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Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke with the international network TVN in Santiago, Chile on Monday, June 5, 2023. In a sit-down interview with Maria Jimena Pereyra and Jorge Hevia, hosts of ‘Conecta2,’ Elder Soares answered a variety of questions about the name of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his calling and responsibilities as an Apostle, the Church’s humanitarian efforts and the significance of family history for church members.

When asked what it meant to him to be an Apostle, Elder Soares shared his feelings for the Savior and the gravity of the calling.

“This is a calling that will last for all my life until I go to the other side of the veil. …going all over the world, carrying the word of God and the words of His son Jesus Christ,” he said. “It is a life of devotion and full-time dedication, a life that brings much satisfaction to our hearts because being close to Jesus Christ and teaching His words is something special [and] marvelous.”

The Apostle highlighted the impact of women in the Church.

“Women play an important role in the Church. They are presidents of organizations for women, young women and children. They participate in high leadership councilsin the Church,” Elder Soares said.

“Women have something special in their hearts. The truth is that they have a sincere love for humanity and people… We join together in our efforts as church to find the real needs in our communities.”

Elder Soares talked about the work the Church’s members do around the world to serve others. He mentioned the tsunami relief needed last year in Tonga. He talked about helping countries where COVID-19 vaccines were needed. And he talked about the organizations the Church works with to accomplish service in other countries.

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