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In New York City, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke at a charity event and emphasized the many contributions that religious individuals make to the communities in which they live.

“Religious faith, freely exercised, promotes civic virtue and is vital to strong, flourishing communities,” said Elder Christofferson. “I am not for a moment suggesting that religion is the only source of virtue within society, or that secular people cannot be highly moral. My point is simply that very often religion does the hard work of inculcating the habits and mores necessary for free and democratic societies to flourish.”

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The global faith leader shared his remarks as part of the New York Latter-day Saint Professional Association’s annual banquet program on February 27, 2020, at the Riverside Church in Manhattan.

The association is a nonprofit organization sponsored by, but not limited to, Latter-day Saints and members of the Brigham Young University Management Society.

Each year, the charitable event presents a Visionary Leadership Award to a local member of the community who embodies moral and ethical qualities. The association also uses the banquet to raise funds to provide need-based scholarships for New York area youth.

This year, the alumni group nominated Mariano Rivera, a former New York Yankees baseball player and 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, as the recipient of its leadership award.

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