Polynesian Culture Vs. God’s Culture? When to draw the line in our Pasifika Families?

Tuesday Talk Topic #4 – Polynesian Culture Vs. God’s Culture? When to draw the line in our Pasifika Families?

In a Relief Society class a couple of years ago, a mother raised a personal concern. She said ‘being Polynesian myself, the Polynesian culture can demand a-lot; especially when it comes to money and other feaus. Sometimes I don’t know how to live the gospel and still honour my heritage without offending family members. In other words, I don’t know how, when and where to draw the line?’.

Often we find ourselves in situations similar to that of this mother, some cases are more extreme than others.

Our Tuesday Talk this week is: In what ways do you feel the Polynesian culture conflict with God’s culture (Gospel culture)? How, where and when can we draw the line? For the purpose of this discussion we can also mention other elements influenced by the Polynesian culture such as Faikava and wedding ceremonies etc.

Other questions you may want to consider when sharing your thoughts are: What counsels have we received from our Church leaders to help us realign with God’s culture? As Polynesian women, how can we help draw the line with our spouses and in our families? What has worked for you in the past? Always ask yourself before you post ‘will this help a sister strengthen her commitment to Christ?’’

Donald L. Hallstrom conveyed and warned: Culture is defined as “the customary beliefs, social forms, and … traits of a … group” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th ed.). Traditions, established patterns of behavior transmitted from generation to generation, are an inherent part of culture. Our culture and its related traditions help establish our sense of identity and fill the vital human need to belong. Uplifting traditions play a significant role in leading us toward the things of the Spirit. Those that promote love for Deity and unity in families and among people are especially important.

The power of tradition, however, poses a significant danger. It can cause us to forget our heavenly heritage. This process involves embracing all that is spiritually elevating in our family and societal traditions and discarding that which is a barrier to our eternal view and achievement. We must transform ourselves from being “natural” men and women as defined by King Benjamin, and “becometh a saint” by yielding “to the enticings of the Holy Spirit” (see Mosiah 3:19)

Additional Resources

Cultivate Righteous Traditions – Donald L. Hallstrom Of the First Quorum of the Seventy


The Gospel Culture – Elder Dallin H. Oaks Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s