In both countries, I was inspired by the devotion of men, women, and children who are committed to follow the Master. Because the standards and beliefs of these disciples often are not understood or are mocked by many people, the depth of their conversion sustains them in a powerful way. Even as they face personal challenges and adversity, they are happy and joyful living the gospel. They know who they are as children of God and whom they serve.
As members of the Church, we are a peculiar people—exactly as described in 1 Peter 2:9. Our example can be a beacon of light in a world that often lacks direction, precisely because we understand and follow God’s plan for His children.
The devotion, service, and sacrifice of Latter-day Saints in all parts of the world is a miraculous thing to behold—a marvelous work and a wonder only God could perform.