I was an LDS missionary in PA (including Philly). My eyes fill with tears of
gratitude every time I read something about the new temple there, and when I
contemplate that great blessing for the people of that city and region (LDS or
otherwise!)Oh.... and, uh..... GO PHILLIES!!!!!! 8^O
Mightymite: "If you look for the bad in people, you will surely find
it." And the opposite is also true: If you look for the good in people,
you will surely find it...and you will be happier.Wonderful column,
Brother Sikahema! Very inspiring.
Never thought moving to Phili would be so rewarding. Fun to watch the progress
of our next generation.
RE: mightymite...where does Vai speak about himself to the point that he's the
center of attention? If you're going to make such a claim, then back it up with
specific details.Of course, Vai talks about himself in the context
of his parents sacrifice to travel to the temple to have their family sealed
there. I can't see how what Vai shares focuses entirely about him. Considering
that Tongans in general are a very humble people, I think it's great that Vai
talks about himself at all. But to the point where you state that Vai "is
so full of himself and his surroundings," remember that this is, after all
Vai's blog. It's not named after someone or something else. Consequently, you/we
should expect Vai to discuss things from his vantage point. As
someone from Polynesian heritage, I applaud Vai's professional and personal work
and look forward to reading his blog. Vai's regular writings make me proud to be
Polynesian and inspire me to be a better father, son, latter-day saint, and
person. Keep up the great work, Vai! Mahalo brother!
Brother Vai, Well spoken. You impress as usual. Keep it up.
LOVED that article! Vai is a true disciple of Jesus Christ who I will always
Thank you for sharing your remarks given at the Philadelphia Temple
groundbreaking in your column. I heard them via satellite at our meetinghouse
and thought as you were giving your talk 'i hope i can find the transcript for
this - it's beautiful' and here they are! It truly was a beautiful day, to be
treasured - a temple in Philadelphia - the cradle of liberty! They said 21/2 -
3yrs - am so looking forward to the completion of it!
These are exciting days for the Philadelphia area. I am glad the Church is
moving forward with its commitment to building in the heart of cities. It is
encoraging that someone is building a new building in Camden.
Thank you Vai. Your testimony comes through so strong and clear. Your work is
truly a light upon the hill to gather more to the the Church.
Vai it sounds like a wonderful day, a real highlight in your life. Thank you so
much for letting us all share it just a little bit with you.
Vai, I always enjoy reading your articles. What ever you right about you are
always right on.
I have numerous ancestors that lived in and around Philadelphia as far back as
the late 1600's. I would so love to serve a mission in that area with my
husband or atleast make a trip there to walk the streets and see the places
where my ancestors once were.
I was a missionary in Philly, and it really made me feel good to hear that the
saints there were getting a temple.
Thank you Vai! God bless you, your family, and especially your mother.
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!
I love the faith promoting Vai and his faith promoting columns.
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.
Vai,You are the best. Keep it coming. We all love it.
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.
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!
Vai speaking about Via. What is new. This guy is so full of himself and his
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.
A real honor to speak along side Henry B. Eyring. Thanks Bro Sikahema.
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.
Great story as usual. Loved to hear this account first-hand about the temple in
Philly. The work moves on.
Sometimes reader comments don't do these stories justice, so all I can do is say
"Thank you, Vai."
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.
Vai,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...
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!
Another incredible personal story Vai. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
Your articles really help put things in perspective for me. God Bless
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"!!
Vai,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.