Prince Ata baptised in Mormon church despite king’s repeated requests to postpone  ceremony

Prince Ata baptised in Mormon church despite king’s repeated requests to postpone  ceremony

His Majesty King Tupou VI’s second son, Prince Ata, has been baptised as a Mormon in Hawai’i, according to a leading figure of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Hon. Semisi Sika, a leading figure of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Tonga, confirmed the baptism of Prince Ata for Kaniva News, but declined to comment when we asked him about the relationship between the king and his son following the baptism.

The move, described by Hon. Sika as “absolutely surprising,” comes after repeated attempts by His Majesty to persuade his son to postpone the ceremony.

Last year the king sent his royal guards and the former Prime Minister of Tonga to persuade Prince Ata to stop his baptism.

Kaniva News understands the Prince had insisted on being baptised.

We have been unable to obtain confirmation or comment from the palace.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the formal name of the Mormon Church. Members are also known as LDS.

Hon. Sika, who is also chair of Parliament’s Whole House Committee, said the news about the baptism was absolutely surprising and he did not know who arranged it.

He said “his understanding” was that the ceremony had been postponed since last year so the king and the queen could attend the ceremony.

When the Prince’s baptism was postponed last year at the king’s request, Hon. Sika told us Prince Ata had continued to attend church services as part of his preparation for a Mormon baptism to be carried out when their Majesties felt ready.

It is understood that Prince Ata has also spent a lot of time socially with members of the Mormon Church

Last year’s ceremony

Prince Ata, the fourth in line to the Tongan throne wanted to be baptised into the Mormon Church last year, but before the baptism took place His Majesty found out and sent his royal guards to intervene and stopped the service in the LDS church in Havelu.

The prince sent away the royal guards, but the king sent the Former Prime Minister, Lord Tu’ivakano, to persuade him to stop his baptism.

The prince refused to listen to the Prime Minister, but after the Mormon leaders intervened Ata finally agreed to postpone the ceremony.

The main points

  • His Majesty King Tupou VI’s second son, Prince Ata, has been baptised as a Mormon in Hawai’i, according to a leading figure of theChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
  • The baptism comes after repeated attempts by His Majesty to persuade his son to postpone the ceremony.
  • Last year the king sent his royal guards and the former Prime Minister of Tonga to persuade Prince Ata to stop his baptism.
  • Kaniva News has been unable to obtain confirmation or comment from the palace.

For more information

Mormons in Tonga

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an updated version of a story Kaniva News carried earlier today. Prince Ata’s baptism has been confirmed by Hon. Semisi Sika, a leading figure in the Mormon Church in Tonga.

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4 Responses to "Prince Ata baptised in Mormon church despite king’s repeated requests to postpone  ceremony"

  1. Ongoongo Faka-Tonga  03/03/2015 at 14:14

    Kuo papi ‘a e ‘alo fika ua ‘o ‘Ene ‘Afió Pilinisi Ata ʻi he Māmongá fakatatau ʻeni ki ha fakamatala kuo fakapapauʻi ki he Kaniva ʻe ha taha e kau taki ‘i he Siasi ‘o Sīsū Kalaisi ʻo e Kau Māʻoniʻoni Ngaahi ʻAho ki Muí ni.

    Ko e foʻi ngaʻunu ko ʻení, ʻa ia kuo fakamatalaʻi ʻe ʻOnapolo Semisi Sika ʻo ne pehē ʻoku fakaʻohovale lahi, kuo hoko hili ia ha toutou feinga ʻa ʻEne ʻAfió Kingi Tupou VI ke fakalotoa hono ʻaló ke toloi hono ouau papí.

    ʻI he taʻu kuo ʻosi ne tuku atu ai ʻe he tuʻí ʻene kau kaʻaté pea mo e Palēmia o Tonga ki muʻa ke ne fakalotoa ʻa Pilinisi Ata ke taʻofi ʻene papí.

    ʻOku mahino ki he Ongoongo ʻa e Kanivá ʻoku vili pe ʻa e Pilinisí ke papi ia.

    Naʻe ʻikai lava ke mau maʻu ha fakamatala fakapapauʻi mei he palasí kau ki he papí ni.

    Ne fakapapauʻi ʻe he taha e kau taki muʻa he siasí, Sēmisi Sika kuo papi e Pilinisí he siasí taimi tatau ne ʻikai fie ʻai haʻane lau he taimi ne mau ʻeke ange ai ke ʻai angé haʻane lau pe kuo fēfē vā o e tuʻí mo hono ʻaló hili e papí ni.

    Naʻe pehē ʻe Sika ko e ongoongó ni ʻoku fuʻu fakaʻohovale lahi pea ʻoku ʻikai ke ne ʻilo ko hai ne ne fokotuʻutuʻu ʻa e papí ni.

    Ne ne pehē ko ʻene mahinoʻí naʻe toloi e papí mei he taʻu kuo ʻosí kae lava ke kau mai e tuʻí mo e kuiní ki he ouaú.

    ʻI he taimi ne toloi ai ʻa e papí ʻi he taʻu kuo ʻosí ʻi he kole ʻa e tuʻí ne fakahā mai ʻe Sika ne hoko atu pe maʻu lotu ʻa e Pilinisí ʻi he ngaahi ouau angamaheni ʻa e siasí ko e teu ai pe ki hono papí ʻi ha maau ʻa e tuʻí mo e kuiní.

    ʻOku mahino pe ne lahi mo e taimi ne feohi fakasōsiale ai ʻa e tamá mo e kau mēmipa ʻo e siasí talu e toloi hono papí.

    Ne fiemaʻu pe ʻe Ata ia, ʻa ia ko e fika fā ia ki he taloní ke papi ia he Māmongá ʻi he taʻu kuo ʻosí ka ne kimuʻa pea fakahoko e papí ne ʻilo ia ʻe he tuʻí ʻo ne fekau mai ʻene kau kaʻate ke omi ʻo taʻofi.

    Ne tuli ia ʻe Ata e kau kaʻaté ka ne iku tukuʻi mai ai ʻe he tuʻí ʻa e Palemia ki muʻá Looti Tuʻivakanō.

    Ne ʻikai pe fie fanongo e pilinisí ia ki he palēmiá ka ne iku pe ʻo vaivai hono lotó ʻi ha kau atu ʻa e kau taki e siasi Māmongá ʻi hono fakakōlekole ke fai e meʻa ʻoku kole ʻe he tuʻí.

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  3. Ulakai Pateta  04/03/2015 at 16:17

    Congratulations Prince Ata. Let the Holy Ghost guides you thru. Temptation and trials will come on your way but be strong and know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are there for you. ‘Ofa atu.

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