Elder Taniela B. Wakolo: ‘God Loves His Children’

General Authority Seventy

Notable quotes:

“Our most valuable relationships are with the Father and the Son and with our families, because our ties to them are eternal.”
“Like a pillar of light shining through dark clouds of fear, loneliness and despair came the words of the Prophet.”
“Sometimes God manifests His love by chastening us. It is a way of reminding us that He loves us and that He knows who we are.”

Summary points:

  • Three ways Heavenly Father manifests His love for His children are by providing eternal relationships, calling prophets and chastising when necessary.
  • The great plan of happiness is a wonderful manifestation of God’s love for us.
  • God’s promised blessing of peace is open to all those who courageously walk the covenant path and are willing to receive correction.

Talk summary:

Three specific ways Heavenly Father manifests His love for His children:

1. Relationships with God and family manifest His love

“Our most valuable relationships are with the Father and the Son and with our own families, because our ties to them are eternal. The great plan of happiness is a wonderful manifestation of God’s love for us.”

2. He manifests His love to His children by calling prophets.

During 2020, the Philippines was severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and a myriad of natural disasters.

“But like a pillar of light shining through dark clouds of fear, loneliness and despair came the words of the Prophet. … The Philippines, along with the entire world, are so blessed to feel God’s love through the words of His chosen Prophet.”

3. Chastening can be a manifestation of God’s love for His children.

“Sometimes God manifests His love by chastening us. It is a way of reminding us that He loves us and that He knows who we are. His promised blessing of peace is open to all those who courageously walk the covenant path and are willing to receive correction.”

Recognizing and willingly receiving chastisement bring refining and purifying changes.

About the speaker:

  • Elder Taniela B. Wakolo was called as a General Authority Seventy in 2017. He currently serves as president of the Church’s Philippines Area.
  • He was born June 25, 1967, in Lomaloma, Lau, Fiji, to Taniela Vosa and Temalesi Buadromo Wakolo. He married Anita Herberta Moimoi on Aug. 22, 1987, in Suva, Fiji. They were later sealed in the Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple in 1995, a year after he was baptized. They are the parents of two children.
  • He worked as an Interpol officer for Fiji early in his career; he later worked in various capacities for the Church. Most recently, he was service center manager at the Church’s Fiji Service Center.