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Elder Ulisses Soares Welcomes the Vice President of Brazil, Geraldo Alckmin, at the Brasília Brazil Temple

Geraldo Alckmin, vice president of the Republic of Brazil, was hosted at the Brasília Brazil Temple by Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, together with Elder Joni Koch, the Church’s Brazil Area President. The vice president arrived on Wednesday morning, August 9, accompanied by eight other members of the federal government.

Elder Soares led the guests through the interior of the temple, explaining the ceremonies that take place in the various rooms of this sacred edifice, among them the sealing that joins families together for all eternity. Upon hearing of this teaching, Geraldo Alckmin remembered with emotion his own father, Geraldo Jose Rodrigues Alckmin. “My father’s eyes always shone when he spoke with our family about eternity,” he said.

As they walked through the gardens of the temple, the vice president recalled the visit he made during the public open house prior to the rededication of the São Paulo Brazil Temple in 2004. At that time, he was governor of the state of São Paulo. He even mentioned the address of the temple in the capitol city. However, in particular he highlighted the feeling of peace he came to know in that sacred building, the same feeling he experienced while visiting the Brasilia Temple, acknowledged the vice president.

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