795-357.

The Church’s missionary program is one of its most recognized characteristics.

If you are unable to contact president Ntholowa, you might try contacting the president of the Zimbabwe Harare LDS Mission, president Dube. The Zimbabwe mission includes Malawi. You can contact the mission president by sending a letter to:

(204) Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Road
Highlands, Harare,
Zimbabwe

Finally, you might also try requesting a missionary visit directly through the internet. There are over 50,000 Mormon missionaries in the world who visit people in their homes to teach them more about Jesus Christ. Most people who are interested in Mormonism learn about our basic beliefs from these missionaries. If you have any trouble whatsoever getting in touch with the missionaries, please let me know so I can follow up and make sure you are contacted properly.

The progress of the LDS Church in Africa.

Mormon history is very interesting to me. In the 19th century, most converts to the Church came from Europe, a land that is now abandoning religion at an alarming rate. In the 20th century, many converts came from Latin America, where religious belief is still vibrant and beautiful. While I expect continued progress in Latin America, I believe that the 21st century will belong to Africa. The reports we have received from Africa describe a people of remarkable faith and determination. In Africa, Mormons participate actively in their faith at rates that rival even those of Utah, where Church headquarters are located. Stories of the remarkable faithfulness of the African people are frequently told in our General Conferences. I recently attended a lecture describing the growth of the Church in Ghana that nearly brought tears of joy to my eyes. I believe God has been preparing the African people to accept Christ’s restored gospel; what an exciting time to be a Mormon in Africa.

Elder Sitati, the first General Authority (“Mormon Cardinal”) from Sub-Saharan Africa, gives instructions to a Stake President in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Dale Wight.

Because of this remarkable faithfulness, the LDS Church is growing rapidly in Africa. There are currently over 300,000 African Mormons. The Church has invested millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to Africa, and an African (Kenyan) was recently called to serve in one of our highest counsels. As a politician yourself, you might also be interested to know that one of the current candidates for the presidency of Mali, Yeah Samaké, is also Mormon. In summary, the future of Mormonism in Africa looks very bright!

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