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Born into a farming family with eleven children, Rene was a member of FJKM. He was married before he converted and was drinking when the missionaries first knocked on his door. He accepted the Word of Wisdom and went to Church with his wife. He had the support of his family of origin in converting to the LDS Church, but not of his five children. He and his wife both work to support of their family. He believes Church is a place for spiritual healing and that it is important to help the needy and to be an example to others. He has learned about self-reliance and freed himself from debt. He likes to read about the Lamanites and the Nephites. He believes in the equality of all Church callings. He would like to reactivate inactive members and states that the ethnicity of the leaders of the Church makes no difference to him. He states there are important differences between the Church and Malagasy culture. He believes that life improves with prayer.
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Antananarivo (Antananarivo, Madagascar)
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