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Worldwide Week of Prayer Celebrated in Napier, New Zealand

Interfaith gathering emphasizes gratitude

The Worldwide Week of Prayer for World Peace was celebrated recently at an interfaith gathering at the Napier Ward (congregation) chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 


The theme for the gathering on 17 October was "Gratitude."  This theme was introduced by children, ages 8-11. 

One child spoke, quoting interfaith messages and a spiritual thought from President Russell M. Nelson, the leader of the Church. He visited New Zealand earlier this year.

The children also shared a musical number which connected prayer and gratitude.

Other speakers expressed how being grateful for all living things helps us to have a positive outlook on life and to better equip us to manage life's challenges. 

"Having gratitude woven into the tapesty of our lives enables all to inspire humility and empathy towards our fellowmen," one speaker said.

Another said that when gratitude is cultivated, it is a catalyst for the development of all other Christlike attributes.

The meeting was conducted by Bishop Longden Leutele, leader of the Napier Latter-day Saint congregation.

Charles Ruwhiu, president of the Hastings Stake of the Church, gave closing remarks and thanked all of the representatives of various religions for attending. 

He expressed gratitude for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and encouraged all to express gratitude to the Lord daily.

Last month, M. Russell Ballard, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, encouraged people to pray during a visit to New England in the United States.

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