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Mormon Apostle Addresses Young Adults in Melbourne

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife Kathy addressed young adults in Melbourne on Friday March 16, 2018. Elder O. Vincent Haleck, President of the Pacific Area was also in attendance with his wife Peggy and shared his remarks at the beginning of the meeting.


Approximately 1,200 young adults from across Victoria attended the meeting at the Maroondah Stake (diocese) Centre, with young adults in Tasmania and Wangaratta receiving the devotional via webcast.


Elder Haleck shared the story of how he joined the Church in 1966 while in high school. He noticed something different about his Latter-day Saint friends and after studying and participating in various activities, felt impressed to be baptised. He emphasized the impact of positive choices in determining the course of our lives.

Sister Andersen spoke next, sharing the story of her mother who decided to pay her tithing during a time of financial difficulty and how it had a lasting impact for good on their family. She encouraged the young adults to consider how their choices affect not only themselves, but generations before and after.

Elder Andersen expressed his love for the young adults, and acknowledging those in attendance who were not members of the Church.


“I want to present a case that this, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is worthy of our loyalty, devotion, prayers and work,” said Elder Andersen.

In closing Elder Andersen bore his special witness of the Saviour, “I know from very sacred experiences that He is the Son of God. That is my witness. I am His witness… Every soul who has ever breathed life will kneel and confess that He is the Christ… [Our] faith will not be in vain.”


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