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Watch: The touching story behind this family's reaction to the announcement of a second temple in Bolivia

by | Oct. 07, 2020

Moments before the 190th Semiannual General Conference concluded, President Russell M. Nelson announced six new temples that will be built in Tarawa, Kiribati; Port Vila, Vanuatu; Lindon, Utah; Greater Guatemala City, Guatemala; São Paulo East, Brazil; and Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

For one family, the announcement of the temple in Bolivia was greeted with cheers of excitement and tears of gratitude. This video of their reaction has been viewed over 400,000 times. According to Newsroom, there are more than 200,000 Latter-day Saints in Bolivia.

Like many families, the Flores family has experienced loss due to COVID-19. In an email interview with LDS Living, Wualdo Flores Morales shared that multiple members in his family have recently passed away, including his nephew at the beginning of the pandemic. Furthermore, as he and his family watched general conference, they were also preparing to bury his grandfather, who was admitted into the ICU due to COVID-19 on Friday and passed away on Monday morning, right after conference. 

“My mother, how it hurts me to see her like this, but the joy that is shown in the video is the answer—that God does not leave us and there are His holy temples where we can become an eternal family,” Wualdo Flores Morales wrote in his native Spanish. “The promise is that we will see our loved ones.”

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The Flores family hopes the video will preserve the joyful memory of the announcement of another temple in their native country, for both them and for their descendants. Manuel Flores Pinto and his wife, Eugenia Morales Cueto, have eight children—six sons and two daughters. They traveled to the Cochabamba Bolivia Temple in August 2001 to be sealed together as a family.

“My parents taught us that the hope for salvation is in the temple,” Wualdo Flores Morales shared. “They taught us that any sacrifice for the temple does not matter and to try to always be faithful to carry a current recommend.”

All six of his sons served missions and now seven of the eight of his children have begun families of their own. Wualdo Flores Morales explained that the announcement of the temple brought unanimous joy in his family.

“There is no other way or means by which all of us can be saved, only through Jesus Christ, our mediator and our advocate before the Father,” Wualdo Flores Morales wrote. “I testify that the house of God Himself is and can be on earth, and that is through His holy temples.”

Watch the video on Facebook here.

Lead image: Facebook screenshot 
Family picture: Courtesy of Wualdo Flores Morales

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Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams joined the LDS Living team with a passion to find the stories that matter most. Previous stops in her career include BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. When she's not searching for stories to write, the Colorado Springs native is most likely on a hiking trail. Follow her on Twitter with the handle @lindsey5brooke.

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