L. Whitney Clayton’s Keynote Address to the 2022 Spring SUP Symposium

L. Whitney Clayton’s Keynote Address to the  2022 Spring SUP Symposium

Five-Year Vision: One-Year Plan

Here is the audio and (unedited) transcription of the address by Elder L. Whitney Clayton, given April 23, at the .

L. Whitney Clayton’s Keynote Address to the  2022 Spring SUP Symposium

Introduction by   00:00

But now we have the opportunity of hearing from a dear friend, one that I just loved and treasured any time that I’ve had with elder Clayton. Nowhere at all with you Clayton is one of those that you just love to be around. As you know, he was made a general authority, 31 2021. I took 22,000 a month, making that to 2000 and ones. And, of course, he served there for a number of years. And 2008 He was a member of the president, the presidency of the Seventy, and he was named the senior president in 2008, Senior president of the seventh eighth and served there, like it that date, right. And then I could read a number of other things because the things that he has accomplished during his tenure in the church is just profound. He was released, wasn’t released, he was made really an emeritus, general authority, and October 2020. I remember in general Congress exactly when that happened, how can they do that? But they seem to do it anyway. He said it wasn’t hard. But he served his mission. And Peru has a great love for South America. And he has served in a number of area responsibilities there during his tenure with the church. Of course, he served in many church leadership positions before being called in and as one of our wonderful congenital authorities. He studied finance, and graduated from the University of Utah. And then he got his law degree is from the University of Pacific at George, which is a beautiful campus. I’ve been there because I have a son who graduated from there as well. And it’s just a great gray area. Our claim was born here in Salt Lake City. And he married the beautiful Cathy and give August 9 1973 For the parents of seven children. And I know more than Ancel Keys going to have to give additional numbers that go beyond that. Seven children of which I know that there’s a wonderful family. So we’re so grateful to have you here. And Kathy, thank you for joining in. We love you. The time is yours. Following him. The closing prayer will be offered by Dr. William Tanner, our wonderful publisher of the Pioneer magazine.

L. Whitney Clayton  02:52

Brothers and sisters, I’m happy to be here tonight. It’s nice to see you and thank you for the good dinner. I’m especially inspired by a delicious plate of dinner just before speaking I feel fortified ready for the occasion. Now, I am surprised to know that there are so many Clayton’s here. So if you give your claim, would you raise your hand please? Looks like we reserved the claims for the front of the room. I don’t know what that means about the back of the room. But you joke about the thing a family really didn’t really look like it. I’m also shocked to have someone here from the Ward I grew up in Whittier, California, in the ward where we raised our children that Irvine, California is a small world. Thank you for coming. And I pray that we’ll be blessed. I have some remarks that I hope will be interesting to you. They’ll be timely in a sense of you a little bit of looking back and I hope a little bit of looking forward. And I’ve entitled The remarks for what use a title might be a five year vision and one year plan. And I’ll explain what that means in a few minutes. To finish up love for the Gibson’s introduction. We have we’ve now reached 31 grandchildren, the oldest of whom was 18. And it’s, it is a bit chaotic. When we get them all together. It’s probably the best way to put a lot of organization in the family organization yet. We hope that we will have we were convened in the year the 170/5 anniversary of the arrival of the pioneers here in the Salt Lake Valley. And this is a momentous year is a remarkable thing to think about what they accomplished to be in this valley when they arrived. As the receiving group if there had been a receiving group it would have been comprised of the rattlesnakes and coyotes primarily. There was really no receiving group at all. So when the first group arrived, and I had two great, great grandfather’s in that group first, the first who arrived there wasn’t anything derived. It was just the valley. My mother’s family was all living in Texas. And they were all members of another faith at that time, and so on my father’s side, there’s plenty of pioneer and just ancestry. And on my mother’s side, there’s pine ranch with Ancestry too, but you have to speak it with a southern drawl. I took a little time to do some research about the pioneers and birds and things just out of curiosity, just sort of to refresh my recollection. Let me mention some of these things. I think the facts we did some failure to you. They were mostly familiar to me, or a couple of twists along the way. Let me just remind you, about 56,000 pioneers, between a writer divided by 1847 and 1868 or so. Couldn’t be a few more could be a few less. But a study from BYU in 2014 says probably about 56,046% of them were under 20 years of age 46% There were 250 separate companies or pioneers. established 90 settlements across the Pioneer corridor in the first 10 years. The Saints were here in the valley. That’s quite a remarkable feat by the time he died, there were 350 to 400, depending on what you call a settlement. I understand that some people have some discussion, that there were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. By the time he finished what he did. Here’s the surprising fact that I did not know this took a little bit of a middle adjustment for me this year, with the exception of the margin and Willie handcarts. And, Bill, there’s a Bill scantlings. Here’s a guest from the East Coast.

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There’s a handcart out here in the hallway. And you can’t take it home with you. But you could look at it. And imagine pushing that 1300 miles from the Mississippi River, basically, all the way into the Salt Lake Valley long walk. Long Walk, what are the longest pilgrimages in recorded history? Of course, remarkably, heck, handcart companies together and 980 members, there were 213 deaths. The numbers are right. To have that other eight handcart companies had no deaths. And in fact, the infant mortality rate for the pioneers, as a group was below the national average for that time. Doesn’t that surprise you? The adult mortality rate was just slightly above the mortality rate. And for the national average, it was about 3.5% per year, and the national average was 2.7 2.9. According to what I was able to, to find out. Now this doesn’t mean that the Pioneer my saying that the mortality rate wasn’t as high as I had thought it was. Doesn’t mean it was easy, right? I don’t think anybody in this room thinks it was easy, and it wasn’t easy. It was perilous. I learned along the way in my little research getaway for a night that in fact, two of the biters during the job were killed by wolves. A couple by rattlesnakes, one by a scorpion. And then of course, there were other the other problems that were familiar with. Well, 175 years have passed. And there is so much to be grateful for we look around this valley now. And we’re astonished by what’s happened. And the whole country is broken. It’s not just in Salt Lake. And it’s not just in Utah, they’re all the way across the country that the development of this country has just been miraculous. How I’m saying that. Let me give you an image of something else that’s changed. When President Nelson was a member of the Quorum of the 12 apostles early in his services, remember the 12 he has recounted that he go to Washington DC and they try to find someone to meet with them. Try to find somebody would meet now people come here. Here’s an example. On Thursday afternoon Kathy and I attended a meeting in the tabernacle of the Ammar Foundation. The Umbar Foundation is a foundation headquartered in England. A bar which is a verb Because I thought we had the Spanish for four to love that’s a minor, but it’s assisting March or the marsh Arabs assisting Marsh Arabs and refugees when Saddam Hussein was still in power in in Iraq, he was persecuted the the Arabs who lived in the marshy areas in the southeast of the country, and a woman Baroness Emma Nicholson, of Winterboard. How’s that for it? Is that an aristocratic Baroness? Aramis Nicholson, a Winterboard, who was a member of the House of Lords in England, became aware of what was happening and established this foundation, which has helped refugees in need around the world. She organized the nation bank in London 1990s. On Thursday afternoon, a group representing a bar for the Bar Foundation, including Baroness Nicholson had been in meetings at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, talking about how they can work together in a religious freedom environment, to encourage settlement camps and refugee camps to allow people who are refugees to sing their hills of faith. Because that ceiling is something that gives them emotional relief. And so this is a new endeavor for the for the foundation, one for the law school and an important one. So here’s what happened. We sat in the loft of the of the tabernacle, where everyone from this group together could see the recording.

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Because the keyboard, the keyboard, the console, and we saying the three hills from the hymnal in the Church of England. And then we say about six of our hymns that have to do with Pioneer themes. This will be followed by an exact what I should say exact duplicate, but by another meeting in June, at Westminster Abbey, in London, where this theme of working together to to encourage the singing and allowing the refugees to sing their homes will be the focus of that meeting. And people who were at the meeting in Provo and in Salt Lake on Thursday are the same at the sister meeting, so to speak in London, in June. Well, let me tell you something about what happened. Here are the hills we sang after we sang the three from there. We say they are the builders of the nation. Very familiar him from our home. Then we think we’ve seen one that you’ll all be familiar with. Because it’s a it’s a well known him about which we’re all terribly underinformed. Are you ready for the strength of the hills, which was written by Felicia hemans, who died in 1835 in Switzerland and knew nothing about the church. She was a member of a persecuted Christian religious minority that lived in Northern Italy and we’re moving into Switzerland. About the street for the hills is about that else is not about the Wasatch Front. We’re pretty successful. Are you saying is your children saying as they walked and walked and walked and walked? We’re saying the Spirit of God with proper introduction about how that had been written for the criminal contempt woman that has been sung in double dedications all over the world since then. And then we sang, come Come ye saints. Like a lot of people appear in the front of the room, I will descend into William Blake. I’m a great great grandson of William Clayton. I just wanted to go through his life briefly with you for 2018 14 in penwortham, Lancashire, England. He joined the church in England in 1837. emigrated from England to Nauvoo at 40. He’d been a member of the church for two and a half years. He lived in Nauvoo from 1840 until all the way until 1846. And then because his life was threatened. He was in one of the first groups to move across the frozen Mississippi River in February of 1846 in Iowa, and as you will remember, the pioneers at that point thought they would get all the way The Salt Lake Valley in 1846, but of course, Iowa’s Iowa was snowy and muddy and the travel was very difficult. And so they did make it out of Iowa, just the work they did only in Nebraska while he was in, in the state of Iowa, you’ll recall he received a letter letter was written on March the 30th. With Mr was dispatched on March the 30th. Telling you that his wife Diantha had given birth to a fine fat boy, which, with no offense to any other claim seems to fit me perfectly. That’s why I like baby potato dinner. He sat down on a lug outside of the campground in a place with a wonderfully attractive name. It just makes you want to move there. Locust Creek wrote the music to come, Come ye saints. Now another biter story from from my family that I thought you’d find interesting. This one about Emma Jane Dixon’s Emma Jane Dixon was born the seventh of nine children in Kirtland in 1855. While she crossed the plains with her family when she was six years old. There were 120 people in the company and it was an 11 week journey. During her travel, she became ill and lost her hearing. She became profoundly deaf. Never heard another word. From the time she was six years old, and she learned to read lips when she was 19. She married Samuel Douglas, and they set up a homestead in Payson, Utah.

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She born and raised you live in children. The eldest of whom was very my great great grandmother, Marian Turnberry, John Jasper McClellan, who became a tabernacle organist and rose that to the tune for the sweetest the work. Remember that one sweet it is though we’re like, I want probably anymore with the voice but you can get the message. She never heard her husband speak to her. Never heard her children or grandchildren never heard her first son in law. Play. Come Come ye saints, or sweet is the work. She died in 1942 As World War Two was lifting off. Now we have a special treat here. Because my aunt Adele called priestess here. And when she was a little girl, she knew Emma Jane Dixon Douglas, though you please come up and share a story with us about her?

Adele   18:00

How many of you remember an ancestor who worked for planes? That’s fun, isn’t it? Oh, how about a great grandpa. Parent? Good. There’s a lot. That’s good. Oh, I was one of them. And this is one of my very favorite nephews in the whole world and lease. So I was just talking about my grandmother’s voice. They had a wonderful home in Payson, Utah that we used to go visit. It was really fun and all that still there on Main Street, a big house and they had a little ditch and they had a playhouse with everything the child could walk in the evening clean, including a telephone, an old telephone. And this little ditch, fairies lived in the ditch, she said. And so you could sit by the ditch and hear the fairy sit as a ditch rolled around. And I just it was a magical place and in their home to divide a row. They use beads, beads with the strong for the top of the whatever you call the top of an arch. And so we were just swing by and she didn’t seem to care. We just had more fun racing up the steep steps to the upstairs. And the thing I remember the most about her was her very squeaky voice. She could talk to us, but she didn’t talk really well. And so her voice is really squeaky and she was so cute, but she loved us and I was nine years old when she died. So I can remember her quite well. So thank you really this was really fun to do.

L. Whitney Clayton  19:37

Obviously she never forgot. She knew how to speak. Right? She just couldn’t be here. And I love that. I love that description of her squeaky voice. It just sounded kind of funny. All right, thank you. Now I’m going to make I have a very keen admirer for the obvious I I’m going to declare that most of you are not actually sons or daughters of the pioneers. I think we’re all grades are double grades, or, in some cases, triple grades. And we’re over, I’ve noted, I’ve detected that not all of you were sons. Got a keen eye for the obvious. I’d like to bring this discussion a little bit in the future, apparently, in the present. When our ancestors, those of us who had ancestors who crossed the plains, began to pilgrimage, they knew the trip would be fraught. They knew it would be hard. They didn’t know exactly how it would be hard. They could anticipate the camping part of the swamp, but they didn’t know where they would end up living. They didn’t know what it would look like. The Salt Lake Valley looks really different from New York, and from Ohio, and the places that they lived in England and so on very, very different lifestyle. Our our trials are the art trails don’t get a cluster across the plains. We don’t think are rattlesnakes, we don’t face freezing encampments, at least not intentionally, right. We drive SUVs, not covered wagons. There isn’t a hostile physical horizon ahead of us, for any of us. Because we live in a world that is so different from the world that they do. We may not see or sense them. But there are still very real risks ahead of us. They may not be physical, but they’re just as challenging or maybe more. So. Let me let me read to you a couple of verses from the book of heal of a Book of Mormon. This is, at a time, shortly before the birth of the Son of God in the in the Holy Land. At a time that was prophesied throughout the Book of Mormon at a time of political upheaval, and of changes in the culture, and changes in belief patterns that were rapid and difficult for the people. This is what Nephi, the son of a human who wrote, speaking about these cultural problems, the disobedience, the wickedness that have grown into the society, he wrote this great iniquity and come upon the Levites in the space of not many years. And when Nephi saw it, his heart was swollen with sorrow within his breast. And he did exclaim, the agony of his soul. Oh, that I could have had my days, in the days when my father first came out of the land of Jerusalem, that I couldn’t join with him in the Promised Land, then where his people easy to be treated, for him to keep the commandments of God, and slow to be led to do iniquity. And they were quick to hearken to the words of the Lord. Yea, if my days could have been in those days, then I would my soul have enjoy in the righteousness of my brethren. But behold, I am consigned that these are my days, and that my soul shall be filled with sorrow because of the wickedness of my brother. Now, our cultural, cultural air we breathe in this country is becoming more complicated as they watch. There’s a there’s a whole illusion about things that is different from earlier years. Like the pioneers, we must press forward. I don’t know what trials lie ahead for us. In my calling as a general authority, I would have said that belongs to the First Presidency and the Quorum of the 12. That’s not the job of the 70 to peer into the future that way. But there are several present day scenarios that I’ll just paint for you is as brief illustrations of things that may indicate future challenges for society. One obvious one is pandemics. The world has shrunk in a way we’ve never believed. It’s possible to go across the world in a day and to bring back things from across the world in a day as well.

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We have lost the trust of the media. I mean we don’t press them where you can see them replaced by social media. And we have seen the the the distrust For what the social media and other media say whether it’s TV or radio or any print media, it’s all viewed with suspicion in ways that it wasn’t 3040 50 years ago. We find that it’s very hard for people to agree with each other. Today, I found a quotation from Arthur Brooks, a professor at Harvard University, a well known writer who said this, the way that people tend to argue today, particularly online, makes things worse. Disagreements can feel like a war in which the fighters dig trenches on either side of any issue, and launch their beliefs back and forth like grenades. These sorts of fights might give everyone involved some short term satisfaction. They deserve it because I am right and they are evil, they think. But the odds are that neither camp has any effect on the other. On the contrary, the attacks make the opponents dig in deeper. And so as we watch, our politics are becoming more and more difficult. uncivil discourse and aggressive certainty, characterize the way people talk to each other, and the things they say about each other. opposing parties vilify each other. And we can see democracy fraying while we watch. And then of course, there’s the cultural collapse that we’ve all watched, with pornography, drug abuse, racial intolerance and suspicion, crime, and deluded these evils, that the disintegration of the family divorce in the past kept families and communities intact. And then, in a way more real than we ever would have dreamed, just a few months ago, we learned that that war has not disappeared from the world around us. Well, back to this, every generation has challenges. There has not been a single generation ahead of us that didn’t have challenges of one kind or another. But we are consigned to, these are our days, we have trials, our children will as well. There will be great things to add to not just difficult things, there will be great growth, in faith and in Christianity across the world. It seems odd perhaps to say that, but as things get worse, they will correspondingly and simultaneously also get better. So there’ll be many things to come. And that phrase, many things to come, takes us back into the Book of Mormon, as are the words that were given by Allah. You may remember that album, the guy whose album The first album, the second album, the younger, had been both the chief judge over the land and the presiding high priest in the church. And he retired from the chief judge shield in order to devote himself entirely to being the chief high priest, I restore the land. And he did that he went on a mission, the first place he went was to a, an area, the town on Russia, what we have described as a state called Zerah, Helen. And then he went after he had been there, he went to Gideon. Here’s what he said to the people in Gideon, about having been disarray, Allah. He said, the whole life come having great hopes and much desire, that I should find the ego to humble yourself before God. And he had continued in the supplicating of His grace, that I should find that you were blameless before him. And I should find the word not in the awful dilemma that our brethren were, were in, it’s their alma and I trust according to the Spirit of God, which is in me, that I shall also have joy over you. Nevertheless, I do not desire to buy jewelry you should come by the cause of so much afflictions and sorrow which I’ve had for them and then you said this. For behold, I say unto you, there be many things to come. And that’s what’s ahead of all of us. There are so many things still to happen before the Lord comes in and he will come again, but there is still so much to happen. happening and accelerated pace you watch the world accelerating. If I say unto you, there’ll be many things to come and behold, there is one thing which is of more importance than they all. For behold, the time is not far distant, that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people. Well, you’re in about the same boat today. We don’t know when the Lord will come, no one knows. No mortal knows the answer that question. But he will come. When he comes, he will be recognized as the Lord, the God of this. All of us, everyone who has ever lived or ever will, and will be like, give us a day. But between then and now, there is still much to do. In the Book of Mormon, there’s another phrase that I just quote for you to. This is from Alma, chapter 34. If we do not improve our time, in this life, then covers the darkness we’re in there can be broken. Today, Kathy and I attended a funeral. You may remember the name of Earl c t. Remember the 70, Senior President 70. It was 2008 and granted emeritus status, his wife Joanne passed away, and we attend to that field today, it was a marvelous event. As inspiring a funeral I’ve ever been to, I asked Kathy, if she would share some of her impressions about that funeral for Sister Tingey. She was 1889, which are then used to help build the world, what I hope will be a worthwhile ending point from our lives.

Kathy Clayton  32:01

What a sweet day, it’s been for us to have began there at that funeral, and then to have come here, this evening to be with you. The inspiration of all of you, the mighty people who have lived long and usefully and accomplish significant things with your lives is powerfully motivating to me. I’m thrilled to be in the midst of people who are so deliberately celebrating their Pioneer roots, and making sure that they hang on to those grand traditions of those stories and sense of identity that is your inheritance. That’s a powerful thing. And a beautiful thing to see perpetuated. When we attend to this funeral this morning, it was wonderful to watch as the family entered the chapel, you know what that looks like? Several generations of descendants, when a person has lived along like that, and had several kids and they’ve had kids and they’ve had kids and, and very often, in fact, I would say without exception, as those of us who are sitting in the chapel, eager to be reverent and admire them come come into the chapel. Look at all of those faces and all of those generations and and think how, how beautiful the image is of, of years of good living and years of loving. Almost always, it seems to me that there are among the that group of those of those posterity some complexities, you know what I mean? So many look like they’re living pretty straight ahead. And their lives like pretty calm, and others look like they may be in the midst of more complicated kinds of discoveries about who they are. We want to go and who they want to be, you know, and that’s the way this family looks just like all of our families do. Done, the less, there was a powerful love among that group. And as that the children of Joanne Tinian Earl Teenie stood to speak all four of them. I listened with rapt attention to the beautiful stories that they all shared with their mom. The stories were the sermon of their life. They’re different. They’re the stories of her life or the sermon of the gospel. They didn’t need to have a separate religious address because her life was in fact, the sermon. And everything she did and said, and everything about the way she loved was filled. It was it was filled with love. The first daughter, who was the oldest of the four children stood and told, shared some memories of her fondest feelings for her mom and experiences with her that that were pivotal and and permanent in the context of her life and of her family’s life. She told us all and I wish I had seen as as she walked in that there were some complexities in that family. She had married a fellow From the crop was in Accra, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and he obviously it had a couple of kids when they married, they were clearly clearly African kids grown up kids, you know, like artists would look now. And then they obviously had had a couple of others that were the results of that genetic combination. And then there had been some born beyond that. So you know, it was that whole whole bouquet of genetics in that beautiful family. This oldest daughter of theirs shared with gratitude, a lasting memory she had of her mom, and her mom’s outreach when she married that fellow, and adopted those kids as her own and then had some additional ones to bring to the mix. She said that her mom was having a party for the granddaughters, and at this party for the granddaughters, she had ordered an American Girl doll for each one. In turn, remember how you can customize those dolls, and you could pick what color the hair was going to be? And what color the eyes were going to be so that it looks like your granddaughter or your daughter or whoever it was? Do you remember that? Do you some of the women would know the man now? I don’t think so. But you women, probably many of you would know that. Anyway, they were expensive dolls, but with reason, because they had a whole a whole menu of options for the way this doll was going to look. So theoretically, it would be customized to look like a little girl that you were going to give it to. Well, they didn’t have in their menu, we have her abroad, it was the right combination of hair and eye and skin and curls or not girls or whatever, to match. These daughters that were her granddaughters that were Joanne’s granddaughters that were the result of this daughter and her you get that whole family. So Joanne, true to her determination to have the right dolls for these little girls to in fact welcome them with grandmotherly love, developed a relationship with the whoever was somebody higher up in that company, and convinced that person that they needed to additionally customize their dolls so that she could have the right dolls for her grandchildren for her granddaughters. And sure enough, he accommodated her request and probably blazed a trail for lots of little girls to come as she got just the right eye color and just the right curls and just the right skin color to look like these little granddaughters that she was determined to reach out to with great love. Clearly, that spoke to her own daughter and to her granddaughters. And I would say that the message to me in that was one that I think would be a worthy one for all of us. As we look to the future, she developed a relationship with those girls by meeting the right where they were, by loving them just as they were, and then offering the best of who she was and what she knew, in order to teach them the things that she hoped that she would leave as a legacy for the subsequent generations. I’ve been inspired by you, and by your determination to hang on to your heritage and to preserve it for each other, and for your children and your grandchildren. And I was motivated by Joanne Tingey to make sure that I do all the things I need to do including make a relationship with the guy who customizes American Girl dolls, or whatever it is I need to do in order to meet my children and my grandchildren right where they are. So that I have that relationship in place to share with them the things that I know matter most. And I would say that I would hope that all of us would be determined and pass the baton from the race that we’ve been running so that our children will be glad to take it because they’ll know it’s done with such love. And that the race is of where they want to continue to run.

L. Whitney Clayton 39:05

One of the things we haven’t talked about is last late last August, I was given a new calling. There’s never been a presidency for the Tabernacle Choir. And last August, you’ll be remember last July, former governor Michael Levitt was called as the president required and I was calling one of his counselors in August. And when we were set apart by presidencies as the presidency, the first ever Presidency of the Tabernacle Choir, President Nelson said something that really caught everyone’s attention. He said, You have got to try things that have never been tried before. When he said President level apart, he said the same thing that he needed to try things that have never been tried before. But we took that as an operating instruction And so in the months after that, we started thinking about what are the objectives we ought to have for the Tabernacle Choir. And we agreed upon four objectives, which we then took to the First Presidency, and they approve them. Here they are. The first one is to greatly expand the tabernacle choirs, social media presence. We have 500,000 YouTube subscribers, but we ought to have 10s of billions a second to be more intentional about work. That’s something that we have not done in a in as robust away in the past as we’d like to do. The third is that the choir ought to better represent the whole church. The whole church does look the way that the Wasatch Front church looks. We have members in Indonesia and members in Korea and members in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Mexico. And in Finland, we do pretty good job, would you like to finish actually? So that was the third and the fourth was we want the choir to be more visible. It’s been traveling once every other year. And then with the pandemic, there has been no reason to. We’d like to have the choir be able to travel more frequently and go many more places in the past four objectives. Now, why do I mention that? Because here’s what’s happened since then, President Levin has, you know, also served in the bush two cabinet twice as the director of EPA, and then as the as the Secretary of Health, Health and Human Services, as the Secretary can come up with. He’s run some big organizations. He said, I think what we need to do is for each of these key objectives, we need a five year vision. And so we’ve organised committees, which are now working for each of these four initiatives or objectives, to determine what we think that particular objective ought to look like five years from now, what should our social media presence be like, five years from now? What should the touring practices of the Tabernacle Choir be five years from now and so on. And then he said, once you have a five year plan, you need a five year vision, you need a one year plan. And then, as you move forward in time, you just keep moving the one year plan forward, or the five year and the five year vision forward as well simultaneously. It’s been a tremendous exercise to be working on that. And to be thinking about the implications of everything has to be done for this, these key objectives to be met. Our brothers and sisters, most of us don’t have as much runway left as we used to, is that a gentle way of saying it? Most of us don’t have the same amount of runway. But we are in a position to have a five year vision and a one year plan. And this experience of going to the funeral today with Kathy to learn about what a terrific mother did with her family was inspirational to us. This is something we’ve been talking about anyway, for reasons that our own family, we had a fairly well managed schedule for the 19 years that I served as a general authority. In other words, we didn’t have any any free agency.

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And no, no we do. We make sure that we use whatever runway we have left in a way that is effective in helping our children and our grandchildren in any way we can. Whether it’s just to enjoy a hamburger will take him to go see schools or right. as missionaries. We are first missionary is going to be going out sometime this year. My message to you tonight was entitled listen to five year vision and one year plan. I think the Lord intends for us to improve our time to use our time well, and not to feel like Been there done that I’ve done everything I’m about to do. There’s not that much time left. We have as much time and the ability to use that time as we’re willing to take. I believe brothers and sisters that that five year vision a one year plan is a good operating phrase for all of us. Sure If it’s us, and it is the Southern, you’re talking about in a lot of detail.

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Well, let me let me suggest to you there the following every generation generation, pioneers its way forward. And the fact that we’re not we don’t have hand cards to push, and find our children walking and walking and walking doesn’t mean there aren’t things that need to be done now. The challenges that we face are just as real as the challenges the fighters faced. And the effects of are engaging with those challenges or failing to do so may actually be more difficult for those who will follow us. Then we’re the challenges the biters faced. For them, it was you gotta get up and you got to walk and you got to find something to eat, and you’ve got to have a house. Pretty straightforward things in our day is straightforward. In our day is much more subtle, it’s much more nuanced, or at least it seems that way. But if we remember that, there is one thing that there is, there will be many things to come. But there’s one thing which is of more importance than they all For behold the tiniest, not far distant, that the Redeemer come. Again, among his people, paraphrasing Alma, chapter seven, verse seven. We need to be sure that when he comes, we’re ready. And our children are ready and their children are ready. And we won’t really know how well we have done until our grandchildren are the ones who are in this room. That’s the measurement. That’s how below with how we’ve done. You may be intentional about the use of our time, however long or short our runway is, may we be wise about about imposing upon ourself, a sense of seriousness and a sense of deliberateness, a sense of intentionality, in the use of our time. This is not a call for fanaticism of any kind. It’s a call, to be what we need to be for the blessing of ourselves, of course, but our children and their children and our community in our country, we can make a difference. And we should I bear testimony to you of a living reality of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, I know He lives. I bear testimony of His majestic and immeasurable our, to fix things, including to fix us and the problems that we confront, and we see our children. And I pray that we may remember that there is one thing which is of more importance than they all that thing is the life and mission and the Tober for the Son of God. May we remember him always in all that we do. And may we be intentional about improving our time I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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