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On a recent visit to Mexico, Elder Gerrit W. Gong often repeated a phrase he has taught during his visits to this country over the past year: “Now is the time for Mexico. Now is the time for the Lord’s blessings in Mexico.”

While in Mexico City, Elder Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with Adán Augusto López, Mexico’s interior minister. López is the second-highest-ranking official in the Mexican government. In a cordial meeting at the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior, Elder Gong spoke about the efforts the Church makes to build up families in Mexico.

“By doing so, we are contributing to the strengthening of society,” he stressed.

Elder Gong also explained the scope of the Church’s humanitarian aid in Mexico. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this aid was manifested in 166 projects that benefited an estimated 12.8 million people.

Elder Gong presented López with a statue of the Christus and thanked him for the diplomatic relations that have existed between the Church of Jesus Christ and the government of Mexico for 110 years.

“It was a privilege to talk with Secretary López and Undersecretary [César] Yáñez about building peace in Mexico through the well-being of the people,” said Elder Gong. “We can all support with small actions, caring for those who need it most. Because we are all children of God.”

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Additional news on the Church’s presence in Mexico also came in the following update: 

Church Donates 332 Wheelchairs to the Mexican State of Tamaulipas

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently donated more than 330 personalized wheelchairs and mobility accessories to the state of Tamaulipas in Mexico.

María de la Luz Santiago de Villarreal, wife of Governor Américo Villarreal Anaya and president of the state System for Integral Family Development, presided at the official handover ceremony. Also present was Geancarlo Boneta, director of the organization. Together they recognized the trained therapists who personalize wheelchairs for different users’ needs. María de la Luz Santiago invited the beneficiaries of the donation to be “messengers of peace.”

“I thank all those who have participated in the good atmosphere that has been created around the service,” said María de la Luz Santiago. “I hope this is the beginning of many more projects where we can collaborate for the well-being of the people of Tamaulipas.”

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