Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In Memory of Anthony Lim Teong Keat

Born 9 Nov 1938 and passed away peacefully on 14 Feb 2018

From the PJ branch presidency:

We wish to invite you to celebrate the life  of Bro. Anthony Lim Teong Keat, a stalwart of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Malaysia, who passed away peacefully on 14 February 2018. We will be holding a viewing this Tuesday, 20 February 2018, from 8:00AM - 11:15AM at PJ chapel, 2 Jalan 52/4, PJ New Town, 46200 Petaling Jaya. Following the wake, we will be commemorating his life at the chapel from 11:30AM. We will then proceed to the burial grounds, where we will dedicate the grave at 2:30PM at Kwong Fook Cemetery Sungai Besi at Sungai Besi, 43200 Kuala Lumpur. We will conclude following the grave dedication & there will be no subsequent event thereafter.

Thank you and hope to see you on Tuesday.

This "In Memory" post is created from my heart and mind as the author of this blog that started for my own family that later extended to friends who when become close to you, is also regarded like family to me! Hence my often used cliche that "Family and Friends are Forever!" This post will be linked to an Easter Memorial post that I created some time ago to include my family, friends and some people I may not have ever met before but have 'departed' whom I like to keep in remembrance of with the joy of Easter that gives hope to me that I can personally meet them again one day.

Some photos of Anthony's life and brief historical information of the Church in Malaysia will follow. This is possible as Anthony Lim was a true pioneer of our Church in Malaysia who faithfully served the Church in his own country and kept the faith till his very last breath, despite all the challenges that he or any man can face in life! Being well versed in the English language and having a passion of writing, he became a newsletter producer and a natural historian for the Church in Malaysia. Much of the content of this post is only made possible by referring to Anthony's written record with details here.  The older photos are sourced from either Anthony himself when he was living or friends living in the same generation in the beginnings of the Church, with names indicated, while the later ones from 1980 on wards when I came into the picture are from my personal albums. Captions for the photos are extracted from Anthony's historical documents.

THE 70'S


In the month of November, Anthony Lim was one of the two non members who attended a first meeting of 8 persons carried out in a room at the Kuala Lumpur Merlin Hotel, presided by Jon Lim his cousin from Singapore. Jon Lim was to later serve as President of the Singapore District in Aug 1982 - Dec 1984 (Reference - A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Singapore, Journey to Stakehood 1964-1997 Pg. 90)


After a year of study and prayer, Anthony Lim was baptized at the Merlin Hotel pool, later known as the Concorde Hotel, in Kuala Lumpur on 3 December 1972 at 6.30am by his cousin Jon Lim. He is officially the first member in Kuala Lumpur to be baptized while a member up north named Thee See Bah was baptized the previous year in Penang on 26 July 1971 where there was a Church group made up of primarily Australian members from the Royal Australian Air Force. He is now living in Hawaii.


Anthony joined the Church group meetings that started at the YWCA in 1973 for the next 6 years in Kuala Lumpur, photo courtesy of Jackie Ho living today in the US.

 Anthony at the baptism of Bee Poh by Bruce Knudsen, photo courtesy of Jackie Ho.

Family Home Evenings were organized at his home in Happy Gardens that started on 29 July 1974 as per the historical record of the Church kept by Anthony. Photo courtesy of Jackie Ho.

THE 80'S


I first met Anthony Lim when I came back to Kuala Lumpur after I had completed my tertiary education in Australia.  I came home for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Feb 1980 prior to receiving my call as a full time missionary to serve in the Singapore Mission, reporting to the MTC in New Zealand on 5 Aug 1980.

The above photo was taken after I had returned to KL with David Soon, my mission companion, to serve as full time missionaries. The members in KL branch had moved from the YWCA to start meeting in the new Church owned property in Petaling Jaya some time in Jan 1979. The arrows point to Anthony on the right and my mother on the left who followed me to Church when I had first returned home.  She decided to take missionary discussions with the missionary couple Elder and Sis Stoker as recorded in this journal post. I had returned back to Australia for my university convocation and she was baptized on 22 Mar 1980.

The lady on my mother's left is Sis Cheah who was our first convert whom be baptized who was our landlady who rented a room to us as shared in this journal post.


Anthony in this year was also called as the first Branch Mission leader in the KL and we worked even closer to him to help in the missionary work of the branch. He had served as the Branch Mission leader till 1990 for ten years with over 24 members being baptized at one particular year(record), average being 9-12 per year.

The 90's


In the Malaysia District Priesthood Leader's meeting of Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Ipoh and Penang branches presided by the Mission President Warren R. Jones (July 1991-July 1994)


Pres. Carmack, the Asia Area President set Anthony Lim apart on 10 Jan. 1993 as the National Director of Public Affairs.  He was always active to make contacts and arrangements for events of our Church in the public.

May 5- Arrangement was previously made with Puan Mariam, Deputy Director of the National Library, by Bro. Anthony T.K. Lim, National Director for Church Public Affairs for Malaysia, to accept the five volumes of Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Prof. Halvor P. Hanson presented the Encyclopedia in the presentation ceremony held at the National Library, Kuala Lumpur, to Puan Mariam in the presence of Pres. Gary Orgill, Pres. Chong Sun Fu and Bro. Anthony T.K. Lim and other staff of the National Library.

Aug 15- Anthony seen on the far left on the occasion of Ipoh branch members now have their own church owned building for their use.


Apr 8- District Council meeting held in the PJ meeting house presided by President Gary Orgill as counselor of the Mission Presidency with Anthony seen on his left.

Sep 28- Royal Dinner Invitation (Japanese Menu) at the King’s Palance in Kuala Lumpur with the King of Malaysia, Tunku Ja’afar, and Queen by Bro. Vincent & Sister Sandra Gordacan of Las Vegas. They knew the Royal Family for 27 years through Sister Sandra. Also present at the Dinner were Pres. Gary Orgill and wife, Marcia, Pres. Chong Sun Fu and wife, Geok Lee, Pres. Ivan Bee Ho and wife, Sophia and Bro. Anthony Lim. At the end of the Dinner, Bro. Gordacan thanked the Royal Couple for the gracious invitation to get to know the Church Leaders.

December District Conference in Kuala Lumpur where John  H. Groberg was the visiting General Authority with Anthony Lim seen in the front row 2nd from the left.

To be continued and updated even until after his funeral service and burial....

Monday, January 01, 2018

1st Quarter 2018

1 Jan 2018

5 Jan 2018

11 Jan 2018

13 Jan 2018

18 Jan 2018

20 Jan 2018

21 Jan 2018
Hair cut, Baptism at Church, Bike riding, Social with Young Single Adults

24 Jan 2018

25 Jan 2018

28 Jan 2018

30 Jan 2018

31 Jan 2018

The above event came about because I was happy we finally have straightened out our little community problem in Kuala Lumpur using my social media skills explained with more details here.

3 Feb 2018
The Church continues to grow steadily in Malaysia.

4 Feb 2018
Chinese New Year rapidly approaches

5 Feb 2018
Han gets to share the restored Gospel at his college

6 Feb 2018
Starting to see doggie videos on Facebook

8 Feb 2018
Fei is getting Feimous!

10 Feb 2018
Big gathering of old boys of SJI St John's Institution

14 Feb 2018
A little encouragement to the Single Adults!

15 Feb 2018
Chinese New Year's Eve, Searching for doggie red packets or 'Ang Pows'!