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Brazilian ambassador meets First Presidency, tours BYU

Brazil's ambassador to the United States, Rubens Antonio Barbosa, made his first trip to Utah and Church headquarters.

President Monson, Rubens Antonio Barbosa, Brazilan Ambassador to the USA, President Hinckley and President Faust on April 12, 2002. (Submission date: 04/12/2002)
President Monson, Rubens Antonio Barbosa, Brazilan Ambassador to the USA, President Hinckley and President Faust on April 12, 2002. (Submission date: 04/12/2002) Photo: Photo by Laura Seitz

The ambassador was on a 22-state journey to promote trade and better relations between the people of Brazil and the United States. His trip to Utah was sponsored by the Brazilian Association of Utah, which includes many Church members, said Murad Karabachian, who helped organize the visit.

The ambassador met with the First Presidency and toured BYU on April 12, where he gave an address at the Jesse Knight Humanities Building. He also spoke April 13 to the Brazilian community at Kingsbury Hall on the University of Utah campus.

Mr. Barbosa, who commented on seeing Utah on television during the Olympics before he came, said he "had a very pleasant experience in Utah."

He thanked the Brazilian association for inviting him to the state, and said that he expected to see more exchange with companies in Utah, especially in high tech and software.

He said, "I knew a little about the Church before I came but I have learned a lot about the Church and what it does."

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