Rugby-playing Mormon family from Zimbabwe relishes reunion in Utah

by | Jul. 05, 2012

Saints & Sports

Although Zimbabwe trailed Canada by a large deficit and the rugby match was almost over, one small group of loyal supporters continued to wave their nation’s colorful flag and cheer with enthusiasm last Tuesday, June 26.

For the Van Heerdens, the 36-hour trip from Africa to Utah was mostly about seeing their son, Andries, compete for Zimbabwe in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament. It was also about reuniting with family, friends and feeling closer to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“It’s been wonderful,” Kathleen Van Heerden said. “If more Africans could come here and see what’s going on with the church, it would strengthen them.”

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