Elder Stevenson and his wife Lesa are in Rwanda for a three-day visit as part of a visit to the Church congregation in the African region. This is Stevenson’s first visit to the country. His official itinerary also included Uganda.
In a message he wrote in the visitor’s book, Elder Stevenson said that he feels much sorrow as he remembers the heroes and the victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi.
"It has been a deeply touching experience for my wife and I to visit the Kigali Genocide Memorial and witness the record of the terrible consequences of human conflict promoted by hatred based on perceived differences." He observed
He further noted his gratitude for the Kigali Genocide Memorial, which stands as a reminder to all that love for fellow men and women as taught by Jesus Christ should never be taken for granted.
"I echo President Russel M Nelson, Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Only the Comprehension of the true Fatherhood of God can bring the full appreciation of the true brotherhood of men and the true sisterhood of women. Such comprehension comes only as men and women fully embrace the true gospel of Jesus Christ with humility and full purpose of heart." Stevenson added.
The objective of this historic visit by the apostle to Rwanda is to fulfill the divinely appointed mandate of apostles of Jesus Christ to declare his word among his people.
Elder Stevenson was leading one of the world’s largest sports equipment corporate of more than five thousand employees before being called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on 3rd October 2015. Immediately after his visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial, he was so touched by the spirit of reconciliation of the Rwandan people and made a cheque of five million Rwandan Frank as a symbolic donation in support to Aegis Trust work to prevent genocide, crimes against humanity and mass atrocities. As part of his responsibilities, he travels throughout the world as a representative of Jesus Christ, building faith, providing instruction and blessing and uplifting all to whom he will meet.
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