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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
A choir sings during annual LDS Latino devotional.

The annual church-sponsored Latino devotional is a highlight each year for Latter-day Saint Hispanics and their friends living in Utah. But Sunday's edition of the popular event was viewed far beyond the last row of the Conference Center in Salt Lake City.

For the first time, the Latino devotional was broadcast via satellite and the Internet to congregations gathered throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central and South America. Such communication technology allowed Spanish-speaking members across the western hemisphere to share an evening of song, choral music and spiritual instruction and holiday-season counsel.

The audience at the Conference Center included thousands from a variety of Latin American nations, along with many native Utahns. Entitled "En La Luz de Su Amor" (in the light of the His love), the devotional was conducted entirely in Spanish and included a choir of children and adults.

Elder Claudio D. Zivic, a member of the Seventy and a native of Argentina, spoke of the importance of having faith in Christ — especially during moments of economic trouble, poor health or other struggles. The loving support the Jesus Christ offered to his prophets in troubled times available to all.

"Christ has that same love for each of us," he said

Elder Zivic challenged his audience in the Conference Center and all those participating in the simultaneous broadcasts to remember and enjoy the abundance of God's blessings. Be peaceful, he added, and seek ways to find the good in others. Listen always to God's counsel and be constant in prayer.

Elder Zivic also emphasized the importance of being hopeful and finding trust in God.

Elder Gary B. Doxey, an Area Seventy, spoke of the importance of walking in the light of Christ. By doing so, faithful followers can enjoy rich blessings and realize their greatest potential.

All of God's children have within them "the light of Christ" that helps to discern good from evil, he said. Such light is brilliant and pure.

Follow those sacred promptings to do good that come from the Holy Ghost, he added. "The heavens have been opened … Christ is the light of truth. He is the life and light of man."

Sunday's devotional also included a video presentation featuring remarks from President Thomas S. Monson and other Latter-day Saint leaders testifying of the central role of Jesus Christ in the world today.

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