News Release

New Area Presidency Focuses on Strengthening Faith and Families Across Pacific Region

Members of the new Pacific Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints started their service together this week.

The Pacific Area Presidency comprises: Elder O. Vincent Haleck, President; Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, First Counsellor; and Elder Craig A. Cardon, Second Counsellor.

Elder Haleck is from American Samoa, Elder Nielsen from Texas, and Elder Cardon from Arizona. All three leaders are based in New Zealand, with their wives, Peggy Haleck, Wendy Nielsen and Deborah Cardon.

“We are delighted to welcome Elder and Sister Cardon to the Pacific Area,” Elder Haleck said. “They bring with them enthusiasm, wisdom, experience and deep faith.”     

Elder Haleck said the three members of the Area Presidency are looking forward to meeting with leaders, members, missionaries and friends of the Church across New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific over the next year.

“Our focus continues to be to help strengthen individuals and families throughout the Pacific by increasing faith and trust in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and His Atonement,” Elder Haleck said.

“As individuals and families give their best efforts to honour the Sabbath day both at home and church; to increase spiritual and temporal self-reliance; to hasten the work of salvation; and to seek the blessings of the temple—miracles are occurring in the lives of our members.”

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