‘From every populated continent on earth’—See where each of the Sunday morning speakers are from

by | Apr. 04, 2021

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The Sunday morning session of general conference was a strong testament to the worldwide nature of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The conference began with a choir from Mexico singing "Redeemer of Israel" in Spanish, the opening prayer was offered by Elder Terence M. Vinson, a native of Sydney, Australia, and then a choir of children from Korea sang, "I Love to See the Temple."

Following the children’s choir, President Dallin H. Oaks, who was conducting the session, said, "On this beautiful Easter morning, President Nelson expressed a great desire to have speakers from throughout the world preach the gospel of Jesus Christ."

And so, they did. As President Oaks announced each speaker, he also noted the speaker’s native country. An hour into the conference, a choir of women and children from several countries throughout the world sang "I Am a Child of God." 

In his closing remarks from the session, President Nelson said, "This morning, we have heard from Church leaders who come from every populated continent on earth."

See the list of speakers and where they are from below.

Elder Ulisses Soares: São Paulo, Brazil 

Sister Reyna I. Aburto: Managua, Nicaragua

Elder S. Mark Palmer: Te Puke, New Zealand

Elder Edward Dube: Chiramanzu, Zimbabwe

Elder José A. Teixeira: Vila Real, Portugal

Elder Taniela B. Wakolo: Lomaloma, Lau, Fiji

Elder Chi Hong (Sam) Wong: Hong Kong SAR, China

Elder Michael John U. Teh: Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines

President Russell M. Nelson: Utah, United States


Additionally, Elder Arnulfo Valenzuela from Chihuahua, Mexico offered the closing prayer.

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Emily Abel

Emily first found her love for storytelling as an editorial intern at LDS Living. She recently returned as an editor and loves that her job is to highlight the meaningful in life. Emily is a graduate of Utah State University in English. Hiking trails, dance studios, and behind the cover of a good book are some of her favorite places to be.

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