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Dear Editor,

This year’s Flag Day theme “Tupulaga Mo Taeao” sends a strong message to the youth of Amerika Samoa of how precious they are and why we as leaders need to mold and prepare them for the task ahead and embrace the future. 

FAAFETAI ma FAAMALO to the youth of EFKAS, Catholic, and Methodist churches for all the hard work and efforts put into their faafiafiaga of dancing and singing.  It was indeed very enjoyable to watch, listen, and learn.

However, I am concerned, wondering why the Mormon youth did not participate. Apparently, no invitation was sent out to the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, commonly known as the “Mormons” for their youth to participate in this year’s Flag Day faafiafiagas.

It is interesting that ASG had dedicated this year’s flag day celebrations to honor youth from all religious backgrounds and walk of life.  Yet, the Mormon youth, who are active participants in numerous community gatherings and activities were visibly absent and excluded from this important youth event.

I am aware that our government is financially struggling and trying to find ways to save money and cut spending. However, it was easily noticeable that only the youth groups from the three dominant religions participated while others like the Mormon youth were excluded. No doubt that the Mormon youth would have been very excited to do it as a free service for the people of Tutuila and Manu’a.

As is commonly known, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gladly renders free services and promptly lends helping hands wherever and whenever it is needed. ASG has benefited from Mormon youth services throughout the years, and these youngsters would have welcomed the opportunity to collaborate and interact with youth from other religious faiths, had they have been invited!

Faafetai tele and have a great week Amerika Samoa!

Fiatele  Aiono