While being a Latter-day Saint woman can be challenging in Nigeria, Ekikere feels that one rewarding aspect is the strong sense of family that the church promotes. She also feels a strong connection to the plan of salvation. Initially, it was hard for Ekikere to connect to the Book of Mormon, but after dreaming of Jesus handing the Book of Mormon to her, that scripture has become an important part of her faith.
Ekikere recounts that membership in the church has opened up opportunities for her. Serving a mission taught her important social skills, and she has participated in the BYU Pathway program, taking classes online. She also appreciates Relief Society classes that have taught practical skills, like making bread and soap. Her only real regret is not finding the church earlier in her life. If she had, she feels like she would have had more direction educationally and professionally.
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