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Former Bronco preaching in England

Ex-Bronco Lagi Setu has swapped Suncorp Stadium for pounding the streets of the British city of Birmingham.
Ex-Bronco Lagi Setu has swapped Suncorp Stadium for pounding the streets of the British city of Birmingham.

EX-BRONCO Lagi Setu has swapped Suncorp Stadium for pounding the streets of the British city of Birmingham. File photosMormon mission

Missionaries do not receive a salary for the work they undertake; most are supported by themselves or their families.

Mormons are often associated with polygamy, but the church suspended the practice in the early 1900s and the vast majority of modern Mormons are monogamists.

A missionary is assigned by the mission president to be another missionary's companion.

Birmingham facts

Birmingham is the most populated British city outside London, with a population of 1,028,701.

People from Birmingham are known as ‘Brummies', a term derived from the city's nickname of ‘Brum'.

The city is described as the birthplace of heavy metal music, with Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Magnum, and two members of Led Zeppelin all hailing from Brum.

FORMER State of Origin prospect and Brisbane Broncos forward Lagi Setu is street preaching in Birmingham, England, and is now referred to as Elder Setu.

It is a far cry from being selected by Wayne Bennett to be part of Queensland's Emerging Origin Squad just two years ago at age 21.

Now, Setu spends his days spreading the Mormon gospel, door knocking residents in the working class England city north west of London.

He lives in a small one-bedroom apartment with a fellow missionary and wakes up at 6.30am every morning for prayer before hitting the streets, with the Book of Mormon in hand.

He also participates in services for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and preaches on the streets of the midlands city.

He is in the first year of a two year mission required by all males who practise the Mormon faith.

Rugby league commentators regarded Setu as a superstar in waiting when he made his NRL debut at age 18 for the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Setu's younger brother Waita, 18, said the former Ipswich Grammar School sensation wanted to return to the NRL.

“When he comes back to Australia he wants to play in the NRL again and that's the promise he made himself when he left,” Waita said.

“Lagi is loving it over there.

“He writes a letter to us each week. He stays in a small house there and spends most of the day knocking on people's doors to talk to them about the Mormon faith.

Setu was placed in Birmingham by the church, after psychological testing determined the city would best suit him.

While there, Setu must adhere to a basic lifestyle that requires immense discipline.

He is prohibited from dating or courting, can never watch television or go to movies and can only use the internet sparingly.

He is also banned from calling his parents, except on Christmas Day and Mother's Day.

Waita is currently playing for the Brisbane Broncos under 20's team and hopes to play alongside his brother in the NRL one day.

“This is what Lagi really wanted to do, to serve his faith in the best way and let people know about the Mormon life,” Waita said.

“Our older brother Rota served as a missionary and came back and told Lagi how great it was and that made Lagi really want to go.”

Topics:  brisbane broncos, state of origin




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