Brothers and sisters, the First Presidency has issued the following report concerning the growth and status of the Church as of December 31, 2004:
Wards and Branches
Increase in Children of Record
Temples Dedicated during 2004
(Accra Ghana, Copenhagen Denmark, and Manhattan New York)
Temples Rededicated during 2004
(Anchorage Alaska and São Paulo Brazil)
Temples in Operation
Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley, wife of President Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church; Sister Ruby Olson Haight, widow of Elder David B. Haight; Sister Dantzel White Nelson, wife of Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Sister Sarah Melissa Broadbent Paulsen Sorensen, former counselor in the Primary general presidency and wife of Elder Lynn A. Sorensen, former member of the Seventy; Sister Naomi Maxfield Shumway, former Primary general president; Sister Olive Eileen Robinson Dunyon Christensen, former counselor in the Primary general presidency; Sister Joan Blackhurst Spencer, former Relief Society general secretary.
At the beginning of the Saturday afternoon session, President Gordon B. Hinckley read the following statement:
“We join those throughout the world who mourn the passing of Pope John Paul II, an extraordinary man of faith, vision, and intellect, whose courageous actions have touched the world in ways that will be felt for generations to come.
“The Pope’s voice remained firm in defense of freedom, family, and Christianity. On matters of principle and morality he was uncompromising. On his compassion for the world’s poor, he has been unwavering.”