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Building on Spiritual Foundations
Salt Lake Tribune 3Apr00 N1
By Bob Mims and Peggy Fletcher Stack: Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke before 21,000 Mormons meeting for the first time in the new Conference Center, and to millions via television and satellite broadcast, during the church's 170th Annual General Conference on Sunday. In nearly nine decades, President Hinckley spoke of the phenomenal expansion the Church has experienced as it has grown from a regional sect to one of the world's fastest growing religions.

He announced that 76 temples are now in operation and that 36 new temples will be dedicated by the end of the year. New temples were announced to be built in Aba, Nigeria; Helsinki, Finland; Asuncion, Paraguay; Lubbock, Texas; Snowflake, Arizona and a temple yet to be announced "somewhere in the Tri-Cities area of Washington."

President Hinckley spoke of personal prayer and a sense of "lingering peace and security in communing with the heavens." He described a spiritual witness of the healing power of prayer, and an experience that grew with him into manhood and a life of service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"The earliest instance of which I have recollection of spiritual feelings was when I was about 5 years of age, a very small boy. I was crying from the pain of an earache. There were no wonder drugs at that time," President Hinckley said. He noted that while his father prayed, his mother instead prepared a home remedy, an oven warmed bag of salt. "[He} softly put his hands upon my head and gave me a blessing, rebuking the pain and the illness...He than took me tenderly in his arms and placed the bag of warm salt at my ear. The pain subsided and left. I fell asleep in my father's secure embrace."

"[Christ] is my God and my king," Hinckley said. "None other can take his place. None other ever will. Unblemished and without fault of any kind, he is the lamb of God to whom I bow and through whom I approach my eternal Father in Heaven." To President Hinckley's testimony was the added testimony of first counselor, Thomas S. Monson. "We are builders of eternal houses. We are apprentices to the trade--not skilled craftsmen. We need divine help if we are to build successfully," Monson said. "When we remember that each of us is literally a spirit son or daughter of God, we will not find it difficult to approach our Heavenly Father in prayer."

Relief Society President Mary Ellen Smoot spoke to the center's audience and those watching via television and satellite links overseas that they are "children of God." "Shouldn't we be about our Father's business? Shouldn't we be creators as well?" "Have you ever coaxed a smile from a baby? Have you ever taught someone to forgive? Have you fasted and prayed for those who were ill? If you have done some of these things, you have been creative."

Apostle Neal A. Maxwell urged Mormons to be content with the gifts and time God has alloted. "Being content means acceptance without self-pity," he said. "Meekly borne, however, deprivations can end up being like excavations that make room for greatly enlarged souls." Ultimately, he said, "Spiritual contentment rests on our accepting the atonement of Jesus."

Between the sessions of General Conference, church owned KSL-TV and KBYU aired a special video entitled, "Special Witnesses of Christ." It was produced by the church and featured the 12 LDS apostles describing certain aspects of their beliefs along with their testimonies of the divinity of Jesus Christ.

The one-hour video began with President Hinckley looking out on sites of the Holy Land from Jerusalem's Brigham Young University Center. Each apostle appeared in different locations from Jerusalem to New York. James E. Faust, Second Counselor to President Hinckley, perhaps spoke for all when he said, "I recognize that I am an ordinary man, but with one special gift-- a certain knowledge that Jesus Christ is our savior."


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