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Hundreds of Church members poured into the Gallagher Convention Center about 16 miles north of Johannesburg, South Africa, as the doors opened at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.
By the time a multi-stake conference began three hours later, every seat in the large conference center was filled. More than 7,500 people were in attendance — about 2,000 more than expected — to listen to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
It was perhaps the largest gathering of Saints ever in South Africa, said Elder Robert C. Gay of the Presidency of the Seventy.
As Elder Holland addressed the large group of diverse Saints of different languages, backgrounds and cultures, he testified of the Savior and of His teachings regarding avoiding contention and being united.
“Whatever our other loyalties might be, we must first and foremost be disciples of Jesus Christ,” Elder Holland declared. “Whatever the problem is in the world, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer.”
The historic conference in Johannesburg was just one stop on Elder Holland’s journey throughout Southeast Africa from Nov. 9-16.
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