News Release — 26 DECEMBER 2012

"Getting to Zero"

Swaziland — 


Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) visited Siteki, Swaziland at Ndango Lutheran Primary School to discuss and share the importance of sexual purity to the youth of the school.  On 30 November 2013 the school hosted the four missionaries as well as one of its previous students, Vusi Mamba, who recently returned from serving a mission in Johannesburg, South Africa.  These special guests were greeted by many wonderful songs and dances promoting the school’s motto of “Getting to Zero,” meaning that through the principles of righteousness and following the guidelines of "Sexual Purity” (For the Strength of Youth, pg. 35) the rising generation can reduce the AIDS rate to zero.

Throughout the event, over 30 students read heartfelt speeches quoted directly from “Sexual Purity" in the "For the Strength of Youth" booklet the Church produces.  Lines were quoted such as “You protect yourself from the spiritual and emotional damage that come from sharing sexual intimacy outside of marriage.  You also protect yourself from harmful diseases.  Remaining sexually pure helps you to be confident and truly happy and improves your ability to make good decisions now and in the future.”

Vusi Mamba, one of the branch members in Manzini, quoted the late Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley and his ‘6 B’s - Be Humble, Be Smart, Be Clean, Be True, Be Grateful, Be Prayerful. 

The missionaries representing the Church, as well as their home countries of Tanzania, Kenya and the United States (Elder’s Gideme, Kinyaka, Redford and Guthrie) addressed the youth about working hard, self-respect, chastity and obedience, not only to their parents and teachers but to our Savior Jesus Christ.  The youth were grateful and felt blessed to listen to what the missionaries had to say and promised them with a final song and dance to obey these wonderful commandments.

 As the event came to a close, over 300 “Chastity” and “For the Strength of Youth” booklets were given to the youth as constant reminders of “Getting to Zero.”

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