'Be the greatest,' Elder L. Tom Perry urges

by | Mar. 07, 2011

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Young adults today must step forward and assume their role in preserving the noble heritage of the past, said Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the Church Educational System fireside Sunday night.

"As the years rapidly speed by, you will look back on this time of your life as one of the most exciting," Elder Perry said. "I have great trust and confidence in the young adults of the church."

Speaking to thousands of students seated in the Marriott Center on the Brigham Young University Campus and via satellite to listeners around the world, Elder Perry shared some of the experiences and changes he has seen in his lifetime.

"In order to keep pace with you I have been required to make many changes to be able to be close to the latest technology. ... Think of what that is like for an 88-year-old man to keep up with you," he said.

Elder Perry spoke of the "Greatest Generation," as termed by the journalist Tom Brokaw. In Brokaw's book, he told of the stories of men that faced great odds and still stepped up to challenges of war and stayed true to their values of personal responsibility, duty, honor and faith.

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