Restoration and Church History
Benin: Chronology

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Benin: Chronology

Mathias Eguko

July 1997 • Benin

Lincoln Dahl, a Latter-day Saint working in the American embassy, was called as group leader of the small group in Benin.

October 4, 1998 • Cotonou, Benin

Claude P. Toze was baptized. He was the first person baptized in Benin.

January 21, 1999 • Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Benin became part of the Côte d’Ivoire Abidjan Mission, officially opening the country for missionary work.

February 1999 • Benin and Togo

DeMoine A. and Joyce Findlay became the first of several missionary couples called to serve in Benin and Togo.

January 2001 • Cotonou

Verne and Kathleen Davis became the first missionary couple assigned to live in Benin full time.

November 2002 • Benin

Church members in Benin assisted LDS Charities in collecting textbooks and donating them to the Ministry of Education in the country.

March 7, 2003 • Benin

The Church received official recognition in Benin.

May 15, 2005 • Benin

The Cotonou Branch was created with Mathias O. Eguko as branch president.

2006 • Benin

Géoffroy Koussemou, the first member from Benin to serve a full-time mission, was called to serve in the Côte d’Ivoire Abidjan Mission.

2007 • Cotonou

Seminary and institute classes were taught in Benin for the first time. Lionel Missigbeto and Carole Somakou were called as instructors.

June 13, 2007 • Cotonou

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated Benin for the preaching of the gospel.

2008 • Cotonou

The Cotonou Branch was divided into the Menontin, Gbedjromede, and Akpakpa Branches.

June 30, 2011 • Benin and Togo

The Benin Cotonou Mission was created to proselytize in Benin and Togo.

August 2011 • West Africa

Over 11,000 youth from Liberia, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, and Sierra Leone held celebrations commemorating the 180th anniversary of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.

November 2011 • Cotonou

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President, and Sister Silvia H. Allred, First Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, visited Cotonou, Benin, to provide leadership training for sisters.

October 14, 2012 • Cotonou

The Cotonou Benin District was created with Barnard Cocou Didier Ahlinvi as president.

April 24, 2016 • Cotonou

The Cotonou Benin Stake was organized with V. Modeste Kpadonou as stake president.