“Buenos noches, mis amandos hermanos Latinos. Tengo gozo en mi alma hoy. Esta es una noche perfecta. La Iglesia es verdadera.”
That’s how Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostle greeted — in Spanish — a May 31 gathering of Latino members and their friends.
First, a translation: “Good evening, my beloved Latino brothers and sisters. I have joy in my heart today. This is a perfect night. The Church is true.”
Elder Holland has traveled throughout Latin America on Church assignments. But his participation in this most recent Latino gathering did not take place in, say, Mexico City, Santiago or La Paz. This conference occurred in Boston, one of the oldest and most storied cities in the United States.
During his time in New England, the apostle also spoke at a Church-sponsored women’s conference in Lowell, Massachusetts, that included more than 3,000 women of various religious backgrounds.