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Elder Ulisses Soares and Sister Rosana Soares met with the Honorable Prime Minister of Tonga Hu’akavemeiliku Siaosi Sovaleni in his office during the Apostle’s March 2023 assignment to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji. Elder Soares hosted the prime minister at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City last year.

Elder Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented the prime minister with a statuette featuring a family on March 16. Elder Soares explained that the family is fundamental in the gospel and that it is important for parents to strengthen children’s faith in Jesus Christ and in His gospel, so they will know where to find peace and strength, to cope with the challenges of our day.

The Prime Minister presented Elder Soares with a carved scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.

“This is a beautiful gift,” Elder Soares said, “and a special reminder for us as Easter approaches and people are preparing to celebrate Jesus Christ’s life that we can always remember Him and have Him present in our lives.”

Elder Soares was also accompanied by Elder Patrick Kearon, Senior President of the Quorum of the Seventy; Elder K. Brett Nattress, General Authority Seventy and Pacific Area President, and Elder Sione Tuione, an Area Seventy.

Traveling with Elder and Sister Soares to the Pacific Area were Elder Kearon and Sister Jennifer Kearon; and Elder Nattress and Sister Shawna Nattress.

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