My dear brethren of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood, how happy I am to be with you this evening.I rejoice in the messages of my Brethren who have preceded me, and I now ask you for your faith and prayers in my behalf as I address you.
I have great expectations for you and a great hope in you.You have so much to contribute to the Lord and to the kingdom of God now and in the future.You may be twenty-seven years of age, or thirty, or possibly even older.Just what are your priorities at this time in your life?Remember always, “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James ).“Feast upon the words of Christ” (2 Ne.
32:3) by consistently studying the scriptures every day and by following the counsel of the living prophets.
Particularly make the study of the Book of Mormon a lifetime pursuit and daily sup from its pages.
May I suggest for your careful consideration the counsel we give to returning missionaries.
This counsel applies just as much to those who have been home for a while as to those who may not have served full-time missions for the Church.
Here are some of the priorities we pray that you single adult brethren will consider to be essential in your life.
First, continue to draw close to the Savior through private, sincere, heartfelt prayer.