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Hobart Latter-day Saints Host Evening with Prominent Tasmanian Politician


Members of the Hobart Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently hosted an informal dessert and conversation evening with local politician and first female Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly, the Honourable Elise Archer MP.

In a church member’s home Latter-day Saints of varying ages mingled with Elise and enjoyed homemade crumble before hearing her speak about her roles and experiences in politics. It was then Q&A time where guests asked Elise anything they pleased.

Everyone left feeling more positive about politics and inspired to become involved in the community, and Elise became better acquainted with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“I like that Elise was real with us and told us about the hard things and what she doesn’t like so much about her job, as well as the parts she enjoys,” said guest Abby Grassham from Hobart Ward.

“It was interesting hearing about what being an MP and Speaker entails and how she balances the two,” she added.

Hobart Stake Public Affairs Director Lynda Vertigan, who organised the event was also delighted. “I enjoyed the night because we turned our attention away from ourselves and learned a lot about how one person works and serves in the community."

“Elise is a responsible and independent-thinking woman who works hard to protect and improve our community. She’s organised, thorough and hardworking. I really appreciated our youth being exposed to her enthusiasm and commitment.  It was also a great opportunity for Elise to meet some of our many outstanding young people.”

The Hobart Stake Public Affairs Committee is organising more dessert and conversation evenings.

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