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Country information: Togo

Published: Monday, Feb. 1, 2010

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Jan. 1, 2009: Est. population, 6,020,000; Members, 793; Branches, 3;Percent LDS, .01; or one in 7,591; Africa West Area.

Togo became an independent nation on 27 April 1960. Twenty-nine percent of the people are Christian, 12 percent Muslim, while the rest of the population are Hindu and Buddhist. French is the official language, while Ewe, Mina, Kabye, and Dagomba are also spoken.

Africa Area President James O. Mason organized the Lome Togo group on 15 July 1997 with Agnon Ameri Didier as presiding elder. There were by this time about 25 Latter-day Saints living there. In October 1998, 12 dancers from Togo joined the Church while at a dance festival in Bountiful, Utah. Due to unrest in the country, they had difficulties returning to their homeland.

On 19 February 1999, Togo came under the Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission. That same month, the first missionary couple, Demoine A. and Joyce Findlay, began missionary work in Togo and on 21 February 1999, the Lome Branch was organized with Dieudonne Attiogbe as president. In December 1999, Robert C. and Marilyn Witt were transferred to Togo. Part of their assignment was to seek to obtain legal recognition of the Church. Recognition was granted in July 2000. Church Educational System classes began to be taught in the late 1990s.

The first Lome Branch conference was held 17 December 2000.

Sources: "5 New Areas Announced Worldwide," Church News, 4 July 1998; Sarah Jane Weaver, "Church Education: Students are Real Success of Seminary, Institute," Church News, 17 August 2002; Gerrit and Judy Steenblik, "State of the Mission for the Mission Reunion, April 2003," Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission website, www.mission.net/ivory- coast/abidjan/, accessed 30 April 2004; Alumni, Ivory Coast Abidjan Mission website, www.mission.net/ivory-coast/abidjan, as of 30 April 2004.