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Governor General comes to town for Royal Wedding

July 1, 2011

Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen says the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton should be an inspiration to young people to uphold positive values in family life.

Governor General comes to town for Royal Wedding

Sir Patrick, who represented Jamaica at the exchange of nuptials in April, was speaking at the Hampstead Seventh Day Adventist Church where he was special guest.

He stressed the importance of positive values in nation building and noted that the royal wedding was an example of the retention of marriage as God wanted it.

He said the serenity of the event was glorious and wonderful and he was thankful for the opportunity to experience it.

He used the occasion to speak about the ‘I Believe’ initiative which was launched in Jamaica on May 19. He said the programme would be aimed at getting Jamaicans to believe in themselves while promoting good values and a strong a belief in God. “It is to get Jamaicans to believe in themselves, their ability to serve their country and God as God placed us here to enhance the quality of life,” he said.

He added that family education and youth development are issues that the church grapples with in Jamaica as families fall apart. He stressed that the accessing of education and understanding of the educational development process are not just physical and have to be supported by values in the social, emotional and physical spheres.

In giving the sermon, Jamaican born pastor Humphrey Walters said of the royal wedding: “It was a marvellous and wonderful day with thousands watching, being there or glued to their televisions. The wedding vows were magnificent in Westminster Abbey.” He likened the celebrations to an experience of true satisfaction embraced by God.