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Elder Ulisses Soares and his wife, Rosana, returned to Portugal this week for the first time since they led the Portugal Porto Mission two decades ago.

Their four-day visit was an opportunity to reminisce, minister to the country’s 45,000 Latter-day Saints and deepen their mutual connection to this land of their ancestors.

“I always dreamed of the day to return here and feel the same feeling I had when I was a mission president,” said Elder Soares, a native of Brazil. “But today it’s much more. It’s something that I cannot describe to see the unity that has been established here among the members, among the Church and among the leaders of the Church.”

“I feel at home,” added Sister Soares. “It is wonderful to be back because I have Portuguese blood in my veins.”

Elder and Sister Soares embarked on their mission in the summer of 2000. Their three children were 13, 9 and 5. They said the family experienced miracles. Their children found friends, love and family.

“It was so wonderful because our kids got along so well,” Sister Soares said. “They loved being here, and they loved the people, the children, the school, the Church children. It was wonderful.”

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