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Church Leaders Welcome Government Dignitaries to Temple View Christmas Lights

Latter-day Saint leader Elder O. Vincent Haleck and his wife Sister Peggy Haleck joined Sidney M. Going, president of the Church’s Hamilton New Zealand Temple, and Sister Colleen Going in hosting government officials on Saturday 13 December at the launch of this year’s Temple View Christmas lights season.

Elder Haleck is First Counselor in the Pacific Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder and Sister Haleck, and President and Sister Going hosted Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker, MP Tim Macindoe, MP Sue Moroney and other dignitaries at the Christmas event. 

Upon arriving at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple Visitors’ Centre, guests were greeted by a choir performing Christmas hymns.  The evening included a tour of the Hamilton New Zealand Temple Visitors’ Centre led by Elder Ronald K. Hawkins, the centre’s director. The group also viewed a new Christmas video titled, “He is the Gift.” 

“We join Christians the world over in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ,” Elder Haleck said. “We thank our Father in Heaven for the gift of His beloved Son.”

The annual Christmas lights display at the Hamilton New Zealand Temple Visitors’ Centre and temple grounds has been an annual tradition since 1984. Today tens of thousands of people flock to Temple View each Christmas season to view the magnificent display of lights, a Christus statue and other displays aimed at strengthening faith in Christ as well as family relationships.  


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