"The life of the president of the church really belongs to the entire church.
"I face the sunset of my life. I am totally in the hands of the Lord. I am now approaching my 96th birthday. I take this opportunity while it is available to express appreciation and gratitude for the remarkable blessings the Lord has showered upon me.
"We all face choices in the course of our lives; some of them with a siren song of wealth and prosperity; others appear less promising. Somehow, the Lord has watched over and guided my choices, although it was not always evident at the time."
Sustained in April 1958 as a general authority, "I have spoken at every general conference of the church (since.) . . . I have dealt with a great variety of subjects. But running through all has been a dominant thread of testimony of this great latter-day work.
"As I look back over my life, I do so with a measure of wonder and awe. Everything good that has happened I owe to my activity in the church."
A patriarchal blessing given to a boy of 11 promised that "the nations of the earth shall hear thy voice and be brought to a knowledge of the truth by the wonderful testimony which thou shalt bear," a promise fulfilled in unexpected ways.