One of the first beneficiaries of the 1978 revelation that extended the privilege of holding the priesthood to all worthy male members of the Church was Helvecio Martins, who would eventually become a General Authority.
"In spite of the relative knowledge acquired throughout the six years of membership in the true church, my first calling as a priesthood holder was not to serve as a General Authority, or a mission president, or a bishop, or a member of two stake presidencies," he recalled at April 1995 general conference. "It was not to serve as an executive secretary in the stake and in the ward. My first assignment and calling was that of serving as a home teacher. This calling preceded all the others. It is interestingly significant to think of it.
"Since then I have considered this to be a most important and wonderful calling. In previous callings I have always been released, but this first stewardship has been kept untouched. . . .
"This is the work or stewardship of the home teacher: to feed, to nourish and quench the thirst of the sheep who are assigned to him as a shepherd.
"Nothing has been represented to have higher priority or more urgency in my ecclesiastical life, followed by the lives of my children, than the dedicated, loyal and devoted fulfillment of this stewardship."