More than 700 Spanish-speaking members in the San Jose, Calif., area gathered to hear Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve speak in their native tongue during a question and answer fireside held on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.
During the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the San Jose California Stake conference, Elder Scott asked that each family be led by loving parents without a casique (mayor) in the house and that each husband build a strong relationship with his wife. He also asked every member to eliminate cultural traditions inconsistent with gospel principles, accepting the culture and language of the country in which they live.
Elder Scott asked that each husband take his wife in his arms every day and while looking at her "face to face" express his love to her. He taught that each husband should tell his wife why he loved her, outlining her accomplishments and loving qualities.
"If in your mind you are thinking, 'She already knows I love her,' then think again and change," he said.
After asking the members to identify cultural traditions they need to alter, many of the members shared personal points they planned to change. Some of the topics included attending Church regularly, punctuality in meetings, eliminating filthy language from their vocabularies and to cease the worship of "images." A less machismo attitude and eliminating watching soccer on Sundays were also mentioned.
"Change what needs to change," Elder Scott said, asking members to prayerfully consider gospel principles and how Church members can be consistent with Latter-day Saint teachings.
Elder Scott then addressed family leadership. Describing the unity of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the decision making process, Elder Scott told of how decisions are not made until all agree. He likened this process, used by the Quorum of the Twelve to decide Church issues, to the process that should occur when a husband and wife are making decisions. Until both agree, no decision should be taken. With patience and prayer, an answer will come, but neither party moves forward without the agreement of the other. He stressed the absolute importance of this principle between a husband and wife, saying that, if followed, this principle would eliminate all casiques (mayors) in the house.
Finally, in a frank and honest exchange of questions and answers, Elder Scott asked all members to recognize and understand the customs of the country in which they live and encouraged all members to learn the language of the country where they reside. Answering the concerns of the Saints attending the fireside, Elder Scott encouraged parents to teach their children the great blessing of being bicultural and bilingual, neither forgetting the mother tongue and its culture nor rejecting the new language and its customs.
As he concluded the fireside, Elder Scott spoke to the Spanish members of his calling as an apostle. He explained that as an apostle he possessed all the keys of the priesthood in conjunction with his Brethren of the Twelve. When they exercised those keys, they did so under the direction of the First Presidency of the Church. He then felt to exercise those keys and leave an apostolic blessing on the members present to be fulfilled as they exercised faith. He blessed each member to appreciate the qualities of his or her spouse; that each member would know what to improve in his life and how to do it; that each member would have the gift of tongues; and, that as each member read the scriptures they would understand their meaning.
After the meeting Elder Scott greeted all the members who wished to shake his hand.