Cape Verde Praia Mission

About Cape Verde

CAPE VERDE Jan. 1, 2012: Est. population, 429,000; Members, 8,029; Mission, 1; Districts, 3; Branches, 18; percent LDS, 1.6 or one in 62; Europe Area.
The Republic ofCape Verde iscomposed of10main islands intwo volcanic archipelagos located 385miles westof Senegal offthe African Coast Most ofthe indigenous peoples are descendants ofAfrican slaves brought there by Portuguese tradersin the 1400s. They speakCrioulo and Portuguese, and mostare associated withthe Roman Catholic or Church ofthe Nazarene faiths.
Spain Las Palmas Mission President Marion K. Hamblin visited Cape Verde inNovember 1988 toexplore thepossibilities Deseret News 2013 Qiurch News Almanac 453
ofsending missionaries there. He sentChristopher Lee and Kenneth C. Margetts there inJanuary 1989. They began their labors on Santiago Island. The first convert baptized was Lino Paulo. The Praia Branch in the capital city of Praia was organized on27June 1989. At thetime, there were approximately 25 members. Lee and Margetts were forced to leave the country in July 1989 because the government refused to renew theirvisas. Missionaries were allowed to return within a few months.
The Cape Verde ambassador to the United States attended the Christmas lighting ceremony of the Washington D.C. Temple in1993. InSeptember 1994, Elder Dallin H. Oaks oftheQuorum oftheTwelve visited theislands. While there, he was invited to see the president of the Republic of Cape Verde Antonio Mascarenhas and Praia Mayor Jacinto Santos. He describedthe missionary programand explained Church's doctrines.
By September 1994, there were 50 Cape Verdeans who had been called to serve full-time missions, mostworking in Portugal, and48missionaries from thePortugal Lisbon South Mission wereworking inCape Verde.
On a return trip from Afiica, President Gordon B. Hinckley stopped in Cape Verde on 22 February 1998 where he spoke to 780 members. Atthat time Cape Verde included three districtsand 18 branches.
The FirstPresidency on 9 March 2002 announced creation of the Cape Verde Praia Mission from the Portugal Lisbon South Mission. Atthe time ofthe creation, it included the Fogo Cape Verde, Mindelo Cape Verde, and PraiaCape Verde districts.
InJanuary 2004, President Hinckley stopped onCape Verde's Sal Island forrefueling. While there, hemetwithmembers ofthe Sal Branch.
Membership in 2003 was5,975. By 2011, membership hadgrown to 7,456, paving the way forthe creation ofthe Praia Cape Verde Stake on 30 April 2012, the first stake in Cape Verde. Roseveltt Teixeira was called as president, with Adilson Monteir and Jose Pires as counselors.

Missionary Blogs

Elder Prescott Conway
www.mymission.com/elderprescottconway
2016
Elder Rodrigo César Félix de Jesus
www.mymission.com/elderjesus
2016
Elder Matthew Gilbert
www.mymission.com/eldermatthewgilbert
2016
Sister Maaike Goudy
www.mymission.com/sistermaaikegoudy
2016
Elder Spencer Holmes
www.mymission.com/elderspencerholmed
2016
Elder Berkley Lunt
www.mymission.com/elderberkleylunt
2016
Elder Brent Dorff
elderdorffincapeverde.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Connan Wallace
elderc-wall.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Jared Sampson
elderjaredsampson.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Jordan Penner
jordanincapeverde.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Nate Jarvis
eldernatejarvis.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Rodrigo César Félix de Jesus
Mymiasion.com/elderjesus
2015
Sister Lauren Kohlert
sisterlaurenkohlert.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Taylor Goss
sistertaylornicolegoss.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Torilyn Burke
sisterburkeincapeverde.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Caleb Stratton
calebstrattoncapeverde2013.blogspot.com
2014
Elder Devan Romano
devanromano.com
2014
Elder Matthew Edwards
lettersfromcapeverde.blogspot.com
2014
Mission Alumni
mission.net/cape-verde/praia
2014
Sister Jaime Turley
causeafricanlovejaime.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Kelli Walker
kellipoki.com
2014
Sister Lindsay Sharp
sisterlindsaysharp.wordpress.com
2014
Sister Maya Yerman
sisteryerman.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Megan Eliason
sistermeganeliason.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Melissa Alvarado
hermana-alvarado.tumblr.com
2014
Sister Natalie Murri
murrigoestocapeverde.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Paula Turner
sisterturnercapeverde.blogspot.com
2014
Elder Drew Bushman
elderbushmanincapeverde.blogspot.com
2013
Elder Jared George
missionsite.net/elderjaredgeorge
2013
Elder Nick Accordino
missionsite.net/eldernickaccordino
2013
Elder Peder Schillemat
elderpederschillemat.blogspot.com
2013
Sister Jessica Payton
wakawakajessica.blogspot.com
2013
Sister Joan Llano
missionsite.net/sisterjoanllano
2013
Sister Kendall Pitts
fortheloveofcapeverde.blogspot.com
2013
Sister Stephanie Chidester
missionsite.net/sisterstephaniechidester
2013
Sister Taryn Beus
www.mymission.com/sistertarynbeus
2012
Sister Emma Brooks
sisterbrooks.blogspot.com
2012
Sister Taryn Beus
sistertarynsarahbeus.blogspot.com
2012
Elder Joshua Shelhamer
eldershelhamer.blogspot.com
2011
Elder Carson Coleman
eldercolemanincapeverde.blogspot.com
2010
Elder & Sister Durrance
durrance.blogspot.com
2009

Address

Caixa Postal 420
Praia
Ilha de Santiago
São Tiago
Cape Verde

Mission President

Robert P. Mathews

Region

Africa

Church Statistics

Cape Verde

Members: 11898
Congregations: 36
Missions: 1
Family History Centers: 2

Languages

Creoles and pidgins, Portuguese-based, Portuguese

Population

61,644 (as of 1990 census)

Operating

14
Years
5
Months
7
Days
Organized on 01-Jul-2002