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Elder Russell M. Nelson

Quorum of the Twelve

There remains a continued need for senior couple missionaries.

"I express gratitude for our senior missionaries. They are young and wise and willing to work. They even tolerate remarks from their fun-filled children who might change President Spencer W. Kimball's plea, 'Lengthen your stride,' to 'Hasten your shuffle.' These dear members are willing to serve and strengthen the lives of others."

Bishops need to heed the call to ask senior couples to serve missions. Opportunities are varied and vast. Of all qualifications, the desire to serve may be the most important.

Many humble Latter-day Saints fear they aren't qualified for missionary labors. But the Lord has given this assurance to prospective missionaries: "Faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work."

There may be many who would like serve but are unable to do so. Limitations imposed by age or poor health deserve realistic appraisal, as do the important needs of family members.

"When desire burns within, yet such limitations exist, you can extend your service through others. They can be your arms and legs and you can provide needed funds. Still others can contribute time and talents as live-at-home missionaries. Each will be pleasing to the Lord, and each will receive his praise."

Everyone may preach the gospel by precept and example. The gospel means "good news" and the good news is the Savior and his message of salvation.