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Building Capacity in Communities Target of Church Seminar in Nadi

Community service was stressed at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seminar for the church’s public affairs directors at The Wes­tin Denarau Island Resort and Spa in Nadi.
24 Jan 2019 11:00
Building Capacity in Communities Target of Church Seminar in Nadi
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders and Public Affairs representives during the Public Affairs Summit at The Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa in Nadi on January 22, 2018. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Community service was stressed at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seminar for the church’s public affairs directors at The Wes­tin Denarau Island Resort and Spa in Nadi.

Directors of public affairs from eight Pacific Island countries at­tended the two-day Public Affairs Seminar which began on Tuesday.

Director Area Relations Public Affairs Department Michael von Rosen said the goal of the confer­ence was for the church to help lift lives of its congregation and to help make them stronger and more self-reliant.

He said they focused on building relationships in the communities that they called their home with key opinion leaders such as the gov­ernment leaders and media.

“Our goal for this meeting is “What can we do as a church to help lift the community where we live and also to improve the lives of the people. We need to help make them stronger, make them more self-reli­ant,” Mr Rosen said.

He said the seminar was a forum for the participants to learn from each other.

“For me the wonderful thing is that I came here to learn from the people. For an example, I learned from Sulu.

“She is a Director Public Affair here in Fiji. She does amazing things here in Fiji and to me it is a learning experience.

“How can we take the things peo­ple are doing here and apply it in the rest of the world? And how things we are doing in the rest of the world apply it here.

“The other things we talked about yesterday were how we can use so­cial media to let people know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints and to share about the good story, good news to others.

“We hear about negative things of the world, but we want to share good news to them.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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