President Monson notes growth of LDS Church during Saturday morning conference session
"These sacred funds are used in a rapidly growing church to spiritually bless individuals and families by constructing and maintaining temples and houses of worship, supporting missionary work, translating and publishing scriptures, fostering family history research, funding schools and religious education and accomplishing other church purposes as directed by the Lord's ordained servants," he said.
"I know from firsthand experience that the Council on the Disposition of the Tithes is vigilant in caring for the widow's mite," Elder Bednar continued, adding that each time he sits on the council he thinks of the faith of church members around the world and their faithful and willing obedience to the law of tithing.
"Thank you for your goodness and faithfulness as you honor your covenants," he said.
Also speaking during the session was Sister Carole M. Stephens of the Relief Society General Presidency, who said "there exists today a great need for men and women to cultivate respect for each other as sons and daughtes of God and reverence for our Father in Heaven and his priesthood — his power and authority."
"We all need each other," Sister Stephens said. "Sons of God need daughters of God, and daughters of God need sons of God. We have different gifts and strengths. First Corinthians chapter 12 emphasizes the need for sons and daughters of God, each one of us, to fulfill our individual roles and responsibilities according to the Lord's plan 'that all may benefit.'"
Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy spoke about meekness, indicating that it "is vital for us to become more Christlike."
"Without it we won't be able to develop other important virtues," said Elder Soares, who is from Brazil. "Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth and self-control."
And Elder Edward Dube of the Quorum of the Seventy told of working in the fields with his mother when he was a boy in Zimbabwe. After working for a long time, he looked back and was impressed with how much they had accomplished. When he tried to get his mother to look at what they had done, she told him, "Edward, never look back. Look ahead at what we still have to do."
"In the sight of the Lord, it is not so much on what we have done or where we have been," Elder Dube said, "but much more on where we are willing to go."
Prayers for the session were offered by Elder Kent F. Richards of the Seventy and Matthew O. Richardson of the Sunday School general presidency. Music for the session was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
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