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Waikato Latter-day Saints Remember First Missionaries

This weekend members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Waikato will mark the 126th anniversary of missionaries first landing in Aotearoa.

Church member Heke-i-te-rangi Broadhurst told radio station Waatea 603AM that "Maori Mormons will visit important sites in the Waikato, including the site of the first wooden chapel built in Huntly."

"The people in the area were receptive to the original missionaries from Salt Lake City, Utah," she added, "particularly in light of King Tawhiao's prophesy of a true church coming for his people in the Waikato."

The report on Radio Waatea 603AM adds: "The celebrations also include a Gold and Green Ball and a wananga discussing the historical significance of the Church."

Read more about Latter-day Saint history in New Zealand here, and worldwide, here.

Images courtesy of Sister Rangi Parker


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