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President Nelson Touches Hearts Of More Than 5000 Fijian Church Members

The world leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints thanks them for their great faith at Nausori event
23 May 2019 16:16
President Nelson Touches Hearts Of More Than 5000 Fijian Church Members
President Russell Nelson (right) and his wife Wendy (left) wave to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Ratu Cakobau Park. Photo: Sydnee Gonzalez

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were overwhelmed with gratitude to see and hear from the president of their church, President Russell M Nelson last night.

They revere him as their prophet.

The event was part of the president’s tour of the Pacific, which has already included New Zealand, Samoa, Australia and Hawaii.

As President Nelson, his wife and other church leaders arrived at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, the rain that had plagued the audience earlier in the day suddenly stopped. It seemed like a miracle.

“May I thank you for your great faith,” said President Nelson. “I wondered if you could do it, and you did it; you turned off the rain!”

“I feel like I’ve been wrapped in love,” he added, looking out at the crowd of over 5000.

President Nelson and other church leaders spoke to the audience about making education a priority, using holy texts to find answers to life’s struggles and the importance of the church’s temples, which are an integral part of Latter-day Saint worship.

A choir of students of the LDS College perform for the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other church leaders. Photo: Sydnee Gonzalez

A choir of students of the LDS College perform for the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other church leaders. Photo: Sydnee Gonzalez

President Nelson also encouraged the people to find happiness in their own lives and to share that joy with the people around them.

For many in the audience the opportunity was an awe-inducing experience.

“I feel I’m in heaven already when he is speaking to us,” said Sereima Taukata, a member of the church from Nausori. “We do love him very much”

Moana Taito, one of the LDS College High School students who performed during the devotional, blinked back tears as she struggled to describe what it was like to see President Nelson in person.

“To be able to sing to him, wow, it was magical,” said Ms Taito. “When he came through the gates, I cried because I’ve waited for years to meet the prophet and today I got to see him.”

For 20-year-old Lote Robanakadavu, who volunteered as an usher for the event, the experience will be something he remembers for the rest of his life.

It was a dream come true,” he said, adding that he never imagined to meet a president of the church in real life.

“Hopefully if I have children, I’ll surely tell them about this, when I saw a living prophet,” said Mr Robanakadavu.

President Nelson, 94, a world renowned former heart surgeon, spent five hours in Fiji, mostly at Nausori before he flew out to Tonga.

The Pacific tour follows his European tour during which he met the Pope at the Vatican in Rome.
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