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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
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President Nelson ‘Very Impressed’ With New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke Monday about his meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

President Nelson praised the young prime minister and said she has a bright future.

“She’s a leader,” he said. “She’s courageous. We’re very impressed with her.”

“I think the world will discover they’ve got a real leader here,” President Nelson added.

Ardern gained international attention after the horrific terror attacks on two New Zealand mosques, which killed 51 people.

President Nelson also announced The Church would make contributions to those mosques to help repair the damage.

Elder Gerrit W. Gong, of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said church leaders discussed the attacks — and social media — with Ardern during the meeting.

“There needs to be a balance between religious freedom and the ability to speak out,” Gong said, “but also to use it in a way that’s responsible, particularly what children might see. That’s something that the prime minister was concerned about.”

The visit to New Zealand marks the halfway point for President Nelson’s trip to the Pacific. He’s already visited Hawaii and Samoa.

The tour wraps up at the end of the week after visits to Fiji, Tonga and Tahiti.

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