Elder Patrick Kearon, President of the Europea Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attended the annual high-level meeting with religious leaders to discuss “Migration, Integration and European Values: Putting Values into Action.”
The event was hosted by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans with European Parliament Vice-President Antonio Tajani.
You may remember Elder Patrick Kearon, a General Authority Seventy, from the Sunday afternoon session of general conference on April 3, 2016 when he spoke about refugees.
“There are an estimated 60 million refugees in the world today,” said Elder Kearon urged members to follow Christ’s teachings and help those who are in need in their communities, particularly refugees.
“As members of the Church, as a people, we don’t have to look back far in our history to reflect on times when we were refugees, violently driven from homes and farms over and over again,” he said. Elder Kearon then quoted Sister Linda K. Burton when she recently asked women to consider what if the refugee’s story was their own story. “Their story is our story, not that many years ago,” Elder Kearon said.
Elder Kearon told members to look to serve close to their own homes. He suggested trying to find people that need help adapting to their new homes and circumstances. In Matthew 25:40 Christ states, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Elder Kearon urged members to follow the Savior’s teachings.
“We have found refuge. Let us come out from our safe places and share with them, from our abundance, hope for a brighter future, faith in God and in our fellow man, and love that sees beyond cultural and ideological differences to the glorious truth that we are all children of our Father in heaven,” he said.