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Laysse Ferreira’s voice choked with emotion as she recounted her feelings of being in a weekend leadership training meeting with Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve, on the first day of his nine-day ministry in Brazil.

“I felt loved and embraced by the Savior, that my prayers were answered by coming here,” said Ferreira, the Relief Society president of the Recife Brazil Imbiribeira Stake, after listening to Elder Andersen. “It testified to me one more time that he is a servant of the Lord and that when we listen to the Lord’s servants, we hear the voice of the Savior.

“Christ loves me and has confidence in me, and leaving here, I know how to better share this love with the sisters I serve and serve with.”

The Savior, His Atonement, His gospel and the importance of being in the house of the Lord were among the topics taught by Elder Andersen in four March 4-5 weekend meetings with members, missionaries and leaders in Recife, on the easternmost coast of the expansive South American nation.

In a special stake conference Sunday, March 5, in the Recife Brazil Stake center, just as he did in three meetings the day before, Elder Andersen said that the temple endowment teaches Latter-day Saints about the Savior and their covenants and gives them a perspective on eternal life.

He also told attendees that in preparation for the weekend, he had read talks given by President Gordon B. Hinckley and his First Presidency counselor President James E. Faust when the Recife Brazil Temple was dedicated in December 2000. And he spoke about his personal experiences previously with the 2002 dedication of the Campinas Brazil Temple and the 2004 rededication of the São Paulo Brazil Temple.

Elder Andersen is being accompanied by his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, who spoke to missionaries Saturday morning and then at the Sunday special stake conference in the Recife Brazil Stake center, which was broadcast to the Recife Imbiribeira and Camaragibe Brazil stakes. Joining them in Recife were Elder Joni L. Koch; his wife, Sister Michele Koch, and Elder Gustavo G. Rezende, an Area Seventy.

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