Pacific

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By  Emily Abel
August 22, 2020 11:30 AM MDT
Kirstie Stevens of Queensland, Australia, had perhaps the best surprise of her life when her boyfriend, Jake Mangakahia, proposed to her on live national television. The couple had been separated because of coronavirus lockdowns, but Mangakahia wasn’t going to let that stop him from proposing to the woman he believes God led him to.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released exterior renderings showing the planned design for two Pacific-area temples—Neiafu Tonga and Pago Pago American Samoa.
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January 07, 2020 05:55 PM MST
A joyous sight fell in Sydney last night—rain.
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January 02, 2020 07:30 PM MST
The Pacific Area Presidency has invited local members to join in a national fast due to drought and more than 100 wildfires burning in the area.
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By  Emily Abel
December 19, 2019 10:00 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me study of Revelation 12-22. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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By  LDS Living
December 09, 2019 05:12 PM MST
Craig almost couldn't believe what he was hearing.
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November 19, 2019 08:50 PM MST
Wanting to protect his land from Western colonization in 1839, Tonga’s Christian King George Tupou I had prayed: “O, God the Father, I give unto you my land and my people and all generations of people who follow after me. I offer them all to be protected by heaven.”
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September 09, 2019 06:23 PM MDT
Following a group of people dressed in colorful, handmade tribal clothing up the stairs in a small Church meetinghouse in Hualien, Taiwan, Wen-hsiu Chen squeezed her way through the crowd for a chance to say a quick goodbye.
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August 05, 2019 10:38 PM MDT
In the face of tragedy, President Hinckley “took the grieving family members in his warm embrace and wept with them.” Learn how his loving response led to the conversion of one woman and impacted a community by clicking the link below.
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August 02, 2019 03:30 PM MDT
It’s been well over a decade since Evelyn and Des Ratima decided to move to Whakatu — a small suburb of Hastings, New Zealand — with the intent of helping the community.
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June 28, 2019 04:55 PM MDT
As a young missionary first arriving in Tonga in 1953, Elder John Groberg couldn't imagine the impact that the small island nation and its people would have on his life and on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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By  Emily Abel
June 05, 2019 04:14 PM MDT
Three years ago the Coromandel family moved deep into the Australian Outback—900 miles deep. The small country town of Winton, 900 miles west of Brisbane, became home to Kristy, Leon, and their 15-month-old daughter, Rachel, so that Leon could begin his career as a high school teacher.
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May 29, 2019 02:44 PM MDT
Did you know that our prophet has perfect pitch? Latter-day Saints in Fiji were able to witness this fun fact in action at a devotional President Nelson gave during his Pacific Ministry Tour. At one point during the devotional, President Nelson asked all the children to bear testimony with him through song as together they sang "I Am a Child of God." About his experience in Suva, Fiji, President Nelson posted on Instagram:
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Fun
By  Emily Abel
May 28, 2019 04:54 PM MDT
A picturesque island paradise was the backdrop of President Nelson's most recent ministry tour to the Pacific Islands. But the beautiful scenery isn't the only reason you'll love these pictures: see Church leaders live what they teach through their ministering and be inspired by a people who demonstrate what it means to follow the prophet.
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May 28, 2019 12:53 PM MDT
Continuing their whirlwind and worldwide Church ministry, President and Sister Nelson, along with Elder and Sister Gong, traveled throughout the Pacific meeting with Latter-day Saints, prime ministers, royalty, and other faith leaders.
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May 28, 2019 12:10 PM MDT
After addressing a total of 94,510 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; flying 17,844 miles; and calling upon kings, presidents and prime ministers, President Russell M. Nelson completed his nine-day, seven-country Pacific Ministry Tour Friday, May 24, with a warning to local Latter-day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
May 24, 2019 04:23 PM MDT
More than 4,000 Fijian Latter-day Saints expressed their love for President Nelson Wednesday as they sang "Isa Lei," a song that means "Farewell, dear friend."
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May 23, 2019 12:07 PM MDT
The royal family and nobles here are Free Wesleyan Christians and 62 percent of the population has membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so when King Tupou VI welcomed President Russell M. Nelson to the royal palace, religious liberty was a key topic.
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May 23, 2019 11:23 AM MDT
A mother whose family has been blessed by the Prophet, then an Apostle, invites all and particularly her children to come listen to his voice.
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By  LDS Living
May 22, 2019 03:24 PM MDT
A little more than two months after the March 15 mosque shootings in New Zealand, an emotional video was released by Church News showing President Russell M. Nelson presenting Muslim leaders of Christchurch with two $50,000 donations, one for each affected mosque.
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May 21, 2019 12:32 PM MDT
The location of a new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Auckland, New Zealand, has been announced by President Russell M. Nelson during a Tuesday evening devotional in the country’s largest city. “Today I am pleased to announce that the new temple will be built in Auckland on Redoubt Road," said President Nelson. The temple will be on a hill between the Missionary Training Center and the Redoubt stake center. President Nelson said the temple will be a '"two-story building with a granite exterior. Its light and beauty will be highly visible."
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May 20, 2019 01:26 PM MDT
Under threatening skies and with the Apia Samoa Temple in the background, President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints warned Samoans Saturday night to keep themselves and their children safe.
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May 20, 2019 12:04 PM MDT
In his recent meeting with New Zealand Prime Jacinda Ardern, President Russell M. Nelson presented the prime minister with a Book of Mormon and spoke on a variety of important topics, including freedom of speech, religious freedom, social media, internet security, and the March 15 mosque shootings in New Zealand. “Our hearts were broken when we heard about the tragedy that had taken place and the loss of life," President Nelson said. "People can have differing points of view and yet learn and love one another.”
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By  LDS Living
May 19, 2019 06:00 PM MDT
Latter-day Saints across Samoa are preparing for President Russell M. Nelson's visit to their nation during his Pacific ministry tour. With 82,000 Latter-day Saints (approximately 40 percent of the population) in Samoa, there's no doubt The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made an impact on this island nation.
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May 17, 2019 02:27 PM MDT
Now in his “10th decade of life,” President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared 10 spiritual truths he has learned and left an apostolic blessing on the approximately 1,200 Latter-day Saints, community leaders and an interfaith Tongan choir attending the first stop of his current Pacific ministry tour.
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April 08, 2019 02:58 PM MDT
Latter-day Saints across Polynesia rejoiced (albeit reverently) Sunday afternoon when President Russell M. Nelson announced the first temple to be built in American Samoa.
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March 22, 2019 05:34 PM MDT
The terrorist attacks at two Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, March 15, 2019, resulted in the hospitalization of 39 and death of 50 innocent Muslim men, women, and children. This act has been described by our prime minister as “forever a day etched in our collective memories. . . . That quiet Friday afternoon has become our darkest of days” (New Zealand Herald, 2019).
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March 18, 2019 06:23 PM MDT
After the devastating shootings at mosques in New Zealand, it can be easy to focus on the darkness in the world. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the negativity and hate that permeates every country and corner of the earth.
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March 13, 2019 12:34 PM MDT
Police in New Zealand are investigating two "suspicious" fires that struck two Latter-day Saint buildings in Christchurch within 48 hours of each other.
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November 21, 2018 05:01 PM MST
Elder Holland presented gift copies of the Book of Mormon to British officials, among them Prime Minister Theresa May, who received a leather-bound copy of the Book of Mormon with an inscription from the Church's First Presidency.
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September 18, 2018 03:11 PM MDT
Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, with a two-volume family history today in her Wellington office.
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August 16, 2018 12:23 PM MDT
The Hamilton New Zealand Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently closed for an extensive renovation.
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By  LDS Living
June 20, 2018 01:42 PM MDT
Pianika Duncan is a mother of two and a Latter-day Saint from a small town called Ngaruawahia in New Zealand. She wrote a song called "Bring Mana to Your Name," which was inspired by her love for family history. Duncan explains the word "Mana" means pride and strength. She incorporates Maori, the native language of New Zealand, and English into the song.
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March 23, 2018 02:01 PM MDT
Missionaries in Australia were surprised when a visit from an apostle also turned into a surprise visit from a leading political figure.
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March 05, 2018 04:45 PM MST
“One night as I prayed, I felt the love of the Lord descend on me. I felt I was being hugged and wrapped around his cloak. This experience carried on every night. I would even open a prayer and say nothing just to feel his love and take away the pain.”
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February 12, 2018 06:10 PM MST
After Category 4 Cyclone Gita ripped through Tonga and Samoa with 145-mph winds, Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff released the following statement:
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January 29, 2018 07:25 PM MST
After he was disowned by his family for joining the LDS Church, Tevita Akau immigrated to the U.S. where he rose above poverty without football.
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January 02, 2018 01:24 PM MST
The first member of the royal family of Tonga to join the LDS Church was Princess ‘Elisiva Fusipala Vaha’i, who was baptized in the 1980s. Later, her nephew, the King of Tonga's second son, joined the Church in 2015 despite opposition from his family. A report from Kaniva News even claimed that his Majesty warned the prince he could have some of his royal privileges revoked if he joined the LDS faith. However, recently the Tongan government made this new announcement:
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November 20, 2017 01:16 PM MST
In Indonesia, Mormons are outnumbered 35,000 to one by their Muslim neighbors. Find out what it's like living in a country where Latter-day Saints are such a minority.
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June 19, 2017 01:01 PM MDT
Recently, President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Neil L. Andersen traveled to New Zealand to participate in a special dedication.
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April 19, 2017 08:20 PM MDT
"In his early years in New Zealand, Matiu Kauri [Matthew Cowley] came here often to study and learn the Māori language, meditate and commune with Heavenly Father," Elder O. Vincent Haleck said during a monument dedication. "It was the peaceful surroundings of this grove that blessed and helped give voice to his Māori language and love for the Māori people. We are honoured that the City Council and leaders of this community have chosen to name this grove the Matiu Kauri Grove.”
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April 19, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Mormon missionaries first arrived in Tonga in 1891, in the midst of a sea of religious turmoil, landing on the southern island group of Tongatapu. Their journals record vital details that might otherwise have been lost, including stories about their initial meeting with the king of Tonga to seek permission to preach the gospel, their urgent need for housing, and request to the premier of Tonga to build a mission home and school in Mu‘a.
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By  LDS Living
March 02, 2017 06:23 PM MST
At the end of February, a graduation ceremony and celebration was held for 2017 BYU-Hawaii graduates. Among the diverse mixture of students from over 70 countries at BYU-Hawaii are many Māori students, and recently a haka was performed on campus to honor these new graduates.
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February 27, 2017 02:09 PM MST
“We could feel their devotion. There were people of all ages, youth, adults and children who did everything that was necessary, collecting fallen tree branches, sweeping and cleaning. It was extraordinary,” President Édouard Fritch said during a meeting with Bishop Caussé. “Their desire to serve was very strong.”
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February 22, 2017 02:52 PM MST
“Her Majesty was very gracious and very welcoming and respectful to the Church. She is an impressive woman who cares deeply for the people of Tonga," Elder Hallstrom said after he, his wife, Elder and Sister Renlund, and Elder and Sister Haleck visited with Their Royal Majesties Queen Nanasipau’u, Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala and his wife Princess Sinaitakala Tukuʻaho, and Prince Ata. His Royal Majesty Prince Ata became a convert to the LDS Church in 2015.
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February 07, 2017 01:43 PM MST
When Elder Connor Bennion from Perry, Utah, and Elder Matthew Nelson from Chicago, Illinois, set out to serve a mission in Australia's outback, I'm sure they had no idea they would end up on national TV.
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January 19, 2017 04:53 PM MST
When "The Book of Mormon" musical began gaining acclaim and attention across the United States, the Church purchased ad space in the playbills. In a clever way, the Church showed the life-changing nature of the real Book of Mormon, adding, "You've seen the play, now read the book. The book is always better."
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By  LDS Living
January 10, 2017 01:34 PM MST
On New Year's Eve, LDS member Ariel Pearse became the first woman from New Zealand to win Miss Tourism International since it's inception in 1994.
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November 11, 2016 02:45 PM MST
Last year, Sister Kotahi Tarawhiti's touching homecoming after serving in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission gained quite the attention, receiving nearly 100,000 views on YouTube.
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By  Mindy Selu
October 13, 2016 09:50 AM MDT
“Bula!” While it may be Fiji’s overwhelming humidity that hits you first, it’s the wide smiles and friendly faces that stay with you. On this island, where paradise consists of blankets of greenery and sandy beaches leading into pristine, aqua waters, happy members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abound—Saints who choose to put the gospel before everything else.
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October 04, 2016 05:31 PM MDT
Inspired by an article by Mormon Newsroom, featuring Jake Mangakahia for World Ballet Day on October 4, 2016.
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September 27, 2016 06:03 PM MDT
The idea for this article came from another article appearing in Southwest: The Magazine, entitled "Flying Foxes, Caribbean Monkeys, a Tiny Laboratory in a Wyoming Cabin, and a Young Mormon Missionary Who Became a Samoan Chief Before Pursuing one of Life's Greatest Medical Mysteries," by Jay Heinrichs.
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September 22, 2016 11:14 AM MDT
Recently, the New Zealand Herald featured Latter-day Saint Paora Winitana, a basketball player who plays for Hawke's Bay and works with the Hawke’s Bay Basketball Leadership Academy for youth. In a video, Winitana shares how his work with youth is geared toward teaching them skills that go beyond the basketball court.
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September 12, 2016 11:00 AM MDT
Although he wore a white shirt and missionary name tag by day, 64-year-old senior missionary Loueni Huni from Tonga wore fins and a snorkel by night. Donning his swimming gear, which included an underwater flashlight and spear, Huni swam beyond the reef to gather fish for the poor.
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By  LDS Living
September 01, 2016 10:30 PM MDT
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of New Zealand’s North Shore, triggering low-level tsunami activity. The main quake was followed by a series of aftershocks, one measuring up to a 6.2.
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August 11, 2016 01:59 PM MDT
What an exciting moment for the first missionaries in Tonga to be recognized and honored by the government. There's no doubt the work of these missionaries has flourished as the Church maintains a strong presence in Tonga.
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July 05, 2016 02:48 PM MDT
While visiting Utah, Prince Ata of Tonga met with Elder Neil L. Andersen, toured Church headquarters, visited several LDS temples, and even had time to make it to the Manti Miracle Pageant.
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Fun
June 10, 2016 07:30 PM MDT
Elder Neil L. Andersen's recent trip to conduct an area review of the Pacific has taken him to meet with members from thriving cosmopolitans to remote islands.
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May 18, 2016 05:30 PM MDT
From New York to New Zealand, the Church has called six new temple presidents who will start their service in 2016. To see the other temple presidents called in 2016,click here and here.
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May 17, 2016 01:10 PM MDT
From Washington DC to Bolivia to Australia, learn more about the new mission presidents that have been called by the First Presidency.
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