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Senior Church Leader Visits Historic York

Russell M Nelson, an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made a visit to the City of York, in the county of Yorkshire – a place that is often referred to as, “God’s Own County”. President Nelson is next in succession to lead over 16 million members of the church around the world.


Upon arrival, President Nelson was greeted by civic, community and faith leaders before he spoke to a gathering of over 800 church members and their friends. The main theme of his remarks concerned the importance of following Jesus Christ and teaching children how to make good choices, which will help to keep them safe and bring them happiness in a complex world.

The congregation were also addressed by a number of other Church leaders including Elder Patrick Kearon who oversees the whole of Europe. Elder Kearon referred to the extensive humanitarian efforts of the Church in relieving suffering for hundreds of thousands of refugees, working with over 150 partner agencies and organisations. His wife, Jennifer Kearon spoke about the love that God has for all people, whatever their personal or family circumstances.

Patricia Harriss C.J. who is Curator of The Bar Convent Museum in York said, “Thank you again for this morning, which was a very impressive occasion – not only for the opportunity to meet and hear President Nelson, who is an outstanding person, humanly and spiritually, with the ability to reach out to all age-groups, but for the other speakers too, and the members of your congregation whom we met."

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