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Area Leader Message

The purpose of this life is 'to prepare to meet God.'
One of the most beautiful doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that families can be together forever. Combining this with the promises of Elijah “of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers”1 makes the temple or the House of the Lord so important and precious to all Latter-day Saints.
In every country in Asia, we need more, and better prepared missionaries. With the growth of the Church throughout the world, especially in Asia, most of these missionaries need to come from each of the countries of Asia.
For each of us, this life is a unique and wonderful journey. We will go through different phases in our lives which are full of new things, new challenges, and new spiritual inspirations.
While on a mission tour late last year, on a Wednesday evening, I met the faithful parents of a newer missionary serving in that mission.
The returning of the Prophet Elijah during the last days was foretold by the Lord through his Prophet Malachi,
Last year I attended a dinner gathering of stake and mission leaders. After a blessing was pronounced on the food and as we began to eat, we discovered that each individual had been given one chopstick as their only eating utensil.
My parents were the first members of the church in the small country town of Warrnambool, Australia. For many years church services were held in our family home.
During the month of December, Christians throughout the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
At the Singapore Stake Conference on Sunday, 17 September 2017, Stake President Jean-Luc Butel announced the re-organization of the ten wards in the Stake
One of my favorite activities is watching my grandchildren play or playing with them. As I watched them play, it brought back some childhood memories of mine.
During my young mission to Japan, the only audio visual presentation we had was a slide show entitled, Man’s Search for Happiness, which had a soundtrack that was played on a tape recorder.
The most important blessings that God grants to His children are associated with the family and the priesthood.
The First law of heaven as we know it is obedience. Father Abraham, who was the very reason of the promised blessings and covenants we all enjoy, gained it through his implicit obedience.
I sustain the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers and revelators. I bear witness that they are called of God.
One morning, I dropped off my son at Seminary and was driving home when smoke started to emanate from the hood of my car.
Asia Area Leader Message - We have recently received instruction from the prophet and apostles of God pertaining to how keeping the Sabbath Day holy both at church and in our homes will increase our faith in Heavenly Father and his Beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Area Leader Message - “The future of your faith is not by chance, but by choice.” 1 With that as his principle theme, Elder Neil L. Andersen gave an inspiring sermon at the October 2015 General Conference on the importance of choosing faith.
It has been almost forty years since I attended my first meeting in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: a baptismal service in which a classmate of mine would be performing a baptism.
It was very late at night.   A beloved mother, grandmother and nurse was returning home. She had spent that night helping the sick.
Asia Area Leader Message - Elder Jeffrey R. Holland in the October 1995 General Conference gave a beautiful sermon on the origin and purpose of the sacrament.
Asia Area Leader Message - The first “Temple Worship” experience for me and my wife was on May 6, 1981 when we were endowed and sealed in the Tokyo Temple.
Asia Area Leader Message - The Lord in his infinite mercy for his children has always provided various ways to assist in leading them to exaltation and eternal life. 
Asia Area Leader Message - Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. By learning of Him and obeying the commandments, all mankind can have eternal life with the grace of God and Jesus’ redeeming sacrifice.
Asia Area Leader Message - “Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children.”
Asia Area Leader Message - In the Grand Council of Heaven, Heavenly Father presented the plan of salvation (1) to His spirit children. We learned that we could become like our Heavenly Father in His glorious body of flesh and bones.
Asia Area Leader Message - In his talk 'Keeping the Temple Holy,' President Hinckley urged us to 'Keep His house holy!'
As a Church Area, we are now invited, in a gradual, long-term way, to help each other toward self-reliance.
In the Articles of Faith, 'We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.'1  
Agency - a Gift from God and Essential to our Exaltation
We know that our Father in Heaven desires to bless us.  He blesses us whenever we ask Him and whenever we are obedient to His laws and commandments.[
As we have been invited by our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to reach out and rescue, an account in the New Testament comes to my mind.
I was born in a very small village unknown to the public with no electricity or water supply readily available. The place was called Ban Pong.
Repentance is like the cutter that breaks the chain of sins that ties and strangles our faith.
When I was a kid, my father had a dispute with his brother. Offended, he stopped all contacts with his brother and forbad us to visit him too.
It has often been said in the Church that we speak to God in prayer and He answers back through the scriptures.  As we read, we are privileged to hear Him speaking to us through His Spirit.
In Sept 1972 when I was 17 years old, I was enlisted to the Royal Malaysian Air Force. At that time, I did not fully comprehend its impact on my life as I had to sign a 13 year contract with them. 
Faith in the Living God is a gift of God obtained through belief, obedience and righteous works.
We are sons and daughters of God our Heavenly Father, who loves us and knows our needs. He wants us to communicate with Him through prayer - pray to Him and no one else.
If a hiker slipped, they could fall hundreds of feet.  Fortunately, a metal cable was firmly attached to the mountain for hikers to hold onto as they made their way through that treacherous part of the journey.