The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made a historic visit to Arizona as he spoke to about 64,000 people at State Farm Stadium, the single largest gathering of Latter-day Saints in Arizona.
It was a long-awaited day for families like Oscar Corea and his kids who came to see President Russell Nelson speak.
“It means a lot. It’s like, as a Mormon, it’s like the big event in my life, because he’s a prophet and we support him and we know he’s a man of God,” Corea said.
However, since Nelson became the president of the church early last year, he’s made lots of unprecedented changes to focus more on home and family.
“We want to strengthen our homes and make our homes the primary sanctuary of faith. Our homes are going to have to be more powerful in shaping the lives, the spiritual lives of our people,” Nelson said.
For that reason, another leader of the church, Dallin H. Oaks, weighed in on the southern U.S. border.
“We’ve issued a statement earlier, pleading with our government officials to find ways to bring families together that have been separated,” Oaks said.
“Our responsibility as disciples of Jesus Christ is to help people to learn to love one another, you don’t have to hate your enemy, and so we would like to spend our time building bridges of co-operation rather than walls of separation,” added Nelson.
Families at State Farm Stadium were moved by President Nelson's words.
“Do what’s right and let the consequences follow. Love your neighbor be kind, be gentle, be truthful. Be fair,” Nelson said.
According to LDS Church officials, there are more that 428,000 members in Arizona. The LDS Church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.