Mission seminar begins for largest-ever group

New mission presidents and their wives were counseled by President Gordon B. Hinckley to "lose yourselves in the work."

President Hinckley, first counselor in the First Presidency, was the keynote speaker June 19 at the opening session of annual Mission Presidents Seminar, held at the Missionary Training Center. He addressed a group of 124 new mission presidents and their wives, the largest group ever called in a single year. The seminar was to continue through Friday, June 22.President Hinckley commended them for readily accepting their calls, despite substantial sacrifice required of each. He said that while "it won't be easy for you," their sacrifices would pale in comparison with the rewards they would experience.

The new leaders were welcomed by eight members of the Council of the Twelve, six of the seven Presidents of the Seventy, and other members of the Seventy and of the Presiding Bishopric.

Speaking on the opening day of the seminar were President Hinckley; Elder L. Tom Perry of the Council of the Twelve, chairman of the Missionary Executive Council; and Elder Marvin J. Ashton and Elder Richard G. Scott, also of the Council of the Twelve.

President Thomas S. Monson, second counselor in the First Presidency, addressed the seminar on June 20.

Full coverage of the Mission Presidents Seminar will be included in the June 30 issue of Church News.