THE Methodist Church has requested the congregation to own a Bible and read at least five chapters a day in a bid to transform their spiritual lives.
Church president Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu said Fijian society was full of issues such as sexual offences and the abuse of kava and alcohol, which could be dealt with if people transformed their lives.
Mr Waqairatu says the word God transforms people's lives, and if people change they will know right from wrong.
"We have also stressed to our members that the best place for this exercise to be inculcated is the family since the betterment of individuals within a family will also contribute to the betterment of the community and the nation as a whole," he said.
"The word of God has power and it can transform lives, therefore this exercise by the church will only ensure the lives of individual church members are renewed.
"When people read five chapters a day they can complete reading the 1189 chapters of the Bible within 238 days and this will ensure their lives are transformed 1189 times."
The Fiji Times travelled on Thursday to Korovou Village in Valovoni, Saqani, where villagers were told by lay preacher Losawa Raiyaki of the church's wish for its members.
Mr Raiyaki said the purpose of the request from senior church officials was to improve the spiritual lives of the congregation nationwide.
"The exercise will strengthen the foundation of members' spiritual lives and ensure we are spiritually cleansed as a people of God."
Korovou villager Josua Vosawale said the wishes of the church had been relayed to the villagers who agreed this was the way forward for them.