Sen. Hatch sends letter to Utahn imprisoned in Venezuela

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) There is new information about a Utah man who is being held in a Venezuelan prison.

Senator Orrin Hatch released a new photo of Josh Holt Wednesday. In the photo, you can see Josh holding a letter from the senator.

It was delivered by the U.S. Embassy during a visit last Friday. Hatch is still working to get Holt released. He’s been in prison since 2016 when he went to the country to get married.

Hatch said “the anguish his family is experiencing is unbearable, but I want them to know that I believe we are making progress.”

Read the full letter Senator Hatch sent to Josh below:

Dear Joshua and Thamy,

As the Savior said in Matthew 21:21, “If ye have faith, and doubt not,… if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” I included this quote in my book Higher Laws to show the difference between belief and faith, something that is, as I describe, “dynamic…[something that] compels us to do something about our belief.”

I think about Jesus’s words as I write you both today. In particular, I think about the remarkable faith you have both demonstrated during these unthinkable two years. I think about your parents, whose pain and suffering I share, as we all pray and work tirelessly for your freedom.

Please do not give up. I ask that you stand strong in your faith as we continue to pray on your behalf. I am confident that this dark chapter will close and you will soon be reunited with your family.

I look forward to the day that I can pray alongside you both as we give thanks to God for having moved this mountain for us.

You are in my heart, just as you are in my prayers.

With love,

Orrin G. Hatch
United States Senator

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