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Before we belong to any other group — be it political, national, religious or otherwise — we belong to the family of God, with our “spiritual roots in eternity.”

This was the core message Tuesday morning from President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, during a 25-minute speech at the Marriott Center to students at Brigham Young University.

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“The group that is most important to identify with is being the children of God,” the 91-year-old Church leader said. “We declare that we are all the spiritual children of Heavenly Parents; thus, we are brothers and sisters in God’s family. We will continue to be a part of God’s family after we die and throughout all eternity. Nothing can change that relationship. We must always keep this uppermost in our minds.”

President Ballard said this message was in his mind from the moment he received the speaking assignment.

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