Taniela B. Wakolo

Taniela B. Wakolo
General Authority
April 1, 2017 (2017-04-01)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born Taniela Biu Wakolo

(1967-06-25) June 25, 1967 (age 52)

Lomaloma, Lau, Fiji

Taniela Biu Wakolo (born June 25, 1967) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since April 2017. He is the first Fijian to serve as a general authority.[1]

Wakolo was born in Lomaloma, Lau, Fiji.[1] Wakolo studied management and public administration at the University of the South Pacific. He has a master's degree in management from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Wakolo originally worked as a police officer in Fiji. He later worked for the LDS Church, managing the office in Fiji which oversees the church's business affairs and temporal welfare programs in that country.[2]

LDS Church service [ edit ]

Wakolo was baptized on March 17, 1994, and two weeks after his baptism was called to be in his ward Young Men presidency and to teach seminary with his wife.[3] Among other positions in the LDS Church, Wakolo has served as an institute teacher, branch president, member of a stake high council, counselor in a bishopric, counselor in a stake presidency, as president of the Nausori Fiji Stake, area seventy and as president of the church's Arkansas Little Rock Mission from 2014 to 2017.[1] In 2011, Wokolo went to Vanuatu for training meetings with district presidencies and LDS Church public affairs councils and was quoted saying, "We believe that as we teach of Jesus Christ, family lives, individual lives, communities, and Vanuatu as a nation will become better."[4] In March 2018, Wakolo gave his first address in an LDS Church general conference and spoke on ordinances, "What ordinances, including the sacrament, do I need to receive, and what covenants do I need to make, keep and honor? I promise that participating in ordinances and honoring the associated covenants will bring you marvelous light and protection in this ever-darkening world."[5] In 2019 Wakolo participated in the lighting of the LDS Church temple in White Plains, Quezon City, Philippines with Rev. Fr. Richard Babao from the Ministry for Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs, Archdiocese of Manila.[6]

Personal life [ edit ]

Wakolo and his wife, Anita Herberta Moimoi, were married in 1987.[1] He joined the LDS Church in 1994 after they had been married about seven years. They are the parents of two children.[1]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b c d e Krishna, Kathrin. "Elder Wakolo first Fijian General Authority Seventy", Fiji Sun, 5 April 2017. Retrieved on 22 February 2020.
  2. ^ Walker, Sydney. "LDS journalist from Fiji fulfills lifelong dream of attending general conference", Deseret News, Utah, 3 April 2018. Retrieved on 22 February 2020.
  3. ^ Prescott, Marianne Holman. "New Seventy Elder Wakolo Says Feeding the Missionaries Was “Best Mistake” of His Life", Church News, 31 May 2017. Retrieved on 22 February 2020.
  4. ^ Garae, Len. "Vanuatu Newspaper Writer Thinks Latter-day Saint “Action Speaks Louder than Words”", Vanuatu Daily Post, 19 September 2011. Retrieved on 22 February 2020.
  5. ^ Noyce, David. "The latest from Mormon General Conference: Major priesthood changes, two historic new apostles. Oh, and a vote supporting the new prophet", The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, 31 March 2018. Retrieved on 22 February 2020.
  6. ^ "The Church of Jesus Christ Temple lighting", Business Mirror, 1 December 2019. Retrieved on 7 March 2020.

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