Some 48 years after they served together in the Brazilian Mission, three elders became companions again - this time with their eternal companions.
Elders B. Richard Platt, LeGrande C. Silver, and Jay B. Hunt were reunited this year in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where all three were called with their wives to serve as sealers in the temple."We thought it was fantastic to be together again," recalled Brother Platt from his home in Salt Lake City, having recently returned from Brazil with his wife, Bonnie.
"One of the biggest blessings in my life was to go back and see the growth in the Church, to see the strength and faithfulness of those members. They are hungering and thirsting after the truth."
When the three young men started out as missionaries in 1941, said Brother Platt, "there were 396 members in all of Brazil. Now there are over 300,000."
Elder Hunt and his wife, Roberta, and Elder Silver and his wife, Ellen, are still serving. Elder Hunt is a sealing supervisor in the temple and has performed more than 50,000 live and vicarious sealings. Sister Hunt, who was one of the first Brazilians to be baptized, translated the Doctrine and Covenants into Portuguese in 1950.
The Silvers have previously served in the Jordan River and Swiss temples.
Members of the Church and their descendants, said Sister Hunt, come to the temple from towns the three elders helped to open on their first mission.