Travels of the Apostles: Brazil - Part of the heart of the LDS Church
“While faith in God is a powerful motivation for most, there is a growing feeling in our culture that discussions of faith are for private settings,” he said.
He urged those in attendance, many of whom were ministers and pastors from Christian congregations, to encourage their members to speak more openly about their faith and the influence it has upon them. He showed a recent video produced by the Church along with other organizations in the United States that highlights how faith can strengthen individuals who are experiencing overwhelming challenges.
“Our faith and belief in God bring each of us perspective and courage in our life,” he said. “Let us encourage all around us to more openly express the effects of faith upon their daily lives. As we speak more often about this powerful influence, we will be more devoted in our efforts to protect this most important liberty.”
During their travels, Elder Nelson and Elder Andersen were together for the interim mission presidents’ seminar in Sao Paulo on May 21 and the area review on May 22. They parted to speak to different areas of Brazil and to preside over different stake conferences. Elder Nelson presided over and addressed the Olinda Brazil Stake Conference, near Recife, on May 18, and the Curitiba Boqueirao Stake conference on May 25. On May 18, Elder Andersen presided over and addressed the Maracanau Brazil Stake conference and a devotional for young men and young women in stakes in Fortaleza. He presided over and addressed the Brasilia Taguatinga Brazil Stake conference on May 25.
As Elder Nelson presided over a priesthood leadership conference in Recife on May 17, and Curitiba on May 24, Sister Nelson met with and addressed women in special meetings. Elder Nelson said that while the two priesthood leadership meetings were for stake presidencies and bishops, the two meetings for the sisters were open to all women who wanted to attend. Nearly 400 local brethren attended the leadership meetings, while more than 2,300 sisters attended the meetings for the women.
In other special meetings, Sister Andersen spoke along with Elder Andersen to young couples in Brasilia, to missionaries in Fortaleza and Brasilia and to youth in Fortaleza.
Accompanying Elder Nelson and Elder Andersen at the various meetings were Elder Ulisses Soares, one of the seven presidents of the Seventy; Elder Claudio R.M. Costa of the Seventy and president of the Brazil South Area; and Elder Jairo Mazzagardi of the Seventy and a counselor in the area presidency. Traveling with them were their wives, Sister Rosanna Soares, Sister Margareth Costa and Sister Elizabeth Mazzagardi.