News Release

Church Holds Open House for Harare Mission Office

An Open House was held at the Zimbabwe, Harare, Mission Office on October 10, 2012.  The purpose of the Open House was to help government officials become familiar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints often referred to as the “Mormon Church."

Elder Thomas Dube, a regional leader for the Church, and Ken Sharpe, National Public Affairs Director for Zimbabwe, welcomed guests upon their arrival.  President Bryson Cook, the leader of the missionary effort in Zimbabwe, and his wife, presented  guests with an overview of the missionary program and it’s purpose. Guests were then escorted by the young, full-time missionaries of the Church for brief visits with those who oversee the various programmes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Zimbabwe. 

Many levels of government were represented at the Open House including Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, The Honourable Lancester Museka; Minister of Local Government, The Honourable Ignatius Chombo; Minister of Information and Communications Technology, The Honourable Nelson Chamisa; Commissioner of Police, Commissioner Chibage and his wife.  Also attending were the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, The Honourable Mpariwa and the Department of Home Affairs Permanent Secretary, the Honourable Melusi Matshiya, who was accompanied by her sister and a niece. 

Everyone expressed gratitude to the Church for hosting them and clarifying the programmes of the Church.  Relationships were established and bridges of understanding were built between those in attendance, local church leaders, and members of the Church.  Police Commissioner Chibage stated that he now knows why many of the young Elders of the church gather at the internet cafe on Mondays.  It is because that is when they set aside a personal day and they are emailing family and friends back home.  “Prior to my attendance here tonight, I could not figure out just what they were doing every Monday in the local internet cafe.  I had suspicions that they may be doing something illegal.  Now I completely understand.”

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