News Release

BYU and Europe Public Affairs Welcome Latin American Ambassadors

His Excellency Ivan Romero-Martinez, Honduran Ambassador to London and most prominent diplomat for the Latin American group of ambassadors in the UK, co-hosted a goodwill reception at the capital’s Brigham Young University Centre in association with Public Affairs representatives from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (April 21).


The Latin American diplomatic group comprises 21 countries in Central and South America.  Supporting the Honduras Ambassador at the event were ambassadors and senior diplomats from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay.

Ambassador Ivan Romero-Martinez expressed heartfelt thanks for the meeting at the BYU London Centre.  He said: “My colleagues and I enjoyed it very much and we were impressed by how much your Church does for our people.  The opportunity to learn more about your Church was very helpful in the discussion time of our lunch. We look forward to an ongoing relationship with you and your Church”.

Professor David M Kirkham, London BYU Centre Academic Director, and Professor W Cole Durham Jr, Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies at BYU, presented on the critical need for protection of religious freedom.  Professor Durham referred to the priority for nations to work together as countries and with religious groups to defend freedom of religion and freedom of worship – to strengthen churches and families.

Claudio Duran, from the Anglo Chilean Society, spoke about his experience as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his interactions as a member of the Latin American community.  

Elder Stanley B Parrish from Public Affairs provided an overview of humanitarian aid projects within Latin America and the principle of self-reliance.  He emphasised that the Church helps people regardless of religion or ethnicity – this is done through volunteer contributions, working through local organisations.  

The recent ambassador hosting activity is part of the diplomatic outreach programme organised by Elder Stanley B Parrish and Sister Joyce D Parrish, Europe Area Public Affairs London-based representatives.

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