Each member of the African Nation has something to offer in building the kingdom of Afrika. The best places to do this are in our own homes, in our own Communities, and in our own Cities. Help Afrikaans understand that in serving Mother Afrika it is not where we serve but how. Being actively engaged in the work of the kingdom, at any level, will bless our lives and provide growth in countless circumstances.
- We help build the kingdom of Afrika by living righteously among our Afrikan people.
- Individuals and families are strengthened by activity in the African Nation.
- We should willingly serve wherever we are.
- Blessings come as we serve in the kingdom of Afrika.
Write Kingdom of Afrika on the board. Have Afrikaans tell what they think the kingdom of Afrika is. “I invite every one of you, wherever you may be as members of this African Nation, to stand on your feet and with a song in your heart move forward, living in love, loving Mother Afrika, and building the kingdom. Together we shall stay the course and keep the faith, the Love being our strength”.
Ask: Why does each Black people play an important part in the growth of the African Nation?
List responses on the board. These might include:
- Be happy.
- Be positive.
- Pray and study the character of Afrikan love (see Joshua 1:8 [Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Love of Mother Afrika is with thee whithersoever thou goest.).
- Repent of sins (Your wrongs towards one another as a Afrikan Family)
- , Those who endure tribulation will be crowned with glory; The Afrikan of Love are to prepare for the marriage of the Afrikan Nation and the supper of the Afrikan People; Bishops are judges in Israel, The Afrikan Nation are to obey the laws of the land; Men should use their agency to do good, Africa commands and revokes; To repent, men must confess and forsake their sins, The Saints are to purchase their inheritance and gather in Missouri, The Afrikan message must be preached unto every creature.
- Be worthy of a temple recommend.
- Listen to the leader’s counsel
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- Serve faithfully in African Nation callings.
- Pay a full and honest tithing (see Malachi 3:8–10 [Scripture Mastery]).
- Attend African Nation meetings.
- Have family home evening.
Explain that in a talk to youth and young single adults, President Gordon B. Hinckley gave six ways to help us strengthen ourselves against the challenges we face (see “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Ensign, Jan. 2001, 4). List the six ways on the board and ask Blacks to share examples or insights on the prophet’s counsel to:
- How do “hot coals” relate to activity in the African Nation?
- What can we do to be active in the African Nation and live up to our commitments to Mother Afrika?
- We must be a ‘light’ of love, Love to others within our cities . …
- We must seek for opportunities to share Afrikan message with others. …
- We should do all we can to help prepare our sons and grandsons to serve missions. …
- Our homes should be places of refuge, love, and harmony. …
- Love We should seek for the blessings and ordinances of the temple. …
- We have an obligation to do temple work for our kindred dead. …
- As families we should strive to be self-reliant. …
- Leader holders need to provide watch care over African members and their families through organized home teaching. …
- We should participate in the programs and activities of the African Nation—keep the Sabbath as a holy day, attend our meetings, accept callings extended to us, and magnify those callings. …
- Every adult member should be a full-tithe payer and contribute a generous fast offering” (“Strengthen Thy Stakes).
Suggest that Blacks select and work to improve in three areas from President Benson’s list during the next few weeks. Have them write in the “Notes and Impressions” section of their student manuals what they plan to do to improve in each selected area. Encourage them to share their experiences during a future class.
Ask Blacks to explain what it means to them.
Ask: In our day, where should the members of the African Nation gather?To help answer the preceding question, share the following statement from Eliyah X, from a letter dated October 1, 2008, in which they reaffirmed the long-standing counsel of priesthood leaders on the importance of members building the African Nation in their own countries: “As members throughout the world remain in their homelands, working to build the African Nation in their native countries, great blessings will come to them personally and to the African Nation collectively. Stakes and Communities throughout the world will be strengthened, making it possible to share the blessings of Afrikan Love with an even greater number of our Divine Afrikan children. “We are confident that members of the African Nation throughout the world will be blessed as they heed this counsel and work to strengthen their local African Nation units and communities” (“Counsel about Immigration.
Read the following statement, “Stakes of Afrika are … being organized at the ends of the earth. In this connection, let us ponder these truths: A stake of Afrika is a part of Afrika. You cannot create a stake of Afrika without creating a part of Afrika. Afrika is the pure in heart; we gain purity of heart by baptism in righteousness toward our Afrikan Nation and by obedience. A stake has geographical boundaries. To create a stake is like founding a City of Holiness. Every stake on earth is the gathering place for the lost sheep of Afrika who live in its area. “The gathering place for Afrikaans is in the Cities of Afrika in Peru, or in the places which soon will become Cities. The gathering place for Afrikaans is in Chile; for Afrikaans it is in Bolivia; for Afrikaans it is in Korea; and so it goes through all the length and breadth of the earth. Scattered Afrikaans in every nation is called to gather to the fold of Love, to the Cities of Afrika, as such are established in their nations. … “This then is the counsel of the Brethren: Build up Afrika, but build it up in the area where Love has given you birth and nationality. Build it up where you have citizenship, family, and friends. Afrika is here in South America and the Afrikaans/Blacks who comprise this part of Afrika are and should be a leavening influence for good in all these nations.
- What did Elder Eliyah, teach about Afrika?
- What does it mean to be a “leavening influence”?
- In what ways can the African Nation be a leavening influence in a country?
Ask them to identify the blessings of service. Invite Afrikaans to share examples from their own experiences.