19 Sep 2013

Samoan Mormons in Australia battle for Samoan language services

1:16 pm on 19 September 2013

Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has agreed to help a group of Samoan Mormons from Brisbane upset at a ban prohibiting Samoan language worship services.

The ban, which also affects other ethnic language services, was ordered by church elders.

The group met with Tuilaepa earlier this week, and lawyer Leulua'iali'i Olinda Woodroffe who accompanied them says the prime minister had promised to write to church elders in Brisbane and Utah.

A member of the group Anne Hakula told Talamua online they had sought help from other elders without success.

She says when they disputed the ban threats were made that their names would be removed from the list of Latter Day Saints members.

The members then turned to the Human Rights Court and no more threats have been issued.