Thankful to live to personally see a prophet

With tears in her eyes, an elderly member of the Church, a descendant of Lehi and a member of the Regina 3rd Branch, said she had been convinced she wouldn't live long enough to see a prophet in person.

But she shook the hands of President Gordon B. Hinckley and President Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve, as the two entered a room for a presentation by the branch of some quilts and moccasins.Her emotions were typical of many members in this central Canadian province, many of whom traveled long distances to see the prophet, as the Saskatoon Saskatchewan Stake covers all of Saskatchewan, a very large area.

Noting that a Church president has never been to Regina before, President Hinckley spoke Monday, Aug. 3, at a missionary meeting and then at a member meeting, addressing some 1,400 people, quite a feat in such a small stake center.

He counseled members to keep their marriages strong, saying, "The older you grow the more precious you become to one another."

President Hinckley took a significant amount of time speaking to young people. He talked of the importance of education and cautioned them not to make short-term choices that would cause them to pass up educational opportunities that would help them through the rest of their lives.

Speaking of the youth of the Church, he said more are going on missions and attending seminary. "You're precious to your parents," he said. "You are the gems of their lives."

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