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Lalao was the child of divorced parents. Her mother died when she was ten and her grandmother cared for her until she was twenty years of age. She attended an accountancy school and worked for the Ministry of Education. She heard about the Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from her brother and was a friend of the first member baptized in Madagascar. Due to disabilities she lost four children in pregnancy. She married a friend, who was also a spiritual seeker. She was drawn to the doctrine of eternal families. She admires Nephi’s courage. She has experienced fighting among members, elitisim in the church, and the growth of the Church. She looks forward to temples in Madagascar. She mentions the Church’s history of denying the priesthood to blacks and states that there could well be a black prophet one day. She also recounts the history of the Lamanites and the Nephites and their switching places as to righteous behaviors. She notes that God punishes the wicked, but hopes that all the people of Madagascar can rise in the millennium.
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Antananarivo (Antananarivo, Madagascar)
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