“Around the Church,” Liahona, June 2011, 78
In January, 147 members of the Church from New Caledonia spent a month in Hamilton, New Zealand, to attend the temple there.
For many it was the first time they had worshiped in a Latter-day Saint temple. For others it was an annual event.
“We don’t have a temple in New Caledonia, and most members come from very humble families,” said Georgie Guidi, a member of the group. “The parents work all year to save the money for the trip.” The temple is located more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from these members’ homes.
He said the reason they are so willing to go to New Zealand is that the experiences they have there strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ and bring their families together.
Gerard Mou-Tham, district president in New Caledonia, added that “coming to the temple is an opportunity for many to increase their faith and to grow closer to God.”