He referred to addresses delivered earlier in the session by Presiding Bishop H. David Burton and Sister Silvia H. Allred, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency. As both mentioned, President Monson said, the bishop of the ward is given the responsibility to care for those in need who reside within the boundaries of his ward.
He said that he presided as a young bishop in Salt Lake City over a ward of 1,080 members, including 84 widows; many members needed assistance. "How grateful I was for the Welfare Program of the Church and for the help of the Relief Society and the priesthood quorums," he said.
"I declare that the Welfare Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inspired of Almighty God."