On this glorious autumnal Sunday morning, Brother Jeremy Boyden opened the Sacrament Meeting, with Bishop Onaolapo presiding.
The opening Innvocation was by Sister Munden, followed by some words from President Akkune's family.
First of all, their son Ike : My brother does not like to share, but he is still my brother. I love my family. I love my father, because he keeps us all together.
Sister Akkune : I am aware that not every household has a Priesthood Holder in the house.
God has assigned to the Priesthood Holder the duty of fellowship, for the benefit of the entire human family, to build up and uplift.
I am happy and lucky to have a Priesthood Holder in the house, so how should I support him? I have to be patient and willing to support him, when he has to go to his Home Teaching meetings. I have been fortunate to always have a Priesthood Holder in my house. My Father instilled in me a testimony that I received at 13, and it has always been with me ever since.
President Akkunne (A-Ku-nay) : The family is central to God's plan of salvation for His creation.
Parents have a sacred duty to bring up children. The Lord is not pleased when children quarrel.
President Hinckley had a simple 4 point plan :
3) Pay tithe
4) Attend the church meetings.
When we pay the Tithe, there is a blessing upon our families.
Then Brother Chima (as President Akkune is also known) related the very touching story of how after
21 years of marriage he one day took out another woman on a dinner date, the lady in question being his beloved Mother. She had been a widow for 19 years, and was so thrilled to go out for dinner with her son. "Son" she wrote to him. "You don't know what it has meant to me going out on this dinner date with you. You are a wonderful son, and I love you very dearly."
Sadly, a few days later, Chima's Mother died, but he has the glorious memory of how happy she felt with his show of respect and affection for her.
The Sacrament was followed by Bible Class, in which the topic of Priesthood and fellowship continued.
Later this afternoon, we had the blessed Baptism of Benjamin, son of Nana and Sister Aggrey. This was celebrated with immersion of Benjamin in the water, singing of hymns and invocations of blessings.
There was a feast, with several varieties of rice, dumplings, salads, fish, meat and a variety of drinks.
This glorious autumnal day augers well for the love and respect people have for one another. A great day for this gathering of kindred spirits, may blessings be upon all.
(written by Duru-darshan,
Melchizedek Priest, LDS Ilford)