Here are free resources about the Benin Cotonou Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
Benin Cotonou Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Cotonou Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
BENIN COTONOU MISSION
Cadjehoun Lot #1158 Bloc F
Cotonou, Benin AFRICA
Phone Number: 229-21-308-423
Mission President: President Pierre-Paul Morin
Benin Cotonou Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Benin Cotonou Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Cotonou Mission, simply
Videos with Benin Cotonou RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Benin Cotonou Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Benin
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Benin. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Benin, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Benin Cotonou Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Cotonou Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.
Benin Cotonou Mission Groups
Here are Benin Cotonou Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Cotonou Mission.
- Benin Cotonou Mission 2011-2014 Facebook Group (105 members)
- Cotonou, Benin LDS Mission (Togo/Benin) Group (76 members)
- Nigeria/Benin/Congo/Kenya Mission Moms (LDS) Group (23 members)
Benin Cotonou Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Benin Cotonou Mission!
Shirt designs include Benin Cotonou Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL. The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.
*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Benin Cotonou missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Benin Cotonou Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Cotonou LDS Mission.
- 2017-2020, Martin Goury
- 2014-2017, Pierre-Paul Morin
- 2011-2014, Robert F. Weed
Benin LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 1,898 (Benin), 2,801 (Togo)
- Missions: 1 (Benin)
- Temples: 0
- Congregations: 14 (Benin), 14 (Togo)
- Family History Centers: 1 (Benin), 1 (Togo)
Helpful Articles about the Cotonou Mission
Benin Cotonou Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Benin Cotonou RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2015 (Trevor)
- 2012-2014 (Robert)
- 2012-2014 (Hunter)
What areas did you serve in?
- Gbegamey, Kegue, Cadjehou, Calavi, Anfame, Be Kpota. (Trevor)
What were some favorite foods?
- Pate, Igname Pile, Mango. (Trevor)
- Atcheke, Fufu with banana sauce. (Robert)
- Atieke (Hunter)
What was a funny experience?
- All the times when I was trying to learn French, and understand the culture. (Trevor)
- Fell into an open sewer on Christmas Day. (Robert)
- Everyday. (Hunter)
What was a crazy experience?
- Driving. Every time I drove was a terrifying experience, and also any run-ins with the corrupt police force as well. (Trevor)
- Once a taxi driver thought they could jack up the price after we had already agreed on terms and was threatening my companion and me. (Robert)
- Riots. (Hunter)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Every day we had spiritual experiences, and learned from the most humble of people. (Trevor)
- We were proselyting and we came to a door we always passed…never realized it was there. We finally were prompted to do so and found Maman Awaté who was beyond golden. (Robert)
What are some interesting facts about the Cotonou Mission?
- Birthplace of Voodoo. Many people in the country do not speak French, therefore translation from members is required. Part of the Africa West Area, which is the highest baptizing area in the world. (Trevor)
- Birthplace of voodoo. (Robert)
What was the weather like?
- Very hot and humid. (Trevor)
- Hot, humid, with beautiful rain. (Robert)
- Hot. (Hunter)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- The people are incredibly humble and very outgoing. It is easy to talk to people and they are all very non-judgemental and loving. You will be blown away by their kindness after coming from a western country. (Trevor)
- They were wonderful. (Robert)
- The people. (Hunter)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Pack light clothing, that absorbs sweat well! Also bring a sturdy pair of shoes that are breathable as well. You will most likely get wet a lot and things will wear out, so I would suggest bringing extra shirts. You wash all clothes by hand so it can be difficult to always keep them looking totally clean for the couple of years. Almost everything you can find there. Remember a converter as well, as they do not use the same plugs as we do in America. (Trevor)
- Light clothing. Shoes that breath. A nice hat. Sweat rag. (Robert)
- Disregard everything the book says to bring. (Hunter)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Every good thing that has happened to me since I have been home I can almost directly attribute back to my mission. I have since gotten married in the Salt Lake Temple and am experiencing great success with my studies. I also feel that I have an incredible appreciation for other cultures, and am much less high maintenance. This mission certainly makes you tough and prepares you for all facets of life. (Trevor)
- An open mind to the world. The ability to speak French. Patience. Willingness to try new experiences. (Robert)
- My wife. (Hunter)
What are some skills you gained?
- French language. Teaching the gospel/English. Learned how to communicate and get along with those coming from all different cultures and countries. Organizational skills. Leadership skills. (Trevor)
- French. (Robert)
- How to be tolerant. (Hunter)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I felt like I was well prepared for the most part. I would have told myself to be more patient though. Success and the language often do not come right away, so it is easy to be hard on yourself which you should never do. This mission really pushes you, so it is important to be tough, and know that trials will come but they are all part of the experience. I also wish that I would have tried to understand others cultures earlier on rather than later, as that really helps as well. (Trevor)
- How short the time would be. How wonderful the people would be. How to love my companions more fully. (Robert)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Cotonou?
- All I can say is this is the greatest mission. I know that many other missions may say that, but this one can truly change your life, and provide you with an amazing foundation that will help you succeed and face future challenges. It is a whole other experience dealing with a culture so far from our own, but still seeing how the gospel can influence the West African people just as it has done for myself and many people I know. The gospel is the same in Africa as it is here in the US, so it is incredible to see The Church being built there. This mission is still very new, so the missionaries are really laying a foundation and the building blocks for The Church in Benin and Togo. (Trevor)
- Don’t worry about the obedience of other missionaries and companions. Love them with all of your heart, and strive to be obedient yourself. (Robert)
- Get humble. (Hunter)
What was a funny language mistake?
- There are too many to think about. (Trevor)