Answering the call: Senior couples surmount obstacles, gain blessings

The Lord's Prophet didn't ask for a specific number, but the message was still clear.

"To you mature brothers and sisters, we need many, many more senior couples," LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson said among his opening remarks in the Saturday morning session of the church's October semiannual general conference.

While President Monson praised faithful couples who are now serving or have already served faithfully and accomplished much, the demand for senior couples continues to increase.

"To those of you who are not yet to the season of life when you might serve a couples mission, I urge you to prepare now for the day when you and your spouse might do so. As your circumstances allow, as you are eligible for retirement, and as your health permits, make yourselves available to leave home and give full-time missionary service. There are few times in your lives when you will enjoy the sweet spirit and satisfaction that come from giving full-time service together in the work of the Master," President Monson said.

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