We are praying for your family and little daughter. You are an inspiration to
us all. Thanks
our prayers are with the Latu family all the way from Brasilia, Brazil.
Our hopes and prayers go out to Wayne, Mary, and their two daughters! We are
grateful to them and the example of love and service they are to us all. May
your sweet baby be blessed with all the health and strength she needs!!
I am an associate of Wayne and the Latu family. This article describes the
Wayne I have always seen and known. He is truly an amazing individual and our
prayers go out to him and his family at this time. Keep up the positive
attitude Latus. We love you.
We are blessed to know Mary's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
Latu family at this time. We're rooting for Kina to have a full recovery!!
Wayne and Mary are great examples of love, kindness and service to many. Our
thoughts and prayers are with them and their beautiful little daughters.
This man and his family are winners in every way. What a privilege it is to have
him represent us on and off the field.
This was rejected by the DB (we know best) censors last time and I don't know
why. Everyone should have sympathy for the parents that have a
child or baby in hospital. That really goes without saying.But
honestly, I want to know or was wondering if Samuelson visits every BYU student
who has child in the hospital or Just those that get media attention?This is just an honest question. Does any one know?
To Observer: Nice try. An "honest" question, asked in a typical, "make sure to
criticize Church leaders at every opportunity" way. Latu is a 3rd stringer,
hardly deserving of media attention. The visit by Samuelson was arranged before
anyone in the media knew about it. Grow up and find ways to improve yourself
instead of putting others down.
Wayne, my heart goes out to you. My wife and I know exactly what you're going
through; our first son was 8 weeks early. You will be amazed at the miracles
they can perform at Newborn ICU's these days. The key for us was to be with the
newborn as much as possible. The nurses and doctors were amazingly helpful. My
wife and I wish you and your family the best.
Wayne-you have always been such a sweet example in your family!! We feel lucky
to know you and your family and pray all will be well with your newest little
one. love, julie (pratt) hepworth from texas and all the pratts from orem.
love you all!
Observer: in answer to your question, yes, Samuelson visits every BYU student
who is ill, or has an ill child in the hospital. And, if time permits, he visits
all of their parents too. Yes, he visits every single on of them. Now, does that
answer your question?
I know his Dad and some of the sisters. They are a most deserving family I
know, in my opinion. My heart goes out to you, Wayne, your wife, and your
daughter. I know that if he was given a chance on the football field he would
deliver in classic Latu style. Probably on any other team Wayne would be
starting in the backfield. The Latu family are my friends and I am sad that this
happened. My prayers are with you, Wayne.
I believe that President Samuelson was Wayne's home teacher when he was living
at home. They have been ward-family members for several years.
Wayne and Mary - I know this is tough, but we all love you and are praying for
all of you and especially little Kina. I'm sure Kina is an inspiration to
eveyone at the NICU and she is an inspiration to all of us in California. I
can't wait to meet her. Love from UMike, Laura, Meg, Jack and Sam.
My heart and thoughts go out to the Latu family at this time. I
can't believe that someone would use this article as an opportunity to try to
take a cheap shot at the LDS church or Pres. Samuelson. Although I don't know
Pres. Samuelson, I know that a previous BYU president visited with my family
when my brother experienced a tragedy while he was a BYU student. It was not
something that anyone ever really knew about and never had any publicity. Just
a concerned university president looking after a student. My guess is that
Pres. Samuelson is the same way. In fact, based on my experience, pretty much
every university/college president around the country is the same way. Anyway, to "Observer" just two words: go away. Take your agenda
somewhere else and don't harass a family that is dealing with a genuinely
My prayers are with the Latu family! Hang in there! September 1st will mark
the 16th birthday of my daughter who was born with gastroschisis (the intestines
etc. on the outside of the body), at UofU Hospital and treated at Primary
Children's. Kina is in the hands of the best doctors, nurses and staff in the
world. I can't say enough positive about those people! Because of
miracles and those skilled people I have a beautiful daughter who is an active
sophomore in high school, a three sport athlete, and a wonderful inspiration to
all of us. I pray that you may realize the same blessing of raising
this wonderful little spirit. I'll be cheering for you this season both on and
off the field. A lifelong Cougar!
I guess I'm the only one who did see that as an honest question, since
supposedly the efficacy of a Priesthood blessing is not contingent upon the
office of the person giving the blessing. I am glad to hear that Pres.
Samuelson does attempt to visit BYU students in the hospital, and it would
certainly make more immediate sense if he had been their home teacher at one
point. But I remember the Haloti Ngata saga and Pres. Monson, for whom Ngata's
mother worked, offering to give him a (non-health-related) blessing. Not
knowing the full story, of course, I wondered if it were necessary for Pres.
Monson to go out of his way to do that. Perhaps Haloti did not have another
worthy Priesthood holder available for one, although it didn't sound like he had
sought that himself. Could my view on this matter be clouded by the fact that
he lied to the BYU coaches up until signing day? Perhaps.
As a former member of the BYU football team I know that President Samuelson has
a very close relationship with Wayne. Wayne has been the silent leader of the
football team every year he has been at BYU in terms of service oriented
activities. This has given him the opportunity to grow close to Pres.
On and off the field. Every time he is in, I will be pulling for him.
President Samuelson is a long time family friend of the Latu family, they were
in the same ward together for many years, any suggestions that is is media or pr
related is way off base
Mary and Wayne,Anne and I just returned from British Columbia, Canada and
got the news that Baby Kina was born. Congratulations to you both. We are so
excited to see her! We plan on being in Provo for Wayne and Michaels game in
October. Please tell baby Kina that we love her very much and that we can't wait
to see her. We are praying for you and baby Kina! We love you all so much.Love Uncle John and Auntie Anne!!!
Sorry we're so late... this is a beautiful article and we are praying for you
guys especially baby kina... we love you and will be up there to visit soon...
take care stay strong...
Kiaora & Maloelelei to the Latu family,This is the first time I've ever
read any article in the Deseret News & quite the humble experience it has
been...our hearts prayers will be with your precious daughter Kina & your
family. May you be blessed with all you stand in need of.Warmest hugs
from my family to yoursx0x0x0x0...Joy, Richard, Landen, Anila, Novalee,
Nataria, Saralise & Melikiola.