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Tongan Latter-day Saints Gather in Christchurch for a Night of Entertainment

Recently Tongan congregations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered in Christchurch to reenact scripture stories from The Book of Mormon.

Each group was assigned a theme from The Book of Mormon and given 15 minutes to interpret and act out the story to the audience who had gathered to enjoy the performances.

The Book of Mormon is accepted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as scripture and serves as a witness to the truths in the Bible and to the divinity and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Latter-day Saints also consider the Book of Mormon to be a record of great ancient-American civilizations.

The Book of Mormon answers essential questions that we all have at some point: Is there life after death, and what’s waiting for us on the other side?

What is the purpose of life, and how can I find happiness and peace now?

Does God know me and hear my prayers? How can I avoid sin and learn to truly repent?

How can I become the best possible version of myself?


Ashburton members portrayed the story of Lehi’s sons trying to obtain the plates of brass from Laban.

The story of the prophet Abinadi was the theme acted out by the Avon River actors.

Captain Moroni fighting for religious freedom was assigned and presented by the Cashmere group.

Riccarton members acted out the story of King Mosiah and his sons' mission to the Lamanites.

Watch a video about the origins of the Book of Mormon.


Mormons believe in both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. One of their Articles of Faith states: "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.” —Articles of Faith 1:8

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