November 22, 2009


On November 16, 2009 Isaac was set apart as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Ra and I, Asa and Hamilton, and President Hal Anderson were there to experience the transformation of Isaac Olsen Ahmu Puriri to Elder Puriri.

We entered President Anderson's office with quiet anticipation.  He spoke to us for a few moments then he and Ra placed their hands on Isaac's head.  President Anderson blessed him with many things including the gift of tongues and the gift of communication.  The room filled with the spirit as I'm sure Isaac's Great Grandfather, Olsen Ahmu, was there to preside over the blessing.

On Isaac's next birthday it will be twenty years since Isaac was blessed as a baby by Patriarch Olsen Ahmu.  The blessing was pronounced in Samoan as Grandpa Ahmu was an ordained Patriarch for the Samoan people.

As President Anderson closed the setting apart for Isaac, we all remained seated and silent.  Isaac stood and fell into the arms of his father.  Ra embraced and held him up as Isaac was enveloped by the armor of God.  Ra would later explain that he felt as if he were holding a Warrior going off to battle.  It was a long 3 or 4 minutes before Isaac could let go of his father, stand without shaking and assume his role as missionary for The Church of Jesus Chirst of Latter Day Saints.

This was an incredible experience.  

1 comment:

Nell said...

With his change to Elder Puriri he certainly droppped a few given names, didn't he?