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Elder Bednar, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa Switch on Washington D.C. Temple Lights

“My opportunity to serve all over the earth teaches me a very important lesson — we are all basically the same…because we are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father,” Elder Bednar said at the Festival of Lights ceremony in Washington D.C.

Hundreds gathered at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center for the annual Festival of Lights ceremony — which for the past 40 years has helped initiate the Christmas season in the nation’s capital.

Elder J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr. and his wife, Sister Donna Marriott, have hosted and attended the event every year, and this special milestone was no exception.

“This is a bigger crowd than it was 40 years ago” said Elder Marriott, who formerly served as an Area Seventy in this area.

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