Sunday, 24 August 2014

Launceston members discover their roots at "Ward Temple Day"

In an effort to increase the number of members experiencing the joy and spiritual strength of family history work, the Esk and Tamar Wards in Launceston combined for their first ward temple day on Saturday 23 August.

The event began at 10am with a brief message from our stake high councillor over temple and family history work, Brother Corey Bailey, about the importance of providing saving ordinances for the living and the dead, and then members separated into six groups to try their hand at different aspects of family history work.

Stake Indexing Director, Sister Pam Bye, and her husband Noel travelled nearly two hours from Burnie to teach members about FamilySearch Indexing. This is the process of transcribing details from digital images so that the information can be made available and searchable to the public via

Other workshops included scanning and uploading photos and documents to the Family Tree on, recording family stories and memories, researching ancestors using Family History Centre resources and BillionGraves indexing.

Members around the stake will have an opportunity to participate in BillionGraves indexing on National Helping Hands Day in October... more details to come!

All age groups were represented and enjoyed the opportunity of working together as families to learn about their heritage. Temple nights will be held at Launceston Chapel every second Tuesday from 6.30 p.m. and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. To learn more go to

Sunday, 17 August 2014

A night of culture attracts a record crowd!

By Paige Triffitt

On the 15th of August the Devonport Stake held it’s first Youth Cultural night. Over 150 youth attended, 40 of whom where exchange students from Japan. We were all able to share a little of our cultures with each other whilst enjoying a fun filled night. We were also privileged to hear a few words from the Devonport City Mayor, Steve Martin, and we would like to thank him for his attendance.

When I first arrived the first thing I noticed was the large number of youth already at the activity. I did not realise that there was still more to come. It was a huge night, and many youth continued their commitment to bring a plus one. The amount of youth and leaders whom attended was outstanding! I did not think that we would be able to beat our last head count of 72 (the last stake dance) let alone get 150; more than half of whom were non-members. It really goes to show how much we as members can do with a simple invitation.

During the course of the night we were privileged to listen to very talented Taiko drummers whom were beyond amazing. We were even able to do a workshop with them and learn how to perform simple rhythms on the drums. It was an awesome experience, one that I was not very talented at but still thoroughly enjoyed.

Stalls were set up around the room where we were able to play games such as sumo wrestling (where you had to wear sumo suit), pin the face on the person and darts. The stalls also held an assortment of Japanese and Australian foods. The Japanese foods were curry and rice and gyoza whilst the Australian foods were meat pies, sausage in bread, pavlova and lamingtons. All the food was absolutely amazing and I would personally like to thank those who put in so much time and effort to provide it for us! It was truly delicious!

Throughout the night we were able to sit down and listen to some talented youth. Some of the Devonport stake youth sang an Australian song for the Japanese students, whilst some of the students sang us a few Japanese songs. The amount of talent that the Japanese students had was incredible, and it was equally incredible to be able to listen to them sing in Japanese!

The night was beyond amazing and even made the Advocate newspaper. There was so much time and effort spent in the preparation and running of the night and I would like to thank those who helped out. Amongst the helpers on the night were six return missionaries from Japan and eight current full time missionaries. We as youth are so lucky to be able to have such wonderful leaders to provide us with these amazing experiences. I look forward to seeing if there will be another cultural night in years to come!