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When Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson spoke on Thursday, June 13 at the Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit in London, England, it was the third time in as many years that a leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has spoken at the event.
In 2022, President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, spoke at the same event in Rome, Italy. Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke at the summit in 2021 when it was held at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Church leaders have spoken about the topic of religious freedom in many different settings over the years. Below are 10 videos featuring some of the instances when leaders spoke about the need to defend and preserve the right to organize and worship as both individuals and congregations.
1. President Oaks in Rome, Italy
While speaking in Rome, Italy during the Notre Dame Religious Liberty Summit in July 2022, President Oaks talked about the need for a global effort to defend and advance religious freedom around the world.
“Fundamental to that doctrine is the right and the obligation of individuals to choose, to do what keeps the commandments of God and what furthers the purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ as He taught it. Without religious freedom, we are not free to do that,” he said.
2. Giulia Bonoldi at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome
Giulia Bonoldi from the center talked about what the Church’s support has meant to the refugees served there.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is contributing to our mission in a great way because they are allowing us to carry out the breakfast program, supply room program, which means providing material help to many thousands of refugees,” she said.
3. Dean G. Marcus Cole on ‘a global problem’
G. Marcus Cole is the dean of the University of Notre Dame Law School and also participated at the 2022 summit.
“Part of what I want to do is shine a light on the fact that religious freedom and threats to religious freedom are not just in the United States of America. It’s a global problem.”
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