Church Represented at World Religions Conference

Elder Paul Pieper, a member of the First Quorum of Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presented a paper at the Third Congress of Traditional and World Religions convened at Astana, Kazakhstan 1-2 July 2009. As president of the Church’s Europe East Area, Elder Pieper represented the Church at the request of the First Presidency. His remarks were presented on a panel of distinguished religious leaders on the topic of “Solidarity, Especially in the Period of Crises.”

In acknowledging the moral, spiritual and economic challenges facing the “people of the world,” Elder Pieper suggested greater solidarity in targeting the difficulties and suffering they endure.

“This Congress was established on the premise that religions through dialogue can find ways to work more unitedly and cooperatively to achieve objectives that will bless mankind.”

Focusing on his faith’s belief in Jesus Christ, Elder Pieper called it a moral imperative to follow the Savior’s teachings.

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