News Release

Prominent Church Leader Addresses Guildford Mormons

The Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford joined over 1000 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at G Live, performing arts theatre in Guildford, on Tuesday 7 June to listen to a special address from a prominent Church leader.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke to the full-to-capacity auditorium concerning some of the basic tenets of the "Mormon" faith, another name by which members of the Church are often known. This included the separate roles of members of the Godhead, God's plan for His children, the importance of family, and sources of truth. Elder Oaks also encouraged those in attendance to live in such a way that their actions would bear "good fruit" in their homes, neighbourhoods, communities and nations.

Prior to Elder Oaks speaking, President Russell Ball, Regional President of the Church in the area, acknowledged the proximity of G Live to the birthplace and schoolhouse of George Abbot, and noted his prominent part in translating the New Testament for the King James Version of the Bible, the edition used by the Church.

As members greeted each other warmly upon arrival at a dignitary reception before the event, the Mayor and Mayoress commented on the feeling of love that was present. Louise Elder, Director of Public Affairs for the Church in the area, remarked, "It was a very special evening. With 15 senior leaders and over 3,000 stakes (diocese) across the world, to have Elder Oaks in person with us was a unique and wonderful experience. Sharing that with the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford, who were so gracious, greatly added to the occasion.”

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