VP Pence meets with Latter-day Saint Apostles

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News)- Vice President Mike Pence met with representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during his visit to Utah, including President M. Russell Ballard. 

President Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles called it a positive and faith-based meeting; he was accompanied by Elder Ronald A. Rasband, also of the quorum of the twelve, and Jack N. Gerard, of the Quorum of the Seventy.

Elder Rasband said, “The Vice President used this little trilogy, faith, family, and freedom, and that’s going to go over real well in Utah.”

The leaders reported discussing freedom of religion. President Ballard explained, “That’s the freedom that we have to fight for, and we tried to discuss that and the Vice President was very much interested in the same thing; he’s very committed in his religious beliefs.”

They also discussed how people of faith can become more involved in the political process. Elder Renlund said, “We have to be vocal about it, we have to be in the public square and use our social media account, we have to invite our members to be part of a chorus of believers, not just soloists.”

The leaders said they didn’t discuss politics, but did talk about the great need for humanitarian aid and help for refugees. President Ballard said that Vice President Pence showed great concern for the people in Venezuela, “So do we. We have a large congregation there, we’re doing everything that we can to see that they have something to eat.”

The meeting reportedly did not include a prayer, but President Ballard said, “We told him we’d pray for him.”

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