Photo Essay

Photo Essay: An Apostle Visits Australia and New Zealand

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently visited Australia and New Zealand with his wife, Sister Susan Bednar.

Elder and Sister Bednar were accompanied on their visit by Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Sister Jan Robbins.

From 20 February to 1 March 2015, the Bednars and Robbins met with leaders, members, missionaries and guests of the Church in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

The following photographs provide a sampling of their experiences while in Australia and New Zealand.

Sydney visit

Left to right: Elder Lynn G. Robbins, Sister Jan Robbins, Sister Helen O’Riordan,  Elder Andrew O’Riordan, Elder David A. Bednar, Sister Susan Bednar, Sister June Pearson and Elder Kevin W. Pearson in Sydney, Australia on 20 February 2015.


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Elder Bednar spoke to members and guests of the Church in Sydney, Australia on 21 February 2015.



Left to right: Sister June Pearson, Sister Susan Bednar and Sister Jan Robbins in Sydney after a women’s leadership meeting on 21 February 2015.



Around 500 of the 84,000 Latter-day Saint missionaries worldwide belong to the Australia Sydney North and Australia Sydney South missions.



Elder Bednar invited questions and comments from missionaries at a missionary conference in Sydney on 21 February.




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Elder Bednar spoke to attendees of a meeting for adults on the subject of marriage.


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Sister Bednar in Sydney on strengthening marriages and families.


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Elder Bednar enjoyed a lighter moment with those attending a meeting in Sydney on 21 February.


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Elder and Sister Bednar greeted Latter-day Saints after the Sydney Australia Hebersham Stake Conference on 22 February.



Elder and Sister Bednar met representatives from the Catholic charity, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand in Auckland on 24 February.


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Representatives of Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand met with Elder David A. Bednar, Elder S. Gifford Nielsen and other leaders at the Missionary Training Centre in Auckland on 24 February.



Elder Bednar spoke with a journalist from Fairfax Media in Auckland on 24 February.


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Missionaries currently attending the New Zealand Missionary Training Centre had the opportunity to meet Elder and Sister Bednar, Elder and Sister Robbins and other leaders after the dedication of an extension to the MTC on 24 February.



Elder Bednar spoke at a special conference in Auckland for missionaries from the New Zealand Auckland Mission and New Zealand Hamilton Mission on 24 February.


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A missionary shared a comment during the conference.




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Elder Bednar spoke to Church members and guests on the subjects of marriage and family in Auckland on 25 February. 



Sister Bednar invited a couple with a baby to the stand during her remarks. She asked the couple how they felt when the baby was born. 


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Attendees at the meeting were invited to share comments and ask questions.



Elder and Sister Pearson addressed attendees at a meeting for adults on the subject of marriage in Auckland on 25 February.



Elder Lynn G. Robbins spoke to several hundred young adults in Auckland on 25 February on the topic of developing Christ-like love.


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Elder and Sister Robbins visited with several young people after the meeting which was held in the Church’s Pah Road Chapel in Auckland.


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Elder and Sister Robbins, and Elder O. Vincent Haleck spoke with a young member of the Church in Auckland.



Elder Bednar spoke to members of the Church and guests in Melbourne on 28 February and 1 March 2015.


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australia group

Left to right: Elder Robert J. Dudfield; Sister Darice Dudfield; Elder David A. Bednar; Sister Susan Bednar; Sister Peggy Haleck; Elder O. Vincent Haleck; Elder Lynn G. Robbins; Sister Jan Robbins in Melbourne, Australia, 28 February 2015.


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Elder Bednar met many members of the Church in Melbourne including this boy.

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