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Editor’s Note: The following describes an interaction that took place on President Nelson’s recent five-country trip to South America. Among other appointments, he sat down for an interview with Sergio Rubin, Pope Francis’ official biographer. 

An Argentine-based journalist and writer, Mr. Rubin had many questions for President Nelson.

The pair discussed the growth of the Church in South America, the Rome Italy Temple, abortion, same-sex attraction, polygamy, family history, self-reliance, and religious freedom.

President Nelson was confident with every answer.

“The family is under attack and religion is under attack,” he declared. “But we are confident that the family will prevail and religion will prevail.”

However, the question that meant the most to me was the question President Nelson elected not to answer.

“Many churches are ruled by men, at the exclusion of women,” said Mr. Rubin. “Is this the case for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?”

“Well,” said President Nelson, “you should talk to a woman about that.”

President Nelson then turned and looked at Sheri Dew, executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation, the CEO of Deseret Book Company, and former Relief Society General Presidency member.

“Can you help with this answer about the role of women in the Church?” he asked her. He motioned her into camera range.

Sister Dew told Mr. Rubin that he would have a hard time finding a church where more women have more authority than in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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