Sunday, October 2, 2016

Gen Conf-Sun Aft-2 Oct 2016 Session

 

First Pres Oct 2016

 

Elder David A. Bednar

If Ye Had Known Me

Do we only know about the Savior, or are we increasingly coming to know Him?…

And then, how do we come to know the Lord?

It was Jesus who taught that as people come to know the Father they also come to know Him.

A grand objective of mortality is not merely learning about the Only Begotten of the Father but also striving to know Him….

Four essential steps that can help us know the Lord:

1. Exercising faith in Him; 2. Following Him; 3. Serving Him; 4. Believing Him

Exercising faith in Him

The exercise of faith in Jesus Christ is relying upon His merits, mercy, and grace….We begin to come to know the Savior as we arouse our spiritual faculties and experiment upon His teachings, even until we can give place in our souls for a portion of His words. As our faith in the Lord increases, we trust in Him and have confidence in His power to redeem, heal, and strengthen us…

Following Him

True faith is focused in and on the Lord and always leads to righteous action…..Exercising faith in the Lord is a necessary preparation for following Him. Christ has admonished all to become as He is. …

“In His mortal ministry, Jesus marked the path, led the way, and set the perfect example. A correct idea of His character, perfections, and attributes provides enduring purpose and clear direction as we follow Him on the road of devoted discipleship.”

Serving Him

We continue to come to know the Lord as we seek through the power of His Atonement to become like Him…We come to know the Savior as we do our best to go where He wants us to go… become what He wants us to become….

As we do so, He generously blesses us with heavenly help, spiritual gifts, and increased capacity. We are never left alone as we work in His vineyard… Gradually our desires align more completely with His desires, and His purposes become our purposes…. He enlarges our capacities….

Serving Him requires all of our heart, might, mind and strength….Selflessly serving others counteracts the self-centered and selfish tendencies of the natural man…

We grow to love those whom we serve. And because serving others is serving God, we grow to love Him and our brothers and sisters more deeply. Such love is a manifestation of the spiritual gift of charity, even the pure love of Christ….

Believing in Him

We come to know the Lord as we are filled with His Love!…We come to know the Lord as we not only believe in Him but also believe Him and His assurances…

We often testify of what we know to be true, but perhaps the more relevant question for each of us is whether we believe what we know….Sacred ordinances performed by proper priesthood authority are essential to believing the Savior…coming to know Him, and, ultimately, “believing what we know. …

We believe and come to know the Savior as we follow Him by receiving and faithfully honoring holy ordinances and increasingly have His image in our countenances. We believe and come to know Christ as we experience personally the transforming, healing, strengthening, and sanctifying power of His Atonement…

Believing Him is trusting that His bounteous blessings are available and applicable in our individual lives and families…

Believing Him with our whole soul comes as we press forward along the covenant pathway, surrender our will to His, and submit to His priorities and timing for us. Believing Him — accepting as true His power and promises — invites perspective, peace and joy into our lives…

On that blessed day we will know that He knows each of us by name. And I witness and promise we can not only know about the Lord but also come to know Him as we exercise faith in, follow, serve, and believe Him

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Brian K. Ashton

The Doctrine of Christ

The Atonement of Christ creates the conditions upon which we may rely upon ‘merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, be perfected in Christ, obtain every good thing, and gain eternal life.

It is the doctrine of Christ that allows us to access the spiritual power that will lift us from our current spiritual state to a state where we can become perfected like the Savior…..

Faith begins by hearing the word of Christ

The words of Christ testify of His atoning sacrifice and tell us how we may obtain forgiveness, blessings, and exaltation… Upon hearing the words of Christ, we exercise faith by choosing to follow his teachings and example of the Savior…..

We exercise faith by choosing to follow the teachings and example of the Savior…Because Jesus was a God in the pre-mortal existence, lived a sinless life and during His Atonement satisfied all the demands of justice for you and me, He has the power and keys to bring about the resurrection of all men, and He made it possible for mercy to overpower justice upon conditions of repentance….

Once we understand that we can obtain mercy through Christ’s merits, we are able to ‘have faith unto repentance’….To rely wholly upon Christ’s merits then is to trust that He did what was necessary to save us and then act upon our belief…

Faith also causes us to stop worrying so much about what others think of us and begin to care far more about what God thinks of us….

Repentance is a precious gift from our Heavenly Father that is made possible through the sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son….

Repentance causes us to become ‘true followers’ of Christ, which fills us with love and casts out our fears….Repentance is not a backup plan just in case our plan to live perfectly fails…Continual repentance is the only path that can bring us lasting joy and enable us to return to live with our Heavenly Father…

Grace ‘is divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ to do good works that [we] otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to [our] own means.

As our constant companion, the Holy Ghost gives us additional power or strength to keep our covenants…He also sanctifies us, which … not only cleanses us, but it also endows us with needed spiritual gifts or divine attributes of the Savior…

Receiving the Holy Ghost builds faith, which in turn leads to additional repentance.

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Elder Carl B. Cook

Serve

The opportunity to serve is one of the great blessings of membership in the Church. The Lord has said, “If thou lovest me thou shalt serve me” [D&C 42:29], and we serve Him by serving others.

As we serve, we draw closer to God. We come to know Him in ways that we otherwise might not. Our faith in Him increases. Our problems are put into perspective. Life becomes more satisfying. Our love for others increases, as well as our desire to serve. Through this blessed process, we become more like God, and we are better prepared to return to Him. …

The natural man or woman in all of us is inclined to excuse ourselves from serving [in callings] for reasons such as “I am not ready to serve; I have more to learn,” “I’m tired and need a break,” “I’m too old—it’s someone else’s turn,” or “I am simply too busy.”

… Accepting and fulfilling a calling is an act of faith. …

Jesus Christ, our great Exemplar, gave His life to His Father’s work. … He literally became the servant of us all. Through Jesus Christ and the power we receive through His Atonement, we can also serve. He will help us. …

Whatever our age or circumstance, let service be our “watchcry” [Hymns, no. 36]. Serve in your calling. Serve a mission. Serve your mother. Serve a stranger. Serve your neighbor. Just serve.

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Elder Ronald A. Rasband

Lest Thou Forget

I begin by reminding you that you are a son or daughter of a loving Father in Heaven and that His love remains constant…

I know that such reassuring feelings of love are difficult to recall when you are in the midst of personal struggles…

No mistake, sin, or choice will change God’s love for us….“Remember, remember,” [Helaman 5:12] …Recall, especially in times of crisis, when you felt the Spirit and your testimony was strong…. remember the spiritual foundations you have built. I promise that if you will do this, avoiding things that do not build and strengthen your testimony, or that mock your beliefs, those precious times when your testimony prospered will return again to your memory through humble prayer and fasting. I assure you that you will once again feel the safety and warmth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

No matter what mistakes we have made, or how imperfect we feel we are, we can always bless and lift others….Reaching out to them in Christ-like service can help us feel the love of God deep within our hearts…..

Generations are affected by the choices we make…Never forget, question, or ignore personal, sacred experiences….The adversary’s design is to distract us from spiritual witnesses while the Lord’s desire is to enlighten and engage us in His work….

As you faithfully live the gospel of Jesus Christ and abide by its teachings, your testimony will be protected and it will grow….

Keep the covenants you have made, regardless of the actions of those around you….Remain faithful and steadfast, even if storms of doubt invade your lives through the actions of others….Seek that which will edify and fortify you spiritually. Avoid counterfeit offerings of so-called ‘truths’ which are so pervasive…

Remember to record your feelings of ‘love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance

In the midst of life’s greatest storms, do not forget your divine heritage as a son or daughter of God…

To all who feel the need to have their faith fortified: I plead with you: Do not forget!

As you faithfully live the gospel of Jesus Christ and abide by its teachings, your testimony will be protected, and it will grow. Keep the covenants you have made, regardless of the actions of those around you. … Remain faithful and steadfast, even if storms of doubt invade your lives through the actions of others. Seek that which will edify and fortify you spiritually.

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Elder Evan A. Schmutz

God Shall Wipe Away All Tears

Why do bad things happen to good people?

When we view the difficult experiences of life through the lens of faith in Christ, we…see that there can be godly purpose in our suffering….

He hears our prayers, has a reason for allowing our afflictions to continue, and will help us bear them….

As we acquire this eternal perspective in our lives, our capacity to endure grows, we learn how to succor those in need of succor…

We come to appreciate and even express thanksgiving for the experiences God allows us to have as tutors in the path to eternal life…

Your personal struggles, your individual sorrows, pains, tribulations and infirmities of every kind, are all known to our Father…and His Son….Take courage. Have faith. And believe in the promises of God!…

The purpose and mission of Jesus Christ included that He would “take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people,” “take upon him their infirmities,” and “succor his people according to their infirmities” [see Alma 7:11–12].

Exercising strong and abiding faith in Jesus Christ and His promises provides the sure hope of better things to come…This sure hope steadies us, bringing the strength and power we need in order to endure….We can take strength in knowing that all the hard experiences in this life are temporary; even the darkest nights turn into dawn…

When all is finished and we have endured all things with faith…we have the promise that God shall wipe away all the tears from our eyes.

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Elder K. Brett Nattress

No Greater Joy Than to Know That They Know

If all that your children knew of the gospel came from you — as their only source — how much would they know

Notwithstanding my imperfections, I was worth saving!…I learned that no matter what the circumstance, I was worth it. This was a perfect moment for an imperfect little boy…I am eternally grateful for my angel mother and for all angels who love children perfectly…

The Savior provided the perfect example of how to live in an imperfect and unfair world….We love Him because He loved us first. His love for us is immeasurable….

He is our truest friend….

He forgave the seemingly unforgivable. He loved the unlovable….

I don’t know if anything in this world could bring more happiness and joy than to know that our children know the Savior…to know that they know 'to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.' That is why, as members of the Church, we preach of Christ, and we testify of Christ" (2 Nephi 25:26).

  • That is why we pray with our children every day…
  • That is why we read the scriptures with them every day…
  • That is why we teach them to serve others, so that they can hold claim upon the blessings of finding themselves as they lose themselves in the service of others… (see Mark 8:35; Mosiah 2:17).

As we devote ourselves to these simple patterns of discipleship, we empower our children with the love of the Savior and with divine direction and protection as they face the fierce winds of the adversary…..

It's about each one of us—as imperfect as we may be—becoming one with the Savior as He is one with His Father…

It is my prayer that we will devote our hearts and our hands to helping all Heavenly Father’s children to know Him.

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Elder Dale G. Renlund

Repentance: A Joyful Choice

“Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I the Lord, remember them no more.” D&C 58:42

Changing our behavior and returning to the ‘right road’ are part of repentance, but only part…

Such joy is one of the inherent results of repentance….

Real repentance includes changing one's behavior, returning to the “right road,” turning one's heart and will to God and a renunciation of sin….

Yet even this is an incomplete description….It does not properly identify the power that makes repentance possible, the Atoning sacrifice of our Savior. Real repentance must involve faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, faith that He can change us, faith that He can forgive us, and faith that He will help us avoid more mistakes. This kind of faith makes His Atonement effective in our lives….

Without the Redeemer, the inherent hope and joy evaporate and repentance becomes simply miserable behavior modification…

“The Atonement leaves no tracks, no traces. What it fixes is fixed … It just heals, and what it heals stays healed.” [Pres Boyd K Packer]

The reach of the Savior’s Atonement is infinite in breadth and depth, for you and for me…..Repentance is a choice…..

God does love us. However, what we do matters to Him and to us. He has given clear directives about how we should behave…and keep His commandments…His approbation and our eternal life depend on our behavior, including our willingness to humbly seek real repentance….Instead of making excuses, let us choose repentance…

Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we have another chance….Even as we feel godly sorrow for our actions, when we choose to repent, we immediately invite the Savior into our lives

The fact that we can repent is the good news of the gospel. Guilt can be swept away. We can be filled with joy….I knew I had been forgiven. My feelings of guilt vanished, my gloomy mood lifted, and my heart felt light…

As we conclude this conference, I invite you to feel more joy in your life: joy in the knowledge that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real….

May we choose to repent, forsake our sins, and turn our hearts and wills around to follow our Savior.

Joy in the knowledge that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real; joy in the Savior’s ability, willingness, and desire to forgive; and joy in choosing to repent.

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Gen Conf–Sun AM–2 Oct 2016 Session

President Thomas S. Monson

The Perfect Path to Happiness

This is the truth!

Our Father’s plan for our happiness and our salvation is shared by our missionaries throughout the world. Not all who hear this divine message accept and embrace it….

However, men and women everywhere…

recognize its truths, and they plant their feet on the path that will lead them safely home. Their lives are forever changed.

Essential to the plan is our Savior, Jesus Christ. Without His atoning sacrifice, all would be lost. It is not enough, however, merely to believe in Him and His mission. We need to work and learn, search and pray, repent and improve. We need to know God’s laws and live them. We need to receive His saving ordinances. Only by doing so will we obtain true, eternal happiness.

We are blessed to have the truth. We have a mandate to share the truth. Let us live the truth, that we might merit all that the Father has for us. He does nothing save it be for our benefit. He has told us: “This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

From the depths of my soul, and in all humility, I testify of the great gift which is our Father’s plan for us. It is the one perfect path to peace and happiness both here and in the world to come.

My brothers and sisters, I leave with you my love and my blessing as I close, and I do so in the name of our Savior and Redeemer, even Jesus Christ, amen.

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President Russell M. Nelson

Joy and Spiritual Survival

The joy Latter-day Saints feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives…

When the focus of our lives is on God’s plan of salvation ... and Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening — or not happening — in our lives Joy comes from and because of Him. He is the source of all joy. … For Latter-day Saints, Jesus Christ is joy!

Church members can focus on joy… Life is filled with detours and dead ends, trials and challenges of every kind….Each of us has likely had times when distress, anguish, and despair almost consumed us. Yet we are here to have joy? Yes! The answer is a resounding yes!…

Our missionaries teach and baptize to bring joy to the people of the world…

Just as the Savior offers peace, He also offers an intensity, depth, and breadth of joy that defy human logic or mortal comprehension….

Members can claim that joy by looking to the Savior….  We can give thanks for Him in our prayers, and by keeping covenants we’ve made with Him and our Heavenly Father. As our Savior becomes more and more real to us, and as we plead for His joy to be given to us, our joy will increase……

As in all things, Jesus Christ is our ultimate exemplar. ... In order for Him to endure the most excruciating experience ever endured on earth, our Savior focused on joy….

And what was the joy that was set before him? Surely it included the joy of cleansing, healing, and strengthening us; the joy of paying for the sins of all who would repent; the joy of making it possible for you and me to return home — clean and worthy — to live with our heavenly parents and families…..

Joy is a gift for the faithful. It is the gift that comes from intentionally trying to live a righteous life, as taught by Jesus Christ….

The Savior taught us how to have joy….

When we choose Heavenly Father to be our God, and when we can feel the Savior’s Atonement working in our lives, we will be filled with joy. Every time we nurture our spouse and guide our children, every time we forgive someone or ask for their forgiveness, we can feel joy…..

Every day that you and I choose to live celestial laws, every day that we keep our covenants and help others to do the same, joy will be ours…..

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ A Day of Joy and Gladness! ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

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Elder Peter F. Meurs

The Sacrament Can Help Us Become Holy

Mmultitude of blessings are available to Latter-day Saints as they increase their preparation and spiritual participation in the ordinance of the sacrament….

These blessings are available to us because of the love of our Father in Heaven and the infinite atoning sacrifice of His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ….

Five ways to increase the impact and power of our regular participation in the sacred ordinance of the sacrament, an ordinance that can help us become holy:

1.  Prepare in advance. We can begin our preparation for the sacrament well before sacrament meeting begins…

2.  Arrive early. Our sacrament experience can be enhanced when we arrive well before the meeting and ponder as the prelude music is played….

3.  Sing and learn from the words of the sacrament hymn. The sacrament hymn is an especially important part of our sacrament experience. Music elevates our thoughts and feelings….

4.  Spiritually participate in the sacrament prayers. Instead of tuning out the familiar words of the sacrament prayers, we can learn much, and feel even more, as we participate spiritually by considering the commitments and associated blessings included in these sacred prayers.

5.  Ponder and remember Him as the sacrament emblems are passed. The reverent moments as priesthood holders pass the sacrament can become sacred to us…

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Linda S. Reeves

The Great Plan of Redemption

When we sincerely repent of our sins are truly gone—without a trace!…

….the unselfish and Christlike thing to do is to confess and repent. This is Heavenly Father’s great plan of redemption…

Through the atoning sacrifice of the Savior, Jesus Christ, and sincere repentance, every person is able to receive a remission of his or her sins….

The greatest miracles in this life are not the parting of the Red Sea, the moving of mountains, or even the healing of the body…..

The greatest miracle happens when we humble approach our Father in Heaven in prayer;….fervently plead to be forgiven, and then are cleansed of those sins through the Atoning sacrifice of our Savior…..

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Elder M. Russell Ballard

To Whom Shall We Go?

As these disciples left, Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, 'Will ye also go away?'

"Peter responded: 'Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art Christ, the Son of the living God'" (John 6:67-69).

If you live as long as I have, you will come to know that things have a way of resolving themselves. An inspired insight or revelation may shed new light on an issue. Remember, the Restoration is not an event, but it continues to unfold….

Never abandon the great truths revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith….

Never stop reading, pondering, and applying the doctrine of Christ contained in the Book of Mormon….

Never fail to give equal time to the Lord through honest attempts to understand what the Lord has revealed….

“We must not assume…that just because something is unexplainable by us, it is unexplainable.” [Elder Neal A Maxwell]

Remember the plan of salvation gives mortal life a meaning and purpose and direction…..

Accepting and living the gospel of Christ can be challenging. It has always been thus, and it will ever be…..In the end, each one of us must respond to the Savior’s question, ‘Will ye also go away?’…

Always remember the Savior is on board and is able to rebuke the storm with His command, ‘Peace, be still.’

He will never abandon His Church and … He will never abandon any one of us….

Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, and His restored gospel will lead us safely back to the presence of our Heavenly Parents if we remain on the gospel path and follow in His footsteps.

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Bishop Dean M. Davies

The Blessings of Worship

Worship is essential and central to spiritual life….

It is something we should yearn for, seek out, and strive to experience….

One of the most remarkable and tender experiences recorded in holy scripture is the account of the visit of the Savior to people in the Americas following His death and Resurrection…

When Latter-day Saints worship God, they approach Him with reverent love, humility, and adoration…

We acknowledge and accept Him as our sovereign king, the Creator of the universe, our beloved and infinitely loving Father. We respect and revere Him. We submit ourselves to Him. We lift our hearts in mighty prayer, cherish His word, rejoice in His grace, and commit to follow Him with dedicated loyalty….

Worshipping God is such an essential element in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ that if we fail to receive Him in our hearts, we will seek for Him in vain in our councils, churches, and temples….

As we worship, our souls are refined and we commit to walk in the footsteps of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ…

It is my witness that true worship will transform ordinary Church meetings into extraordinary spiritual feasts. It will enrich our lives, broaden our understanding, and strengthen our testimonies…

Through sincere and heartfelt worship Church members blossom and mature in hope, faith, and charity….

Through that process, we gather heavenly light into our souls that infuses our lives with divine meaning, abiding peace, and everlasting joy.

That is the blessing of worship in our lives.

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Elder Lynn G. Robbins

The Righteous Judge

There is only one way to judge righteous judgment, as Jesus Christ does, and that is to be as He is….

A righteous judge would respond to confessions with compassion and understanding. An erring youth, for example, should leave the bishop's office feeling the love of the Savior through the bishop, and enveloped in the joy and healing power of the Atonement …..

The Lord's way of disciplining His people is to lovingly and patiently teach them, often by chastening them…

Compassion doesn’t nullify the need for discipline….

Because the Lord wanted to teach Joseph a heart-changing lesson, He required a heart-rending sacrifice of him — sacrifice being an essential part of discipline….

Through the sweet irony of sacrifice, people actually gain something of eternal worth — His mercy and forgiveness, and eventually 'all that [the] Father hath'" (Doctrine and Covenants 84:38)….

Scriptures teach that the time to reprove someone is when moved upon by the Holy Ghost, not when moved upon by anger…

To remember a child's true identity is a gift of foresight, that divinely inspires the vision of a righteous judge.

There is only one way to judge righteous judgment, as Jesus Christ does, and that is to be as He is. Therefore, “what manner of men [and women] ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am” (3 Nephi 27:27).

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President Henry B. Eyring

Gratitude on the Sabbath

The Sabbath is such a moment….a day of gratitude and love….

What matters most is the love we feel for the givers of the gifts…

God is the giver of the gifts and gratitude is how we give Him thanks….

The Lord’s words for how to give thanks and how to love on the Sabbath:

“I give unto them a commandment, saying thus: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him. Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things. Thou shalt offer a sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness, even that of a broken heart and a contrite spirit” (Doctrine and Covenants 59:5, 7-9).

♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ “Count Your Many Blessings” ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

Some are close to feeling that, at least for them, all is lost.♩ ♪ ♫ ♬ I hope and pray that what I say about being grateful on the Sabbath will be helpful to make doubts fly and for singing to start in your hearts ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

One blessing for which we can be grateful is that we are there in that sacrament meeting at all….The fact that we are able to gather with even one other Saint and partake of the sacrament will help us begin to feel gratitude and love for God’s kindness….

We can be grateful when the Holy Spirit confirms to us that the words of the sacrament prayers, offered by humble priesthood holders, are honored by our Heavenly Father…

Of all the blessings we can count, the greatest by far is the feeling of forgiveness that comes as we partake of the sacrament….

We will feel greater love and appreciation for the Savior, whose infinite sacrifice made possible our being cleansed from sin. As we partake of the bread and water, we remember that He suffered for us. And when we feel gratitude for what He has done for us, we feel His love for us and our love for Him….

The Lord is building His kingdom quietly through His faithful and humble shepherds, with little fanfare…

You and I are witnesses that whenever we have kept our covenants with God, especially when it was hard….

He has heard our prayers of thanks for what He has already done for us and has answered our prayer for strength to endure faithfully. More than once He has made us cheerful as well as strong….

You could begin today with a private and family prayer of thanks for all God has done for you….

You could pray to know what the Lord would have you do to serve Him and others….

You could pray to have the Holy Ghost tell you of someone who is lonely or in need to whom the Lord would have you go…..

Your prayers will be answered and as you act on the answers you will receive, you will find joy in the Sabbath….

I testify that this is the Church of Jesus Christ and that He will honor the covenants you make and renew with God….

Your very nature will be changed to become more like the Savior. You will be fortified against the temptation and against feelings of doubt….

You will find joy in the Sabbath, I so promise you.

 

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Gen Conf–Priesthood Session-1 Oct 2016

…to learn how to be better Brothers to each other and how to bless thy daughters……

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Emissaries to the Church

May we briefly examine the priesthood duty that has been described as ‘the Church’s first source of help’ to its individuals and families…

A monthly visit in each home is the ideal….

…pursue the scriptural mandate to ‘visit the house of each member,’ establishing a schedule that would get us to homes…

….using any of the means the Lord has provided….

Lift your vision of Home Teaching: Please in newer, better ways, see yourselves as emissaries of the Lord to His children….

As for what ‘counts’ as home teaching, everything counts, every good thing you do ‘counts’, so report it all!

The report that matters most is how you have blessed and cared for those within your stewardship….

What matters is that you love your people and are fulfilling the commandment to ‘watch over the Church always’[D&C 20:53].….

My, Brethren of the Holy Priesthood…..we are asking you as Home Teachers to be God’s emissaries to His children… to love and care and pray for the people you are assigned, as we love and care and pray for you.

May you be vigilant in tending the flock of God in ways consistent with your circumstances…

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr.

There Is Power in the Book

Every time I open the Book of Mormon it’s like turning a switch – the Spirit flows into my heart and soul….

Whether our testimony of the Book of Mormon comes the first time we open it or over a period of time, it will influence us all of our days if we continue to read it and apply its teachings….

Whether reading it in print or on an electronic device, I have found the same wonderful Spirit flowing from its chapters and verses…...

The greatest power of the Book of Mormon

is its impact in bringing us closer to

Jesus Christ.

It is a strong witness of Him and His Redeeming mission…Through it we come to understand the majesty and power of His Atonement. It teaches His doctrines clearly.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Learn from Alma and Amulek

One of the most bittersweet narratives in all of scripture [is] in Alma chapters 8–16….

Alma did not hesitate. He ‘returned speedily’….

What can I learn from Alma?  How am I like Amulek?

Alma was an exceptionally gifted and capable man. It may have been easy to think that he did not need anyone’s help. Nevertheless, what did Alma do when he returned to Ammonihah?

Alma found Amulek and asked him for help.

And Alma received help.

For whatever reason, sometimes we as leaders are reluctant to find and ask our Amuleks.…

In whatever position you currently serve—whether you are a deacons quorum president, a stake president, or an Area President—to be successful, you must find your Amuleks. …

Too often we hesitate to invite people to use their God-given talents and engage in the great work of salvation….

Think of the Savior – did He begin to establish His Church all alone? No…

His message was not ‘Stand back. I’ll handle this.’ Rather it was ‘Come, follow me.’….

Find them by seeing with your heart. Reach out to them. Teach them. Inspire them. Ask them….

You may be surprised to discover a valiant servant of the Lord who otherwise would have remained hidden…

Listen with your heart and follow the promptings of the Spirit….

There are many Amuleks in the Church today. Perhaps you know one. Perhaps you are one.

The Beloved Savior knows where you are. He knows your heart…He wants to rescue you. He will reach out to you if you just open your heart to Him.

It is my hope that those who have strayed from the path of discipleship—even by only a few degrees—will contemplate the goodness and grace of God, see with their hearts, learn from Alma and Amulek, and  Hear the life changing words of the Savior, ‘Come, Follow Me’.

President Henry B. Eyring

That He May Become Strong Also

The Lord grants His power to those in all priesthood offices who worthily serve in their priesthood duties…..

“I was just as much sustained by the power of God while holding the office of a Teacher…as I ever was as an apostle." [Wilford Woodruff]

That wonderful spiritual possibility of ‘no difference’…..

The Aaronic Priesthood prepares young men for an even more sacred trust…

Every man who holds the Melchizedek Priesthood can be endowed with authority and the privilege of speaking and acting in the name of the Almighty. There is infinity to that power….It is concerned with life and death, with family and the Church, with the great nature of God Himself and His eternal work….

Every holder of the Melchizedek Priesthood has such memories…

Many things may help strengthen our younger brothers to rise up in the priesthood, but nothing will be more powerful than our helping them develop the faith and confidence that they can draw on the power of God….

Faith and confidence won’t stay with them from a single experience of being lifted by even the most gifted...Priesthood holder…

The ability to draw on those powers must be cultivated by many expressions of confidence from those who are more experienced….

The Aaronic Priesthood holders will also need daily and even hourly encouragement and correction from the Lord Himself through the Holy Ghost. That will be available to them as they choose to remain worthy of it…

We understand the power of the faith of a loving mother. Mothers provide that great support to their sons today…

You priesthood leaders and fathers of Aaronic Priesthood holders can work miracles…

You can help the Lord fill the ranks of faithful elders with young men who accept the call to preach the gospel and do it with confidence…

You will see many you have lifted & encouraged stay faithful, marry worthily in the temple and in turn, lift and prepare others….

I thank with all my heart the wonderful people who have lifted me and shown me how to love and lift others.

President Thomas S. Monson

 

Principles and Promises

Those who are obedient to the Lord’s commandments and who faithfully observe the Word of Wisdom are promised particular blessings, among which are good health and added physical stamina…[see D&C 89:18–20]….

May we care for our bodies and our minds by observing the principles set forth in the Word of Wisdom, a divinely provided plan.

With all my heart and soul I testify of the glorious blessings which await us as we do.

Gen Conf–Sat Aft-1 Oct 2016 Session

Elder Quentin L. Cook

Valiant in the Testimony of Jesus

If we are to be valiant in our testimony of Jesus, we must avoid the stumbling blocks that entrap and impede the progress of otherwise many honorable men and women…..

We cannot afford to have our testimonies of the Father and the Son become confused and complicated by stumbling blocks. We cannot fall into that trap. Our testimonies of Them need to remain pure and simple….

Alma contains some of the most magnificent doctrine on the Atonement in all scripture…… Alma established that God’s plan is a plan of Happiness…

Looking beyond the Mark Is a Stumbling Block

Some members elevate causes, many of which are good, to a status superior to basic gospel doctrine.… If we elevate anything above our devotion to the Savior… then we are looking beyond the mark….

Jesus Christ is the mark!

We need to avoid looking beyong the mark and focus on Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer and follow His Doctrine….

Look always for “stepping stones” that improve lives and ennoble character.

Being valiant in our testimony of Jesus is a stepping stone towards qualifying for the Savior’s grace and the Celestial Kingdom,” he concluded. “ Jesus Christ is the only name under heaven by which we may be saved.

Elder Gary E. Stevenson

Look to the Book, Look to the Lord

As you look to the Book, you look to the Lord…

Can you see the Book of Mormon as your KEYSTONE to your testimony?

Pres. Benson: “There are three ways in which the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. It is the keystone in our witness of Christ. It is the keystone of our doctrine. It is the keystone of testimony.
The Book of Mormon is the keystone in our witness of Jesus Christ, who is Himself the cornerstone of everything we do. It bears witness of His reality with power and clarity….”

I have learned that one is never too young to seek and receive a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon….Each of you young men, young women and children can have the same feelings…..When you read the Book of Mormon and pray with a desire to know it is true, you too can receive the same impression in your heart….

You can easily find time to study the Book of Mormon…and you can enjoy it…

The Book of Mormon can become the keystone of one's testimony….. Spiritual witnesses can lead to the Book of Mormon becoming the Keystone of your testimony.

In gospel terms, it is a gift and a blessing from the Lord that the keystone of our religion is something as tangible and graspable as the Book of Mormon and that you can hold it and read it. Can you see the Book of Mormon as your keystone, your spiritual center of strength?…

The Book of Mormon is centered on Christ with some form of His name mentioned nearly every 1.7 verses….

You will pore through the passages of this precious book and encounter your beloved Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on nearly every page

The truths you will find there will uplift and inspire you in a similar way. They will strengthen your faith, fill your soul with light, and prepare you for a future you scarcely have the ability to comprehend.

Elder D. Todd Christofferson

Abide in My Love

God’s love is infinite and it will endure forever. But what it means for each of us depends on how we respond to His Love….

To 'continue in' or 'abide in' the Savior's love means to receive His grace and be perfected by it…..

To receive His grace, we must have faith in Jesus Christ and keep His commandments, including repenting of our sins, being baptized for the remission of sins, receiving the Holy Ghost, and continuing in the path of obedience…

Because no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God, Christ atoned for the sins of the world….

From the Book of Mormon we learn that the intent of Christ's suffering — the ultimate manifestation of His love — was 'to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they many have faith unto repentance…(Alma 34:15-16).

Repentance, then, is His gift to us, purchased at a very dear price….

As we come to trust rather than resist our divine Teacher, He can work with us to enlighten and lift us to a new reality….

Each of us can love and serve God and be empowered to bless our fellow man….

What a precious gift is divine love!

Will you not love Him who first love you? Then keep His commandments….

Will you not be a friend to Him who laid down His lie for His friends?  Then keep His commandments….

Will you not abide in His love and receive all that He graciously offers you? Then keep His commandments!

 

Elder W. Mark Bassett

For Our Spiritual Development and Learning

The Lord’s pattern for learning is timeless, and requires faith and trust from the student…

Truths Nephi described as written for our learning and profit….Nephi’s example of seeking knowledge included (1) a sincere desire, (2) humility, (3) prayer, (4) trust in the prophet, and an exercise of (5) faith, (6) diligence, and (7) obedience….

Faith and trust in the Lord require us to acknowledge that His wisdom is superior to our own…

We must also acknowledge that His plan provides the greatest potential for spiritual development and learning…

Each is expected to "hope for things which are not seen, which are true…

The companionship of the Holy Ghost will aid in spiritual development and learning….

As we acknowledge that we are the workmanship of a wise and devoted Father in Heaven, O then, why not allow Him to guide our spiritual development and learning according to His will and pleasure rather than our own.

 

Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita

Be Ambitious for Christ

Be ambitious for Christ…

Being ambitious for Christ means being motivated, focused and dedicated to His work…

Being ambitious for Christ means that we serve faithfully and diligently in our wards and branches without complaint and with joyful hearts…

Our missionaries serving throughout the world are beautiful examples of those who are truly ambitious for Christ….

In our lives we experience trials, but if we are ambitious for Christ, we can focus on Him and feel joy even in the midst of them…

Our Redeemer is the ultimate example. He understood His holy mission and was obedient to the will of God the Father. What a choice blessing it is to bring His wonderful example to our remembrance each week as we partake of the sacrament.

We are amibitious for Christ when we:  Serve Faithfully, Accept Humbly, Endure Nobly, Pray Fervently, and Partake Worthily.

Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Sharing the Restored Gospel

Sharing the Restored Gospel is a life-long Christian duty.

First, we can all pray for desire to help with this vital part of the work of salvation…

Second, we can keep the commandments ourselves. Faithful members will always have His Spirit to be with them, to guide them as they seek to participate in the great work of sharing the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.…

Third, we can pray for inspiration on what we can do in our individual circumstances to share the gospel with others….

Sharing the gospel is not a burden but a joy. What we call ‘member missionary work’ is not a program but an attitude of love and outreach to help those around us. It is also an opportunity to witness how we feel about the restored gospel of our Savior

As an Apostle of the Lord, I urge every member and family in the Church to pray for the Lord to help them find persons prepared to receive the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. …

I promise that with faith in the Lord’s help, we will be guided, inspired, and find great joy in this eternally important work of love. We will come to understand that success in sharing the gospel is inviting people with love and genuine intent to help them, no matter what their response.

Gen Conf -Sat AM–1 Oct 2016 Session

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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O How Great the Plan of Our God!
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have been given so much. We are surrounded by … an astonishing wealth of light and truth…
Think of how you felt when for the first time you believed and understood that you are truly a child of God; that Jesus Christ willingly suffered for your sins so that you may be clean again; that priesthood power is real and can bind you to your loved ones for time and all eternity; that there is a living prophet on the earth today….
…Experience gratitude and awe for the sacred and sublime gifts God has granted us…
Life-changing truths are before our eyes and at our fingertips…
I invite each of us to consider this question. What shall we give in return for the flood of light and truth God has poured out upon us?…
Let us take courage and trust in the guidance of the Spirit. Let us in word and deed share with our fellowmen the amazing … message of God’s plan of happiness.

Elder Robert D. Hales
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“Come, Follow Me” by Practicing Christian Love and Service
Today I ask a …question of each of us: “If we love the Savior more, will we suffer less?” …
As the Savior’s latter-day disciples, we come unto Him by loving and serving God’s children. As we do, we may not be able to avoid tribulation, affliction, and suffering in the flesh, but we will suffer less spiritually. Even in our trials we can experience joy and peace…
Let us turn more towards forgiveness and kindness…
Our Christian love and service naturally begin in the home.…Teach your children to love one another and serve one another….
77 And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
I testify that the Savior’s true posture…..He continues to stretch forth His Hands. We follow Him by loving and serving one another and keeping His commandments.

Carol F. McConkie
The Soul’s Sincere Desire
In faith we pray, we listen and obey that we might one day become one with the Father….
We pray to our Father in the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Ghost, thus engaging all three members of the Godhead in our utterances….
We pray to our Heavenly Father and Him only because He is “God in heaven, who is infinite and eternal, from everlasting to everlasting … , the framer of heaven and earth, and all things which are in them” [D&C 20:17]. …
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ because our salvation is in Christ. … He is our Advocate with the Father, and He does plead our cause. … Sincere prayers offered in the holy name of Jesus Christ are an expression of our devoted love, our eternal gratitude, and our steadfast desire to pray as He prayed, to do as He did, and to become as He is.
We pray by the power of the Holy Ghost because “he that asketh in the Spirit asketh according to the will of God” [D&C 46:30]. When we pray with faith, the Holy Ghost can guide our thoughts so that our words harmonize with the will of God.
The answers to our prayers may not be what we desire…
We pray always with full hearts drawn out to God for our welfare and for the welfare of others….
Prayer is a Gift from God. We may never feel lost or alone.
Precious time spent in prayer….


Elder Craig C. Christensen
“A Choice Seer Will I Raise Up”

We need not be timid about testifying of Joseph’s mission as prophet, seer, and revelator, for the Lord has always worked through prophets. Because of the truths restored through Joseph Smith, we know much more about our Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. We know of Their divine attributes, Their relationship to each other and to us, and the great plan of redemption that allows us to return to Their presence …
To any who may be questioning their testimony of Joseph Smith or are struggling with erroneous, misleading, or superficial information about his life and ministry, I invite you to consider the fruits—the many blessings that have come to us through the miraculous mission of Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration.…
… Because Joseph was a prophet, we have witness upon witness, testimony upon testimony, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world. … Joseph Smith was and is the Prophet of the Restoration. The priesthood and authority of God are again on the earth. May we fearlessly declare our witness and our gratitude for this wonderful prophet, seer, and revelator of the Lord is my prayer.

Elder Juan A. Uceda

The Lord Jesus Christ Teaches Us to Pray
[Jesus Christ] teaches you and me to pray as we see Him in our minds praying in Gethsemane and saying, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42). When you pray, do you really, truly want that “not my will, but thine, be done”?…
… When you pray, are you really praying or just saying prayers? Are you superficial with your prayers?
… When you pray, do you feel like the heaven is open…ed? When was the last time that you felt that connection with the heaven?.…
I had heard the voice of the Spirit three times before…..There was a deep pain in my heart for not obeying; but there was a deep mercy in His voice….
Do you prepare yourself to make important decisions by praying to your Heavenly Father? Do you prepare yourself for a moment of prayer? …
At the very moment we say, “Father in Heaven,” He hears our prayers and is sensitive to us and our needs. And so His eyes and His ears are now connected to you. He reads our minds, and He feels our hearts. You cannot hide anything from Him. Now, the wonderful thing is that He will see you with eyes of love and mercy—love and mercy that we cannot fully understand. But love and mercy are with Him the very moment you say, “Father in Heaven.” …
I prayed from the heart to Him. …… Pray with a sincere heart, exercising real intent with Faith in Christ.

Elder J. Devn Cornish

Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?
He believed in me when I didn’t even believe in myself…
The answers to the questions “Am I good enough?” and “Will I make it?” are “Yes! You are going to be good enough” and “Yes, you are going to make it as long as you keep repenting and do not rationalize or rebel.” ….
He is our perfectly loving Father, who yearns more than anything else to have all of His children come back home and live with Him as families forever. He truly gave His Only Begotten Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life! Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from, this eternal truth. Our Heavenly Father intends for us to make it! That is His work and His glory. …
Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from his eternal truth:  “All the Lord expects of us is to try, but you have to really try.” [Pres. Hinckley]
Heavenly help that each of us needs… All’s we have to do to receive this Heavenly help is to ask for it…. If we sincerely repent, God will really forgive us….
Because of the Savior’s Atonement, we can repent and God will forgive…. Just pause and reflect His help in your life…

Elder Neil L. Andersen
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A Witness of God
The power and ordinances of the Priesthood …available to all who desire it….
The gathering of Israel is a miracle….
One person at a time….little by little the stone cut without hands has been connected as puzzle pieces… set in place across the earth.
The Lord’s Hand is guiding us..
He will return in majesty and glory…
He will assist us in our labors if we will act in Faith…
Our concern for our brothers and sisters and our desire to please God bring a compelling urgency to share and strengthen the kingdom of God across the world. …
I suggest that you stop feeling guilty about any insufficiency you think you have in sharing the gospel. Rather, pray … for opportunities. …
Be open about your faith in Christ. When the occasion presents itself, speak of His life, His teachings, and His incomparable gift to all mankind.
Pray like Alma taught for opportunities…this is a stronger motivation…
… Share His powerful truths from the Book of Mormon. To live as a witness of all things and in all places… Share the Great Plan of Happiness as given in the Book of Mormon..
He has given us this promise: “Whosoever … shall confess me before men, him will I confess … before my Father … in heaven” [Matthew 10:32]. I promise you that as you pray often and sincerely for opportunities to “stand as a witness of God,” those opportunities will come, and those who seek more light and knowledge will be put before you. As you respond to spiritual promptings, the Holy Ghost will carry your words to the heart of another, and one day the Savior will confess you before His Father. …
Please don’t see your efforts to share the love of the Savior with another as a pass/fail test with your grade determined by how your friends respond to your feelings or invitation to meet the missionaries. With our mortal eyes, we cannot judge the effect of our efforts, nor can we establish the timetable. When you share the love of the Savior with another, your grade is always an A+.
Pray for Heavenly Help…
The Gospel must go to every nation, kindred, and people….to stand forever….
Call upon the Lord, that His Kingdom may go forth…..







 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Thoughts from Pres Monson - 3 Apr 2016

 
(Excerpted from the Blog “What Did the Prophet Say at Conference?”What Did the Prophet Say at Conference?   By Irinna Danielson April 3, 2016)

“...key messages that our dear prophet felt impressed to share with the world—important invitations, I believe, the Lord sent through him just for you and for me.”   

Remember Who You Are

President Monson extended this invitation to the brethren during the general priesthood session, but I believe it’s a principle every woman can live by too: “Remember who you are and what God expects you to become. You are a child of promise. You are a man of might. You are a son of God.”

We are children of promise, and as such we need to follow the prophet’s counsel to stand in holy places and live worthy of the divine title “a chosen generation.”

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Always Be Worthy 

President Monson pleaded with men holding the priesthood to “guard and protect that priesthood” and to “always be worthy to call upon its power, for we never know when our need and our opportunity to do so may come.”

With the great power of the priesthood and its special blessings come solemn responsibilities.

“May we determine, here and now, ever to be prepared for our time of need, our time of service, our time of blessing.”

Choose Faith

During a time when people are dealing with doubts and questions about God, faith, and religion, the prophet gave the perfect answer. How you navigate it is up to you.

“May we choose to build up within ourselves a great and powerful faith which will be our most effective defense against the designs of the adversary—a real faith, the kind of faith which will sustain us and will bolster our desire to choose the right.”

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Have Courage to Choose Christ

President Monson taught this principle by sharing a snippet of the story of Alice in Wonderland. He talked about how when Alice was at a crossroads and asked which path she should take, the Cheshire Cat answered, “That depends where you want to go. If you do not know where you want to go, it doesn’t matter which path you take.”

President Monson reminded us that we know which path to take. We have a goal to return to live with our Heavenly Father, so we must “maintain the courage to defy the consensus,” even if that means choosing “the harder right instead of the easier wrong.”

“As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice.”

Remember who you are. Live worthy of the titles “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood.” Choose to strengthen your faith. And always choose Christ.

Words to live by from a prophet of God. Words especially spoken for you and for me.

Watch President Monson’s Sunday morning conference address and his address from the general priesthood session.

Gen Conf – Sun AFT – 3 Apr 2016 –Talk Summaries

Sunday Afternoon Session

Elder Robert D. HalesThe Holy Ghost

Elder Robert D. Hales
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Holy Ghost provides personal revelation to help us make major life decisions about such things as education, missions, careers, marriage, children, where we will live with our families, and so on. In these matters, Heavenly Father expects us to use our agency, study the situation out in our minds according to gospel principles, and bring a decision to Him in prayer. …

I remind all of us that the Holy Ghost is not given to control us. Some of us unwisely seek the Holy Ghost’s direction on every minor decision in our lives. This trivializes His sacred role. The Holy Ghost honors the principle of agency. He speaks to our minds and our hearts gently about matters of consequence. …

The revealed truths of the restored gospel came through the pattern of seeking in prayer, then receiving and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. … I testify that today, revelation from the Lord to the First Presidency and the Twelve comes according to these same sacred patterns. …

The Holy Ghost is the medium for God’s work, in families and throughout the Church. …

… I offer my testimony of the personal revelation and constant flow of daily guidance, caution, encouragement, strength, spiritual cleansing, comfort, and peace that have come to our family through the Holy Ghost. Through the Holy Ghost, we experience “the multitude of his tender mercies” [1 Nephi 8:8] and miracles that do not cease.

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Elder Gerrit W. GongAlways Remember Him

Elder Gerrit W. Gong
Of the Presidency of the Seventy

Each week, in partaking of the sacrament, we covenant to always remember Him. Drawing on a few of the more than 400 scripture references to the word remember, here are six ways we can always remember Him.

First, we can always remember Him by having confidence in His covenants, promises, and assurances. …

Second, we can always remember Him by gratefully acknowledging His hand throughout our lives. …

Third, we can always remember Him by trusting when the Lord assures us “he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no more” [D&C 58:42]. …

Fourth, He invites us to remember that He always welcomes us home. …

Fifth, we can always remember Him on the Sabbath through the sacrament. At the end of His mortal ministry and the beginning of His resurrected ministry—both times—our Savior took bread and wine and asked that we remember His body and blood, “for as oft as ye do this ye will remember this hour that I was with you” [Joseph Smith Translation, Mark 14:21]. …

Finally, sixth, our Savior invites us to always remember Him as He always remembers us.

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Elder Patrick KearonRefuge from the Storm

Elder Patrick Kearon
Of the Seventy

As members of the Church, as a people, we don’t have to look back far in our history to reflect on times when we were refugees. …

The Savior knows how it feels to be a refugee—He was one. As a child, Jesus and His family fled to Egypt to escape the murderous swords of Herod. And at various points in His ministry, He found Himself threatened and His life in danger, ultimately submitting to the designs of evil men who had plotted His death. Perhaps, then, it is all the more remarkable to us that He repeatedly taught us to love one another, to love as He loves, to love our neighbor as ourselves. …

If you are asking, “What can I do?” let us first remember that we should not serve at the expense of families and other responsibilities, nor should we expect our leaders to organize projects for us. But as youth, men, women, and families, we can join in this great humanitarian endeavor. …

The Lord has instructed us that the stakes of Zion are to be “a defense” and “a refuge from the storm” [D&C 115:6]. We have found refuge. Let us come out from our safe places and share with them, from our abundance, hope for a brighter future, faith in God and in our fellowman, and love that sees beyond cultural and ideological differences to the glorious truth that we are all children of our Father in Heaven.

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Elder Dallin H. OaksOpposition in All Things

Elder Dallin H. Oaks
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Central to the gospel of Jesus Christ is the Father’s plan of salvation for the eternal progress of His children. That plan, explained in modern revelation, helps us understand many things we face in mortality. …

Opposition in the difficult circumstances we face in mortality is also part of the plan that furthers our growth in mortality.

All of us experience oppositions that test us. Some of these tests are temptations to sin. Some are mortal challenges apart from personal sin. Some are very great. Some are minor. Some are continuous, and some are mere episodes. None of us is exempt. Opposition permits us to grow toward what our Heavenly Father would have us become. …

The Church in its divine mission and we in our personal lives seem to face increasing opposition today. Perhaps as the Church grows in strength and we members grow in faith and obedience, Satan increases the strength of his opposition so we will continue to have “opposition in all things.” …

Through all mortal opposition, we have God’s assurance that He will “consecrate [our] afflictions for [our] gain” (2 Nephi 2:2). We have also been taught to understand our mortal experiences and His commandments in the context of His great plan of salvation, which tells us the purpose of life and gives us the assurance of a Savior.

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Elder Kent F. RichardsThe Power of Godliness

Elder Kent F. Richards
Of the Seventy

As the Lord has revealed, the fulness of the Melchizedek Priesthood is found in the temple and its ordinances, “for therein are the keys of the holy priesthood ordained, that you may receive honor and glory” [D&C 124:34]. “Therefore, in the ordinances thereof, the power of godliness is manifest” [D&C 84:20]. This promise is for you and for your family.

Our responsibility is to “receive” that which our Father offers. “For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more abundantly, even power” [D&C 71:6]: power to receive all that He can and will give us—now and eternally; power to become sons and daughters of God, to know “the powers of heaven” [D&C 121:36], to speak in His name, and to receive “the power of [His] Spirit” [D&C 29:30]. These powers become available personally to each one of us through the ordinances and covenants of the temple. …

As we feel the blessings of the temple in our own lives, our hearts turn to our families, both living and dead. …

There are more than 120,000 ordinance workers in the 150 operating temples around the world. Yet there is opportunity for even more to have this sweet experience. …

Come to the temple. Come often. Come with and for your family. Come, and help others to come too.

… Each temple is His holy, sacred house and … therein each of us may learn and know the powers of godliness.

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Elder Paul V. JohnsonAnd There Shall Be No More Death

Elder Paul V. Johnson
Of the Seventy

The Resurrection is brought to pass by the Atonement of Jesus Christ and is pivotal to the great plan of salvation. …

After resurrection, the spirit will never again be separated from the body because the Savior’s Resurrection brought total victory over death. In order to obtain our eternal destiny, we need to have this immortal soul—a spirit and body—united forever. With spirit and immortal body inseparably connected, we can receive a fulness of joy. … There is no salvation without both our spirit and our body. …

The reality of the Resurrection of the Savior overwhelms our heartbreak with hope because with it comes the assurance that all of the other promises of the gospel are just as real—promises that are no less miraculous than the Resurrection. … We know that He can make us whole no matter what is broken in us. …

… For all who have laid a child in a grave or wept over the casket of a spouse or grieved over the death of a parent or someone they loved, the Resurrection is a source of great hope. What a powerful experience it will be to see them again—not just as spirits but with resurrected bodies. …

I testify of the reality of the Resurrection. Jesus Christ lives, and because of Him, we will all live again.

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Elder Jeffrey R. HollandTomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders among You

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Only the adversary, the enemy of us all, would try to convince us that the ideals outlined in general conference are depressingly unrealistic, that people don’t really improve, that no one really progresses. … Don’t fall for that. With the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the strength of heaven to help us, we can improve, and the great thing about the gospel is we get credit for trying, even if we don’t always succeed. …

Please remember tomorrow, and all the days after that, that the Lord blesses those who want to improve, who accept the need for commandments and try to keep them, who cherish Christlike virtues and strive to the best of their ability to acquire them. If you stumble in that pursuit, so does everyone; the Savior is there to help you keep going. …

Brothers and sisters, the first great commandment of all eternity is to love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. That’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength. …

… Keep trying. Keep trusting. Keep believing. Keep growing. Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and forever.

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