Monson urged attendees to commit to creating the kind of world they would want their grandchildren and great-grandchildren to inherit. She said the changes needed in education, health care, the justice system or the job market must come from individuals who feel that the responsibility for such transformation lies within them.
“Our future will hold us accountable for what we do today,” Monson said. “You see, we must act today, right now, and that action must be out of a sense of love for one another.”
Farrow's presentation was laced with humor, but he spoke seriously about the danger of complacency as communities face economic hardships and other troubles.
“Certain species of animals die out because they cannot adapt to change. Remember, humans are animals, too,” Farrow said. “Our only enemy is ourselves.”
Several local preachers gave prayers and remarks, including the Rev. Lee Cooper, senior pastor of Prospect Church, and Trevor Williams, campus pastor of LifeChurch.tv's Midwest City campus.
Williams encouraged the faith community to set aside doctrinal differences to come together to help the suffering in the community.
“Literally, the local church is the hope of the world — Your hands and feet,” Williams said, praying to God.
“Help us to honor his memory by how we live,” Williams said of King.