Elder Jack H. Goaslind, Jr., emeritus General Authority, was inducted into the Order of Saint Michael of the Wing at the Catholic Church's Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake Sept. 28.
Inductees are hand-picked by the Royal House of Portugal for their contributions to the betterment of society, especially to regions of interest to the Royal House.
Along with a dozen other honorees, Elder Goaslind was selected for his humanitarian efforts in the former Portuguese colony of Sao Tome off the coast of West Africa while serving as president of the British Isles-Africa Area from 1987 to 1990.
"It's as if the queen gave you knighthood," said Dr. Steve Pehrson, who is Knight Grand Cross, the highest rank in the order.
The brother of Don Duarte Pio, 24th Duke of Braganza and would-be heir to the throne of Portugal, was present during the ceremony representing the Royal Family.