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Hours before dedicating the Concepción Chile Temple—the 18th in South America and the second in the country—President Russell M. Nelson reinforced his invitation to young people to enlist in the youth battalion and gather Israel.

“You are beloved youth of the noble birthright,” said President Nelson on Saturday evening, October 27. “I believe in you. I trust you. I love you. And I bless you with all that God knows that you need.”

Speaking at the Concepción Chile Temple youth devotional, President Nelson addressed the 28,000 youth in the temple district—1,500 of which were gathered in the Talcahuano Chile South Stake Center, where the devotional originated and from where it was broadcast across the nation.

As part of the Church’s initiative to simplify and reduce, the event marked a shift away from the youth cultural celebrations that have been associated with temple dedications for more than a decade.

The meeting, said President Nelson, is about the youth of the Church in Chile—where there are 584,654 members, 77 stakes, and now two temples. The Santiago Chile Temple was dedicated on September 15, 1983.

“Many of you have already responded to my invitation to be members of the youth battalion,” President Nelson said. “You want to help to gather Israel on both sides of the veil.”

Why do Latter-day Saints gather Israel? “Because Israel is being gathered in to enjoy the blessings of the temple. There the highest blessings are conferred upon the children of God.”

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