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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Thousands Hear President Faust At New York Regional Conference

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Thousands of LDS Church members packed 15 local stake centers and chapels to hear President James E. Faust of the Church's First Presidency speak via satellite from the Plainview New York Stake Center. The New York Regional Conference included 9 stakes and districts covering New York City, Long Island and lower New York state, as well as the New York New York North and the New York New York South missions. In his remarks, President Faust said several recent regional conferences had been broadcast in this manner, with video feeds of speakers at one LDS facility being broadcast to others.

Speaking at the conference in addition to Elder Faust, were Elder W. Craig Zwick, President of the North America Northeast Area, and his wife; Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife and Sister Ruth Faust. Elder Zwick, who was conducting, spoke first.

One topic mentioned in several addresses was the historic nature of the LDS Church in New York City during this past century. Elder Zwick mentioned coming to New York City as a youth to see the LDS Church's pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The pavilion attracted 6 million visitors, three times the population of the Church at that time.

Elder Eyring told about growing up in Princeton, New Jersey, where his father, noted scientist Henry Eyring, was on the faculty. He said that his family was the only one in the Princeton branch at the time. The family looked to New York City, the closest LDS stake, for services from the established church. Elder Faust added a little to the story of the remarkable life of Dr. Eyring, who, he said, was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on 3 occasions.

Elder Eyring's remarks were directed at new church members and investigators, helping them understand how they could know the truth of the gospel for themselves. Elder Faust spoke of a need for more missionaries from the New York stakes and districts, encouraging parents to help their children want to serve missions. He also suggested that church members need to be "comfortable in their own skin," knowing and accepting who we are and building our lives from that base. He said his brother Rex, who died this past week, was an example of someone who was "comfortable in his own skin."


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