MAEER’s MIT World Peace University’s World Peace Centre, Alandi, conferred ‘Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize-2017’ to Elder D Tod Christofferson, member of Quorum of Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Mormon Community, Utah, USA.
“The honour was bestowed upon him, in appreciation and recognition of his service for championing the noble cause of human welfare, communal harmony and universal brotherhood through his unique mission to promote the culture of peace,” stated the MIT spokesperson.
The event in continued celebration of the establishment of World Peace University, had Dr Michael Noble, ex-president, Noble Charitable Trust, as the chief guest at the Swami Vivekananda Mandap at Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University. The awardee, Christofferson, was honoured with a golden replica of saint Dnyaneshwara, a gold medal, certificate and a cash prize of ₹5,25,000.
Christofferson said, “It is my honour and our church is grateful to be part of India's rich diversity of faith traditions. Religion defines and sustains us. But religion also benefits nations, communities and policy makers who seek to establish peace and lasting prosperity for all people of all faiths as it has a significant effect on national prosperity. Christian community in India, although a minority, generally enjoys safety and peace to develop and contribute to Indian society as well as other faiths in India.”
Dr Michael Nobel said, “The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints is unique in several regards. The areas in which it excels are they assure peace and unity within family structures.”
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