Free resources about the Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
*Related Mission Page: Cote d’Ivoire Yamoussokro Mission
Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Mission President: President Z. Dominique Dekaye
Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Abidjan Mission:
Videos with Ivory Coast RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Ivory Coast
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Ivory Coast. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Ivory Coast, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Ivory Coast Abidjan Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
|Elder David Browning||missionsite.net/elderdavidbrowning||2012|
|Elder Sam Bertoch||eldersambertoch.blogspot.com||2011|
|Elder Shane Kitchen||eldershanekitchen.blogspot.com||2011|
|Elder Cameron Halvorsen||camsafricanmission.blogspot.com||2011|
|Elder & Sister Leavitt||leavittfamilies.blogspot.com||2010|
|Elder & Sister Black||africa.pcblack.com||2009|
Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission Groups
Here are Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Abidjan Mission.
- Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan Mission Group (50 members)
- Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission Group (16 members)
- Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission Group (5 members)
Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission!
Shirt designs include Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL. The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.
*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Ivory Coast Abidjan missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Abidjan Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Ivory Coast Abidjan LDS Mission.
- 2014-2017, Dale Eugene Evanson
- 2011-2014, Dominique Dekaye
- 2008-2011, Yapo Ayekoue
- 2005-2007, Norbert Kalogo Ounleu
- 2003-2005, Richard Irwin Norby
- 2001-2003, Gerrit Mark Steenblik
- 1999-2001, Dale Eugene Evanson
- 1997-1999, Charles Martin
- 1996-1997, Gary McRae
- 1994-1996, John Thomas Kallunki
- 1992-1994, Robert Lee Mercer
Ivory Coast LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: ?
- Missions: 2
- Temples: 1 announced
- Congregations: 8 stakes, 3 districts
- Family History Centers: ?
Helpful Articles about the Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast Abidjan Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Ivory Coast Abidjan RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2009-2011 (Andrew)
- 2009-2011 (Brandon)
What areas did you serve in?
- Abidjan, Lome (Bè, Bé Kpota, Hedzranawoe, Tokoin, Souza Netimé), Cotonou (Menontain). (Brandon)
What were some favorite foods?
- Garba- Fried Fish, Attike, and piment. Alloco- Fried Plantains. Rice and Sauce Graine. (Andrew)
- Akumé (Togo). Alloco (CI). (Brandon)
What was a funny experience?
- I don’t recall one experience in particular, however every day seemed to be humorous in a way. Whether it’s the first time you have to take a bucket shower, or how electricity is constantly going on and off, getting in a taxi loaded with 12 people and chickens, or the crazy things that go on a daily basis. You just have to learn to laugh it off. (Andrew)
What was a crazy experience?
- There was a war going on during the time we were there due to political unrest. At one point we had to regroup all of the white missionaries together into one apartment. Eventually it got so bad that we had to evacuate Cote D’ivoire to nearby countries Togo and Benin. (Andrew)
- In 2010, while I was in Abidjan, we had to go in to hiding because of a Civil War. Probably why Abidjan is closed to white missionaries now. (Brandon)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Baptizing people is always one of the most spiritual experiences. I remember baptizing this family we taught, and I know the Spirit was there very strongly. (Andrew)
- So many. Pretty much every day. Africa is this pot of spiritual goodness. (Brandon)
What are some interesting facts about the Abidjan Mission?
- Most people speak at least two languages. French and their native tribal language. There are over 60 different languages in Cote D’ivoire. If you are in Benin they speak Fon or in Togo they speak Ewe. They LOVE it when you can say a few words in their tribal language. They think it is the best thing. (Andrew)
- A lot of the stuff the mission packet told me to bring, I didn’t need. Bug spray? Don’t need it. Sandals? Don’t need them. Also, I was the last missionary to “serve” in the Ivory Coast mission, as all of the others were released in the Cotonou mission. (Brandon)
What was the weather like?
- Hot every single day. During their winter months (July, August) it rains quite a bit though. Summer months (January, February) are extremely hot. (Andrew)
- Hot. All the time. Lots of sun. Lots of rain. Prepare for humidity. Bring lots of short sleeve shirts. (Brandon)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- The people are extremely humble. They genuinely love listening to the missionaries. (Andrew)
- I loved how humble everyone was. Their willingness to learn and change is amazing. Very eye-opening. (Brandon)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Don’t spend a lot of money on nice clothes, especially a suit. You will only wear the suit in the MTC, and the other clothes will get so beaten up. You can actually get pants/shirts tailored to fit you in Africa for really cheap. (Andrew)
- Like I said earlier, don’t bring bug spray, you don’t need it. Not as many bugs as you’d think. I never wore my sandals. Instead, bring some good running/walking shoes. If you really need sandals, you can buy some super cheap. Don’t bring an expensive watch. It’ll get stolen. Ecco shoes got eaten alive in my experience. The best shoes I owned were Nunn Bush that I bought at Walmart. Save the money, go with Nunn Bush. Brijgore brown pants than black. Shows dirt less and when you was clothes by hand, you will want to wear pants on more than one day. The most optimal garment combo is: mesh bottoms, Drilux top. (Brandon)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I grew a ton mentally, physically, and spiritually. My mission changed me all around. (Andrew)
- So many to name. Just go and work hard. Everyone will love you and you’ll love everyone. (Brandon)
What are some skills you gained?
- I learned how to wash clothes by hand, make foutou, and improvise in many, many different ways. (Andrew)
- French, obviously. I learned how to cook, and to walk super far distances without complaining. (Brandon)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I went into my mission completely shocked because it was not what I expected at all. I wish I had done more research on the mission, maybe spoke to people that had served there, and definitely done more missionary preparation classes. (Andrew)
- Forget what you think you know about Africa. It’s not like the movies. People will invite you to eat if you ask, but don’t ask too much. Figure out who the “rich” members are and concentrate dinner appointments on them. One or two a month is acceptable. Be PATIENT. The church is new to most of the leadership. They do things differently. It’s okay. Eat a lot and get fat at the Missionary Training Center. You’ll be glad you did. (Brandon)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Abidjan?
- My main advice is to love your companion. You will generally have an African as a companion, and it can be very difficult sometimes to get along. If you don’t love your companion, you will be miserable. (Andrew)
- These people become more than people you serve. They become family. They are my family and they deserve the best. Be the best. Work hard, have some fun, and show them what you’re made of. (Brandon)
What was a funny language mistake?
- So many. You’ll make them. (Brandon)