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President Gordon B. Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency, recently met with the president of Brazil, Jose Sarney, and presented him with a copy of the Book of Mormon and a set of Tabernacle Choir records and tapes.

The visit with the Brazilian head of state was made while President Hinckley was in Brazil to participate in two regional conferences and other Church meetings. He was accompanied to the Palacio da Alvorada in this ultra-modern city by Elder Helio Camargo of the First Quorum of the Sevenly and first counselor in the Brazil Area presidency. Also accompanying President Hinckley to the national palace were Bishop Alexis S. de Paula e Souza and a high councilor, Alberto da Gloria, both of whom are from the Brasilia stake.During the meeting, President Hinckley explained the purposes of the Church to the Brazilian president, who was elected as head of state of South America's largest country in 1985.

Following the meeting with President Sarney, President Hinckley spoke at two meetings for less-active members and investigators. Some 1,100 gathered in the Asa Sul meetinghouse, filling the chapel area and several classrooms. The next day, President Hinckley was accompanied by Elder L. Tom Perry of the Council fo the Twelve. They addressed regional conferences in Rio de Janeiro, attended by 5,270 members, and in Forteleza, attended by 2,200 members.