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Papua New Guinean Mormons Part of Global Faith

Staff Reporter 2/29/2016 | |
Branch President Anton Kinga of Papua New Guinea: Photo source :
From Church Headquarters in Salt Lake City in the United States to the remote village of Rabaul on the island of East New Britain, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gather to worship each Sunday.

Congregations in Papua New Guinea (PNG) meet in settings ranging from established brick chapels to small wooden open air constructions, similar to how members of the Church met in early days.  Regardless of where they meet, Church members in PNG follow the admonition of Jesus Christ, recorded in the Book of Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

One of the smaller congregations in PNG is located in Rabaul. Anton Kinga is the local leader who oversees this congregation.

Four young missionaries assigned to Rabaul assist him in conducting Sunday worship services. During the week, the missionaries provide service work, in addition to preaching the gospel to those who express an interest in learning more about the Church.

In preparation for the Sabbath day meetings on Rabaul, sand floors are carefully raked and chairs are placed in neat rows in the open-air bush chapel, which is constructed of bamboo posts and a thatched roof.

Sunday worship services consist of singing hymns together, learning more about Jesus Christ and studying togther from the Bible, other sacred texts and Church manuals. Materials such as these are published in 120 different languages, and used throughout the world.


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