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‘Isa Lei’ Gets Church Leader Elder Pearson Emotional

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader Elder Kevin Pearson was emotional as he heard the traditional farewell song, Isa Lei, yesterday in Naulu. Nausori Fiji Stake members gave
13 Jun 2016 10:04
‘Isa Lei’ Gets Church Leader Elder Pearson Emotional
From left: David Hamilton, first counsellor Ernest Vitinavulagi, new president of Nausori Stake Lote Qoroya, second counsellor Richard Goundar, elder Kevin Pearson and former president Alipate Tagidugu after the Nausori Fiji Stake Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Naulu near Nausori yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader Elder Kevin Pearson was emotional as he heard the traditional farewell song, Isa Lei, yesterday in Naulu.

Nausori Fiji Stake members gave him a gift and sang the song to acknowledge his service to them for the last five years.

Elder Pearson, the outgoing Pacific Area president, is here to perform his last official duty, before he returns to Auckland. From there he returns to Salt Lake City, United States, to receive his new assignment.

He said he was overwhelmed by the spirit of the Fijian people and it was an experience he would treasure.

Elder Pearson presided over the two-day conference of the Nausori Fiji Stake. He was assisted by Elder David Hamilton, an Area Seventy. They released Alipate Tagidugu who has been Stake president for nine years with counsellors Manasa Cava and Daniele Vavaloa.

They called as the new Stake presidency: Lote Qoroya (president), Earnest Vitinavulagi (first counsellor) and Richard Goundar (secod counsellor), Elder Pearson paid tribute to President Tagidugu for his service in pioneering the church expansion in Tailevu.

“What a man, what a legend, what a legacy,” he told the conference.

The new Stake president, President Qoroya, said: “Now with this calling as a president, geographically I look after Makoi right to Saioko in Ra . “This is a big area to serve,” he said.

He commended the changes that had happened because of the faithful members of the church.

“Across the villages of the delta of Rewa, the Church has been established. Now it’s going up to Naitasiri,  Navuniyasi and Nabukaluka. Even in Korovou going down to Waimalua, to Levuka and Moturiki. This is the progress of where the church has gone up to,” he said.

“These are the places where the church was not involved in and now it has gone there.”

President Qoroya recalled while growing up, he used to run around the chapel in Naulu with no idea of what he would become in the future.

“When I was born, my parents were already members of the church. I knew no other way. The church was the way. I have learnt the true meaning of family. I am now married with six children,” he said.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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