My young friends, you are the generation the Lord has saved for this day. You came out of the waters of baptism with a covenant and promise to the Lord to represent Him in helping people throw off their worldly ways and return to the blessings promised us if we would follow Him and live His gospel. You may ask, "What can I do?" You can follow the words of Christ, who said through the Prophet Joseph Smith, "Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations." Arise by having your daily prayers, and shine forth as you help others return to their Christian faith by encouraging them to get on their knees and pray to God. Study the scriptures daily, then shine forth as you help others return to their love of the Savior by encouraging them to study the scriptures daily. Live in such a way that your righteous example will be a standard for the nations as you demonstrate how to live to be worthy of qualifying for temple blessings. Be an example of Christlike service, and help others follow your example by encouraging them to get out and serve their fellowman. As I look to the future, and as I look to your future, I pray that you will step forward and assume your responsibilities to preserve the noble heritage of our past. I pray that your light will be a standard for all nations. My young friends, I challenge you to arise to a new sense of commitment. I challenge you to become the greatest generation by shining forth in assisting our Father in Heaven's children to return to their Christian faith and to the strong religious foundation that is so necessary to enjoy peace of mind and real happiness in this period of mortal experience. May God bless you with the courage, the boldness, the enthusiasm, and the desire to again restore faith in the gospel of our Lord and Savior.


Message from Elder L. Tom Perry

Elder Perry introduces the 2012 Mutual theme, and shares how we can exemplify the theme in our daily lives.

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