Area Leader Message

Asia Area Leader Message - In his talk 'Keeping the Temple Holy,' President Hinckley urged us to 'Keep His house holy!'
As a Church Area, we are now invited, in a gradual, long-term way, to help each other toward self-reliance.
In the Articles of Faith, 'We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.'1  
Agency - a Gift from God and Essential to our Exaltation
We know that our Father in Heaven desires to bless us.  He blesses us whenever we ask Him and whenever we are obedient to His laws and commandments.[
As we have been invited by our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to reach out and rescue, an account in the New Testament comes to my mind.
I was born in a very small village unknown to the public with no electricity or water supply readily available. The place was called Ban Pong.
Repentance is like the cutter that breaks the chain of sins that ties and strangles our faith.
When I was a kid, my father had a dispute with his brother. Offended, he stopped all contacts with his brother and forbad us to visit him too.
It has often been said in the Church that we speak to God in prayer and He answers back through the scriptures.  As we read, we are privileged to hear Him speaking to us through His Spirit.
In Sept 1972 when I was 17 years old, I was enlisted to the Royal Malaysian Air Force. At that time, I did not fully comprehend its impact on my life as I had to sign a 13 year contract with them. 
Faith in the Living God is a gift of God obtained through belief, obedience and righteous works.