Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tucson Arizona West Stake were thrilled to have Bishop Dean M. Davies of the Presiding Bishopric as their visiting authority October 26 and 27, 2013.
Stake members shared testimonies and stake leaders spoke about (among other things) putting emphasis on including people of all ages in using the new tools that the Church has made available for family history work. President and Sister Killpack of the Tucson Arizona mission reminded the congregation that they should be anxious to share the blessings they enjoy, and that the Lord is hastening His work and providing opportunities for members to reach out to others.
Bishop Davies was the concluding speaker. Many had already met him before he stepped to the pulpit; he spent about 30 minutes before the meeting began shaking hands and making acquaintances. His remarks were both humorous and full of tender feelings.
As if in answer to the unspoken questions throughout the congregation, Bishop Davies told stories about temples for which he was involved in getting approval. He assured members that the process surrounding the proposed Tucson temple is under careful consideration, and that announcements would come as they were appropriate.
After musing on the tremendous growth of the Church throughout the world, he noted that the building of temples isn’t just about the members now, but takes into consideration members who are to come. He said that our preparation for the temple does not start in three or four years when the temple is finished, but that we should be preparing for it now.
Bishop Davies seemed to enjoy the visit, noting that he had felt “such a spirit of faith and devotion. I have experienced a people…devoted to the Lord, and I know they will follow the prophet.”
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