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Mormon Mother of Five Running for Public Office in Canberra

Local member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints finds time to balance family, church service and public life

Canberra woman Elizabeth Kikkert serves as a leader in the adult women's organisation called the Relief Society in the Belconnen Ward (congregation) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Managing a busy life, Elizabeth is running for public office in Canberra, thanks to the support of her husband, Sean and their five children.

Pictured L-R Paul Sweeney, Denise Fisher, Jeremy Hanson, Vicki Dunne, Elizabeth Kikkert, Ignatius Rozario

Elizabeth emigrated to Australia at the age of nine from the island nation of Tonga.  Her parents worked tirelessly to create a better life for their five children.

Speaking of her desire to serve in her community, she said,” We have a duty to get informed about what is happening in our communities". Then, we need to speak up on issues of common concern that shape our public environment.  We cannot get the things we want, if we do not speak up.  We demonstrate honour to our families, city and future when we actively participate and advocate for that which is good and right.” 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has made the following public statement on multiple occasions prior to major elections: “Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of all major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.”


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