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God will protect us in these perilous times

'Great forces of evil wash over us'

PROVO, Utah — These are perilous times — times of great international turmoil, said President Gordon B. Hinckley Feb. 16.

"We are confronted with economic problems, we are confronted with great faces of evil which wash over us like a flood," he said.

Choir performs at the Spanish Fork and Salem Utah Regional Conference at BYU Marriott Center.  photo: michael brandy.  2/16/03 (Submission date: 02/16/2003)
Choir performs at the Spanish Fork and Salem Utah Regional Conference at BYU Marriott Center. photo: michael brandy. 2/16/03 (Submission date: 02/16/2003) Photo: Photo by Michael Brandy

Speaking to more than 18,000 Church members gathered in the BYU Marriott Center for the Spanish Fork and Salem Utah Regional Conference, President Hinckley told the congregation that there are many matters on his mind that concern him.

"I would just like to say that whatever happens in the world, and I think none of us can foretell what might happen at this time, that God will be with us. He will watch over us. He will protect us. He will see that we are provided for. And we shall endure under His watchful care if we will be true and faithful and obedient and harken to His word."

President Hinckley told Church members they may be inconvenienced, they may suffer a curtailment of some of their liberties, they may find themselves in more economic difficulties.

"But," he promised, "the peace of the Lord will be with us and sustain us and help us go forward if we will be faithful and true unto the Lord."

President Hinckley was the concluding speaker at the regional conference, during which Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Colleen, and Elder W. Rolfe Kerr of the Seventy and first counselor in the Utah South Area Presidency, and his wife, Janeil, also spoke. Sister Marjorie P. Hinckley attended the conference.

During his address, President Hinckley asked Sister Hinckley to stand with him at the lectern. He praised his wife, to whom he has been married for almost 66 years. "That is a very long time for a good woman to live with a man like me," he said. "She is a great lady and I am very proud of her and I love her very much."

Marjorie and Gordon B. Hinckley share a moment together at the podium at the Spanish Fork and Salem Utah Regional Conference at BYU Marriott Center.  photo: michael brandy.  2/16/03 (Submission date: 02/16/2003)
Marjorie and Gordon B. Hinckley share a moment together at the podium at the Spanish Fork and Salem Utah Regional Conference at BYU Marriott Center. photo: michael brandy. 2/16/03 (Submission date: 02/16/2003) Photo: Photo by Michael Brandy

Quoting Brigham Young, President Hinckley then told the congregation that every principle God has revealed carries its own conviction of its truth. There is no calling from God to men on earth that does not carry with it the evidences of its authenticity, he said.

"This principle applies to every principle and every service in this Church."

President Hinckley said if Church members want to know the truth concerning the doctrine of the Godhead or the First Vision or the validity of the priesthood or the truth of the scriptures to ask God with a sincere heart.

"If you ask with faith there will come a response that you know it is true," he said.

He said if Church members have questions about paying tithing, keeping the Word of Wisdom, holding family home evening, attending the temple or serving a mission, to do them. "Put it to the test," he said, "and the Lord, through the power of the Holy Ghost, will reveal it to you."

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