A celebration of culture during the Independence week by the Apia Central Stake ended on Friday night with an Independence ball with the them being ‘Island Night’.
The activities throughout the week covered the kava ceremony (ava o le feiloaiga), a parade during Independence, Samoan games, a Pageant and Pioneer Parade, Samoan Food Festival, the presentation of Samoan gifts and the Tausala and Manaia night.
Stake President Jason Joseph said that the week was filled with love and passion as the stake members enjoyed a week of festivities with sports, entertainment and lots of fun.
“The main purpose of the week ‘is to bring the members together in unity, and to work together in hastening the Lord’s work,’ he said.
“It’s not the time that we actually perform but the time that we had spent in long hours to associate in practice and bonding, that’s what matters. We as church leaders are so concerned about our youth and we want them to know that there’s so much to enjoy in the gospel than in the world.
“And we have witnessed from all these Tausalas and Manaias the potential to become great leaders in the future not only to lead the Church and the government but also, their own families.
“Some of these girls hold degrees in law and business, graduated from universities, others are still in universities, or are preparing to further their studies in B.Y.U and other institutions.
“To myself, this is a great example for them to take the lead so others can follow.”
Member of the Seventy, Elder Meliula Fata emphasized the importance of culture in families.
“This is the strong foundation for our families so we can sustain order and respect no matter where we are, and to celebrate the freedom we have which our forebears had fought for,” he said.
“We must uphold our culture with pride and move forward with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the only culture that will take us further in our pursuit for eternal happiness.
President Joseph thanked all the members of the stake, friends and families who supported their activities throughout the whole week. This is the first year of the Culture Week by the Apia Central Week and this will become an annual event.