On Sunday August 7, 2005 President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Aba Nigeria LDS Temple .
Two weeks later an excited and courageous group of Latter-day Saints from Cameroon boarded two mini-buses and headed to Nigeria to receive the sacred blessings contained in a temple of the Lord. The two branches of the Church in Cameroon are Douala and Yaounde. Members from both branches were included in this trip.
As the crow flies, Aba is only about 175 miles west of Douala. Douala is 125 miles west of Yaounde. However, the roads from Douala to Aba are not direct, nor are they paved. Accompanied by a local missionary couple, Elder and Sister Badger, these saints set off on a real life adventure which would turn into a 64 hour journey and trial of their faith.
Over 150 years ago, as the early Mormon pioneers were slogging through axle deep mud in southern Iowa, Brother William Clayton penned a poem which would become the beloved hymn, “Come, Come, Ye Saints”. It seems a very fitting accompaniment while watching images of this modern pioneer journey: