Church Leaders Meet with Hong Kong Official
July 1997

“Church Leaders Meet with Hong Kong Official,” Ensign, July 1997, 78

Church Leaders Meet with Hong Kong Official

In a recent meeting, Church leaders were assured that freedom of religion for all residents of Hong Kong would continue after the area transfers from British rule to Chinese sovereignty on 1 July.

That assurance came from Mr. Tung Chee Hwa, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China during a meeting with President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency; Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; and Elders Kwok Yuen Tai and John H. Groberg of the Seventy and of the Asia Area Presidency.

During the meeting, President Faust told Mr. Tung about the history of the Church in Hong Kong, noting the activities of members and missionaries, outlining the Church’s humanitarian service, and expressing gratitude for the Hong Kong Temple.

“Wherever our members live, they believe in being subjects to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law,” President Faust observed during the meeting. “Our members here and Church leaders will be praying for your success.”

During their visit to Hong Kong, President Faust and Elder Nelson also attended a regional conference for the five stakes in Hong Kong.

President James E. Faust, right, and Elder Russell M. Nelson, left, met with Tung Chee Hwa, the People’s Republic of China government administrator over Hong Kong.