They came from La Paz, El Alto and beyond in Bolivia. Nine thousand members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and
their neighbors fill the stadium in El Alto, more than three hours before the
prophet’s arrival, eager to hear the ministering words of a prophet of God.
When President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Wendy, arrived, accompanied by Elder
Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Lesa, and
other Church leaders, they were greeted by children dressed in traditional
clothing of their culture who sent a special song. In the highest elevated
city in the world at nearly 14,000 feet, President Nelson spiritually elevated
those in attendance and those watching via broadcast. “Do we have any primary
children in the congregation?” “If so, I would like you to stand. Now, raise your hands.” “There’s the future of Bolivia! The future of the Church in Bolivia.” In one of the most touching moments of
the evening, President Nelson asked the children present to sing, ‘I Am a Child of
God.’ And then he taught, “Parents and teachers
have a great responsibility to teach these children. Teach them what it really
means to be a child of God and teach them about the Savior of the world.”
And then he spoke in their native tongue. Elder Stevenson encouraged those struggling with life’s hardships.
“Brothers and Sisters, you will find joy in the gospel even in the midst of your
afflictions. Even tonight there are some of you here who are bearing burdens on
your shoulders. Whatever burdens you may have, let me testify to you that you will
find joy in the gospel. I have joy because I know that we have a living
prophet who speaks to us in our day.” Sister Nelson praised the Bolivian Saints.
“It is a spiritually elevating experience to be with you. It is you, the Saints of
Bolivia–not the elevation, that take our breath away. Tonight my message is that
President Russell M. Nelson is the Lord’s prophet on the earth today.” “One of the
parts that was very happy for us was to listen him
speaking in Spanish, in our language and he make us a wonderful promise about our
families.” President Nelson heads to Asunción, Paraguay on his
continuing ministry tour of South America, concluding with the dedication
of the Concepción Chile Temple.