It is a great privilege to have an apostle here today. There are only twelve apostles in the whole world. That means they have a lot of people to minister to.
The speaker was Sister Kathy Clayton, wife of L. Whitney Clayton, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy. She had traveled to Cebu City, Philippines, with her husband, and with Elder Neil A. Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
It is a blessing to associate with men who have been ordained to the priesthood through proper authority. The light of the priesthood illuminates, brightens, and protects throughout the world.
She stopped to look into the clean and worthy faces of nearly 600 young missionaries of the Cebu and the Cebu East mission. She spoke with emphasis.
We are engaged in a grand eternal work for the souls of men. This is the most marvelous moment in all your mortal existence!
The young missionaries had begun their travel very early in the morning to gather in the temple complex of the Cebu Temple for a picture with Elder Anderson and those who had traveled with him. When it began to rain, they stood cheerfully and began singing hymns. After the picture, they filed reverently into the Stake Center. As the apostle entered, all stood. He thanked them, asked them to sit, then invited all to come up to shake his hand.
Start at the front.
One of the others in his group corrected him.
Okay, start at the back, file up here, and then down the other aisle to your seats.
After his wife finished, Elder Clayton spoke. He quoted Mosiah 3:20
And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
Elder Clayton explained that the prophecy is a window into our time, our callings, as the knowledge of the Savior is spreading throughout the world.
Elder Anderson titled his presentation “The Merits, the Mercy, and the Grace,” as he quoted 2 Nephi 2:8:
Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise. (Emphasis added)
He started a group discussion as he walked through the audience and invited the missionaries to share their feelings about the Savior as they discussed His merits, His mercy and His grace. They discussed 2 Corinthians 4:18.
While we look not at things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are not seen are eternal.
Elder Anderson shared a quote from Elder Bednar:
The enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement helps us to see and to do and to become good in ways that we could not do by ourselves.
Being a missionary is not an easy road to travel. The Church leaders would not expect it of you if they had not traveled that same road themselves.
We drove back to Toledo as Elder Anderson did another presentation to the young single adults, where he told them, “Be not afraid, but believe.”
The road that we drove was winding and rough and difficult. But through the trees we glimpsed bright rectangular cultivated patches of mums in full bloom on the steep mountain sides. It is not the road but the glimpses of joy along the way that make the journey worthwhile.