Hey! I thought this was interesting and thought I would share it with y'all. Kelsi was asked to talk about the Fiji temple at YW camp this week. She found out that it was the 91st temple built and wrote to tell Jake because his racing number is 91 and his mailbox number at the MTC was also 91. She asked him for any info about the temple that he knew of and this is his reply:
The Fiji Suva temple has awesome stories. I am not sure where the written version of it is, but this is the gist of it. The US government bought some land, then Pres Hinckley came to Fiji and said this is where the temple will stand. The people taking him around said no, that is US soil owned by the USA. Technically that is a piece of America in Fiji. Pres. Hinckley said no, that is where it will be. Long story short... The USA met with a bunch of problems and decided it was not a good place to build the embassy. So, they sold it to the church and bought new land up the street. Then, when the temple was supposed to be dedicated there was a big Ku (civil war) in Fiji. Pres Hinckley was admonished to stay away, because it was dangerous and there was lots of war and gun fighting going on right around the temple. But Pres said nope, this Temple of the Lord needs to be opened and dedicated. I will be fine. So they literally snuck him in and did the dedication amongst war and in secret without publicizing it. We now have the Fiji, Suva temple. It sits on top of the hill and the seamen use it as a beacon to avoid the reef and maneuver their way into the harbor. A few years ago there was a black out in suva for like a week and the only thing lit up was the temple because they had a generator. People all the way from an outer island said they could still see the temple like a glowing beacon from
heaven. That's all I've got. Hope it helps. Love you.