Welcome

Jeffrey R. Holland

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles


 
Jeffrey R. Holland

Brothers and sisters, on the wings of that majestic missionary hymn, we welcome you to this worldwide leadership broadcast. President Thomas S. Monson, who was with us this morning and will be participating later in this broadcast, has asked that I, Elder Holland, conduct.

To all the full-time missionaries sharing in this broadcast around the world, I say to you that never again in your entire life are you going to be part of a zone conference this large! Enjoy it and learn from it.

To the many members of the Church gathered in innumerable locations, we affirm that ward and stake councils can no longer say of this great new army of missionaries, “There they go.” No, the hour is upon us in which we must now say, “Here they come.” All of us must plan for and use this heaven-sent resource in the most productive way possible.

In light of that kind of member and missionary unity, we thank our choir, which is comprised of missionaries at the Provo Missionary Training Center and members of ward and stake councils from Utah County. They opened this meeting with a beautiful rendition of “Hark, All Ye Nations!” They are directed by Brothers James Kasen and Ryan Eggett with Brother Seth Bott and Sister Ellen Amatangelo at the organ.

Our invocation will be offered by Elder Christopher Ludlow, who has been called to serve in the Mexico Torreón Mission.