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At a time seemingly defined by global and religious divide, the Church continues to build traditions of interfaith dialogue and cooperation within the faith community in Guatemala.

For the third time, a Church representative participated in the Annual Convention of the Muslim Ahmadiyya Community of Guatemala. The recent event was organized by the local Muslim leaders to promote peace and solidarity in the Central American country and across the world.

Julio Alvarado, the Church’s director of public affairs for the Central America Area and a former counselor in the Central America Area Presidency, accepted the invitation to speak at the gathering.

“The [LDS] Church enjoys a friendship with this [interfaith] community and we share with them the importance of protecting religious freedom,” wrote Alvarado in an email.

Abdul Sattar Kahn, president of the Muslim Community Admadia in Guatemala, directed the convention. Other religious groups participating in the event included the Catholic Church and local evangelical congregations.

In his remarks, Alvarado said religious freedom is counted among the fundamental pillars of peace.

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