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Area Leadership Message

I remember that in my childhood, my grandparents were a living example of being honest with the Lord.  Their first worry was to set aside their tithes after they sold flower leis for the day.  
Area Presidency Message - Self Reliance
Area Presidency Sabbath Day Message
I distinctly recall my first ever temple recommend, and our first time attending the temple. We were married in 1980, and soon after I was taught the gospel and joined the church.
I have felt to begin by speaking to our youth and young adults.  You young people are in a critically important period of your life.  I urge you to think about the future.
Brothers and sisters, I love the Pacific Area and I love you! About 15 months ago I visited the Pacific Area with Sister Linda K. Burton from the Relief Society. It was a marvellous experience. Upon our arrival in New Zealand . . . 
Recently I watched a television program about the migration of wild geese. Each year, wild geese fly long distances in order to spend the winter in areas with more moderate climates.
One of my favourite hymns, is Hymn #220, “Lord, I Would Follow Thee” The words of this hymn echo my desire to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and be a true disciple.
Attending Sacrament meeting each week provides us with the opportunity to reflect on covenants we have made as we partake of the sacred emblems, and in doing so, become renewed The ordinance of the sacrament makes this the most sacred and important meeting in the Church.
I was baptized when I was eight, in Palmerston North.  My mother, Shirley, was baptized just before me.  We travelled three hours by car from Hawera.  We were new converts and unbeknown to us, we were helping grow the Church.  President Kimball stated, “If there were no converts, the Church would shrivel and die on the vine.” (Spencer W. Kimball, Oct 1974).
I have always had a great love for the Young Single Adults of the Lord’s church.  Maybe this stems from the fact that my parents joined the church in the early 1960’s as YSA before meeting each other and later marrying in the New Zealand temple. Or maybe it relates to my own conversion experiences as a YSA that led to missionary service in Japan from 1986-88, which set a foundation for my life.
While I was serving as a full-time missionary in the Philippines, my girlfriend who was waiting at home in Christchurch, New Zealand, celebrated her 21st birthday. On this special occasion, a good friend gave her an enduring gift. Using his woodworking skills, he carefully crafted a wooden money box in the shape of the Hamilton NZ Temple.