News Release

Newly created Dandora Branch is a boon to members

"Today, history is made." President Jadmire Ndivo

On Sunday, October 3rd, 2019, President Jadmire Ndivo, Nairobi East Stake President, together with his counsellors Gordon Ondiek and Edward Ombaka, created the new Dandora Branch. This new branch location saves many steps for members previously attending Buruburu (Nairobi 1st ward and Nairobi 2nd ward) and Lucky Summer Wards.Buruburu (Nairobi 1st ward and Nairobi 2nd ward) and Lucky Summer Wards

Light filled the chapel as members were greeted at the door by newly assigned Elders Macapella and Madsen. They took their places in newly printed "Dandora Branch" chairs and leafed through immaculate hymn books. As the room filled, the Stake Presidency members took their seats on the stand.


"Today, history is made," President Ndivo stated. "I've always looked at this place and thought,'The Church should be here.' The Church is now close to those seeking it."

Called to be the new Branch President is Nathan Ohanga, with Boniface Nyoro as 1st Counselor and Philip Ongore as 2nd Counselor. President Ohanga was overjoyed, with the new creation, "Brothers and sisters my happiness cannot be measured. I didn't know when we were attending BuruBuru that the journey would be shortened to our doorstep. He quoted Mosiah 2:20 recounting our indebtedness to the Savior and finished with these words: "This is the Dandora Branch and you are all welcome."


President Ohanga is the second member in his family to pioneer Church callings in Kenya. His son, Silvester Ohanga, was the first Branch President in the Naivasha Branch when it was created on 12th of August 2012, and currently serves as the 2nd Counsellor in the Kayole 2nd Ward. While bearing his testimony he shared his feelings, "To me, it is a dream that has come true. It is clear that the Lord has answered our prayers. We used to start out at 6 AM walking from Dandora, through Lucky Summer, and Kasarani to Zimmerman Ward, arriving at 8:30 AM, walking two and a half hours to get to church. The Lord has made it possible for us to see this day, may we be grateful for it."


President Boniface Nyoro referred to his being a convert to the church and expressed gratitude for his new calling. He implored the members to help the presidency accomplish what is needful. President Phillip Ongore testified, "I know that President Ohanga has been called of God and I sustain him with all my heart."

Many testimonies followed expressing gratitude for the new branch location. Stephen Mayende, the new Elders Quorum President, encouraged members with his parting words, "Now is the time for us as members to share the gospel with our neighbors."

Style Guide Note:When reporting about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, please use the complete name of the Church in the first reference. For more information on the use of the name of the Church, go to our online Style Guide.