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Mormon Pioneer Reflects on New Zealand Church History

Huntly woman, Mrs Hekeiterangi (Mutual) Broadhurst, shared her experiences and insights as a New Zealand Latter-day Saint recently on Maori Television.

“I am not a public person,” she said before the interview that aired nationally on 23 June.

“I am not one to sit in front of a TV camera and I don’t even like to have my picture taken. I’m very shy.”

Notwithstanding her reservations, Mrs Broadhurst agreed to the interview with Ruia Aperahama during which she shared observations and insights regarding the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints in New Zealand.

Mrs Broadhurst’s grandparents first met missionaries and became Latter-day Saints in Kawhia in 1885.

"When the missionaries arrived in 1885, my family had them stay in their home and fed them, "Mrs Broadhurst said.

"We try to be missionaries today by spreading the gospel to our friends and neighbours."

Watch the interview on Maori Television.

July is an important month for Latter-day Saints the world over, as Church members remember the Mormon pioneers who arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on 24 July 1847. 

In this month’s edition of Latter-day Saint magazines The Liahona and The Ensign, President Thomas S. Monson, the worldwide leader of the Church, invites today’s Latter-day Saints to learn from the faith and examples of the earlier Church members.

President Monson wrote: “A dictionary defines a pioneer as ‘one who goes before to prepare or open up the way for others to follow.’  Can we somehow muster the courage and steadfastness of purpose that characterized the pioneers of a former generation? Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers? I know we can be. Oh, how the world needs pioneers today!”

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