7 Apr 2008
"I am now advised that there are 6,066 Church-owned satellite receiving sites in 83 countries. How grateful I am that with our growth in numbers there is also an increased ability to reach out and communicate with the Latter-day Saints throughout the world. "Now, we could wish for more baptisms in the United States and Canada, but that could be said of everywhere throughout the world. Nevertheless, the harvest is great, with members in some 160 nations. Where not long ago there were very few Latter-day Saints, today there are strong wards and stakes, with faithful and capable men and women in leadership. . . . "Circumstances change, but our message does not change. We bear testimony to the world that the heavens have been opened, that God, our Eternal Father, and His Son, the risen Lord, have appeared and spoken. We offer our solemn witness that the priesthood has been restored with the keys and authority of eternal blessings."
Topic: worldwide Church, Church growth, Restoration  Reference: (Gordon B. Hinckley, "We Bear Testimony to the World," Ensign, Nov. 2006, 4)
Family

Family

Family has always been a very important part of my heritage, and family will always continue to be very important to me I believe. One of the reasons that family is so important to me is because I value my coexistence, but probably the most influential reason that family is important to me is my religious belief that 1) the family is ordained of God, and 2) the family is the fundamental unit of society. I also strongly believe that
"the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets."
In my family I do not only include my immediate family, my immediate relatives, and the family I married into, but I also include my best friends as family members. They are invited to everything that we do as family. Friends are a very integral part of this life also I believe, and they are very important to our relationship with others. Also friends are often able to give less biased more sound advice than are close relatives or in- laws. Below I have attempted to somewhat construct a family tree to illistrate my relationships in my family.