The Lord wanted to establish a branch of the Church in Japan. And one of the apostles of the Church came here and opened this country for the preaching of the gospel. Brother Hinckley has told you the mission had to be closed for a time. But a few of the early members of the Church stayed true to the Church. Now there are established in this great country many branches of the Church all over Japan, and the Church is growing very fast all over the world. There are more than 2 1/2 million LDS now in the world. I have traveled in most of the countries of the world. I have heard people bear their testimonies to the divinity of this work in many languages and in many countries.
And I am amazed as I see what is happening in the world in the midst of all the turmoil in the world among the people. The Church is quietly moving on, building up its forces, resisting the Adversary, teaching correct principles, asking the people to get educated, advising them to keep their bodies and their spirits and souls clean, telling the people that we are reaping the heads for them.
Now I want to tell you people here tonight something that I have not said before. Some of you who are listening to me tonight will live to see the day when there will be a Japanese man in the Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church. And I do not know when it will be. I will not live to see it. But some of you young people will see it. Then you will realize that God loves the Japanese people. And you will join with other nations in forming a great united Church all over the world. And some of you Japanese people will be among the leaders of the Church. I feel it in my heart tonight and I dare to make this prediction in the name of the Lord.