Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted Rev Iliavi Susu, lecturer at the Methodist Theological College in Davuilevu, Nausori, as well as 23 student ministers in Suva on Friday 12 October.
Rev Susu approached the Church, requesting the opportunity to visit with the students who will be completing their theological training in December.
“We have many Christian denominations, and instead of us hearing second hand about the different denominations and their beliefs, we want to come and see for ourselves,” Rev Susu said.
His goal, he said, was to help open the minds of his students to what other denominations believe and what they do.
Each student is preparing to become a “talatala” or preacher for the Methodist Church in Fiji. They will be assigned to different parts of Fiji to take care of various congregations in the country.
The guests were greeted by President John Higgins and Sister Naomi Higgins, of the Fiji Suva Mission, and Sakiusa Maiwiriwiri, who serves in the Suva Fiji Temple.
A prayer was offered at the beginning of the visit.
At the Mission Office, missionaries explained the purpose of their mission and how they prepared themselves for missionary service.
The missionaries explained that all of them were volunteers and that they saved their money to pay for their missions.
Sister Higgins explained that her husband had served as a missionary in the Philippines, and when he returned they were married.
As a couple, she said, they taught their children the importance of missionary service.
The visitors then stopped by the Family History Centre where they were given an introduction to genealogical research.
This was followed by a visit to the Service Centre where Paul Whippy, Fiji welfare manager, gave an overview of what LDS Charities does to bless individuals, families and communities regardless of nationality, religion or political affiliation.
He showed a short video featuring some of the Church’s efforts to help people with diabetes.
At the end of the visit, one student commented, “this Church is very well organised.”
“I think having the guests visit was a great initiative,” Whippy said.
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