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President Thomas S. Monson

First counselor, First Presidency

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"There are quorum members and those who should be our quorum members who require our help. John Milton wrote in his poem, 'Lycidas' 'The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed.' The Lord himself said to Ezekiel the prophet, 'Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that . . . feed not the flock.'

"My brethren of the priesthood, the task is ours. Let us remember and never forget, however, that such an undertaking is not insurmountable. Miracles are everywhere to be found when priesthood callings are magnified. When faith replaces doubt, when selfless service eliminates selfish striving, the power of God brings to pass his purposes. We are on the Lord's errand. We are entitled to the Lord's help. But we must try. From the play 'Shenandoah' comes the spoken line which inspires: 'If we don't try, then we don't do; and if we don't do, then why are we here?' "

"Let us, one and all, be doers of the word and not hearers only. Let us follow the example of our president, Gordon B. Hinckley, the Lord's prophet."

"Fathers, grandfathers, we have an even greater responsibility to guide our precious sons and grandsons. They need our help, they need our encouragement, they need our example. It has been wisely said that our youth need fewer critics and more models to follow."

The ranks of prospective elders have grown larger. These men await a helping hand, an encouraging word and a personal testimony of truth expressed from a heart filled with love.