News Release

Nairobi West Stake seeks to strengthen marriages 

"No relationship has more potential to exalt a man and a woman than the marriage covenant. President Boyd K. Packer, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Satin and sequins were seen in the Upper Hill Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the Couples Dinner Dance on the 18th of January. The West Stake's objective as stated by President Prince Omondi, counsellor in the West Stake Presidency, was to “strengthen families by starting with husbands and wives.” A fireside and dinner dance was held to teach couples how to strengthen their marriages, to give them quality time together and to have fun with each other.


Elder David James, Humanitarian missionary and Marriage and Family teacher, spoke during the fireside recommending 4 things:(1) take time for each other, (2) talk to each other frequently and positively, (3) perform acts of kindness for one another and (4) just have fun together. 

President James E. Faust of the First Presidency encouraged members to give constant enrichment to  their marriages. "That something extra makes it precious, special, and wonderful when it is also drudgery, difficult and dull." The gospel of Jesus Christ helps people make their marriages a high priority, marriage is second only to love of God. Sister Marjorie B. Hinckley recalled," I knew I was going to be second in his life and that the Lord was going to be first. And that was okay."


Elder James was followed by Elder Elie Monga, Area Seventy and Seminary and Institute director. Elder Monga encouraged couples to “cleave to one another and none else” as stated in the Doctrine and Covenants 42:22. He cautioned against the interference of well-meaning relatives and friends.”The first commandment the Lord gave us as couples was to leave our father and mother and become one. "

As the fireside concluded, the 110 attendees were ushered into the bunting-draped cultural hall where they were treated to a sumptuous buffet dinner and participated in dancing to live music.


When asked how he enjoyed the evening, Bishop Peter Odingo of Ongata Rongai, responded “We really have  to thank the Stake Presidency for such a wonderful evening."

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