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Published: Friday, Sept. 23 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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I started reading your column a few months ago. I look forward to it every Friday. Thanks for all of your uplifting words. You are a wonderful storyteller. Keep up the good work.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Vai, I, too, eagerly await your Friday "nuggets". I don't believe I've missed one yet. This was, bar none, your high water mark for your blogs. What a "bellwether day" in the life of Vai Sikahema, in particular, and the saints within the Philadephia Temple District, in general. Thank you for the way you invite readers into very personal experiences in your life. What a great, sacred privilege to speak at the temple dedication for a state & people that you so dearly love-- and to have your noble father attend to hear your remarks as well. Wow! Without a doubt, "We [all] love you, brother"!!

Eagle Mountain, UT

Another incredible personal story Vai. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Your articles really help put things in perspective for me.
God Bless

Lincoln Coug
Lincoln, NE

As always, entertaining to read and uplifting. I find myself wanting to do a little better each time I read something from Vai. Keep it up!

The Rock
Federal Way, WA


I served in the Audubon, NJ ward, which included Camden and Cherry Hill in 1976. My companion and I were teaching the non-member husband of a part member family. He was Puerto Rican. This lead to teaching several other Spanish speaking families.

At the time we were in the Washington DC Mission. The boundaries were changed in July of that year and we became part of the Harrisburg mission. Spanish speaking elders were brought in and the Spanish speaking elders started teaching a Sunday School class for the many investigators and recent converts. Later they moved these meetings into Camden where it would be easier for the locals to attend. In less than six months they had a branch with attendance above 75, most were investigators.

Very happy to hear they have their own chapel today.

I have a cousin who recently returned from serving in the Cherry Hill NJ mission, Spanish Speaking.

Miracles are happening...

Springville, UT

I used to live in an adjoining Stake, and I've had the opportunity to know of the challenges of Camden, Trenton and Philly. There are good things happening in these tough towns, and Vai is making a huge contribution. Thanks to Vai and all the other pioneers of that area.

DD JayMario
American Fork, UT

Sometimes reader comments don't do these stories justice, so all I can do is say "Thank you, Vai."

A.F., UT

Great story as usual. Loved to hear this account first-hand about the temple in Philly. The work moves on.


Thank you Vai. What a great site for the new temple; can't wait to see it as a permanent landmark of that great city. May God continue to bless you. Keep bringing the good words.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

A real honor to speak along side Henry B. Eyring. Thanks Bro Sikahema.

Done That
Monroe, CT

Thanks Vai for the 'Philly' update. Lived in the area during high school and college and helped the missionaries track out 'South Philly' after my return from a mssion to Italy. I was fortunate to help with building the Stake Center in Broomall When we moved to NJ , I was able to help with the Moorestown Chapel construction/landscaping so I have great memories of the area). If it hadn't been for a 'Helping Hands' project last weekend, I would have been there as well. Reading your blog helps overcome my regret for missing the groundbreaking.


Vai speaking about Via. What is new. This guy is so full of himself and his surroundings.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Re: mightymite. My, oh, my! I'll take your comment as being said in obvious jest. Plus, if you really believe that way, just a little suggestion-- don't read his blogs! Full of himself? I doubt not. From a family, career and church responsibility, living a life few of us experience? Indeed. And to think he's willing to bring the readers into his inner-circle, I find amazing and refreshing. He is very unique in many, many positive ways. Perfect or so much "better" then the rest of us? No. Keep 'em coming, Vai!

Kosciusko, Mississippi

As a recent reactivated member of the church who will very soon return to the temple to renew my covenants, I thank you for sharing this story. You have strengthened my belief of the importance of temples, especially since my first time was across the country. Over the years the temples got closer and now its so convenient. Bless you and your family for all you do.

Salt Lake City, UT


You are the best. Keep it coming. We all love it.


Vai: You were a wonderful and exciting football player. As a human being, you are even greater. May you have a long and enjoyable life.


I love the faith promoting Vai and his faith promoting columns.

Moss, Norway

Thanks so much Vai! There's a special spirit here you just don't get from reading, say, a Brad Rock article (although he has his place on these pages too). Keep on writing!

Iowa City, IA

Thank you Vai! God bless you, your family, and especially your mother.

flynn is the coolest
Salt Lake City, UT

I was a missionary in Philly, and it really made me feel good to hear that the saints there were getting a temple.

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