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Pres. Monson prays with Brazil’s vice president

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BRASILIA, BRAZIL —

After dedicating the Curitiba Brazil Temple on Sunday, President Thomas S.

Monson flew to Brasilia and met Monday with Brazils Vice President, José Alencar Gomes da Silva, in his government office.Accompanied by Elder Russell M.

Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder Charles Didier of the

Seventy, the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and

the vice president talked about common interests, particularly the

family.President Monson and his LDS general authority

colleagues presented Alencar with a small statue depicting a family and

a framed copy of "The Family: a Proclamation to the World."As the

visit concluded, Alencar asked President Monson to offer a prayer. He did

so, asking that the vice president as an individual and the nation of Brazil

would be blessed.Elder Ulisses Soares, a counselor in the Brazil

Area presidency who also attended the meeting, said, "I dont think there

was a dry eye in the room. It was a very special moment, a significant

moment."On Monday evening, President Monson presided over and

addressed what might be called "a huge family night" meeting. Some

8,000 church members gathered for the meeting, during which President Monson

was joined by Elder Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson in addressing

the gathering.Members of the church came from far and near; some

arrived at 9 a.m. in anticipation of the seeing and hearing the church

president at the meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. A choir of 400 provided music for the program.President Monson and the Nelsons

are scheduled to return to Salt Lake City today.