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“It’s His Church,” Friend, July 2019

Friend to Friend

It’s His Church

“Ye must take upon you the name of Christ, which is my name” (3 Nephi 27:5).

Friend Magazine, 2019/07 Jul

Illustrations by Simini Blocker

I was born in Fiji. My parents were not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but they went to another church.

When I grew up, I married my wife, Anita. She was a member of the Church. She kept inviting the missionaries over to meet me.

One day I told them they could come to dinner for the next three nights. I said they had to use only the Bible to answer my questions. Their answers were perfect. On the third night, they asked me a question.

“If you had a grocery store, what would you call it?”

“I would call it the Wakolo Family Grocery Store because it’s my store,” I answered.

“Who should a church be named after?” they asked.

It was a great question. And I knew the answer with my heart and soul. The true Church would be named after Jesus because it’s His Church. And The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was named after Him!

I had just one more question: “When can I be baptized?” One week later, I was.

When I was baptized, I took upon myself Jesus Christ’s name. That means I became a member of His Church and promised to follow Him. I try my best every day to live as He did. I know that this is Jesus Christ’s true Church.

The Name of the Church

In any language, the Church is still named after Jesus Christ. Match each language with the Church’s name in that language. (Check answers below.) Circle the words you think mean “Jesus Christ.”

  • Vos Vakaviti (Fijian)

  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)

  • Kiswahili (Swahili)

  • Hrvatski (Croatian)

  • Italiano (Italian)

Answers: (in order) Fijian, Croatian, Vietnamese, Swahili, Italian