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Once There Was A Snowman

According to Claire Gilbert, president of the Primary organisation (for children) in the Gore Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand's South Island, “It was a surprise to wake up to snow [this weekend]. The area doesn’t usually get snow.”

A southern ocean storm hit New Zealand over the last few days bringing snow and bitterly cold temperatures.

Local children made the most of the weather conditions. 


Missionaries serving in Gore, Elder Brayden Winters from Washington, USA, and Elder Michael Tofa, from Auckland, happily lent a hand. It was the first time Elder Tofa had seen snow.

Each Sunday Latter-day Saint children around the world participate in Primary, which includes music time and lessons that teach about Jesus Christ and values such as honesty, kindness and service to others. 

In 2020 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will launch a new inititiave called Children and Youth which will assist parents to help their children to set and achieve personal goals.

According to a Church Newsroom article last month, “The principles taught in this effort for children and youth represent a higher, holier way to encourage the rising generation to follow Jesus Christ and apply His gospel in all areas of their lives. This major effort will include gospel learning, the privilege of service, personal development, and exciting activities.”

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