I’m a Mormon, Professional Rugby Player, and Missionary

100 thoughts on “I’m a Mormon, Professional Rugby Player, and Missionary

  • November 12, 2011 at 9:38 am
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    hes called to serve at brisbane mission…. hes to report to mtc nz this week

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  • November 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm
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    Strong AND Spiritual! What a wonderful combination.

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  • November 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm
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    That's what it is. Much Luv Will. Thank you for your example. Much Blessings to you.

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  • November 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm
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    My future husband <3 lol

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:04 am
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    "mentally challenging" lolololololol

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  • November 14, 2011 at 8:12 am
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    awesome!!!!!!

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  • November 15, 2011 at 4:21 am
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    YESSIR! MALO!!! DA GOSPEL IS TRUE!!!

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  • November 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm
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    Knew a young kid in South Africa who was an upcoming footballer who played for Bloemfontein Celtic, played football against the bloke while he served, a real star but he also decided to put his football career on hold to serve a mission. A real fine man.

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  • November 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm
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    I want to know where you are serving a mission!! Let us know!!

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  • December 4, 2011 at 2:54 am
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    Such a humble guy, God bless !.

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  • December 14, 2011 at 11:55 pm
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    TOO MUCH BRO

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  • December 15, 2011 at 12:39 am
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    i know where hes serving 😛 Elder Hopoate is the new Missionary where i live.

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  • December 15, 2011 at 7:47 am
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    When is god coming to town?

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  • December 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm
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    rugby league is not brutal. union is a real brut sport.

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  • December 21, 2011 at 7:30 am
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    @makatowngang mormons official name is church of jesus christ of latter day saints (LDS) we are christian, just a different sect.

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  • December 21, 2011 at 7:33 am
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    its great to see people who are really dedicated to go on missions(: great job will! hope your mission is filled with many testimony building experiences!

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  • December 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm
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    EVOLUTION HAPPENED

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  • December 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm
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    @makatowngang mormons are christians

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  • December 26, 2011 at 9:31 am
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    @makatowngang
    Mormons are Christians. Mormon is a name given to people who belong to The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter Day saints. The definition of a Christian: pertaining to, believing in, or belonging to the religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. And seen as how we named the church after Him I would think that would be a good indication that we believe and follow his teachings 🙂

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  • December 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm
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    @happychappy0 thats cool! where at?

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  • January 4, 2012 at 3:14 am
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    I belong to The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I love these videos. And i just recently found out about the "ex mormon videos on youtube and these videos make the ex mormon videos look ridiculous

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  • January 8, 2012 at 11:36 am
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    wow i love this guy! This guy is amazing and humble for take a break from his rugby career to serve a full time mission! now that a man

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  • January 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm
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    Great story, good luck on your mission!

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  • January 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm
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    good on you toko, all the best!.

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  • January 19, 2012 at 4:17 am
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    @meow0kitty0k yes it did, evolution is a fact that the LDS church has never denied but we believe that God created this world including evolution. Which is where we might vary from your belief but that's ok, we can have to have different beliefs and while still share a mutual respect. Best of luck to you!!

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  • January 19, 2012 at 4:21 am
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    This guy is such an inspiration, it takes a big man to turn down being a famous sports star with thousands & thousands of people cheering for you, to go do community service in complete obscurity. I have so much respect for him and others like him.

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  • January 23, 2012 at 4:17 am
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    he was boiling water, yet mormons cant drink any hot beverages or caffeine , GOING BY THE RULES FAIL

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  • January 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm
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    Isnt this a sin? its to violent.

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  • January 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm
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    @SPECTACULARGE So you must be perfect to judge him?

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  • February 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm
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    A religion shouldn't have to advertise that its followers possess the quality of normality.

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  • February 6, 2012 at 2:44 am
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    @JustAnotherGaian individuals who claim to be religious should not spend so much time advertising why LDS are not "normal"

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  • February 7, 2012 at 1:25 am
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    Good for you!!

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  • February 8, 2012 at 9:16 am
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    @SPECTACULARGE mate they can have hot drinks just nothing with caffeine in it, so that could have been for his milo or noodles, think mate think

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  • February 9, 2012 at 11:38 am
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    @JustAnotherGaian It does when there is widespread misunderstanding and prejudice about that religion.

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  • February 9, 2012 at 11:42 am
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    @makatowngang No one has said other Christians can't make their own videos. We fully support them if they do. The more people who learn about and are uplifted by Christ and those who strive to follow Him the better!

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  • February 9, 2012 at 9:53 pm
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    @SPECTACULARGE Lol, hot chocolate?

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  • February 22, 2012 at 2:00 am
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    @cneve08 I'm pretty sure that on my mission, i didn't live in small 12 by 12 rooms and i had a vehicle to drive in all of the areas that i served.

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  • February 28, 2012 at 6:57 am
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    MAKE ONE ABOUT Thurl Bailey!!

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  • February 29, 2012 at 7:33 am
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    I live in the US and served a 2 year mission to Brisbane, AU. My dad served in Japan. My brothers in Italy, France, and Tennessee, US. Each of us claims our missions were the best because we grew to love the people we served — all of them — no matter who they were and what they believed in. Will Hopoate will NEVER regret his choice to serve. Serving two years sets the foundation for the rest of your life and puts things in perspective for what brings happiness in life–serving others.

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  • February 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm
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    We are all proud of you brother for choosing the right flag for you future..keep it up.

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  • March 11, 2012 at 7:41 am
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    @meow0kitty0k lol how do you know? were you there to see it? besides, why does it matter how the earth was made or what happend? i certainly don't care. i wasn't there to see it, so i can't say what happend, and neither can you. (:

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  • March 15, 2012 at 6:44 am
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    @oursedatedyouth It doesn't outright say it. But, we are counseled to take care of our bodies. The problem is that caffeine in excess can be detrimental, there are some aspects of herbal tea that can be harmful in excess, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with hot chocolate. In fact, just about everyone drinks hot chocolate in the place of coffee.

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  • March 16, 2012 at 7:50 am
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    @cherokeediamond On the contrary, you can know simply by praying in the name of Jesus Christ to know the truth of the facts presented. If you actually desire an answer and seek one with an open mind and open heart, you'll receive one.

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  • March 31, 2012 at 11:54 am
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    there's this thing called evidence. Backed up by the entire scientific community.

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  • April 2, 2012 at 3:27 am
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    Beawesome video. Love all!

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  • April 9, 2012 at 6:08 am
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    cool story bro. Godspeed.

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  • April 17, 2012 at 2:37 am
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    great video my daughter plays and is the only active LDS girl on the team. It's hard but she is a great example of the blessings she has.

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  • April 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm
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    ok… now what?

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  • April 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm
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    Well, as an ex-missionary myself, I'd say this is a difference we're okay with.

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  • April 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm
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    Your the man!!!!

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  • April 29, 2012 at 5:09 am
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    I love people who stand up for what they believe! You go Elder Hopoate! xo

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  • July 2, 2012 at 8:38 am
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    the scene at the end is dope looking out over the ocean and chilling on a bench. that's a dream scene.

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  • July 15, 2012 at 7:43 am
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    this is so uplifting -3

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  • August 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm
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    Quite a man! Way to go Will on putting God first!

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  • August 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm
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    its great to know that hopoate is a faithful saint !
    keep going love you my LDS brother 🙂

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  • August 31, 2012 at 6:21 am
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    hes actually so amazing !

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  • September 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm
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    in Doctrine & Covenants section 89:5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father . . .

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  • September 9, 2012 at 5:17 am
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    I love the newspaper article titles…he really is the "stormin mormon" and will be a great missionary.

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  • September 14, 2012 at 11:13 am
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    Oh yeah plays for Manly
    no idea he was Mormon…
    GO MANLY

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  • September 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm
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    Where'd he serve

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  • September 25, 2012 at 6:25 am
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    WOOW!! Truely an Inspiration!! A man of God is always a thumbs up!! May Jesus be with you throughout your journey and may you change the life of many and lead them to the right way!! God Bless!! 🙂

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  • October 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm
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    lol, he was drinking milo

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  • November 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm
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    Im a mormon too and im planning to go into sport. You're a great example man

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  • December 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm
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    Where did he go on his mission?

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  • January 12, 2013 at 7:20 am
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    Awesome Elder! you'd make a good Rabbitoh….lol lol

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  • January 18, 2013 at 3:51 am
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    1.5 million dollars gave up to serve a mission. This guy is the man.

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  • February 20, 2013 at 1:15 am
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    Wow! Praise God hey! 🙂

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  • March 6, 2013 at 3:19 am
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    what exactly does being a mormon mean?

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  • March 23, 2013 at 10:01 am
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    "Mormon" is a nickname for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I'm one. We believe in the Bible, we believe in Jesus Christ. We also believe in a book called "The Book of Mormon" which is why some people call us Mormons. We're not offended by it. We are proud to call ourselves Mormons, LDS (for Latter-day Saints), or Christians. I would take Abbie up on her suggestion and look it up on mormon.org. It's a site made just to tell people what we are.

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  • March 28, 2013 at 11:38 pm
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    Wow want a ruff sport but very inspiring. He's great. watch it. He a Mormon, Love's Christ.

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  • April 11, 2013 at 10:36 am
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    now when boys turn 18!!!

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  • August 4, 2013 at 8:17 am
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    yeah bro hes the mann!!

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  • September 25, 2013 at 3:21 pm
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    getting baptized by him

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  • October 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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    abençoe Deus amado! God Bless 😀 wish you all the best!

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  • November 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm
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    So proud of our young men have the desire to serve our Lord Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. You will be blessed for everything you desire in life.

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  • November 13, 2013 at 3:38 am
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    Estoy muy contento de poder conocer esta organización.

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  • December 12, 2013 at 7:03 pm
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    My best friend is looking for a husband… He will do.  =)  She will write him!!!

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  • December 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm
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    you can be 18 now to go on a mission

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  • December 19, 2013 at 8:59 am
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    rugby union is better though lol

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  • December 21, 2013 at 9:11 am
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    Great Role Model for the youth of today…

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  • January 6, 2014 at 1:38 am
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    I wish him the best in his mission even if I don't know him, making those kinds of  sacrifice is never easy for any one in will's shoes, but it is a sacrifice that reaps personal and eternal rewards.

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  • January 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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    Great role model for the youth nd to everyone….
    YOUR THA MAN WILL HOPOATE!!!!

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  • February 18, 2014 at 2:11 am
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    I thought that it was very good. It says that mormons are not bad

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  • June 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm
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    Go Mormons! I'm a Mormon my two big brothers are going on a Mission soon! •.•

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  • July 13, 2014 at 9:15 am
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    Like: you're a good rugby player, your passion about Christ, you served a mission, you have a great heart, you're a good example of how to show God's our gratitude, …
    Dislike: You played for the NSWs.
    😀

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  • September 3, 2014 at 5:08 pm
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    I liked how he talked about all the blessings in his life come from God.

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  • September 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm
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    Awesomely inspiring video. I guess he's done with his mission now. Wonder what he's doing now.

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  • October 6, 2014 at 1:10 am
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    #daretobeamormon  

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  • December 3, 2014 at 11:09 am
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    mean bro well done will god bless you

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  • December 21, 2014 at 2:08 am
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    I got to serve alongside this guy in the Brisbane mission. He was one of our AP's (Assistant to the President).
    At first I had thought "Oh they just made him an AP just because he is a celebrity and superstar" but how wrong I was.
    He was one of the most skilled and humble missionaries I have ever met. An awesome example for every young prospective missionary to look up to and follow.

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  • July 17, 2015 at 3:31 am
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    These very deep faith promoting testimonies. I am very grateful for each one of these members. May Hod of Heaven and Earth watch over everyone of them and help them to achieve all the right desires they have.
    Thank you
    Maryam Larson. I am a mormon and a member missionary

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  • April 13, 2016 at 12:35 am
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    awesome! But Union is better then League

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  • July 25, 2016 at 9:46 am
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    He came to my church and I served him with the bread and water (yes I'm a deacon) it was cool coz my friends were asking me to swap with them because they wanted to serve him.

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  • October 1, 2016 at 11:39 pm
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    i met him he goes to my church

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  • December 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm
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    Thats so awesome that u are willing to take a break from rugby to go on a mission hope u had a great time on ur missions

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  • March 21, 2017 at 12:29 am
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    Amir Willighaven

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  • November 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm
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    I got here by looking for Moemon. Huh.

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  • November 4, 2017 at 1:14 am
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    Guys isn’t this a Mormon channel?? 2:15 hello???

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  • December 3, 2017 at 5:19 am
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    0:32 is that billy slater?

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