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“How can I get closer to Heavenly Father … during the pandemic?” asked a Christian youth from the Caribbean.

Hundreds of religious youth ages 12–17 from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico tuned in to, “Relationships with God During COVID-19,” the Church’s first streamed interfaith panel broadcast comprised of and for Caribbean youth.

On Friday, August 21, 2020, young Spanish-speaking Caribbean members from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination, as well as other Christians from the same age-group, were invited to participate in the youth-moderated, Q&A-formatted and virtual interreligious discussion.

“It was an opportunity to share the common beliefs that we have as youth and to provide direction so they can find what they’re looking for,” said 16-year-old Bryan Beras, from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

Beras, who belongs to the Assemblies of God church, hosted the interdenominational event with Yissella Meléndez, a 17-year-old Latter-day Saint from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Although the two teenagers belong to different religious denominations, Meléndez explained that interfaith events are key to ensuring “constructive dialogue.”

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