Church President Makes Stop In Singapore As Part Of Southeast Asia Ministry

Nov 20, 2019, 11:05 AM
Three-year-old Tate Chan gives Church President Russell M. Nelson a hug following a devotional in S...
Three-year-old Tate Chan gives Church President Russell M. Nelson a hug following a devotional in Singapore on Nov. 20, 2019. (Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)
(Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members in Singapore to “look to the future” during the third stop on his Southeast Asia ministry.

President Russell M. Nelson is traveling to four countries in seven days as part of the tour. He’s already visited Vietnam and Cambodia, and he will wrap up the ministry with a devotional in Indonesia on Thursday, according to a statement from The Church.

“Now is not only a time for us to look back, it is time to look forward with excitement to the future,” Nelson said during a devotional in the Republic of Singapore. “What a glorious future is in store for you.”

He spoke from the Bikit Timah Singapore stake center, and the meeting was translated and transmitted live to all congregations in Singapore and Malaysia.

“This county has come a long way since it became an independent republic in 1965,” he told the congregation. “Only four years later, on April 14, 1969, an apostle of the Lord, Elder Ezra Taft Benson, dedicated Singapore for the preaching of the gospel. Now we are celebrating 50 years since that sacred event.”

There are currently about 3,500 Latter-day Saints in 10 congregations in Singapore, according to The Church.

This is the third time Nelson has visited Singapore. His first trip was in 1992 followed by a second visit in 2010.

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Church President Makes Stop In Singapore As Part Of Southeast Asia Ministry