Botswana/Namibia Mission

About Botswana

BOTSWANA
Jan. 1, 2012: Est. population, 1,991,000; Members, 1,693; Wards, 2; Branches, 4; Percent IDS, .065,oronein1,526; AfricaSoutheastArea;SouthAfricaJohannesburgMission.
Botswana,previouslyknownasBechuanaland,becameindependentfromBritainon30September1966. Locatedin south-centralAfrica,itisborderedbyNamibia,Zimbabwe,andSouthAfrica. TheofficiallanguageisEnglish,withSetswana alsospoken. FiftypercentofthepeopleareChristian,while50percentfollowtribalbeliefs.
InJune 1975, Lawrence C. andHazel Parker arrived inBotswana where heworked asanagricultural adviser andteacher. By1977Latter-daySaintsBlaineandGraceMcClellanwerealsolivingthere. AbranchinGaboronewascreatedin1983.
Missionaries Karl and Marjorie Jenkins weresent to Botswana in 1990withthe assignment to locate Latter-day Saints who hadjoined abroad thatwerenowresiding inBotswana. Thefirst missionaries assigned toworkfull-time inBotswana, BruceandPatriciaMidge,arrivedinJune1990. MemberslivinginBotswanaatthetimeincludedPeaceCorpsworkers, Patricia Lutz and Javotte Pickering, and the Maurice Mzwinila and Anthony Mogare families, who had joined the Church while studying in the United States.
InMarch1992,thebranchwasdividedtoformtheGaboroneWestandGaboroneBroadhurstbranches. Anadditional branch was created at Lobatseon 28 October1992. The Gaborone BotswanaDistrictwas created at that same time with Kwasi Agyare Dwomoh aspresident. Itcontinued until 12July 1995 when itwas dissolved. Atthattime theGaborone West and Gaborone Broadhurst branches became wards and along with the Lobatse Branch they were incorporated into the Roodepoort South AfricaStake.
TheGaborone Botswana District wasorganized on1 March 1992. Elder Richard G. Scott oftheQuorum ofTwelve visited Botswana onthefollowing 21August. On 19January 1997 theGaborone Branch meetinghouse was dedicated. The first full-time missionary from Botswana, Yakale Million Moroka, served intheSouth Africa Cape Town Mission from March 1999 to March 2001.

Missionary Blogs

Elder Stephen Warren
www.mymission.com/elderstephenwarren
2016
Sister Krystal Scott
sisterscott.blogspot.com
2015
Elder & Sister Davis
davismissionblog.blogspot.com
2014
Elder & Sister Gubler
gublersonamission.blogspot.com
2014
Elder Andrew Nansel
www.mymission.com/elderandrewnansel
2013
Sister Missionary
justasisterinafrica.blogspot.com
2013
Elder Alec Anderson
www.mymission.com/elderalecanderson
2001

Websites

Address

Postnet Kgale
Ad 172 Add
Gaborone
Botswana

Mission President

Dunstan G. B. T. Chadambuka

Region

Africa

Church Statistics

Botswana

Members: 3104
Congregations: 12
Missions: 1
Family History Centers: 2

Languages

English

Population