Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Men on the Brooklyn

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What was required of the men on the Brooklyn every day that was starting to get the Captain of the ship worried, and he put a stop to it?
a.                  Gambling
b.                  Scripture study
c.                   Morning prayer on deck
d.                  Military tactics
Yesterday’s answer:
A   His flight to the New Zealand Temple
Airfare from Tahiti to New Zealand represented approximately eight month’s wages. Taumatagi Taamino, a middle-aged sister who did heavy custodial work, typically ate only three sardines and a piece of bread each day so she could save money to attend the temple. Sixty-four other Tahitians similarly sacrificed to make the trip to the temple. Being aware of this group’s difficult financial situation, Church members in New Zealand arranged to pick them up at the airport, bus them seventy-five miles, and house and feed them near the temple at no cost. One of the visitors was Tahaure Hutihuti, a seventy-five year old pearl shell diver who had saved for over thirty years to come to the temple. When the group arrived just after midnight, they saw the floodlighted temple atop a knoll, Hutihuti and others climbed off the bus, knelt on the ground, and offered a prayer of thanks, The dream of a lifetime was realized; he could now be sealed to his wife and forebears.
Voyages of Faith-Explorations in Mormon Pacific History, Grant Underwood, (Brigham Young University Press, Provo, Utah: 2000), 138.

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