John Rey and Mara Bautista were visiting the BYU Jerusalem Center for President Nelson’s global ministry tour. It was there that their 7-year-old daughter, Ella, said something about his visit they will never forget.
Sitting on large rocks in the shade of the BYU Jerusalem Center, John Rey and Mara Bautista of Tel Aviv watch their daughter Ella, 7, play nearby.
A Filipino, Mara came to Israel to find work in 2007; two years later John Rey followed. The couple married almost eight years ago.
Times here have been tough for the family. Mara hasn’t worked since Ella was born. Her legal status—as well as Ella’s—in the country is uncertain.
But today they are not worried about that. They talk of the opportunity to hear President Russell M. Nelson speak as part of his world ministry tour.
As Ella runs over to her parents, she also makes a declaration about the prophet’s visit. “He is going to greet me,” she says with certainty.
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