President Taniela A. Langi, the Nuku‘alofa Tonga Temple president, died on September 5, 2019, of pneumonia.
President Langi and his wife, Sister ‘Anaseini V. Langi, have served as the temple president and the temple matron since 2016. Prior to his call to serve as temple president, President Langi served as bishop, high councilor, stake public affairs assistant director, and high priest group leader, according to a Church News article.
“His passing was attributed to complications associated with pneumonia,” according to a Newsroom release. “President and Sister Langi have three children and eight grandchildren.
“He loved rugby and other sports. He also enjoyed singing and cultural dancing.”
Following President Langi’s passing, the Pacific Area Presidency made the following statement:
“We join with President Langi’s dear family and his many friends in Tonga and overseas in mourning his passing. He served his family and countless other families and individuals, on both sides of the veil, through his years of faithful service. We pray for Sister Langi and their family, with the confidence, through our faith in Jesus Christ, of a glorious resurrection and a joyous family reunion in the next life.”
Earlier this year, the First Presidency called ‘Aisake K. Tukuafu and his wife, Lose Kinikini Tukuafu, to serve as president and matron of the Nuku‘alofa Tonga Temple. Their service was set to begin in November of this year.