Throughout a seven-day ministry in southeast Asia, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made a shock go to to the primary For the Power of Youth convention in Thailand; did in-person and digital conferences with leaders, members and younger adults; introduced a humanitarian donation from the Church; and met with spiritual leaders in Indonesia, reported ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Uchtdorf inspired all to arrange for the opening of the Bangkok Thailand Temple subsequent 12 months. The temple is the first in Thailand.
“We got here right here to carry up the members, however they lifted us up due to their goodness and their kindness,” Elder Uchtdorf mentioned. “Their dedication to the Lord can be a robust basis for the long run. They’re constructing a legacy for the long run.”
Assembly with youth, younger adults and leaders
Greater than 300 youth gathered from throughout Thailand to take part within the nation’s first FSY conference. Elder Uchtdorf made a shock go to on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and handed out copies of the new “For the Strength of Youth” guide. He advised the youth that God will assist them make appropriate decisions.
“You’re the way forward for Thailand. You’re the way forward for the goodness of Thailand,” Elder Uchtdorf mentioned. “Take in your accountability to construct up your personal legacy of goodness and faithfulness by placing your belief within the Lord.”
Convention attendee Papawarin Thanadechwaranon mentioned, “Usually I really feel like I’m simply an odd particular person on this world, however after what Elder Uchtdorf mentioned, I really feel extra vital.”
Additionally whereas in Thailand throughout the weekend of Oct. 22-23, Elder Uchtdorf met with priesthood leaders from 12 territories all through the world in particular person and through Zoom. Members in Bangkok gathered to listen to Elder Uchtdorf in particular person or through a broadcast and he additionally spoke at a younger grownup devotional. In Thailand, Elder Uchtdorf was accompanied by Elder Paul V. Johnson of the Presidency of the Seventy, Elder David P. Homer, a Common Authority Seventy and president of the Asia Space, and Bishop W. Christopher Waddell, first counselor within the Presiding Bishopric, and his spouse, Sister Carol Waddell.
Elder Uchtdorf inspired the younger adults to deal with what they might do of their present circumstances and never on what they might not do.
“You’re the message. You’re the testimony. You’re the energy. And your decisions will make all of the distinction,” he mentioned.
James Chaoworatrakhul mentioned Elder Uchtdorf’s phrases helped him make an vital choice.
“A few of us aren’t positive if we should always serve a mission,” Chaoworatrakhul mentioned. “However now I’m positive that I wish to serve a mission and share all of the issues I’ve discovered from him.”
There are greater than 23,000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 41 congregations in Thailand, which is also called “Land of the Smiles.”
‘Serve all of God’s kids’
On the Good Shepherd Sisters in Bangkok, 88-year-old Sister Louise helps to offer shelter and academic coaching for at-risk girls. She and Elder Uchtdorf turned quick pals throughout the Apostle’s go to with Bishop Waddell on Monday, Oct. 24, reported ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
“We each know that true happiness comes by following the teachings of Jesus Christ to serve all of God’s kids,” Elder Uchtdorf wrote of Sister Louise in a Facebook post.
Elder Uchtdorf introduced Sister Louise with a humanitarian donation from the Church that can assist construct a instructing kitchen to offer vocational coaching for the ladies at Good Shepherd Sisters. “These cooking expertise will make the distinction between a lifetime of poverty and considered one of prosperity,” Elder Uchtdorf wrote.
Sister Louise advised ChurchofJesusChrist.org: “It is rather, crucial for all religions to help one another, and I’m so glad that that is occurring right now. It’s a way of uniting collectively. We’re all one. And we’re all one as a result of all these persons are thinking about different human beings and the betterment of others and lifting them up. We’re all God’s individuals.”
Constructing bridges via understanding
Whereas in Thailand, Elder Uchtdorf went to the Wat Phra Kaew, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, and shared the significance of understanding and respecting the spiritual historical past and religion of others, ChurchofJesusChrist.org reported.
Elder Uchtdorf additionally ministered in Indonesia, the place there are greater than 7,500 Church members in 24 congregations. He visited the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, which is the biggest mosque in southeast Asia, and met with Dr. Nasaruddin Umar, the grand imam of the mosque, and Dr. Alwi Shihab, the Indonesian president’s particular envoy to the Center East and the Group of Islamic Cooperation, on Thursday, Oct. 20, as they sought to construct bridges of understanding between Muslims and members of the Church, reported ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Dr. Shihab, who has had a relationship with the Church for over 25 years, is engaged on an academic program to assist college students respect all religions.
He mentioned: “We’re all from the identical supply, from God the Almighty — Christians, Jews and Muslims. And in accordance with the Quran we have to discover commonalities between us for us to cooperate positively and to reside collectively harmoniously.”
Of Indonesia, Elder Uchtdorf mentioned: “I’ve a particular feeling for Indonesia. It’s the biggest inhabitants of Muslim individuals on this planet, and so they welcome us. We respect their faith, their custom and their lifestyle.”
Earlier this month, Elder Uchtdorf was in New Zealand to rededicate the Hamilton New Zealand Temple.