Zambia Lusaka Mission

About Zambia

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Jan. 1, 2012: Est. population, 11,863,000; Members 2,903; District 2; Branches 12; Missions 1; Percent LDS, .019, or one in 5,303; Africa Southeast Area.
Zambia,previouslyknownasNorthernRhodesia,becameindependentfromBritainon24October1964. Itisa landlocked country insouth-central Africa, surrounded byAngola, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. Most ofthepopulation follows Christian beliefs, with smaller numbers who follow indigenous, Hindu, and Muslim beliefs. English istheofficial language, while Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, and about70 otherindigenous languages are alsospoken.
Therewere two known members of the Church, Edward L. and Hester Orton, in Northern Rhodesia as earlyas April 1942. In August 1943, Latter-day Saint Frederick J. Spear, moved with his family tothe Copperbelt Region ofNorthern Rhodesia. TheysettledinLuanshya. InNovember1945,WilliamA.JubbermovedtoN'Dola,NorthernRhodesia. Thefirst known baptisms inNorthern Rhodesia, Jubber's wife, Johanna and their son, William, were held on28September 1947.
BythisdateaSundaySchoolgroupwasmeetingintheSpear'shome. SouthAfricanMissionPresident,EvanP.Wright 596 Deseret News 2013 Qnunch News Almanac
conducted a mission tour ofNorthern and Southern Rhodesia inApril 1950 and on4 April, hesetapart Frederick J. Spear as presidingofficerin Northern Rhodesia.
BytheendofApril1951,therewere12knownLatter-daySaintslivinginNorthernRhodesia. InMay1951,theChurch received permission for missionaries to work there. Soon thereafter. Dean W. Martin and Murray C. Nichols were transferredtoLuanshya,andcommencedmissionarywork. Whenthemissionariesarrived,theyfoundseveralpeople already prepared forbaptism, having beenconverted bythe Spearfamily.
N'Dola also receivedmissionaries, RonaldT. Paceand Arthur W. Wiscomb, about this same time. The first convert was Willem Coenraad Fourie who was baptized byFrederick J. Spear on17June 1951. The next day, theLuanshya Branch was organized with FrederickJ.Spearas president
On25June1961,theCopperbeltBranchwasorganizedinKitwewithLeonardL.Clarkaspresident. Thebranch immediatelybegantoraisethefundsnecessarytobuildachapel. GroundbreakingfortheCopperbeltBranchmeetinghouse was held on31August 1963. Slightly over a year later, on24October 1964, Northern Rhodesia declared itsindependence fromBritainandbecameZambia. Politicalunrestfollowed. BuildingoftheCopperbeltmeetinghousecontinueddespitethe political crisis. Itwas dedicated 16May 1965. Because ofgovernment policies many people, including most ofLatter-day Saints, left Zambia in the late 1960s.
By August 1969, missionaries wereno longer allowed to workin the country, and byJanuary 1971mostmembers had movedaway. TheCopperbeltBranchmeetinghousewassoldon11October1972totheZambiangovernmentforuseasa school.
TheZimbabwe Harare Mission wasorganized on1July 1987, andinApril 1992Dean andRuth Harrison weresentto resumemissionaryworkinZambia. InJuly,theChurchagainreceivedlegalrecognition.
TheLusaka Branch wasorganized on14July 1992. Elder Russell M. Nelson oftheQuorum ofTwelve visited Zambia on 20August 1992. Branches oftheChurch were organized inthree major cities intheZambian Copperbelt, inLuanshya on 27October2002andinKitweandN'Dolaon1December2002. ThatwasfollowedbytheformationoftheLusakaZambia Districton 16 February2003.
Membership was 1,191 in2003. In2005, membership reached 1,648. Membership was 2,359 byJan. 1,2011.
The Zambia Lusaka Mission was created bythedivision from theZimbabwe Harare Mission onJuly 1,2011.
Sources: "Branches Organized in Zambia," Church News, 4 January 2003; Evan P. Wright, "A History ofthe South Afiican Mission, 1852-1970"; Cumorah's Southern Cross, Record ofmembers. Church Archives; South African Mission, Manuscript history andhistorical reports. Church Archives; BorgnaBrunner, "Countries ofthe world,Zambia," TimeAlmanac 2004

Missionary Blogs

Elder Mason Day
www.mymission.com/eldermasonday
2016
Sister Brooke Heaton
www.mymission.com/sisterbrookeheaton
2016
Elder Joseph Ssengooba
www.mymission.com/elderjosephssengooba
2016
Elder Triston Wyman
www.mymission.com/eldertristonwyman
2016
Elder McMillan Zimene
www.mymission.com/eldermcmillanzimene
2016
Elder denis kigonya
www.mymission.com/elderkigonya
2016
Elder Paul Doig
www.mymission.com/elderpauldoig
2015
Elder & Sister Beal
georgeandcarolemalawibeat.blogspot.com
2015
Elder & Sister Bingham
binghamsinzambia.blogspot.com
2015
Elder & Sister Reynolds
reynolds-meander.blogspot.com
2015
Elder & Sister Skidmore
dkskidmore.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Colton Welling
elderwellingzambia.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Grant Hiltbrand
eldergranthiltbrand.blogspot.com
2015
Elder John Ford
elderjohnford.blogspot.com
2015
Elder Zackary William
missionsite.net/elderzackarywilliam
2015
President & Sister Erickson
leifandlindainzambia.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Anna Rasband
sisterrasbandinzambia.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Carly Falco
sisterfalco.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Krystal Scott
sisterscott.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Michaela Proctor
sistermichaelaproctor.blogspot.com
2015
Sister Neicia Browning
sistaneiciabrowning.wordpress.com
2015
Sister Pamela Hirwa
hirwa.blogspot.com
2015
President & Sister Erickson
zambialusakamission.weebly.com
2014
Sister Chelsea Gehring
sisterchelseagehring.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Dominica Maznio
wheninzambia.blogspot.com
2014
Sister Marissa Getts
aworldawaiting.blogspot.com
2014
Elder & Sister Bowers
handinhandtodrcongo.blogspot.com
2013
Elder & Sister Bullock
thebullocksinmalawi.blogspot.com
2013
Elder & Sister Louthan
louthansinafrica.blogspot.com
2013
Elder & Sister Shields
shieldsinzambia.blogspot.com
2013
Elder Taggart Williams
eldertaggartwilliams.blogspot.com
2013
President & Sister Padovich
padovichsinafrica.blogspot.com
2013
Elder Addison Shurtz
missionsite.net/elderaddisonshurtz
2012
Elder Joshua Cook
missionsite.net/elderjoshuacook
2011

Address

Plot No. 14038
Katima Mulilo Road
Lusaka
Zambia
260-9-7336-9895

Mission President

Inoke Fotu Kupu

Region

Africa

Church Statistics

Zambia

Members: 3359
Congregations: 12
Missions: 1
Family History Centers: 2

Languages

Bemba, English, Lozi, Nyanja, Tonga (Nyasa)

Population

Zambia (14,222,233, as of. July 2013) and Malawai, (16,777,547--information courtesy CIA World Factbook)