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Leaders and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feel “a special kinship with those trying to make their way in a new country or community,” said President Dallin H. Oaks during a unique devotional in Chicago on Nov. 23.
“Many of our own ancestors or early members migrated to new countries to seek religious freedom and to escape persecution or other hardships,” he said. “Frequently they had to rely on the kindness of others in their new countries to help with their basic needs.”
That is why the senior Church leader sought the opportunity to address Spanish-speaking members from eight stakes in Chicago — offering a portion of his remarks in their native language and addressing issues specific to immigrants. He also asked Latter-day Saints to trust in the Lord as they work to live the gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthen the next generation to do the same.
“We want you to know that the leaders of the Church are very aware of the special difficulties so many of you face in being separated from family members who are in many other countries,” said President Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, to the nearly 1,000 Spanish-speaking Latter-day Saints in the Wilmette Illinois Stake Center.
With his wife, Sister Kristen M. Oaks, President Oaks was accompanied by Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s North America Central Area, and Elder K. David Scott, an Area Seventy.
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