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Edith O Friel Had Always Dreamt of Meeting Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

At the ground breaking of the Durban Temple of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Edith was able to fulfill that dream.

Edith has followed his life and great accomplishments with interest, and was able to meet him at the VIP event held previous to the ground breaking. 

As an honoured guest, Prince Buthelezi delivered a speech.  His interest in the family was at the center of his comments, "I appreciate the emphasis on marriage and family through the doctrine of the Latter-day Saints.  I married my wife, Princess Irene, in July 1952, and we have remained committed to one another for almost 64 years.  The Lord blessed our marriage with eight children, and I am a proud grandfather to many grandchildren.  I know what it is to be family-focused."

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