LDS Chapel in Kapushi, Congo
The city of Kapushi has a small branch and 4 full-time elders. The church building is a converted Belgian house. The 9 o’clock meeting started at 9:30 with Priesthood and 10:00 Relief Society. There were 7 men, 4 elders (in and out because of interviews with President Packer), 2 investigators and me. The women’s meeting started later because they had dressed and herded all the children. The priesthood lesson was #13, but after an hour of discussion about why the branch members were inactive, time ran out. Next the Sunday School lesson was impressively presented by one of the elders in French and Swahili: Christ Giving the Keys to Peter. I thought the elder’s lesson incredible but President Packer considered it just a good talk: a monologue without any audience participation. President Packer is adamantly against missionaries taking over local member responsibilities. The elders also dominated the blessing and passing of the Sacrament. Interestingly, the bread was broken from one loaf, not slices. The hymns were all sung with full-voiced enthusiasm.
Sister Packer and the outdoor baptismal font
Before the meetings started, the elders started filling up the open-air baptismal font. The brother baptized last week was confirmed and given the Aaronic Priesthood. Hopefully next week they will ask him to pass the sacrament.