Elder Jeffrey R. Holland recently visited members of the Church in Ecuador and Peru. On Tuesday, Elder Holland posted photos from the trip along with thoughts about the youth and children he met there.
“I find myself reflecting on an inspiring trip to Ecuador and Peru from which I recently returned. While every trip in which I have opportunities to visit with members is wonderful, I was particularly struck during this trip by the importance of the idea of heritage among the members in these countries. I could see faith in the faces, the eyes, and the testimonies of the older generations. At the same time, I was tremendously impressed with the young people. The congregations I visited were always very conspicuously filled with children, youth, and young adults. A number of my messages were directed toward them. I felt such a wonderful spirit with them. It was easy to teach and testify to and love them.
Our young people in Ecuador and Peru—and in every country around the world—have a heritage to perpetuate. They have a responsibility in the years ahead to build strong families and live according to their faith in Christ, just as their leaders and parents are doing now.
For me, it was faith-promoting to—on one hand—acknowledge the more senior generations and what they represent, and then—on the other hand—use that as an invitation for the young people to reach up and increase their own faith—to live and to do what they and I see from their parents and older generations. This visit gave me a little snapshot of the emerging and continuing strength of the Church in Latin America. The future is bright, indeed.”