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25 years ago

A change in the scheduling of stake conferences was announced during a regional representatives seminar held in conjunction with the general conference of April 1978, according to the April 1, 1978, Church News.

While previously there had been four stake conferences each year, the number would be reduced to two "to ease the burdens of time, travel and money upon members of the Church," President Spencer W. Kimball said, according to the article.

President Kimball also said, "This will leave more time for stake presidents and other local leaders to do more in perfecting the saints."

At the same meeting, President Kimball said, "The mission of the Church to its members is to make available the principles, programs and priesthood by which they can prepare themselves for exaltation.

"Our success, individually and as a Church, will largely be determined by how faithfully we focus on living the gospel in the home.

"People are more important than programs, and Church programs should always support and never detract from gospel-centered family activities."