Saturday afternoon session: Pacific islands

  • A 360-voice Polynesian choir from the Salt Lake Valley brought some of the sights and sounds of the Pacific islands to the Saturday afternoon session of conference. Island flowers adorned the Tabernacle's podium area, complementing several verses of hymns sung in the Tahitian, Samoan and Hawaiian languages. The hymns were: "Joseph Smith's First Prayer," "The Morning Breaks," and "Come, O Thou King of Kings." Clay Christiansen accompanied on the Tabernacle organ; Quincy Matagi led the choir.

The floral arrangements in the Tabernacle were donated for conference by the Iosepa Historical Association, which was formed to honor the Hawaiian saints who lived in Utah's Skull Valley from 1889-1917. Many of the association members are descendants of the original settlers.The flowers were gathered and shipped by members of the Keei Ward, Kona Hawaii Stake.

President Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency, conducted the session. Commenting on the choir, he cited portions of scriptures in which the Lord said, " . . . I remember those who are upon the isles of the sea," (2 Ne. 29:7) and " . . . great are the promises of the Lord unto them who are upon the isles of the sea." (2 Ne. 10:21.)

Prayers were offered by Elder Jacob de Jager of the First Quorum of the Seventy and Elder Helio R. Camargo of the Second Quorum of the Seventy.

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