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President Spencer W. Kimball emphasized missionary work while presiding over an area conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sept. 20-21, 1980, according to the Sept. 27, 1980, Church News.

"Nearly 14,500 saints from Michigan and parts of three other states gathered" at the conference held in the University of Michigan's Chrisler Arena, according to the article.

"President Kimball asked that every man, woman and child return from the conference with a determination to take the gospel to their relatives and friends, and if they do not, they must consider that they are not in the total favor of their Heavenly Father," the article stated.

It continued, quoting President Kimball: "If every family that is represented here today brought in one other family in the whole year, soon there wouldn't be any buildings large enough to hold us, and the Church would rapidly expand to all parts of the world."

It added his counsel that members pray "that the doors of the other nations be opened, that all people may have the gospel and to teach and train all young men in the Church that they may be worthy to fill missions to the world."

Other General Authorities at the conference were President Kimball's second counselor, President Marion G. Romney; Elder Thomas S. Monson and Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve; Elder Robert L. Backman of the Seventy; and Bishop J. Richard Clarke of the Presiding Bishopric.

Local news coverage was considerable, according to the article. It included reports on Regional Representative George Romney, former Michigan governor and presidential candidate.