National Council of Churches Welcome LDS President’s Visit

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Tina Mata'afa-Tufele is a Pasifika journalist that has been writing and covering news related to the Samoan experience for over a decade. She's written for Samoa News in American Samoa, Tuatalatala.com (covering news from Hawaii, the U.S.

  • ​​​​​​​ Secretary of the National Council of Churches Rev. Maauga Motu ( inset) LDS President Russel
    ​​​​​​​ Secretary of the National Council of Churches Rev. Maauga Motu ( inset) LDS President Russel

Secretary of the National Council of Churches (N.C.C.) Rev. Maauga Motu is pleased to learn of the May visit to Samoa by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson and his wife Sister Wendy Nelson.

Rev. Motu is looking forward to the visit by President Nelson, leader of the global LDS Church which numbers more than 16 million followers, as a blessing.

“The Prophet is coming to bless us and bring blessings to our country,” he said.

“So we, as a nation, need to prepare and be ready for this most respected guest.

“In the National Council of Churches, we are one in Jesus’ name. We have to await the Prophet with dignity and respect. We must show him the respect accorded by our Samoan culture.”

Rev. Motu was also pleased to learn that Elder Sapele Faalogo has been called to the Area Seventy of the Latter-day Saints Church.

Elder Faalogo, a former treasurer for Samoa’s National Council of Churches, was called last weekend during the 189th General Conference of the LDS Church held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“I spoke recently with (Apia Central Stake) President Jason Joseph and found out Sapele is now with the Area Seventy. I was surprised. He is my guy,” said Rev. Motu.

The NCC, chaired by Rev. Kasiano Leaupepe, is currently focusing on creating faith-based activities for the youth.

Bible studies, sports and activities are some ways the NCC’s Youth Meeting seeks to engage young men and women.

From the 10 Churches that comprise the NCC, Rev. Motu said he wants youth to discuss fostering peace within and between Churches and urge others to go to Church.

“We want to push people to go to Church, to make Church a priority,” Rev. Motu said.

“Now Easter – Easter is especially for our youth. This is where our youth take the lead. At our Church (falesa) in Vailele, our youth members are getting their Easter program ready. It’s a very important time; it’s the time that God gave His life for us.”  

 

 

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