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Even amid the sadness and struggles caused by the ongoing pandemic and other challenges of the day, Native Americans can find “renewed hope in the Savior and His marvelous gospel.”

That was the comforting message Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared Friday, Feb. 26, in a special devotional for Native American Latter-day Saints in the Chinle, Arizona, region.

The Navajo Nation and other native tribes in the U.S. Southwest have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.

“I know many of us in this audience are feeling the sobering health and economic effects of COVID-19,” said Elder Soares in a live broadcast originating from the Conference Center’s Little Theater. “We are aware that many of our dear people in the Navajo Nation tested positive for COVID-19 and, unfortunately, some have passed away. Maybe some of you in this audience lost family members during this pandemic. We feel so sorry about it. 

“From what I have heard from your local leaders … you are very resilient and very faithful as you continue to follow Christian impulses to look out for others.”

The Apostle said he was uplifted learning that many Native American members had been distributing gospel messages, videos, testimonies and personal conversion stories to help strengthen the faith of fellow members at a time when regular Church gatherings were impossible.

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