Monday, October 24, 2011
Van Den Hoogen, Elder Leendertz and Elder Peterika.
In November 1950 Tumuaki Cowley wrote the history of the New Zealand Mission for his missionaries. He told of a convention that was called for representatives of certain tribes of the Maori race in March 1881. Many problems were discussed at the meeting, but the problem of greatest concern was the need to decide which church the Maoris should join so there would be a unity of religious belief among them.
Those attending the convention could find no answer to this great problem, so it was agreed that the matter should be decided by Paora Potangaroa, the wisest chief and the most learned man they knew. His immediate answer was just one word, “Taihoa” (wait). He wanted three days to think about the problem.
For three days Paora Potangaroa fasted and prayed for direction. Then he went before the people and said, “The church for the Maori people has not yet come among us. It will come soon. You will recognize it when it does, for its missionaries will travel in pairs. They will come from the rising sun. They will visit with us in our homes. They will learn our language and teach us in our own tongue.”
At this time the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had not yet taught the Maori people, although a few missionaries had been teaching the gospel to Europeans living in New Zealand.
In that very year, 1881, W. M. Bromley of Springville, Utah, was sent to preside over the New Zealand Mission. Before leaving home, he was told that the time had come for the missionaries to take the gospel to the Maori people.
When Tumuaki Cowley returned to New Zealand as mission president, he adopted the words Kia Ngawari as a slogan for all the Saints there. He had the phrase printed on little signs that could be taken into every home. Each talk Tumuaki Cowley gave ended with these stirring words. There is no exact translation for them in English. Some say the meaning is “be sincere”; others, “be loving and kind.”
We hope the missionaries effort to be sincere, loving and kind as they teach the doctrines of Christ we help us achieve our goal of bring others unto Christ.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
While visiting the Fijian "Acting Head of Mission" Mere Tora, Pres. Harvey (our Stake President) and his wife Eileen asked Mere if there was anything the church could do to help Fiji. Mere immediately responded that the youth of Fiji don't have very much to read and that if books could be provided they could be placed in rural areas and given to the kids.
Sister Eileen Mueller the Public Affairs organizer arranged for three Stakes of the church along with community religious and political leaders to combine their efforts to gather books to be sent to Fiji.
Over 45,000 books were collected, sorted, boxed and sent to Fiji. Because the project became so large the missionaries were ask to help out. 350 boxes weighting a total of 18 tons were lifted by our mighty missionaries.
The books will arrive in Fiji in late November and the story will conclude with the books being handed out to the children by "Mormon Helping Hands" in many rural areas. This event has now been written up on the LDS website at this link:
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Before missionaries leave the field we get to hear their departing testimonies. This has truly been a highlight of the mission to hear their powerful and bold testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Others who we will hear from who are also returning home this month are:Elder Hill, Elder Utai, Elder Peterika and Elder Russon.