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News Story —  21 February 2013

Leader of Worldwide Children's Organization Comes Face to Face with Young New Zealanders

Auckland, New Zealand — 

Rosemary M. Wixom, general president of the Primary organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent some face-time with New Zealand children this week as part of her tour of the Pacific region.

The Primary organization serves around one million Latter-day Saint children around the globe by providing Sunday and weekday classes and activities centred on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Latter-day Saint Primaries are staffed by women and men in Mormon wards and branches (congregations) in volunteer capacities.

On Tuesday [19 February 2013] Sister Wixom met with around 300 children and their parents in Auckland. She dropped in on a class at Auckland’s Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Junior School, and then visited with Latter-day Saint children and their parents at the Latter-day Saints’ Tamaki Stake Centre.

While visiting with the children she greeted many of them, one by one, learning their names and sharing words of love and encouragement with them.

“You are all so beautiful,” she told the children. “Thank you for being here today, and for doing your best to follow Jesus Christ every day.”

Earlier in the day she visited 11-year-old Tristin Katoa in the Starship Children’s Hospital. Tristin has been a patient for some months receiving treatment for Rheumatic fever and an associated heart condition. 

"Primary," as described at the Mormon Newsroom website, "is designed to supplement the religious instruction given by parents. Children meet during Mormon worship services each Sunday to discuss Church doctrine, participate in learning activities and sing songs." 

Sister Wixom is traveling with her husband, B. Jackson Wixom, and general president of the Church’s Relief Society, Sister Linda K. Burton, and her husband, Craig P. Burton.

Members of the Church’s Pacific Area Presidency, Elder James J. Hamula, Elder Kevin W. Pearson and Elder F. Michael Watson, and their wives, are hosting the Burtons and Wixoms as they visit Church members and community leaders in New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa this week.

Elder Hamula says of Sisters Burton and Wixom: "Their ministries are focused on teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and on improving the lives of women, children and their families. We are enormously grateful for their visit to the Pacific Area."

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