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Looking back on his recent visit to Peru and Bolivia, Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said the country “just takes my breath away”—both in jest about the altitude (13,600 ft., or 4,150 m) and earnestly referencing the joy of meeting with Church members.

While visiting Lima and Iquitos, Peru, and El Alto, La Paz, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Elder Renlund was accompanied by his wife, Ruth L. Renlund; Elder José A. Teixeira, of the Presidency of the Seventy; his wife, Filomena Teixeira; and Elders Enrique R. Falabella, Hugo Montoya, and Mathias Held, the Presidency of the South America Northwest Area.

In a series of leadership, stake, and missionary conferences from September 8 through 16, Elder Renlund thanked members for exercising faith, accepting calls, and caring for the children of Heavenly Father. He asked leaders for a report on ministering efforts and taught the importance of ministering in “a newer, holier approach,” citing President Nelson’s direction for ministering to our brothers and sisters.

He also focused on the importance of following the Savior’s example in Christlike caring for others. Parents and leaders, Elder Renlund reminded, can touch more hearts if they follow the Lord’s counsel in Doctrine and Covenants 121:39–41 to use “persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned” rather than “unrighteous dominion.”

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