Elder Oaks visits Asia accompanied by Elder Hallstrom, Bishop Burton

Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve visited several countries during a recent trip to Asia, sharing instruction, blessings and encouragement with local members, missionaries and others. Also among those he visited were government officials.

Traveling with Elder Oaks were Elder Donald L. Hallstrom of the Presidency of the Seventy and Presiding Bishop H. David Burton. They were accompanied by their wives — Sister Kristen Oaks, Sister Diane Hallstrom and Sister Barbara Burton.

They were assisted by members of the Asia Area presidency — Elder Anthony D. Perkins and his counselors, Elder Kent D. Watson and Elder Carl B. Pratt, all of the Seventy, as well as a number of mission presidents.

Thailand

The Church leaders began their tour in Thailand, which in prior weeks had experienced significant political unrest and violence, but calmed the day before their arrival. On Saturday, May 22, a priesthood leadership conference held in Bangkok was simultaneously webcast to Malaysia, Mongolia and Singapore. Nearly 100 priesthood leaders were in attendance, including stake presidencies and bishops, district presidencies and nearby branch presidents, and mission presidencies. At the conclusion of the training, Elder Oaks offered a prayer and Apostolic blessing on the country and people of Thailand. President Sarawut Kanyaphan, newly called president of the Bangkok Thailand Stake, stated, "We felt the power of God descend on our land, and we are optimistic about the future for our families and the Church."

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