Commitment, Sacrifice Key In Moving Forward
Commitment and sacrifice to family is vital in moving the congregation forward.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake president Solomone Kaumaitotoa highlighted this at the Lautoka Stake Conference in Balawa Chapel yesterday.
“We all need to make sacrifices and commitments to move the stakes, more importantly the families.
“We need to commit and continue to work to build up our faith individually, I as a father in my home need to be committed to my wife and children and move them forward in bringing them to church.
“This why we attend conferences and sacrament to remind ourself about commitment and dedication that we need to make in serving and our family and responsibility.
“At the end of the day it is about family,” he said.
“What do I do to influence change and move them forward by and encouraging them to focus to the father in heaven.
Mr Kaumaitotoa said the meeting showed that 70 per cent of the work was still needed to be done in the Lautoka stake.
“I thought to myself with the figures given, we have four thousand stakes and 22 per cent is the number that are coming to church and 70 per cent is the amount we have to work towards to bring to the stake.
“I thought to myself how would this work be done, it is only through the sacrifice that families and commitment that we need to make this work happen.”
Pacific Area Seventy for the Church and Fiji LDS Service Centre manager Elder Adolf Johansson said we hold this conferences not just to be instructed, we are holding this conference to prepare and receive the Lord Jesus Christ.
“That is why we have stake conference and general conferences. They are known as solemn Assemblies’ preparing each heart and mind for the Lord to walk in the door.
“It is to change us and prepare us to withstand the presence of God. Sometimes we feel uncomfortable when we hear the truth because we feel guilty.
“Guilt is not there to hold us down, but to allow us to know what is holding us down to letting go of those things that are holding us down and start to rise.
“Guilt is a condition for preparation for repentence; it is the ability for us children to know what is wrong so that we can get right.”
The two day conference was held over the weekend whereby members from the western side extending to Rakiraki until Sigatoka came in numbers to attend it.
Edited by Maraia Vula