News Release

Pacific Educators Gather in Auckland

Educators from countries across the Pacific gathered in Auckland this week to discuss ways to help young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other students learn and apply the teachings of Jesus Christ.

"These and other teachers seek to help students understand in their mind and feel in their heart the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ," Pacific Area Director of Seminaries and Institutes, Wayne Maurer, said.

"This requires both the knowledge as well as testimony that come as doctrines and principles are understood from the scriptures."

There are over 20,000 young Latter-day Saints enrolled in religion classes across the Pacific Area.

"Because there are so many Latter-day Saint youth and young single adults in the Pacific Area," he says, "our Seminaries and Institutes coordinators work closely with stake-called Seminary and Institute teachers to improve their teaching skills, ensuring greater impact in their classes."

Brother Maurer says that 'Rescue the One' is a major focus in reaching out to students who are not enrolled. "We also try to rescue those who are currently not attending very often. We want all of our young people to receive the blessings of daily scripture study."

"One of the most concerning issues is the lack of dedicated regular attendance by some students. Parents could help in encouraging youth and YSA to attend Seminary and Institute classes."

Educators in this week's seminar include Aaron Wirepa (New Zealand), Mark Fell (Australia), Matthew Ellis (Australia), Etika Sefeti (Fiji), Aleni Fuatimao (Samoa) and Hakiau Pitau (Tonga). Also pictured are Wayne Maurer, and Steve Coy, Pacific Area Education Manager.

Next year will be the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of Seminary in the Church.


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