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PRIMARY PRESENTATION IN AFRICA FOCUSES ON THE BOOK OF MORMON

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The first sacrament meeting presentation by Primary children in Abidjan recently took place with 14 youngsters - including three who are not Church members - participating. The presentation's theme was on the Book of Mormon.

"For the majority of the children, this was their first experience presenting a program of this type," said Chirley Arnold, who is living in Abidjan with her husband, Doug, and their three children: Crystal, Spencer and Sarah. "We are a small unit of the Church with about 78 members. Because of the small number of children, some had three or four parts on the program."The involvement with the Book of Mormon stories," she said, "helped the children learn in depth some of the beautiful messages contained therein. Each story presented was accompanied by newly arrived Book of Mormon pictures for the branch library."

The presentation was presented in French, the official language of Ivory Coast. Since the French version of the Church-produced sacrament meeting presentation was not available, it was translated from English by the Arnolds and Pangu Okito, a local member. Terry Broadhead translated two additional verses of the song, "Book of Mormon Stories," to which the children enjoyed doing the actions. For the Arnold children, the challenge was to speak their parts in French with no interpreters.

"The Primary started in Abidjan from a small beginning more than a year ago with Bobett Broadhead and two or three children," said Sister Arnold. "By last month April 1989T, the Primary was having a constant attendance of 20 although only 12 children were enrolled.

"The children have been studying one Article of Faith a month since this past January. The members and the non-members are striving to repeat the Articles of Faith from memory."