PAPEETE, TAHITI Latter-day Saints in French Polynesia participated in a memorial service in September for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks on America. Meeting with 3,000 others, including Tahiti President Gaston Flosse and other government officials, Church members at Toata Place offered a common prayer for peace.
During the service, songs and messages from the different religious communities were given by one representative of each congregation; peace, forgiveness, brotherhood and charity were all advocated.
A choir of young men and women from the Papeari Tahiti Stake was invited to sing "I Believe in Christ" and "I Know that My Redeemer lives."
Elder Earl M. Monson of the Seventy and first counselor in the Pacific Islands Area Presidency gave the concluding address of the evening. All the American missionaries serving in the area were asked to go to the podium and sing the American national anthem. As they sang, all the people attending stood and joined.
Then French Polynesia's President Flosse and the other government officials went to the podium to symbolically show their love and solidarity to the American people by clasping hands with the American missionaries. As a result of their example, almost all the attendants from all religious communities lined up to do the same.
"May we go back to our homes with this spirit of prayer, compassion and love to be kinder, more compassionate, more tolerant with our family, friends and turn to God, our greatest source of strength, love and faith," said Elder Monson.