Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints appoints new president, officials
By Ronke Sanya
After 20 years of being a district, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ibadan has become a stake. The church also appointed new president and officials. President of the Africa West Area of the church, Elder LeGrand Curtis Jr. of the Seventy, while speaking at the conference held on the church premises, Liberty Road, Ibadan, on Sunday, stated that the word stake was a biblical term taken from the book of Isaiah 54:2 and that the Ibadan District, due to its great achievements, which included increase in membership, thereby grew from being a district to become a stake. The outgoing district president, Oluseyi Olubena, in his address, lauded the congregation for keeping the law of chastity and being good to their neighbours. He enjoined them to cooperate with the new stake president in propagating the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and thanked the brethren who came from other parts of the country, including Osogbo, Calabar, Aba, to celebrate with them. He enjoined them to support the new stake president and officials. The newly-appointed stake president, Rufus Ojo, while addressing the congregation, stated that his new position was a call to service, which he had embraced.
“I believe that the Book of Mormon is the keystone of the Church and I believe this is the best place to be,” he added. The first Councillor of the new Stake, Olubukola Akpantakun in his own speech stated that “I am a son in this Stake, I appreciate the District presidency. God lives and Jesus Christ is the saviour of mankind.” The Second Councilor, Eliazar Onwuka, while expressing great delight at the new position added that “calling in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a call to service.”