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Young New Zealand Mormons and Catholics Invited to 'Dare to Dream Big'

Inspirational music and words were shared among young Catholics and Mormons at an interfaith evening meeting in Porirua, Wellington on Tuesday night [24 June].

Youth speakers shared their conversion stories and explored issues of religious freedom for young people in New Zealand. 

During the meeting Sister Catherine Jones, Chair of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations, acknowledged the significance of Mormons and Catholics coming together to build a relationship.

“Our time together is God’s gift to open our minds and hearts to the peace that only God can give.”

She also gave thanks for the humanitarian work completed by the combined group earlier in the day preparing hygiene kits for the Wellington Night Shelter. 

“Today you have been the face, the hands and the heart of the tender compassion of God,” she said. 

A concluding address was given by Elder Kevin W. Pearson, a senior leader from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He invited the young people to consider how they might consider how they as people of faith might contribute to improving the conditions in our society and communities. 

He warned of possible challenges for people of faith living in a modern world. “In terms of people of faith…you are going to face headwinds in your life that the world has not seen since the first century after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.” 

He invited the young people “to dare to dream big," encouraging them to strive for excellence and be positive contributors in their families and communities.

The evening meeting was part of a two-day programme that included a visit to Cathedral Parish ― Sacred Heart and Caritas headquarters, presentations about the importance of religious freedom and a trip to Parliament.






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