AT A GLANCE
- First Church presence in Botswana: 1983
- First congregation organized in Gaborone: 1983
- Botswana/Namibia Mission formed: 2013
- Current number of congregations: 12
- Current Church membership in Botswana: 3,104
- Nearest temple: Johannesburg, South Africa
HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN BOTSWANA
1977: Latter-day Saints Blaine and Grace McClellan move to Botswana.
1983: First Congregation established in Gaborone.
1990: Karl and Marjorie Jenkins sent as missionaries to locate the Saints in Botswana. The first full-time missionaries in Botswana, Bruce and Patricia Midge, arrived in June 1990.
1992: In March, the Gaborone congregation was divided to form the Gaborone West and Gaborone Broadhurst congregations. An additional congregation was created at Lobatse in October.
1997: First meetinghouse dedicated in Gaborone.
1999: First full-time missionary from Botswana, Yakale Million Moroka, serves a mission in the Cape Town Mission from March 1999 to March 2001.
2012: Gabarone Botswana Stake established.
2013: Botswana/Namibia Mission established.