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President Nelson to address Latter-day Saints in Arizona

President Nelson meets with Young Single Adults of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is scheduled to deliver a devotional speech to 68,000 church members Sunday near Phoenix at the stadium where the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals play.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says in a news release that Nelson will speak about the importance of spreading love everywhere in the event at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The 94-year-old Nelson just finished his first year as the faith’s president. He inherited the top post of the Utah-based faith with 16 million members worldwide after the previous president, Thomas S. Monson, died in January 2018.

Arizona is a major hub for Latter-day Saints, with 428,000 members and six temples.

Nelson delivered a speech to 49,000 people in Seattle last year. He has traveled to 15 countries including China, India and Chile since becoming the church’s leader.

Ahead of his visit to Arizona, Nelson wrote an op-ed for the Arizona Republic reflecting on his recent visit to Paradise, California to meet with victims of last year’s wildfires. In it, he wrote:

Whatever your faith tradition or personal circumstances, as a servant of the Lord I invite you to look to Him and make Him the center of your life. Pour out your heart to God and ask Him for His help. He will infuse your life with meaning and fill your heart with hope that transcends anything the world can offer.