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Church apostle blesses the youth of Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — An apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told the youth of Haiti on Saturday, that doing family history and working in the Temple will bless them and protect them.

“Always live, so that you will be worthy to be in the temple,” said Elder David A. Bednar at a youth devotional for those ages 12-19.

He told them that nothing that could prevent them from being in the temple can bring lasting joy.

Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan Bednar, speak to members in Haiti. Photo by Mary Richards

Elder Bednar asked the youth, “What will you do to not become spiritually lazy?” now that the Temple is here. He told the youth that they are the future of Haiti, and can connect to their ancestors by taking names to the temple.

“It makes a difference when it is someone you know something about,” added his wife, Sister Susan Bednar.

They also took questions from some of the youth, and in response to one of them said, “Don’t ever apologize or be embarrassed about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Near the end of the meeting, Sister Bednar bore her testimony in French, to the delight of the congregation.

“The future of Haiti is in this room,” concluded Elder Bednar. “I bless you.”

Afterward, some of the youth spoke through an interpreter.

“I felt the spirit really strongly,” said one, while another said they would work hard to stay worthy: “We are now the generation of the Temple, and we have to take that forward.”