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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Fijian LDS temple is dedicated in small ceremony
Deseret News 19Jun00 N1
By Sarah Jane Weaver: Church News staff writer

SUVA, FIJI -- Braving the political unrest that led the LDS Church to move its missionaries to the other side of the island, LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Suva Fiji Temple in a small ceremony on Sunday. The ceremony was attended by 60 Church members including four local stake presidents and their wives, the temple presidency and their wives, and a 20-voice choir. The dedication was held in the Temple's celestial room.

The LDS Church First Presidency decided on the small dedication because of the continuing unrest in the country. The south pacific island nation has been in turmoil since armed rebels took Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and other government leaders hostage on May 19th. The rebels are native Fijians upset that the government was controlled by members of the Indian minority. Recently, negotiators seemed to be making progress in resolving the standoff.

The Temple's dedication follows a public open house, scheduled for June 7-10 and 12, which drew 16,723 in spite of limited publicity due to the unrest. The building is located on land purchased from the Australian government, just a few minutes from the Suva city center, in a neighborhood that includes ambassadorial residences.

The Suva Temple is the fourth dedicated by President Hinckley in his extended trip through the Far East, starting with the dedication of the Fukuoka Japan Temple on June 11th. Since then, President Hinckley has traveled to Thailand, where he paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai.

Hinckley then traveled to Adelaide, Australia, where he dedicated the Adelaide Australia Temple on Thursday, June 15th and then to Melbourne, Australia for the dedication of the temple there on Friday, June 16th. The trip is the first time that four temples have been dedicated in a single overseas trip.

While in Thailand, President Hinckley was treated to a "pre-birthday celebration" by Deputy Prime Minister Bhichai Rattakul. The Thai government also thanked the Church for "all the work that LDS volunteers have done" for Thailand. Among the humanitarian service provided by Church members is the work of 100 volunteer who, over the past three years, have taught more than 300,000 English teachers and students. President Hinckley also spoke to a meeting of 2,600 Church members at the Thailand Air Force Convention Center.


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