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.