Prophet Concludes Southeast Asia Ministry in Indonesia

Prophet Concludes Southeast Asia Ministry in Indonesia


[MUSIC PLAYING] Jakarta, located on
the island of Java, is part of a collection
of 17,000 islands that comprise Indonesia,
the largest island nation in the world
of 276 million people. Less than 8,000
members of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints reside in Indonesia,
in a country that has the largest Muslim
population in the world. I don’t think the Lord’s
interested, really, in how many members
of the Church we have. What He’s interested in is
“how many of my children choose to come back
and enjoy eternal life” in His holy presence. We are fortunate
that even though we are a minor, minor
minority, we are still accepted by the society and we
live peacefully as neighbors. President Russell M.
Nelson chose Jakarta as the final leg of his
Southeast Asia ministry, showing his tireless love
and compassion for members– He looks better with
you at his side. –community and
religious leaders– You change clothes
several times a day. Yes, I am going to
meet the president. Yeah. –and government leaders, such
as with the vice president of Indonesia, Ma’ruf Amin. It was a wonderful meeting. Very gentle man, compassionate. He thanked us for
what we’ve done in previous
disasters, what we’re doing now, well aware of the
activities of the Church. About 1,800 people came to the
Ritz Carlton Convention Center in Jakarta and also watched
by broadcasts across Indonesia to learn from a prophet of God. The most important
that we hear from him: his teaching, his testimony,
and his blessings. President Nelson congratulated
members on their efforts to celebrate the
50-year anniversary of the Church in
Indonesia this year by pledging 5,000 hours of
service to the community. These acts of generosity and
kindness and serving others make me very proud of you. The 95-year-old prophet
urged those in attendance to emulate Jesus Christ. He’s our Savior
and our Redeemer. He’s our Great Exemplar
and our closest friend. He recognized Latter-day
Saint families that have been in Indonesia
since those early days of the Church. I feel a strong
sense of gratitude to our Heavenly Father
and to our early pioneers. [NON ENGLISH SINGING: “GOD BE
WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN”] I can feel that he
cares for families. He cares about the
multigeneration members. Subandriyo introduced me to
his 86-year-old mother tonight. We know these people,
and we love them. And we feel for them
when they have pain. And we rejoice with
them when they have joy. At the conclusion
of the devotional, Indonesian Latter-day
Saints responded by visibly showing their love
for their prophet as he gave them an
apostolic blessing. As we were leaving, what we
felt was one of those moments that you’ll never forget. You can’t put words
to it very well, but it’s the Lord telling
you that this is His work, and He’s directing it,
and we get to participate. [NON ENGLISH SINGING: “GOD BE
WITH YOU TILL WE MEET AGAIN”]

10 comments on “Prophet Concludes Southeast Asia Ministry in Indonesia

  1. Hagoth built ships, which sailed forth in the west sea.

    "And it came to pass that Hagoth, he being an exceedingly curious man, therefore he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck which led into the land northward.

    And behold, there were many of the Nephites who did enter therein and did sail forth with much provisions, and also many women and children; and they took their course northward. And thus ended the thirty and seventh year.

    And in the thirty and eighth year, this man built other ships. And the first ship did also return, and many more people did enter into it; and they also took much provisions, and set out again to the land northward.

    And it came to pass that they were never heard of more. And we suppose that they were drowned in the depths of the sea. And it came to pass that one other ship also did sail forth; and whither she did go we know not."

    – Alma 63:5-8, The Book of Mormon

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