Meet Cyril Taki, one of our senior instructors at the MTC. He was born 28 years ago in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and was raised there as one of 10 children. In April 2007, he had a friend who was also looking for a Church to join. This friend was a friend of a member. When these two young men met the missionaries, they knew the Church was true and both were baptized on June 16, 2007.
Here is the Abinadi District with their instructor, Brother Cyril Taki. Left to right: Elder Jorgensen, Elder Walls, Brother Taki, Elder Bailey and Elder Jackson. (He has taught them French for the past 6 weeks.)
Cyril's parents are not members, but both are now very interested. Cyril's father had always wanted his son to be religious because he thought it would be good for him. He was therefore, quite pleased when his son joined the Church. However, he was not happy about his son being called to serve a mission in Nigeria. He had heard alot of dangerous things about Nigeria in the news. So Cyril implored of his church leaders to speak with his father and permission to serve was granted.
The story of his mother was a different case. She had heard rumors about the Church and was given Anti-Mormon information. However, when the Sister Missionaries spoke with her, she changed her mind. Now today, both of Cyril's parents are supportive of his activity in the Church and say that one day, they too will be members.
It is interesting to note that after the 9th child was born, Cyrils' father was about to take another wife. She was the mother of his 10th children. After learning about the Church, he decided not to marry a second wife.