We are on vacation in Lai?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢e, Hawai?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢i, this week, and attended church in the Laie 7th Ward. I thought I would share a few things that I thought were interesting.
The meeting with not only prelude music, but a prelude hymn, in which the congregation joined in. We sang ?¢‚Ç¨?ìSpirit of God?¢‚Ç¨¬ù. I have to admit that I thought it was odd, and at first thought it was the opening. After we were done, however, and sang the opening hymn shortly thereafter, I thought how cool it was to sing a prelude hymn. It set the tone for the rest of the meeting.
The bishop started out the meeting with ?¢‚Ç¨?ìBrother and Sisters, Aloha?¢‚Ç¨¬ù. It was Fast and Testimony Meeting today, and before each testimony there was a ?¢‚Ç¨?ìBrother and Sisters, Aloha?¢‚Ç¨¬ù. In fact, they did it at the start of priesthood opening exercises and elders quorum.
A young father blessed his first child, a daughter, today. Part of the blessing paralleled structurally with initiatory ordinance. I thought that was pretty cool.
Another interesting part of the testimony meeting was that there was a constant stream of people bearing the testimony.
There was as simple faith among those I heard speaking. I found myself drawn to that.
There are quite a few mixed families here. It?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s kind of weird to hear someone say an anglicized name when introducing another person only to find the second person looks polynesian.
All in all, it was a neat experience, and I wish we could stay for more.