(From the Church Newsroom)
A delegation of government leaders from the Republic of the Sudan was in Salt Lake City, Utah, this week to meet with senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Sudanese delegation’s visit to Church Headquarters follows a historic trip to the country by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Bednar, the first Apostle to visit the country, was accompanied by his wife, Susan, during the four-day trip to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum in February 2020.“The people of Sudan have values that are so fundamental and so crucial.” –Elder David A. Bednar
“The people of Sudan have values that are so fundamental and so crucial. And they’re striving very hard to teach those values …have people embrace those values throughout the entire country about the strength of the family,” said Elder Bednar.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the father’s plan of happiness for his children. And so, there’s a connection here,” he explained.
The Northeast African country of nearly 43 million people is in a period of political and economic transition.
“Sudan is very diverse country in terms of faith and in terms of philosophies,” said Mofarih, as he discussed the importance of religious tolerance in Sudan. “Upon arrival of this new government, the constitutional document has claimed that religious freedom is a principle, and that the government shall treat all religions the same way.”
“As a Christian in Sudan, I am very happy today to go into the new government. The revolutionary government worked hard towards religious freedoms,” said Putrus Komi, Sudan Advisor for Christian Affairs.
Komi said that Christian religious observances such as Christmas and Easter are now considered official holidays in Sudan. (Read the full article on the Church Newsroom)
Elder Bednar Makes Historic Visit to Sudan
Elder David A. Bednar visited the Republic of the Sudan on February 8-12, 2020, becoming the first member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to visit the African nation. Elder Bednar was accompanied by his wife, Susan, during the four-day trip to the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
Sudan is a country of 43 million people and is in a historic period of political and economic transition. Elder Bednar says there is a sense of hope for the future.
“There is a great optimism as we met with people in a wide variety of settings. They’re very eager for freedom, more freedom than they’ve had in the past, and the government seems very determined to be able to fulfill that promise,” he said. (Read here the rest of the story)
How 1 Sudanese Latter-day Saint convert survived a civil war and is on a mission ‘to help the rest of humanity’
Latter-day Saint convert Karak Denyok Miakol was far too young to understand the religious and tribal complexities of a civil war that brought death and fear to her Sudanese homeland.
But the war didn’t discriminate — it still eventually found the 8-year-old little girl and her village. Violence and desperation were everywhere. But for Karak, a short walk outside her home forever changed her life.
“I found the body of my uncle,” she told the Church News. “I knew that it was him because of the beads he wore around his neck. (Read the rest of the story)
Sudan is a ountry in North Africa
The Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, Libya to the northwest, Chad to the west, the Central African Republic to the southwest, South Sudan to the south, Ethiopia to the southeast, Eritrea to the east, and the Red Sea to the northeast.
Population: 42.81 million (2019)