Eight-year-old James, from Palmerston North, conveyed the feelings of many other New Zealanders with a poster he created over this past weekend, following Friday’s mass shootings in Christchurch.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across New Zealand, like James, are reaching out in love and support to Muslim friends and neighbors in many different ways.
Last night in Auckland, Church members, and other supporters welcomed Muslim friends into a local meetinghouse for a devotional that drew a congregation close to one thousand strong.
A day earlier (Saturday 16 March), president of the Church’s Tauranga New Zealand Stake, Francis Fitzpatrick, and his wife Megan Fitzpatrick, shared some words of love and support in this YouTube video.
A Latter-day Saint Sunday School class joined with members of the local Muslim community, and others, in a small devotional yesterday.
Other Church members have posted supportive messages and musical items on social media.
Latter-day Saint women in Dunedin are working alongside Clare Curran MP to set up a Muslim Women’s support group. Women are signing up to be a friend, to walk with, go shopping with, and offer support in other ways.
“As a church, we love God, His Son Jesus Christ, and our neighbours,” Elder O. Vincent Haleck, president of the Pacific Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said today.
“We strive to follow Jesus Christ by loving and serving those around us. We extend our love and support to our Muslim friends. We want them to know that we are with them, and as a nation and as communities we can move forward with faith, understanding, and unity.”
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Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.