VIDEO: Sydney Latter-day Saint Leaders Use Animation to Express Love and Lift Their Flock

Leaders in the Liverpool Australia Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have taken to animation and social media to share a message of love and encouragement with members of the Church in local congregations.

Leo Gomez, Siosifa Tokelau and James Mackie used an animation app to create the short message that is being viewed and shared among Church members.


The video message encourages individuals and families to study the scriptures regularly to be inoculated against the challenges of our day.

The shield depicted in the video has the letters "CTR" on it. This stands for "choose the right," a common expression among Latter-day Saints.

A stake president is the lay leader of a stake, which is a geographic subdivision similar to a Catholic diocese. A stake president is a man who is asked to serve as a volunteer in this position. He oversees Church programs in a defined geographic area composed of individual congregations called wards and is responsible to help the members of his stake in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ. He also oversees the activities of the bishops or ward leaders, counseling them as needed.

A stake president is assisted by two counselors and a group of 12 men called a high council. These leaders have a significant amount of local autonomy to make decisions regarding the members in their stake. A stake president typically serves for about nine years.

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