The service was held on the final day of this year's Seminar for New Mission Presidents, June 24-27, at the Missionary Training Center in Provo.
"I know that you are dedicated to the work of the Lord and to the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also know that the missionaries who will serve under your direction will be loved and guided by you," President Monson told the new mission leaders.
Acknowledging the women who are serving with their husbands, President Monson said, "I am reminded of words from the Book of Ruth in the Bible: 'Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God' (Ruth 1:16).
Then President Monson added, "I pay tribute to you sisters."
He spoke of "that precious commodity" entrusted to the care of the mission leaders — the missionaries. He quoted Isaiah 52:7: "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that sayeth unto Zion, thy God reigneth!"