For over 3 months, we have anticipated the visit of Elder Neil L. Andersen, and his wife Sister Kathy Andersen who would be accompanied by Elders Carl B. Cook, Stanley G. Ellis, and Khumbulani D. Mdletshe and their wives in meeting with members and missionaries here in Lusaka. This visit was centered around a special Priesthood Leadership Conference which was presided over by Elder Andersen. In conjunction with this conference, the visiting General and Area Authorities made time to hold a member devotional and a missionary meeting also. As members and missionaries participated in these three meetings, we felt of the reality of Elder Andersen's Apostolic calling from the Lord. We were blessed by his prophetic teachings and insight. To the missionaries, he re-emphasized the principles outlined in the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast which centered around "Teaching Repentance and Baptizing Converts." He then reminded members of the importance of building faith, diligence, and patience in helping the Lord to hasten His work and grow the Church here in Zambia, and to prepare the land for a Temple. Finally, in his address to the Priesthood leadership of the Stake and Districts from across Zambia and Malawi, Elder Andersen encouraged leaders to always turn to the Lord to face challenges, including the often perceived "loneliness of leadership". He also reminded them that the Lord is counting on them, and that the development of the church begins with their individual commitment and conversion. These two days we spent with this chosen servant of the Lord will surely go down in the history of the missionaries and members as a time and Spirit never to be forgotten.
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