Sister Neill F. Marriott of the Young Women general presidency and Sister Cheryl A. Esplin of the Primary general presidency visited Hong Kong, Cambodia and Mongolia from Nov. 8-13.
“When I think of coming here, I think of reaching out to the members of the Church in Hong Kong, and having them reach out to us, and we bond with this faith that we have in the Savior,” Sister Marriott said upon her arrival in Hong Kong, the first stop in their travels. “One of my main messages to the young women [is] stay firm. Stay fixed upon the Savior and His restored gospel, no matter what is swirling around them.”
Sister Esplin was eager to minister among the children in these countries. “They are just beautiful children,” she said. “It starts with these little ones. It starts in the homes and so a lot of what we need to talk about in Primary is how do we strengthen the home?”
Sister Marriott and Sister Esplin met with Primary children, young women, Relief Society sisters and missionaries from Hong Kong, Cambodia and Mongolia in meetings and in their homes. For instance, in Cambodia, they visited members in an area built on a former landfill known as “trash mountain.”
“I think we just saw evidence that you don’t need to have a lot of material things to be happy,” said Sister Esplin. “If you want to see light in people’s faces, you see it in the people that we’ve met here.”
“The gospel shows up in the way they live,” Sister Marriott said of the members they met. “And we felt it; we felt that kinship because we felt the same way they felt. We love the Lord. They love the Lord.”