French Polynesian president meets with Church leaders

"Think of us. I even see that you do it in your prayers. You need to pray more for us." — President Gaston Flosse

PAPEETE, Tahiti — Gaston Flosse, president of the Territory of French Polynesia, Edward Fritch, vice president, and 15 Tahiti government ministers attended a dinner Jan. 11 at the LDS mission home here.

Hosted by President Ralph T. Andersen of the Tahiti Papeete Mission and local stake and district presidents, the group listened to a choir program performed by young adults from the Faaa Tahiti Stake. During the evening both government and Church leaders also spoke.

President Benjamin Sinjoux of the Faaa Tahiti Stake, quoted the 13th Article of Faith. He also told how the Church strives to sustain parents in their role and to strengthen families against the destructive influences of the world.

President Flosse projected changes that may occur in French Polynesia in the future concerning youth, family, work and housing. He answered questions from Church members about school equivalency, the use of French or English and family issues. President Flosse concluded his remarks by reminding the group of the importance of the relationship between the government and representatives of different religious organizations. He told the Latter-day Saints: "Think of us. I even see that you do it in your prayers. You need to pray more for us."

Each government representative received a copy of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" and the Relief Society theme.

"All the participants at this dinner were touched by something; some by the wonderful hymns performed by the choir, others by the talks, others by the worthy attitudes, others by the prayers. During all that night, we felt the Spirit of the Lord," said Veronique Cornu, Tahiti public affairs specialist.

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