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25 years ago

The land of Indonesia had been dedicated for the preaching of the gospel by Elder Ezra Taft Benson of the Council of the Twelve, reported the Nov. 29, 1969, issue of the Church News.

"Indonesia, with its 130 million inhabitants and thousands of islands, will be part of the recently established Southeast Asia Mission," according to the article. "Elder and Sister Benson, accompanied by about 30 members and friends of the Church, climbed a hill overlooking a valley near Bogor, Indonesia, for the dedication," which took place Oct. 26.

According to Elder Benson: "As we stood on the hill, prior to the prayer, we looked over the valley with its rice paddies, banana groves and corn-planted terraces and contemplated the gospel being preached to the millions in Indonesia. Two native Indonesians have already been baptized, and several more have applied for baptism."

Full-time missionaries were scheduled to begin serving in Indonesia at the beginning of 1970, the article said.

Quote from the past

"Always the Lord will hold to His statements that He has given through the ages, and He will expect men to respect themselves, to respect their wives, and the wives to respect their husbands, and to respect their families, and to live righteously. . . ." - President Spencer W. Kimball, in an address given at general conference, April 6, 1975.

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