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Monday, March 26, 2012

New Zealand Labour Missionaries Reunite


Friends greet each other at this weekend’s New Zealand Labour Missionary Reunion in Temple View, Hamilton.

HAMILTON, New Zealand — Former labour missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered for a reunion in Temple View, Hamilton this past weekend.

The New Zealand Labour Missionary Reunion was attended by approximately 40 of the remaining missionaries and their wives. The oldest living missionary, Solomon (Sol) Te Whate, age 95, was in attendance. As was Brian Hollis, the youngest labour missionary, who began his mission at age 14.

Even after more than 50 years have passed, these former missionaries are still best of friends, are happy to share their experiences, and describe their work as "sacred" building the Hamilton New Zealand Temple and the Church College of New Zealand campus.
The Church College buildings and temple were constructed during the period of 1951 through 1958, with labor performed by young Mormon missionaries called for a period of approximately two years to donate their labor.

The labor missionaries were fed by local Church members, housed in small baches (New Zealand term for a modest dwelling) located on the construction site, and paid about $1 per week. At the peak of construction activities, about 400 of these young missionaries labored at the building site.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

French Polynesian Family - Mou Tham

French Polynesian Family Featured in "Mormon Messages" Video

Gerard Mou Tham

SALT LAKE CITY, United States - As a young man and new member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gerard Mou Tham left his home in French Polynesia with his father to work in a nickel mine in New Caledonia, 4,800 km away. The reason? To save enough money to go with his parents and nine siblings to Hamilton New Zealand, where the nearest Latter-day Saint temple was located.

In a new 'Mormon Messages' video found at and on YouTube, President Thomas S. Monson tells of the great faith shown and sacrifice made by the Mou Tham family as they saved their money and then traveled over 4,000 km from their home in French Polynesia to New Zealand.

"Temples are a beacon!" President Monson says. "They're filled with faith and fasting. They're built on trials and testimonies. They're sanctified by sacrifice and service."

Watch this
video to learn more about the Mou Thams' journey to the temple.

video explains why Mormons build temples and the centrality of the teachings of Jesus Christ in temple worship.
Gerard Mou Tham currently serves as the president of the Church's Noumea New Caledonia District.