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During a seven-day ministry in southeast Asia, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made a surprise visit to the first For the Strength of Youth conference in Thailand; did in-person and virtual meetings with leaders, members and young adults; presented a humanitarian donation from the Church; and met with religious leaders in Indonesia, reported

Elder Uchtdorf encouraged all to prepare for the opening of the Bangkok Thailand Temple next year. The temple is the first in Thailand.

“We came here to lift up the members, but they lifted us up because of their goodness and their kindness,” Elder Uchtdorf said. “Their dedication to the Lord will be a strong foundation for the future. They are building a legacy for the future.”

Meeting with youth, young adults and leaders

More than 300 youth gathered from all over Thailand to participate in the country’s first FSY conference. Elder Uchtdorf made a surprise visit on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and passed out copies of the new “For the Strength of Youth” guide. He told the youth that God will help them make correct choices.

“You are the future of Thailand. You are the future of the goodness of Thailand,” Elder Uchtdorf said. “Take on your responsibility to build up your own legacy of goodness and faithfulness by putting your trust in the Lord.”

Conference attendee Papawarin Thanadechwaranon said, “Normally I feel like I am just an ordinary person in this world, but after what Elder Uchtdorf said, I feel more important.”

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