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Hawke's Bay Samoan Interfaith Celebrate Independence Day

'Although we come from different faiths . . . we are gathered as children of God.'

Congregations from several faiths gathered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, to commemorate Samoa’s 56 years as an independent state.

Approximately 350 people attended the special evening service, which was one of many held throughout New Zealand and Samoa.


The theme for the service was taken form Exodus Chapter 13 “And Moses said unto the people, remember this day, in which ye came out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand, the Lord brought you out from this place . . . “

Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke about how Christianity has influenced the people of Samoa, in the islands and in New Zealand.

Bishop William Ah Kiong, of the Heretaunga Samoan Ward said, “As Moses reminded the people to remember that day, we should remember the significance of National Independence Day.” He went on to say, “Although we come from different faiths, we gather to celebrate our beautiful nation of Samoa and more importantly, we are gathered as children of God.”

Latter-day Saints are among the many people in Samoa who identify as Christian.

Watch a short video on interfaith relationships.


Mormons believe that "Respectful and sincere interfaith service not only builds our communities but also enables us to collectively and individually grow in our love of God and His children."  Elder Quentin L. Cook, Apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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