PARIS, France Following the dedication of the Denmark Copenhagen Temple and a member meeting in England, President Gordon B. Hinckley flew to Paris where he met May 28 with members in a hotel convention hall located on the European Disney property.
During each stop throughout his European trip, President Hinckley found particular delight in the children. "I see so many children here," he said. "I am pleased to see these precious children. How beautiful they are. They are the future of this work in France, and we are so very thankful for their presence."
After noting the upcoming dedication of the temple in New York, President Hinckley said, "I wish I could announce that we could have a temple here, but we do not have a suitable place yet, in my judgment, to build it. And so, we will continue to look. I don't know when it will be built, but I am confident that we will have a temple for the French-speaking people of the Church sometime in the future.
"You are worthy of the richest blessings of the Church," he continued. "You are worthy of every blessing which this Church has to offer. And there is no blessing greater than the blessing of the house of the Lord.
"And so, my brothers and sisters, I ask you to be patient for a time. I know it is a long way to Frankfurt where you go. I hope that you will continue to go there, but sometime in the future a beautiful house of the Lord will grace this land."
Like members around the world, members in France were interested in President Hinckley's welfare since the death of his wife, Marjorie, on April 6. "It is a very lonely experience for an old man to live alone," he said. "I look back over those 67 years (of marriage) and feel no regrets, but only appreciation and love."
President Hinckley bore his witness that the proof of the truth of the doctrines of this Church lies in living them. If there was any doubt about the divinity of the work, or the fact that the Father and Son appeared to the boy Joseph Smith, or any doubt about the Book of Mormon, or any doubt concerning the law of tithing, he urged members to live the doctrine and they would receive their witness.
"I plead with you, my brothers and sisters, if you have any doubt concerning any doctrine of this Church, that you put it to the test," he said.
Turning his attention to missionary work, President Hinckley thanked the missionaries in the France Paris Mission for their service and said, "It isn't easy to serve as a missionary, but the Lord will bless you . . . if you will do your work in faith.
"I want to thank the saints of France for sending their sons and daughters on missions," he said. "You have done so very well in this regard. Every missionary who serves faithfully and well will come home a stronger member of the Church. Great will be his love for the Lord and his love for the work. . . ."
"I love the faithful saints of France with all my heart," he said. "There isn't a day that passes that I do not get on my knees and ask the Lord to bless the faithful Latter-day Saints."