[lg policy] Australia: Ban on Samoan language in Brisbane church not true, local Mormon official says

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 8 14:11:58 UTC 2013

Ban on Samoan language in Brisbane church not true, local Mormon official


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*APIA, Samoa* --- A claim that Mormons in Brisbane have banned the use of
Samoan language from their services are not true, said Tupuola George

“There is no policy in our church to ban any language from services,” said
Tupuola, who is the public relations officer for the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Days Saints in Samoa.

Their head office in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, makes policy
decisions and no language ban in services has been issued, Tupuola said.

He doesn’t believe lawyer Leulua’iali’i Olinda Woodroffe who told reporters
that Mormons in Brisbane have banned the reading of the Samoan Bible or the
use of Samoan in hymns and prayers.

Leulua’iali’i said she has been hired by Samoan Mormons in Brisbane to
represent them in the matter.

“What she said on TV is wrong,” said Tupuola.

“I suspect that perhaps a Samoan stake mission was closed and it’s members
have joined a palagi mission,” he said.

It has been a past practice of the church to close one stake mission in
order to develop others.

“Samoan community stake missions are very active and more functional than
palagi missions, Tupuola said.

He is unaware the language issue has reached the Federal Court in Australia
as Leulua’iali’i stated.

Several elderly Mormons were surprised to hear of events in Brisbane.

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