LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley offered a dedicatory prayer in Cambodia Tuesday and then on Wednesday visited the spot in Vietnam where he offered a similar prayer in 1966 in what was then Saigon.
The visits were part of a 14-city, 15-day tour of eight Asian countries that included the May 26, 27 dedication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's newest temple in Hong Kong.In Cambodia, President Hinck-ley met with a group of more than 400 church members and others in a hotel convention hall in Phnom Penh.
Traveling with President Hinck-ley are his wife, Marjorie; Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Elisa; Elder John G. Groberg, second counselor in the church's Asia Area presidency, and his wife, Jean.
Accompanying President Hinckley in Cambodia were 10 of the church's full-time missionaries, all assigned to work in Cambodia.
In a practice dating to the church's earliest missionary journeys abroad, President Hinckley offered a prayer on a hillside facing the Mekong River in Phnom Penh dedicating the country for missionary work.
While in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday, President Hinckley stood on the roof of the Caravelle Hotel, where he offered a similar prayer in 1966 dedicating what was then South Vietnam for missionary work.
He also met in a local church leader's home with a group of 25 church members Wednesday morn-ing before touring landmarks familiar to him from his visits in 1964 and 1966.
Wednesday afternoon, President Hinckley and his party flew to Hanoi, and visited Vietnam's memorial to its war dead, the nearby mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh and the chapel where members of the church's Hanoi branch meet.
The group then flew from Hanoi to Manila, Philippines.