Women Church Leaders Visit Asia

Women Church Leaders Visit Asia

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Two women leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently returned from an 11-day visit to seven countries and territories in Asia, including India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Sister Linda K. Burton, general president of the Relief Society; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, second counselor in the Primary general presidency; and their husbands traveled to the region February 9–19, 2017.


In India, Sisters Burton and Cordon highlighted the importance of laying down a great foundation for the Church in India and reaffirmed the urgency of bringing others unto Christ, which will create an even stronger environment where girls are valued and women cherished.

In Thailand, where a temple has been announced in Bangkok, Sister Cordon encouraged all to prepare for the day the temple will be open.  

The sisters also greeted local government officials and NGO partners who are friends of the Church. On a humanitarian visit to the Pure Life Society orphanage in Malaysia, Sister Burton met with the society’s president, Mother Mangalam, who expressed heartfelt gratitude for the Church’s enduring partnership. In Cambodia, Sister Cordon met with His Excellency, Him Chhem, senior minister of Cult and Religion, who was touched by the hymn “I Am a Child of God,” sung by the missionaries.

The sisters were accompanied by the Asia Area Presidency — Elder Randy D. Funk, Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong, Elder David F. Evans — and their wives.

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