Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Quorum of the Twelve

Missionaries are known the world over as symbols of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"The rolling forth of the gospel is a miracle in every sense of the word, and not the least of the miracle is that a significant portion of it rolls forward on the shoulders of 19-year-olds . . . Clean, clear, bright-eyed missionaries, laboring two-by-two have become a symbol of this church everywhere. They themselves are the first gospel message their investigators encounter — and what a message that is. Everyone knows who they are and those of us who know them the best, love them the most."

Included in the list of dedicated servants of the Lord is an increasing number of senior couples.

"How we love and need couples in virtually every mission of the church. Those of you who can, put away your golf clubs, don't worry about the stock market, realize that your grandchildren will still be your grandchildren when you return — and go. We promise you the experience of a lifetime."

While missionaries are teaching principles to people in distant lands, those at home can do more to enjoy the blessings and the wonders of the temple.

When one joins the church, "we board the 'Good Ship Zion' and sail with her wherever she goes until she comes into that millennial port. We stay in the boat, through squalls, and stills, through storms and sunburn because that is the only way to the promised land."

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