Ministering to Papua New Guinea's Women and Girls

Senior leaders of the Relief Society and Young Women organisations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shared messages of love and encouragement with Papua New Guinea's women and girls in episode four of "Finding Faith in Jesus Christ."

The program was broadcast on EMTV and FM100 radio across the nation.

Sister Becky Craven, Counselor in the General Young Women Presidency, wore the "bilum" she received during her visit to Papua New Guinea two years ago.

Referring to a "spiritual bilum bag," she said, "As you strive to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ, consider those things that might weigh you down...My prayer is that as you prepare for the temple you will continue to collect things in your spiritual bilum that will qualify you for those [temple] blessings. We don't have to be perfect, but we can be worthy."

Sister Sharon Eubank, Counselor in the General Relief Society Presidency, spoke of when she first learned about the rare Victoria crowned pigeon, with its spectacular crest of lacy blue feathers.

Comparing the temple to the beautiful native bird, she said that "we may not have known it existed until now, but now that we know about it, we want with all of our hearts to have the blessings that come from the temple."  

She then asked two questions to think about, "What are you personally going to do to draw closer to Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ?" and "What are you willing to do to have your loving family at your side for all eternity?"

Elder K. Brett Nattress, Counselor in the Pacific Area Presidency, was accompanied by his wife Shawna.

He told the story of young Joseph F. Smith's courage when he was confronted by an angry man with a gun. 

"Our test of faith may never be to defend our convictions while staring down the barrel of an evil man's gun.  More likely it will be to live the gospel with conviction, so that when there are distractions and enticing roads that lead to nowhere, we will know who we are and why we are here."

Quoting President Russell M. Nelson, Elder Nattress said, "We are children of God. Our potential is unlimited. Our inheritance is sacred.  May we always honour that heritage, in every thought and deed."

Watch the program here

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