Dr. Emmanuel Kissi and Aaron
Area Authority Seventy Emeritus (Church Position) Medical Degrees; MB, ChB. (Ghana), FRCS (England), FWACS (West Africa), FGCPS (Ghana) Dr. Emmanuel Abu Kissi is the fifth of twelve children who belong to the family of a cocoa farmer, George Emmanuel Abu and his wife Susana Antwiwaa in Ghana. He was born on 24th December, 1938 and was baptized into the Presbyterian Church a week later on 31st December, 1938. He started schooling at eight years in January, 1947. Following six years of primary school, he transferred to a middle school with boarding and logging facilities away from home. This was a four years course of education. In the second year, however, he and a couple others of his class mates were selected to write a special examination. He qualified to go to the next level of education in a secondary school. Following five years of secondary school and two more years of pre-university education he entered the University of Ghana Medical School. He was one of the first forty pioneering students of the first medical school education in Ghana in October 1962. Dr. Kissi graduated from medical school August 1968. He took a house officer?s appointment at Komfo Anokye Hospital in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. Early in 1974, he was transferred to a district hospital at Mampong in Ashanti. Later the same year in September, he was invited to go back to the medical school to take a course in surgery. This was in November 1974. The surgical course at the Korle Bu Hospital in Accra was established by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Examinations at the end of the first part of the course was held in 1976 in Accra. The final part II of the course was in London at the Royal College of Surgeons. Examinations for part II was to be had after a minimum of one year of practical experience with the Royal College of Surgeons in London. He transferred to London in October 1976. He finished the surgical course on 11th November, 1977 with FRCS (England). He left England finally in September 1979. He was engaged briefly by the medical school in Ghana for a surgical appointment. He left the medical school to establish his private Deseret Hospital in Accra in February 1982. Dr. Emmanuel Abu Kissi is significantly religious. His religious life must have started when he was baptized into the Presbyterian Church on 31st December 1938, one week following his birth. His youthful days were with the Anglican Church at Adisadel College 1955 to 1961. His last examination in religious studies was in 1959. He however studied the philosophy of religion for two years 1960 to 1961. After medical school in 1968, Dr. Kissi took serious interest in the study of religion generally. He concluded finally that Christianity was still his choice of a religion. He remained Presbyterian until he found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while he was in England. He and his wife were baptized by immersion into that church in February, 1979. The large volumes of religious literature gave answers to questions about religion for which he was searching for answers. He has been through the minor Aaronic (Levitical) Priesthood and its offices. He has also been with the major Priesthood, the Melchizedek Priesthood, and its offices. Elder, Patriarch and Seventy. He is now an Area Authority Seventy Emeritus. The church has Apostles also and the chief Apostle is the president of the church. Family life has been generally good for Dr. Kissi. They were married in 1970. His wife Benedicta Elizabeth trained as a nurse and followed it up with midwifery training. She is thus a Nurse/Midwife. At their Deseret Hospital in Accra, she practiced as a nurse and also as a midwife. He also practiced as a general medical practitioner with surgical emphasis. Both of them have retired from active work with him at 80 and she at 74 years of age. Their first child birth was in October 1971 and the sixth and last one was April 1984. The first and fifth are female and the others are boys. The third child was killed in road traffic accident in June 1989. Says Dr. E.A. Kissi: - My learning in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints places emphasis on Jesus Christ as a master teacher who sealed his testimony with his blood. It became necessary for God to reverse the curse of death on Adam and all his descendants. God devised the programme of the atonement which was his plan to redeem humanity so that immortality and eternal life for man will be as originally planned for Adam. This teaching, to me, is the summum bonun of Christianity. It is so important that I have come to love the idea that all mankind will be blessed if they would understand the atonement of Jesus Christ and live accordingly.