While pressed upon by the crowds of the world, it is still possible for an individual to come to the Savior, Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander of the Seventy said during the Sunday afternoon session of conference.

He cited stories from the scriptures in which individuals stood out from the crowd by approaching the Savior: the woman with the bleeding condition who pressed through the crowd and was healed by touching the hem of the Savior's garment (see Luke 8:43-48); Alma who went against the crowd of King Noah's wicked priests by believing the words of the prophet Abinadi (see Mosiah 17:2); and the individuals in Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life who pressed forward even as they were mocked by the crowd in the great and spacious building (see 1 Nephi 8:26-33).

Then Elder Neuenschwander said, "Almost all of us are like the woman who, despite the crowd, comes to the Savior. We all have faith that just a touch will bring healing to our aching souls and relief to our innermost needs. New members of the Church in many lands are often like Alma. They hear the words of life when no one else in their family or circle of friends does. Yet, they still have the courage to accept the gospel and chart a course through the crowds. I think each one of us understands what it means to partake of the fulfilling fruit of the Tree of Life within sight and sound of those who mock, and what it means to exert every courageous effort to pay them no heed.

"Struggling through the crowds of the world can be lonely and hard. Their pull and tug on the individual who wishes to step away to something better can be very strong and very difficult.

"Who better than the Savior can reach, support and ultimately rescue the one among the crowd?"

He counseled, "In all of life's circumstances let us quietly and resolutely press forward to the Savior, having faith that He cares about us and has the power to heal and save us."