This story was originally published by LDS Living in October 2018 and has been updated to celebrate Elder Soares's birthday.
Elder Ulisses Soares was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles during the April 2018 general conference. In honor of his birthday on October 2, we compiled some of our favorite photos that will help you get to know him a little bit better.
Elder Soares as a child. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Soares and his wife, Rosana Fernandez Soares. Images from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Soares serving in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Soares' family photo. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Soares with his grandchildren and wife. Images from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Soares attending the BYU Hawaii graduation ceremony. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Soares the day he was called as an apostle. Image by Tad Walch, Deseret News.
Elder Soares meeting with members. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
A joyful encounter with a child from Brazil. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Soares taking a selfie. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder and Sister Soares. Image by Kristin Murphy, Church News.
Elder Soares smiling at the Church's Jerusalem set. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder and Sister Soares speaking to Church members. Image from Newsroom.
Elder Soares meeting Church members in Senegal. Image from Church News.
Elder and Sister Soares at BYU-Hawaii. Image from ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Elder Soares on his first visit to Brazil as an apostle. Image from Church News.
Elder and Sister Soares at a temple dedication. Image from Facebook.
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ENG: Last week I had the privilege to accompany President M. Russell Ballard on his trip to Brazil. It was my first official visit to my home country since being called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. My wife, Rosana, and I wept when we saw our fellow Brazilians, who we love so dearly, during this visit. We saw so many people who have had a great, positive influence on us. We met with missionaries and members in several meetings, including a home evening activity, which was broadcast throughout the country. As I thought about all the many Brazilians watching, I felt God’s love for each of them and my desire to testify that God is real, that He lives and loves us. I testify to you that He listens to our prayers in every moment of our lives, no matter the circumstances. We can trust in His love and His willingness to bless us. After all, He is our Father and has an unconditional love for each one of us, His children. . POR: Na semana passada tive o privilégio de acompanhar o Presidente M. Russell Ballard em sua viajem ao Brasil. Foi minha primeira visita oficial ao meu próprio país desde que fui chamado como membro do Quórum dos Doze Apóstolos. Minha esposa, Rosana, e eu choramos de emoção durante essa visita ao encontrarmos nossos queridos amigos e irmãos brasileiros, a quem amamos tanto. Encontramos muitas pessoas que tiveram uma influência positiva em nossa vida ao longo de nossa jornada no Brasil. Somos gratos por elea e por seu exemplo de fé. Nós nos reunimos com missionários e membros em diversas ocasiões e locais. Realizamos uma noite familiar que foi transmitida via Facebook para todo o país. Ao pensar em todos os nossos queridos brasileiros que assistiram a esse evento via Facebook, senti claramente o amor que Deus tem por deles individualmente. Sinto o desejo de testificar que Deus é real e que Ele vive e nos ama. Testifico que Ele ouve nossas orações em todos os momentos de nossa vida, independentemente das circunstâncias em que estamos vivendo. Aconselho todos a depositarem toda sua confiança no amor de Deus e no Seu desejo intenso de nos abençoar. Afinal de contas Ele é nosso Pai Eterno e ama incondicionalmente cada um de nós, Seus filhos.
Elder Soares at the Arequipa Peru Temple Dedication. Image from Facebook.
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