Apostle Gary Stevenson of LDS Church comes to Rwanda

By Samson Iradukunda
On 16 February 2019 at 07:30

Apostle Gary Elder Stevenson, one of the Twelve Apostles of the Quorum of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Days Saints (LDS), is coming to Rwanda for a three-day visit during which he will visit Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site and meet some local government leaders among other activities.

Apostle Gary is scheduled to arrive in Kigali this Sunday, 17th February 2018, at 3 pm before he drives to Kigali Marriott Hotel where he will hold a meeting with Rwanda District Member leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Days Saints (LDS).

At Kigali Marriott Hotel, Gary will deliver a deliverance message to members of LDS in Rwanda or any other church member in need of the heart healing message. On Monday morning, Apostle Gary will visit Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site between, he will later visit Kigali 3rd Branch Meeting House of LDS in Kagugu.

He will also meet Head of Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church in Rwanda and LDS Missionaries in Rwanda between.

On Tuesday, Apostle Gary will meet with the Minister of Local Governance at the Ministry headquarters, before meeting the Ambassador of the United States of America in Rwanda.

Elder Gary E Stevenson joined the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in October.

As a businessman, Elder Stevenson approaches life and Church service with a very simple philosophy: “Keeping the commandments brings blessings, and blessings bring happiness.”

Elder Stevenson is married to Lesa Jean Higley, whom he met in an Old Testament course at Utah State University. They were married in the Idaho Falls Temple in April of 1979 and have raised four sons.

A little background on LDS Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter - Day Saints (LDS) was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith in New York, USA. Its church members are mostly known as Mormons.

The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has established congregations and built temples worldwide. According to the church, it has over 67,000 missionaries and a membership of over 16 million.

In Rwanda District of Uganda Mission, LDS counts over 1000 members and in 2012, it was ranked by the National Council of Churches as the fourth-largest Christian denomination in the United States with over 6.5 million members reported by the church, as of January 2018.

The theology of the LDS Church consists of a combination of biblical doctrines with modern revelations and other commentaries by LDS leaders, particularly Joseph Smith.

Included in the standard works are the Bible, the Book of Mormon said to be ‘Another Testament of Jesus Christ’, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.