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Latter-day Saints in the United Arab Emirates welcomed Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Susan, along with other Church leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. 

In Dubai, Elder Bednar was joined by a number of area and organizational leaders ministering in the region, including Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife, Jennifer; Elder Randy D. Funk of the Middle East/Africa North Area Presidency and his wife, Andrea; Relief Society general president Jean B. Bingham and her husband, Bruce and her First Counselor, Sister Sharon Eubank. The leaders met with the leadership of the Abu Dhabi Stake.  

Local women’s organization leader Jo Ann Marker, who has lived in Dubai for 32 years, said she felt uplifted and inspired by Elder Bednar’s remarks.  

“I feel the presence of the Spirit,” she explained. “When an Apostle of the Lord tells everyone he loves you, you know that it comes from above. I know that through him, our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are telling me: ‘Hold on, we love you, keep it up.’” 

At the session Elder Bednar taught, “The focus of everything we do in this Church is helping people to become yoked to and with the Savior through the covenants and ordinances of his restored gospel. Period. Exclamation point. End of sentence. That’s it. That’s all we do.” 

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