Elder Pieper Meets with Mexican President to Discuss Issues Facing the Country

Contributed By Jason Swensen, Church News staff writer

  • 24 March 2017

Elder Paul B. Pieper, second from left, joins other religious leaders in Mexico for a recent meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Article Highlights

  • Elder Pieper met with Mexico’s president to discuss the issues facing the country.
  • Elder Pieper said such events are a reflection of the Church’s growth in Mexico.

“The country faces significant challenges at home and abroad, but we must face them with faith and trust, working together to build a better Mexico for all and trusting in the promises of the Lord to His people." —Elder Paul B. Pieper, General Authority Seventy

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Elder Paul B. Pieper, General Authority Seventy, and other religious leaders here recently met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss a variety of issues facing the country.

President Peña Nieto and his guests discussed high-profile topics such as the national economy and immigration issues facing many Mexican citizens.

Elder Pieper, who presides over the Mexico Area, enjoyed the opportunity to meet with clerics and several key civic leaders—including Mexico’s interior secretary, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, and key finance officer, Jose Antonio Meade.

“The country faces significant challenges at home and abroad,” Elder Pieper told the Church’s Mormon Newsroom in Mexico. “But we must face them with faith and trust, working together to build a better Mexico for all and trusting in the promises of the Lord to His people.”

Church officials are enjoying historic interaction with Mexican civic and religious leaders. A few weeks ago, President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, met with a variety of key government and religious leaders during his visit to several Mexican cities. President Nelson was lauded by Mexican lawmakers for his ongoing championing of the family. (See related story.)

Elder Pieper told the Church News such events are a reflection of the Church’s growing maturing and prominence in Mexico—a nation of more than a million Latter-day Saints. Many have come to know and appreciate the good works of many local members.

“As a result, the representatives of the Church are invited with other religious leaders to these important gatherings to discuss the issues facing the country,” he wrote.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, second from right, discusses issues facing his nation with a gathering of religious leaders that included Mexico Area President Elder Paul B. Pieper.