Address to Scottish Parliament

Elder Cecil O. Samuelson of the Seventy and president of Brigham Young University returned to Scotland as a self-proclaimed “son of Scotland” to deliver a short message of inspiration during a session of the Scottish Parliament on June 15.

Elder Samuelson, who is of Scottish descent and served as missionary in Scotland, was invited by a Church member who serves in the Scottish Parliament, Brian Adam, to provide what is known as the “time for reflection” before the start of the day’s session, in which guest speakers are invited to share inspiring thoughts and comments.

Elder Samuelson’s brief message focused on the eternal brotherhood of mankind.

“Central to our theology is the conviction that all people are the spiritual progeny of God and therefore are brothers and sisters in a very literal sense,” he said. “Our faith and trust in Heaven are strongly linked to our respect and responsibility for all people, including those of vastly different backgrounds or persuasions.”

He concluded with a blessing on the members of Parliament.

“With conviction that Heaven smiles upon your consecrated service in this chamber of the people, it is my privilege to invoke a blessing upon you,” he said. “I bless you, the people you serve and this special land that has given so much to the world with all that is needed to be successful in fulfilling your responsibilities as you serve. I extend these blessings to your families and loved ones with the assurance that God honors those who serve with integrity and humility.”

The complete text of Elder Samuelson’s remarks are available at