The Church General Authority in the Africa West Area paid a courtesy call to the newly enthroned, King of the Ga State, Ghana, His Royal Majesty, Dr. Tackie Teiko Tsuru-II on Friday, July 12, 2020. The Church delegation was led by Elder Hugo E. Martinez, second Counsellor in the Africa West Area Presidency, and was received at the Ga Mantse’s Palace, North Kaneshie, Accra.
“We come here as representatives of our members, we come in the name of our President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Russell M. Nelson and we come as representatives of Jesus Christ.” As members of the Church, he continued, “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”
“We have come to congratulate you on your enthronement and offer our support to you as you serve your people and the community.”
Elder Hugo Martinex added that the Church recently celebrated its bicentennial anniversary since the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ in this dispensation. The General Authority then continued in the Church’s long-lasting commitment to helping our brothers and sisters regardless of religious affiliation and ethnicity.
“We have been serving Ghana through various humanitarian efforts such as renovating hospitals and providing hospital equipment, Maternal and Newborn Care, Vision Care, donation of Wheelchairs, provision of clean water and Sanitation Projects, among others.”
Concluding his remarks, Elder Martinez stated: “We are on your land, we are good tenants and neighbors and therefore want to partner with you to serve the people and humanity through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.’’
Also speaking during the visit was Elder John Atta Koranteng, an Area Seventy in the Africa West Area, who told His Majesty the Church’s beliefs in Families.
“We believe that the foundation of any nation is the family. A healthy, solid family will create a healthy, solid nation. This is why we seek partnership with traditional institutions like yours to help shape and inculcate moral values in our society.”
The King was then presented with a gift containing some of the Church’s literary collection: the Church’s History, Orientation and Beliefs, the Restoration Proclamation, a magazine of the Church’s temples, a Book of Mormon, and a Christus marble statue of the resurrected Jesus Christ.
The King greatly accepted the gifts and responded: “I want to thank you on behalf of all my chiefs, elders, and my people. God bless all the good works you are doing and may God reward you abundantly,” the King said. “The Ga State has always been a beautiful culture, tradition, and wonderful people. We have always drawn our faith and religion from theocracy. It is the respect of God which we call ’Kpolo-Mawu’ translated as (Yahweh). Because we have an origin from Israel and most of our practices and beliefs originate from Judaism’’
The King continues by asking the Church to be a partner to bring his people together for progress, peace, and unity. “We are asking your Church to partner with us to bring back theocracy within our cultures, traditions, societies and among the people because true faith in God is what starts any kind of development through wisdom to bring people together for progress, peace and unity.”
The Ga King is highly revered in the Ga Lands, Greater Accra Region, and other parts of Ghana. They are one of the prominent traditional rulers in the nation.
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