Date: October 09, 2019 05:32AM
I grew up close to the Sydney temple, which attracted a lot of local interest when it was going up, on a prominent ex-Protestant church site, but I've never met a local Mormon or heard any talk of them in the media or in general conversations. Ever.
I had a pleasant visit here in Perth from a Utah missionary and his Tongan companion. They gave me a BOM and I asked them if they believed in the magic stuff. They implied that they managed to, via cog dis processes.
I imagine there might be some life in the NZ Mormon church, since there would be a lot more Polynesians there to push it along. Here we have some famous Polynesian/Australian ex-Mormon fundy Protestant Rugby players at the centre of a major freedom of religion fight which has got a lot of attention, but nothing directly Mormon going on.
I think it would be very hard to sustain Mormon faith in what is a pretty faithless country, particularly when so much of the original story is becoming clearly laughable.
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Date: October 10, 2019 05:07PM
I have a good friend who is Maori, his ex-wife was Mormon. When he realized I was a Mormon he was very careful not to offend me and apologized for offering me beer all the time. When I told him I was not active he started to let me in on how the Maori members are viewing the Church. It seems that when the Church discovered that native polynesians don't have any recent connection to DNA from Jewish ancestors, the effort spent on keeping native branches and church schools dried up. He drove me through one town that he claimed used to be majority LDS Maori, "now they are all gang bangers". I said do you think the church losing influence turned them into gang bangers and he said "no they were always gang bangers, now they are just not Mormon gang bangers." He said there are still lots of believing Maori in the LDS Church, but it is really not something the youth buy into, same story as everywhere I guess.