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Princess Reema of Saudi Arabia meets with Church’s First Presidency, women leaders

The Saudi ambassador discussed the importance of faith-based communities, religious tolerance and the role of women in faith groups

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President Russell M. Nelson talks to Saudi Arabia Ambassador Princess Reema in Salt Lake City on August 9. 2022.

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The ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, recently met with top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, her second such visit to Church headquarters in Salt Lake City.

Welcoming the ambassador during her Aug. 8-9 visit was the First Presidency — President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring — as well as Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder Anthony D. Perkins, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Church’s Middle East/Africa North Area.

Princess Reema’s visit was first published on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, which reported that the group discussed the shared humanity as children of God and the need to sustain religious values in a changing world.

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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints greet a delegation from Saudi Arabia on August 9, 2022. From left to right: Elder David A. Bednar, Abdulaziz Alquhantani, President Dallin H. Oaks, Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, President Russell M. Nelson, Musad Al Saud, President Henry B. Eyring and Elder Anthony D. Perkins.

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The ambassador highlighted a new Church pamphlet called “Muslims and Latter-day Saints: Beliefs, Values, and Lifestyles” as an effective tool to help educate believers about those of those faiths.

Her Excellency also spoke with the Church’s top female leaders — Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon and Primary General President Susan H. Porter — on topics including the need to strengthen the faith of teenagers and children as well as the role of women in faith groups.

“I think it’s so good for women to know that, yes, you are a part of this work,” the ambassador said. “I believe women should have every opportunity. Whatever they choose — we should support them.”

Other topics of discussion during her visit included her earlier March 2020 visit with the First Presidency, her appreciation for the state of Utah, the importance of faith-based communities, the need for religious tolerance, and her encouragement of young adults from Saudi Arabia to work or study in Utah.

Princess Reema expressed her belief that the connectivity of faith-based individuals “is what is going to save our future.”

The three general officers were equally grateful.

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Saudi Arabia Ambassador Princess Reema meets with the Church’s top female leaders in Salt Lake City on August 8, 2022. From left to right: Relief Society General President Camille N. Johnson, Princess Reema, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon, Primary General President Susan H. Porter.

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“It was a treasured experience to meet with Princess Reema,” President Johnson said. “She is courageous, articulate and poised. I am happy to know we share the belief that we are all children of God, brothers and sisters who are more alike than we are different.”

President Cordon said: “Her Royal Highness Princess Reema is a remarkable ambassador for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She has a gift for recognizing and cultivating the strengths of her country that are echoed here in the United States — especially faith, freedom and family. Princess Reema is a force for good and has a vision of what we can do when we collaborate and focus on the many things we have in common.”

Added President Porter: “It was a great blessing to meet with Princess Reema. She is engaged in so many important efforts, including building bridges with those of other faiths and working with women to help them discover their identity and gifts. Her warmth and intelligence have helped her find keys to opening doors and facilitating understanding. By the end of our discussion we felt like friends.”

For more information on Princess Reema’s visit with leaders at Church headquarters, go to ChurchofJesusChrist.org.

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