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Two Faiths Unite Voices and Hearts in Concert

On Saturday, December 6, The Kaneshie Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a stake is a group of congregations, similar to a diocese) teamed up with the nearby Seraphim Evangelical Presbyterian (E.P.) Church to stage a musical performance that ended with both sides agreeing that more of such collaborations should take place between them.

Known for its yearly alliance with other faiths and with Zoomlion to undertake service projects such as painting police stations and cleaning markets and schools, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now engages in associations of another kind.

Reverend (Mrs.) Patience Yawa Akator, General Overseer of the Seraphim Church, called the experience "an eye-opener." 

"Until today, I had never considered it possible that I would come this close to the Latter-day Saints, let alone have such a relationship with them." she said. 

It was Akator’s firm belief that even though there were differences in the belief structure of the two faiths, the day's collaboration had shown that the two faiths could still look forward to many more such programs that would "make us one."

A 37-member adult choir of the Seraphim Church, led by its music director, Mr. Daniel Gameli, as well as the Seraphim Church’s youth choir, gave various renditions of gospel-centered cultural songs. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided performances by choirs from different congregations (wards) in the stake, as well as the stake choir.

All the choirs came together, at the end, to sing "Oye" (the Good News), a popular local gospel song.

The concert was organized to usher in the Christmas season where people remember the Lord Jesus Christ and try to follow His example of showing love and humility to all. 

Driving this objective home, the president of the Kaneshie Stake, Isaac Kobina Mensah, said the program had been organized so that as "brothers and sisters we [would] have the same purpose of glorifying God."

Elder James Bullock, a Latter-day Saint missionary, observed that although "the night [had produced something] quite different from [the] Christmas carols [which] might be heard, [it had still] been a pleasant evening!"

President Mensah extended a request to the Seraphim Church to consider inviting Latter-day Saints to participate in similar programs organized by the Seraphim Church.

“We very much enjoy the privilege of uniting our voice with other religions to promote the importance of religious faith in society,” said Mensah.

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