India was ‘stunning,’ President Ballard says after his first visit to the country

Nearly 700 Church members and friends went to the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi, India, to listen to President M. Russell Ballard, where he expressed his love for the people of India during his first visit to the country.

“The Church is in over 140 different countries, we have the earth pretty well covered,” President Ballard said according to Newsroom. “I have been traveling and representing Jesus Christ and His Church for 43 years. How have I missed coming? I am thrilled to be here. You are stunning.”

23-year-old Meenakshi Muthu had never met an apostle before President Ballard’s visit, and his visit exceeded her expectations. She explained that she could feel the love he had for her as well as for everyone in the world.

“His actions show how much he loves us,” she said. “In old age it’s hard to travel and he is going around the world. He is serving because he loves us.”

President Ballard counseled them to keep the gospel simple and to focus on building their spiritual, eternal self.

Bishop Dean M. Davies of the Presiding Bishopric and Elder Robert C. Gay of the presidency of the Seventy and their wives also accompanied President Ballard in India.

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