He spoke at an LDS Education Conference for single adults in Boston, Mass., over the weekend of Oct. 31.
By magnifying the Spirit within them through consistent prayer, single adults will be able to overcome temptations and move toward salvation, Elder Ballard said.
"As we study and allow ourselves to magnify the Spirit within us, things become clearer, we have greater power to control the temptations, or control the buffeting of the evil one," he said. "He attacks generally our physical side; however, we can prevail and find ourselves safely moving toward our eternal destiny. And, our destiny is through the Savior and His Atonement. We may qualify to dwell in [Heavenly Father's and Jesus Christ's] presence for time, for all eternity."
The LDS Education Conference is a biennial event held in Boston for young single adults and mid-singles. The theme for the 2009 conference was "Spread the Word: Innovative Ideas for Sharing the Gospel." Singles at the conference mostly hailed from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with others coming from as far away as Utah and California. Conference attendees heard David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways, and Elder Clayton M. Christensen, a former Area Authority and professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, discuss innovative methods and techniques for sharing the gospel.
Elder Ballard told the single adults at the conference that they are the hope of the Church, and that the leaders of the Church have great confidence in the single adults. "We have to," he said. "Who else will replace us?"