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Youth in Mozambique Encouraged to Be a Light to the World

  Julie Badger Jensen

  • 6 June 2012

A large crowd of youth gathered in Beira, Mozambique, to hear the message given in Portuguese by Elder Ulisses Soares (kneeling front far left) of the Africa Southeast Area Presidency.

Sunday, November 27, 2011, was the date of the first fireside held in Beira, Mozambique, having a Portuguese-speaking General Authority, Elder Ulisses Soares. The mission president, Loren B. Spendlove, his wife, Tina W. Spendlove, and the whole new district presidency were present.

A large crowd of about 150 young men and young women were privileged to hear the message given in Portuguese by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Area Presidency. He spoke about their responsibility to be a light to the world. Then he gave them the opportunity for questions and answers. Many questions were asked about how to overcome the temptations of the world. Elder Soares commented, “All the questions were very mature and spiritually oriented. A large number of the youth made a tremendous sacrifice to attend that fireside, including some who walked about three to four hours coming and returning to their homes.”

Nathalia, Elder and Sister Soares’s youngest daughter, spoke on how to overcome the challenges to keep the gospel standards as we live in this evil world. Elder Soares and his wife, Rosanna, shared their testimonies about Jesus Christ and His gospel. A beautiful and inspiring choir added to the spirit of the meeting.

In referring to the young people who attended, Elder Soares commented, “It was amazing to see how faithful they were and how much desire they have to follow the Lord’s path.”