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Ravell Call, Deseret News
President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, center, and his wife Wendy wave to those in attendance following a devotional in Apia, Samoa on Saturday, May 18, 2019. At right is His Highness Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aleto'a Eti Sualauvi II, Samoa Head of State.

APIA, Samoa — The expected rain finally fell from the night sky here on Saturday night and made soggier the thousands of people already damp from the smothering humidity that enveloped them as they waited on stackable plastic chairs for the arrival of the first leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to visit Samoa since 2005.

President Russell M. Nelson walked in under an umbrella after meeting with Samoa’s prime minister, but then, as suddenly as the steady drizzle began about half an hour before the event, it stopped after the opening hymn.

“Thank you for your great faith,” President Nelson said when he spoke at the end of the meeting. “I wondered if you could do it. You turned off the rain.”

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