Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke at commencement exercises for Brigham Young University In Provo, Utah, USA, in April 2013. He spoke of the need for finding balance in life and emphasized the need to provide time for family, time for work, time for study, time for service, time for self, and especially time for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He counseled the graduates to live providently. “One of the most important lessons you will ever learn is the security and peace that comes from living within your means,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of establishing a Christ-centered home. “Daily prayer and scripture study should be a part of every Latter-day Saint home,” he said. “Make the gospel of Jesus Christ a vital, active part of your life.”
From February 23 to March 3, 2013, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited the Asia North Area. Elder Nelson said that no matter where he goes in the world, his message is the same. “We are here to teach and testify of the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel restored,” he told members in the area. “Ours is a message of peace and joy, of strengthening families, bonding husband and wife, children to their parents, and people to their ancestors … that they can all enjoy eternal life in the presence of God when their sojourn on earth is over.”
In addition to meeting with priesthood leaders and members throughout the area and a special district for military personnel in Okinawa, Elder Nelson also met with two local government officials in Japan.