Les Steward

Les Steward

Les Steward

1973, Business Management
Assistant to the President, PCC, Laie, Hawaii

Les Steward, who has served twice as president of the CCH/BYU-Hawaii Alumni Association, is Assistant to the President of the Polynesian Cultural Center, where he has worked many years in executive management. Over the years he has also served as a bishop, stake president, mission president in Arcadia, California, and is currently the BYU-Hawaii 1st Stake Patriarch.

Soon after his parents joined the Church in Australia, they sent him at age 12 to attend the Church College of New Zealand, which in due course led him to Laie. “After graduating from CCH and having made so many friends, I’ve always had a connection worldwide and I’ve always been intrigued by that,” he says.

“The Lord has prepared me at particular times, and I didn’t even know it; but looking back, I can see the Lord had prepared me in particular ways, and helped in strengthening me spiritually,” he adds. “When the calls came, I was prepared. Looking back, you can see much clearer how the Lord has been able to do this.”

Steward urges fellow alumni worldwide “to be of service, and to be the individuals that the Lord intends them to be in their own communities; to give back and to participate in building peace amongst their neighbors and their friends at work, amongst their church friends, and to develop the skill and the talents the best that they can so that they really, truly are the vision that our prophets have seen — to be leaders of peace internationally.”

In my travels throughout the world and visiting with the alumni, I’ve been able to see the actual fulfillment of David O. McKay’s prophecy in the lives of students throughout the world.