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My name is Fabrice. I was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. I am the youngest of 5 kids. I lived in Ivory Coast and Liberia for the first 10 years of my life prior to moving to the United States in 2001. I am currently serving a church mission in San Antonio Texas and I absolutely love it! Like many young man my age, I love playing sports, listening to music and spending time with people. Soccer has been a big part of my life and by the Grace of God helped me obtain a scholarship to play at the college level. Playing sports from an early age helped me develop very important qualities in life such as diligence, teamwork and perceverance. One of my most epic sports memories was my team winning the NJCAA men's 2008 soccer National championship. It was a flawless year for our team going 26-0-0 and wining the National Championship was icing on the cake. When I reached the age of 19, I was faced with a tough decision. Continuing my soccer career or putting it in pause and serving a mission. I decided to embark in the service of God and have not looked back ever since. I figured if the Lord blessed me with these talents and upportunities before my mission, then why would he not do the same after my mission if it be His will. I absolutely love soccer but I love God even more. That is the beauty of it, giving up something good for something greater. I am forever grateful to the Lord for helping me not only cope with my decision but making it worth while. I love my mission!
My parents were converted to the church in Liberia in 1989 right before the erruption of the civil war. My father was working there as a diplomat for Zaire now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. Like many conversion stories around the world, missionaires were the means by which my parents heard about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the time, my parents were looking for more spiritual guidance which they just could not seem to find from their spiritual leaders at their frequently attanded cathedral. The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ was how My parents came to know the message beeing shared by the missionaries was and is true. The bible held a special place in their hearts and like most people they were not about to let another book take its place. They were missing the idea, all they had to do was read. Just like you cannot give an honest critic about a dishe you have not tasted, they could not judge the contents of the Book of Mormon without reading the message it contains. Once they understood that it was not taking the place of the sacred words written by the Prophets in the Eastern part of the world (The Bible) but better yet it was providing a second witness of the prophets in the Ancient Americas that Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind; they gave it an experience. The rest is history. My family has been sealed in the Temple for time and eternity, I have two brothers that have served missions, I myself am currently serving a mission in The Texas San Antonio Mission, and both my sisters have been married in the Temple. I am so thankful God has provided a way that our families can be together forever. It truly is a blessing not to be taken for granted. Because I love my family so much and want to be with them forever, I strive to live my life everyday in a way to be worthy their trust.
When I was faced with a very difficult decision of Serving a mission or continuing to pursue my soccer career, I turned to the Keystone of our religion the Book of Mormon. Although I had grown up in the church, I had never developed a testimony of the Book for myself. I guess you can say I was just going through the motions. If I was to give up something I loved so dearly for 2 yrs I wanted to make sure I beleived for myself that the Book of Mormon is true. What better way to find out then to follow the invitation of Moroni, the last prophet in the Book of Mormon to read, ponder and pray to ask God if the Book is true. I decided to take a semester of school off to find out what the Book was about. I know that the Book of Mormon is true because as I read, It brought me closer than I had ever been to God. Having that witness from God helped me not only know that the Book of Mormon is true but that God lives and He wants to be a part of our lives if we so let Him. I know that He is there and we can feel more of his influence in our lives by doing things that please him.
Having the upportunity of growing up as a member of the LDS church, I participated in various scouting programs. There I learned many skills and also to be not only a consumer, but also a contributor to society. The ancient apostle Paul admonished the saints to be doers of the word and not just hearers only. Membership into this church is not a passive one; it is active. Like faith hope and charity are active principles, if we do not do them, we do not have them. It took me a while to learn this hard fact but fortunately when I turned 19, I decided to serve the Lord by serving a full time LDS mission. Beeing on my mission has taught me so much about service and charity. Although it is hard work and quiet stressful at times, there is nothing more rewarding than helping someone make changes in their lives to come closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. There is no words that can describe the joy I have felt being at the service of others. I love Heavenly Father and our Saviour Jesus Christ. I know that no one can be saved in ignorance therefore it is the responsibility of those who have been warned to warn their neighbors. The love of the Savior and our fellow brothers and sisters is the driving force behind all of the Church's missionary efforts. I am grateful for the truth for it truly shall set all who respond to it free. I am grateful for the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Priesthood through the prophet Joseph Smith. I am thankful for a living prophet (Thomas S. Monson) to guide us in this world of ever changing values. I pray that all who are seeking for the truth might find it and atleast read, ponder and pray about the book of mormon to see if Heavenly Father will not answer their question. I know He will because he answered mine. I know this church truly is the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days and He still leads it. I seal you my testimony in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ amen.