SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A delegation of government leaders from the Republic of Sudan met with senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week.
Both sides spent time sharing stories about the challenges ahead, humanitarian principles and the history of the church.
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“Our impression of this state is that it is a community that has taught us how to overcome challenges,” shares Naserldeen Mofarih, Sudanese minister of endowments and religious affairs. “Our other impression is how this church is able to work alongside its community to strengthen humanitarian principles.”
According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the six-member delegation heard stories about the history of the Church’s pioneers as they toured Temple Square. They also learned more about the Church’s charitable work with stops at Welfare Square, the Humanitarian Center, and the Bishops’ Central Warehouse.
âThey also met with the First Presidency of the Church, the Presidency of the Middle East and North Africa region and members of the Relief Society general presidency and spent time at a local mosque. during their visit to Utah, âsay church leaders.
Officials say the Sudanese delegation’s visit to Church headquarters comes after David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made a historic trip to the country in 2020.
According to the Church, Sudan, a country of nearly 43 million inhabitants, is currently in a period of political and economic transition.
âSudan is a very diverse country in terms of faith and philosophies,â adds Mofarih. “When this new government came in, the constitutional document affirmed that freedom of religion is a principle and that the government must treat all religions equally.”
Putrus Komi, Sudan’s adviser for Christian affairs, shares that Christian religious celebrations such as Christmas and Easter are now considered public holidays in Sudan.
âAs a Christian in Sudan, I am very happy today to enter the new government. The revolutionary government worked hard for religious freedoms, âKomi shares.
Since Elder Bednar visited over a year ago, Latter-day Saints, the humanitarian arm of the Church, have joined partners to support many projects in Sudan.
âWhat we are doing now is making friendships and deepening those friendships and trying to find the best ways to help the growth and strengthening of Sudan,â says Elder Bednar.
âThere are shared values ââbetween Sudan and the Church – the principle of freedom, the principles of equality and the principles of helping others regardless of their faith,â said Sudan’s minister of religions.
“We have a lot of things in common. â¦ We can work together to help our people, âadds Ambassador Agarib.