News Release

Elder and Sister Renlund Inspires Members in Urdaneta to Prepare for the Temple

“Follow the prophet,” was Elder Dale G. Renlund’s counsel to the members during a multi-stake member devotional he presided at Urdaneta Stake Center on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, the same day when the angel Moroni statue was also installed in the temple's steeple.

Elder Renlund is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Together with him was his wife, Sister Ruth Renlund; Elder Steven R. Bangerter, first counselor in the Philippines Area Presidency of the Church, and his wife, Sister Susann Bangerter; Elder Martiniano S. Soquila Jr., Area Seventy, and his wife, Sister Lourdes Soquila; and President and Sister Manahan, mission president of Urdaneta Philippines Mission.

Members and leaders of all Urdaneta and Rosales stakes auxiliary units were invited to attend the face-to-face event while the rest viewed the online broadcast via Zoom.

Elder Bangerter emphasized the need of doing father interviews as parents consistently reach out to their children. He also highlighted social media addiction and how these platforms and the devices should be used for the well-being of the members and the community.

Sister Renlund talked about the importance of acting upon the things we know, and the covenants we make inside the temple. “The covenants we make inside the temple help us grow up in the Lord and be spiritually matured,” she added.

Elder Renlund shared his powerful experience with President Russell M. Nelson when he was set apart as the new prophet and president of the Church. He said he was one of the brethren who laid their hands on the prophet’s head, executing the sacred priesthood ordinance. He was sentimental when he quoted President Nelson: “It is harder to build people that are ready for the temple than building the temple itself.” 

Elder Renlund added that we, as people, need to have a rock-solid faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, be worthy by doing daily repentance, and hold a temple recommend whether there is a temple near or not.

“The temple is a house of God. We must make it our home too. God doesn’t care what we were. He cares about what we are now,” he said in his conclusion.

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