Joseph Fielding Smith was invited to participate in an M-Man/Gleaner Conference in Denton, Texas, scheduled for July 14-16, 1972, by recording a personal message to be played during the gathering. He dictated the text for his message on Friday, June 30, with the intent to record it on Monday, July 3. Because he died on Sunday, July 2, the draft of his message became his final testimony.
My dear young friends:
I am very pleased and honored to greet all of you who are assembled at the South Central Area M-Man and Gleaner Conference in Denton, Texas. I give to each of you and your devoted leaders my love and support as you seek to draw close to our Heavenly Father and to learn of his ways. I wish it were possible for me to greet each and every one of you personally.