When Law and Faith Harmonize
By Mbidi Ilungo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lubumbashi Mission Director Public Affairs
"It is difficult to do my job when you do not have the correct principles such as the Church teaches us." Kadima Mutombo
Kadima Mutombo is a key decision maker in Mbuji-Mayi- a city of 1,680,991 residents- where he serves the Lord as district president, and is also the city’s notary.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a notary is a public officer who is involved in all areas of law. The notary has real public powers, because he is appointed in behalf of the state by the Minister of Justice. Official decisions of notary are made in behalf of and backed up by the state
President Mutombo said: “It is difficult to do my job when you do not have the correct principles such as the Church teaches us.”
Speaking of his work President Mutombo says: “As a notary of the city I have the opportunity to sit with the key figures in the city of Mbuji Mayi and give my point of view whenever necessary.”
Training Judicial Police Officers
“The Interdisciplinary Study Centre Permanent Open University (CIDEP) asked me to form Judicial Police Officer (OPJ) general jurisdiction in the city of Mbuji-Mayi and its surroundings. During OPJ training I often have the opportunity to talk about the honesty of Latter-day Saints. It is a model for future OPJ to be fair in how they judge the offenses with which they are dealing.
“Before the end of their training, OPJ trainees receive a Liahona [from President Mutombo]. Several have become members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” Many, including those who are not members of the Church, desire to emulate the example of President Mutombo’s commitment to high principles.
Church members going to the Temple in Johannesburg South Africa must have marital or parental permission certified by the notary. With President Mutombo as notary, it is easier to obtain that permission.
Kadima Mutombo is the father of 12 children who are all members of the Church. Four of his children have served honourable missions, and others are preparing to serve.
Sister Mutombo (far left) and President Mutombo (far right) with eight of their children
Story of President Mutombo’s conversion to the Church
Of his life before joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Mutombo states, “I attended several churches... At some point my health was threatened... This prompted me to think seriously about my religion, my profession and my future...
“I missed my family when I was away from them. I did not play the role of father effectively when I was absent. One day my children told me about their religion and invited me to Church- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The lessons and organization touched my heart. It was really the Church that I was looking for!
“Now I have time for my family. Through the family home evening, I can solve problems that arise without too much trouble. In fact most [problems] are prevented instead of solving them.”