What does an apostle, who himself had spent a long time away from his young family for military service, who has himself experienced grief and loss, say to a congregation of American servicemen and -women and their families in a distant country, many of whom have been to Iraq or have lost friends there or will soon be in Iraq for an unknowable duration, and who have traveled in many cases for hours to hear an apostle speak? What Elder Ballard said last night was:
The prophet and the apostles are mindful of you and send their love. Strengthen your testimony. Read the scriptures and pray and hold Family Home Evening. Share the gospel and reach out to those who are less active. Repent.
That was all. There was no time for the trivial.