Open House at Kasane Chapel

  Cornelia Rautenbach

  • 25 March 2013

Members and investigators of the Kasane chapel

The chapel had just been freshly painted, carpentry work had been done, and there was a lot of cleaning and tidying up to be done. 

On March 9, 2013, an open house was held in the Kasane chapel in Botswana. Church members and couple missionaries gathered that Saturday morning to help prepare for the event.  

The chapel had just been freshly painted, carpentry work had been done, and there was a lot of cleaning and tidying up to be done. Priesthood leaders set up a table outside the chapel with pamphlets for investigators as they came inside.

The open house started at 2:00 p.m., and about 50 people attended.

Investigators were taught basic principles of the Church in each of the rooms. A short movie about the Plan of Salvation and a message about the Book of Mormon were played for the guests.

A lady and her children from a few houses down the road visited the open house. Her sister is a member. They loved the lessons. At one of the lessons, a member shared with them her testimony of the Book of Mormon and its truthfulness. The visiting lady gave a pleasing smile.

A man driving past selling watermelons and sugar cane stopped and asked if anyone would like to buy some. One member related, “ I told him I would trade with him if he would come in with his friend and listen to the messages. He was a bit concerned about the safety of his car and goods. But I told him to park in front of the chapel where priesthood brethren were standing and they would be safe. He agreed to do that. During the lesson, the man shared with the missionaries that he was from Francistown and that he and his fiancé were actually looking for a church to attend and be married in.”

On Sunday morning, people gathered for church. The chapel looked very beautiful with a picture of Christ at the end of the passage. After the service began, more people arrived. By the end of sacrament meeting, there were only four empty chairs. The increased attendance at church indicated that the open house was successful!