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President Thomas S. Monson

President of the church

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"My brethren ...let us all determine to prepare for our time of opportunity, and to honor the priesthood we bear through the service we render, the lives we bless, and the souls we are privileged to help save. You are a 'chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation' and you can make a difference.

"When we qualify for the help of the Lord, we can build boys, we can mend men, we can accomplish miracles in his holy service. Our opportunities are without limit.

"Ours is the task to be fitting examples. We are strengthened by the truth that the greatest force in the world today is the power of God as it works through man. If we are on the Lord's errand, we are entitled to the Lord's help. That divine help, of course, is predicated upon our worthiness. Each must ask: 'Are my hands clean? Is my heart pure? Am I a worthy servant of the Lord?'

"My young friends, be strong. The philosophies of men surround us. The face of sin today often wears the mask of tolerance. Do not be deceived; behind that facade is heartache, unhappiness and pain. You know what is right and what is wrong, and no disguise, however appealing, can change that.

"Have the moral courage to be a light for others to follow."<