Meet Ngandu and Jocie! They are one of the first members here to follow the counsel of the General Authorities. In the Congo, traditions are that before you can get married you must pay money and accumulate many things for the Bride's family. Money and things are very difficult to come by here, marriage is then delayed until you can accummulate means for the "dowrey" and so is Temple Marriage because the closest temple is in Johanesburgh South Africa, which is also expensive to get to. Well, when you are obedient the way is made with effort and desire and they met their goal. To the Temple they went!! In the Congo, you must be married civily first, so here are pictures of Ngandu and Jocie's civil marriage. They left the following week and were sealed for all time and eternity in the Johanesburg Temple. We were honored to be invited to this special event! "Here Comes the Bride"....top right picture with a friend escorting her in!
I thank God for such faith in so many people here who have truly strengthened my faith in following the counsels of our leaders. This couple is an inspiration to me. I asked them if they had a place to live, Ngandu said, "yes". I said, "do you need anything?" he said, "we have a bed and a table, he, he, he, we are just starting out, he he" I just smiled at him as he looked at me and then he looked at his eternal companion and they both smiled at each other. My heart cried, thinking of the little that they had, but then a calming thought came over me and it said, they have all they need. Their lives are in order. Their priorities are centered on Christ. They have it ALL!!