News Release

2,000 Faithful Gather for Daru, Papua New Guinea Conference

An estimated 2,100 members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints gathered on 23-24 May for the semi-annual Daru Papua New Guinea Stake Conference.

Presiding was Elder S. Gifford Nielsen of the Pacific Area Presidency of the Church. He was accompanied by his wife, Wendy Nielsen.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the baptismal service and subsequent confirmation of 53 individuals who had previously been taught the gospel of Jesus Christ by missionaries. 36 male members of the Church were also sustained to be ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Elder Nielsen said the conference was a “rich, spiritual feast.”

“Sister Nielsen and I were very impressed with the deep faith of the members and their devoted commitment to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.”

He added, “Local leaders and missionaries are doing a wonderful job of teaching the principles of the Saviour’s gospel — including how families can be joined together for eternity in Latter-day Saint temples.”

Sister Nielsen said, ”The people have great love for each other and the Saviour.  They exercised amazing faith to be in attendance. It was an ovewhelming feeling to be in their presence!" 

Most of those who attended the conference came by foot or by boat. Some traveling up to three and a half hours. Local Daru Church members supported those who came to the conference from outlying villages.

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