On Thursday, June 13, 2024, Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles met with officials of Porto Alegre, Brazil. In this city, several meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been used as shelters from devastating floods earlier this year.

The Apostle met with some of those who have been displaced and who have volunteered to help the community.

“It’s been very tender to be in this area, which has been so devastated by floods,” Elder Gong said. “We’ve been greeted by senior government officials who have been very appreciative for the wonderful cooperation as neighbors and friends and community members, as brothers and sisters with our Church members and our Church leaders. It’s just tender and sacred to be reminded that in the hardest of times we’re never alone. In the hardest of times, the Lord is with us, and He helps us and He blesses us — and we do it together. It’s part of covenant belonging.”