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  • Building Community Spirit in Papua New Guinea

    Posted: 8 November 2012

    American couple Larry and Colleen Clark met and married while they were studying at Brigham Young University Hawaii in the “1960’s.” Fast forward to today, they are enjoying a unique life in the remote area of Karu, in the New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea. For over twenty years they have called Papua New Guinea home. They own a cocoa and copra plantation. Their son Shane runs a surf resort on the plantation.  Full Story

  • Historic Groundbreaking for Papua New Guinea Meetinghouse

    Posted: 29 January 2012

    Bilu is a small village in the Jiwaka Province of the Papua New Guinea Highlands. On 3 December it was the site of a much celebrated and unprecedented event. 350 people gathered to witness the groundbreaking of the first Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in the area. Local tribal chiefs, community leaders and Latter-day Saints from the surrounding areas were in attendance.  Full Story

  • Ancient Jerusalem Movie Set Built in Utah

    Posted: 17 November 2011

    After months of construction, a movie set mock up of Jerusalem at the time of Christ is now in use. Built by artisans and construction experts in the semi-arid landscape of central Utah, the site will meet film needs of the Latter-day Saints for many years. Church owned land near the town of Goshen, Utah, was selected for the realistic small city.  Full Story

  • Latter-day Saint Young Adults Call on Federal Parliament

    Posted: 10 September 2011

    In keeping with an annual tradition, Young Single Adults of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converged on Federal Parliament in Canberra in September. They came from all over Australia to spend a day soaking in the goings-on of government.  Full Story

  • Daru Islanders Now Have a Stake

    Posted: 6 September 2011

    There is a new stake in Daru, PNG. Its President, Tom Songoro, thinks nothing of catching a four-hour canoe ride through rough seas of crocs. and sharks to visit one of the wards. His faith and devotion is matched by that of the stake members, who come to church walking or riding crude "busses," on long roads beset with armed robbers, and sometimes without the luxury of shoes. Daru is the second stake for Papa New Guineans. It will not be their last. The Church members in PNG face many times the challenges of their neighbours in Australia and New Zealand, but the trial of their faith is now being rewarded with many entering the waters of baptism.  Full Story

  • “...and Their Names Were Taken That They Might be … Nourished…” (Moroni 6:4)

    Posted: 10 August 2011

    In May, 2011, President Meliula Fata, of the Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Mission, travelled seven hours by dinghy to Sogere, PNG. While there he participated in the teaching and baptizing of 114 investigators. The baptismal service was unique in its setting and in its blessings of safety.  Full Story

  • Samoan Australian Brings His Community Together

    Posted: 18 July 2011

    The Samoan community in Mildura, Victoria, recently elected Faavae Vui their leader. The man they call "Sunny" is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and according to the Sunraysia Daily, he has already begun to show his ability to unite people.  Full Story