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.
One of the pivotal blessings we have received from the restoration of the gospel in its fullness in this the dispensation of the fullness of times is the establishment once more of holy temples with all the ordinances...
March 2014 Area Message The prophetic exhortation of President Monson to 'go to the rescue' and 'save the one', has found an extraordinary echo in the objectives of the Pacific Area.
February 2014 Area Message Heavenly Father has great trust and confidence in you, and has an important mission for you to fulfil.
Pacific Area Message for January 2014
The birth of Jesus Christ in the meridian of time was one of the most anticipated events in all recorded ancient scripture.
October 2013 Area Presidency Message
September 2013 Area Presidency Message
Our journey through the Pacific has come to a close; we have referred to the Pacific as: “Paradise, “The Garden of Eden” and “The Other Side of Heaven”.
The first word of the Lord’s preface to His latter-day revelations to man is “hearken.” “Hearken” means to listen carefully, to give due attention, to give strict heed.
Years of service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reflect, in transparent memory, what learning opportunities have been provided mankind to survive a world filled with dreams, challenges and experiences of a lifetime.
My message is for all men everywhere, both young and old. It’s for fathers and husbands present and future in particular, but also for the faithful women of the Church who love and sustain those men and desire to have the blessings of the priesthood in their homes.
When Jesus was on the earth, he “went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matt. 9:35) (emphasis added). We would do well to see the connection between the Lord’s teaching, preaching and healing of the people (see Jacob 2:8; James 1:21).
Established by Prophets of God, the vision and clarion call has always been to bring souls unto Christ, rescue the weary and lost and to provide all the full fellowship which the gospel brings. As we begin this New Year, that same vision is an inherent responsibility for each member to catch, understand, and live.
The new star above Bethlehem signalled to the wise men and Judean Shepherds the birth of the promised Messiah, the very hope of Israel. In the western hemisphere this same celestial sign came in fulfilment of Samuel’s prophecies to the Nephite people, providing hope and relief to the desperate prayers of the faithful believers facing certain death. For them the hope of Israel could not wait another day.
Obedience to the laws and commandments of God has been, and ever will be, necessary for those searching to become recipients of promised blessings. It was He who declared: “This is my work and my glory to bring to past the immortality and eternal life of man.”
Over 56,000 strong, the missionaries are a force for good in the world. Through their efforts thousands of new converts come into the church every year. These missionaries provide invaluable service to the Church and to people the world over.
Too many of us fail to appreciate the power and importance of the sacrament that is offered to us each week in Sacrament Meeting. The sacrament makes available to each of us the cleansing power of the Lord’s redeeming sacrifice. If this were better appreciated, there would be no ocean too large, no desert too hot, no storm too intense – in short, no circumstance too difficult – to keep us from earnestly participating in the sacrament ordinance each week.
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing, persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble...”
As Easter approaches, our thoughts turn to Jesus Christ and our hearts are filled with love and gratitude for the great gift of the infinite Atonement. How can the Saviour’s Atonement relieve our personal suffering? Why is it that personal trials and tribulation cause some to become hardened, bitter and disbelieving, while others find peace, solace and increased faith in their suffering?
'if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen; and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain' (1 Cor. 15:13-14).
The words to a popular primary song read: “Teach me to walk in the light of His love. Teach me to pray to my Father above. Teach me to know of the things that are right. Teach me, teach me, to walk in the light.” Prophetic counsel to parents throughout the ages has been to ‘love and care for their children’, because “children are an heritage of the Lord.”
At Christmas time, we reflect on Christmases past, where we were, who we were with, and what we were doing with our lives. We reflect on the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ and on His life and ministry, which brings hope that as He overcame the world, so may all who exercise faith in Him unto repentance and baptism. Then, with the commencement of the New Year, we resolve to change who we are and be better men and women. All too often, however, our efforts to change fall short of our resolutions. How is enduring change accomplished?
The steps towards personal conversion is not new to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ; it has been taught through the ages and is as old as the beginning of time, serving as a welding together of how the Lord directs the work through His chosen servants. It is simple in practice, yet when one learns to search, ponder, and pray, it becomes a divine process with Eternal blessings.
The divine invitation to pray unto the Father in the name of Christ is the single most mentioned commandment in all recorded scripture and is the most basic form of personal worship. Yet many of us struggle in our attempts to make personal prayer meaningful and revelatory.