President Thomas S. Monson: Welcome to Conference

President Thomas S. Monson greets members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles before the start of the Saturday morning session. (Courtesy of Mormon Newsroom)

President Thomas S. Monson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began the 184th Annual General Conference in Salt Lake City by addressing members of the church.

He spoke about his recent participation in the Gilbert, Ariz., temple dedication and of his time there with the members.

He shared a story about how the area of Gilbert, Ariz., had been enduring a time of drought and how faithful prayers caused it to rain during a youth performance he attended the evening before the dedication.

“Despite the cold and the rain, this was a faith-filled and inspiring experience these young people will ever treasure and will be relating to their children and grandchildren in the years to come,” he said.

He said the Gilbert, Ariz., temple became the 142nd operating temple of the church. He announced that in May, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., temple will be dedicated. He said other temples will be completed later this year.

“In 2015, we anticipate completing and dedicating new temples in many parts of the world,” he said. “This process will continue.”

He said there would be no new temples announced in the immediate future but that the church will continue to find locations for future temples.

He acknowledged that the work of the church has continued to move forward unhindered.

“We are a temple-building and a temple-attending people,” he said.

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