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First Seventy ever called from Sweden

History was made with the sustaining of Elder Per G. Malm to the Second Quorum of the Seventy at general conference in April. Through the years, there have been General Authorities with Swedish heritage, but Elder Malm is the first to be called from that land.

Elder Malm is part of a generation of Swedish Latter-day Saints to have been born and reared in the Church.

"My father was the first in his family to accept the gospel, and his conversion story has inspired me ever since I learned about it," Elder Malm related. "He found a brochure about the Church, met the missionaries and asked them for some written material which would explain the doctrines of the Church."

Elder Geroge Barrus, the missionary who baptized him, wrote: "Brother Malm politely declined when we offered to teach him and said he would read the brochure. Following Tuesday evening, just before our meeting, he again appeared and said that he had read something about a Book of Mormon and requested a copy. He reiterated that he did not require our teaching services. A short time later (not more than a week) he came to us with a startling request that because he had found the true church, he wanted to be baptized right away."

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