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Samoans Gather for a Week of Instruction and Activities

Members of the Apia Samoa West Stake (a group of congregations called “wards”) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered for a week of activities and meetings focusing on ministering to one another, family history and service.

Activities included a social evening of dancing, as well as spiritual fulfilment for many who attended the Samoa Apia Temple.


Speaking at the gathering on Saturday evening, Elder Robert J. Dudfield, an Area Seventy of the Church, centred his remarks towards the youth and young adults, encouraging them to look to the future, seek spiritual guidance, keep their eyes on the temple and the blessings of heaven will pour down upon them.

During the Sunday gathering, Elder Dudfield was joined by President Simon Vaoifi, President of the Apia Samoa West Stake and First Counsellor, Malaki Magele, as they addressed a body of members exceeding 1200. President Vaoifi encouraged those in attendance to not judge but to love one another as the Saviour loves them.

Elder Dudfield encouraged all to study the life of Jesus Christ and seek to emulate His attributes in their lives. He noted, “There was a special feeling amongst the members this weekend. I felt of the Saviour’s love for them, and their desire to follow Him. It was inspiring to be there with them”.

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