When people love God with all their hearts and righteously strive to become like Him, there is less strife and contention in society. '”, “When I was serving as the Executive Director of the Temple Department, I heard President Gordon B. Hinckley refer to this scripture spoken by the Lord about the Nauvoo Temple: ‘Let the work of my temple, and all the works which I have appointed unto you, be continued on and not cease; and let your diligence, and your perseverance, and patience, and your works be redoubled, and you shall in nowise lose your reward, saith the Lord of Hosts. Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 3, 2020. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. By Church News Staff He invites us to find His ways of doing it, and they may differ from our past experiences.”, “As an Apostle of the Lord, I invite and bless you to ‘cheerfully do all things that lie in [your] power; and then may [you] stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.’ And I promise that the Lord will cause unimaginable things to come from your righteous labors.”, “On June 9, the Prophet ‘said he was going to preach mercy[.] 2020 General Conference Talks Are All About Joseph Smith. Much like climbing a mountain requires preparation before and endurance and perseverance during ascent, so too will this journey require real effort and sacrifice. This is why we need God’s help to create lasting justice, equality, fairness, and peace in our homes and communities. The Savior can help you heal and change while surrounded by those who love you.”, “As we travel the covenant path, sometimes we pick up stones in our shoes in the form of poor habits, sins, or bad attitudes. In a year when President Russell M. Nelson has encouraged us to “hear Him,” it truly was a conference focused on Him. As expressed in the words of the hymn: ‘Faith of our fathers, we will love / Both friend and foe in all our strife, / And preach thee, too, as love knows how, / By kindly words and virtuous life. … [There is a] core … trait that we all have to get … better at[, and that] is the trait of seeing each other deeply and being deeply seen. See Rankin Wilbourne and Brian Gregor, “Jesus Didn’t Suffer to Prove a Philosophical Point,” Christianity Today, Sept. 20, 2019, christianitytoday.com. It is without envy or pride. As I have lived for many years in different places in this nation, the Lord has taught me that it is possible to obey and seek to improve our nation’s laws and also to love our adversaries and our enemies. After ten hours of general conference it can be difficult to keep track of all of the counsel our leaders give us. He's the Founder of The Sunday Pews, and has experience writing for Mormon Newsroom Pacific, KBYU11, Classical 89 Radio, FamilyShare.com and plenty more. '”, “…all are under the directive to become like Him, just as Jesus Christ became like the Father. “Jesus put it bluntly: ‘Be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.’ But if we are one—if we can spare a piece of our pie or fit our individual talents so the boat can swing in perfect unison—then we are His. '”, “There may be times when you, like the servant, find yourself struggling to see how God is working in your life—times when, “Perhaps the most important things for us to see clearly are who God is and who we really are—sons and daughters of heavenly parents, with a ‘divine nature and eternal destiny.’ Ask God to reveal these truths to you, along with how He feels about you. We feel real concern for the needs of our fellowman, temporal and spiritual, and act on those feelings … It is a culture of learning and study … It is a culture of faith and obedience … It is a culture of prayer … It is a culture of missionary work.”, “In the culture of Christ, women are elevated to their proper and eternal status. All that is [hard and challenging] about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.’ He has counseled us, ‘Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not’ (, “I testify that Jesus Christ is our loving Savior, our Redeemer, the Master Healer, and our faithful friend. Sometimes the changes we need to make are associated with serious sin. However, as followers of Christ we must forgo the anger and hatred with which political choices are debated or denounced in many settings.”, “‘Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. Learn to choose now. It can be difficult for them to come back on their own. In the redeeming name of the Lord Jesus Christ, amen. “Well, if this is the case,” you might say, “shouldn’t His love and mercy simply part our personal Red Seas and allow us to walk through our troubles on dry ground? It includes believing His teachings. '”, “…the millions who have accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ have committed themselves to achieving both righteousness and unity. You will need to commit to exerting meaningful effort. Saturday afternoon session. Their change of heart meant putting off the natural man or woman and yielding to the Spirit as they strove to become more like Jesus Christ.”, “President Henry B. Eyring teaches: ‘True conversion depends on seeking freely in faith, with great effort and some pain. SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is holding its 190th Annual General Conference from April 4-5. … It has no place for bigotry, hatred, or violence. Likewise, trusted family members, leaders, and friends can be helpful in our efforts to change.”, “In the shade of gospel branches, we enjoy many blessings associated with our covenants. You will be an essential force in the gathering of Israel and in the creation of a Zion people who will dwell in peace in the New Jerusalem.”, “In the early days of the Relief Society, the Prophet Joseph Smith said to the sisters, ‘If you live up to your privileges, the angels cannot be restrained from being your, “If the past is prologue, at the time of the Savior’s coming, the daughters who are deeply committed to their covenants with God will be more than half of those who are prepared to welcome Him when He comes. We must be merciful and overlook small things.’ President Smith continued, ‘It grieves me that there is no fuller fellowship—if one member suffer all feel it—by union of feeling we obtain pow’r with God.'”. We move toward loving our adversaries when we avoid anger and hostility toward those with whom we disagree. Don’t face the world alone. If we seek these gifts to better serve others, He will bless us in our efforts. The answer is “by and by.”17 And whether that be a short period or a long one is not always ours to say, but by the grace of God, the blessings will come to those who hold fast to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why the delay when burdens seem more than we can bear? You have the blessing to express your testimony of the restored gospel; your willingness to sustain those whom the Lord has called to lead His Church; your faith in the doctrine of the gospel; your fulfillment of family responsibilities; and your qualities of honesty, chastity, fidelity, obedience, and observance of the Word of Wisdom, the law of tithing, and the sanctity of the Sabbath day. We must be diligent in living the commandments, persevere in our attention to our temple covenants, and be grateful for what the Lord continues to teach about them and be patient as we wait for temples to reopen in their fulness.”, “When the Lord calls for us to ‘redouble’ our efforts, He is asking that we increase in righteousness. You may also like: A promise or invitation from each October 2020 general conference talk. This has been a marvelous conference, but it is the second time that COVID-19 has altered our traditional proceedings. October 2020 General Conference General Conference Talks. We can choose to be of Israel, or not.”, “We can choose to let God prevail in our lives, or not. All are to keep the Lord’s commandments, and all are invited to partake of the Lord’s goodness; ‘and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile. This principle is true for you and me today.”, “The clarion call to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to strive to be a Zion people who are of one heart and one mind and dwell in righteousness. While not easy, it is possible with the help of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I urge you to take steps to be temporally prepared. “Being temporally prepared and self-reliant means ‘believing that through the grace, or enabling power, of Jesus Christ and our own effort, we are able to obtain all the spiritual and temporal necessities of life we require for ourselves and our families.’ Additional aspects of a spiritual foundation for temporal preparedness include acting ‘in wisdom and order,’ which implies a gradual buildup of food storage and savings over time, as well as embracing ‘small and simple’ means, which is a demonstration of faith that the Lord will magnify our small but consistent efforts. Never fear! How long shall thy hand be stayed?”1 How long, O Lord, how long? Shouldn’t He send 21st-century seagulls winging in from somewhere to gobble up all of our pesky 21st-century crickets?”, The answer to such questions is “Yes, God can provide miracles instantaneously, but sooner or later we learn that the times and seasons of our mortal journey are His and His alone to direct.” He administers that calendar to every one of us individually. COVID and cancer, doubt and dismay, financial trouble and family trials. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s modification of Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s text; see Neal A. Maxwell, “Lest Ye Be Wearied and Faint in Your Minds,” Ensign, May 1991, 88. This truth is taught clearly and persuasively in the 32nd chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon. And apparently, some of my Brethren have already taken that course of action. '”, “We must never forget that the very purpose of repentance is to take certain misery and transform it into pure bliss. Remembering the 'most significant' General Conference talks of the decade and revisiting the sudden death of LDS Church President Harold B. Lee and the naming of … SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its 190th Annual General Conference on April 4-5, 2020. What level of effort would we be willing to give to invite His miraculous power into our lives so that we can change our very nature?”, “Elder Neal A. Maxwell taught: ‘As we ponder having been commanded by Jesus to become like Him, we see that our present circumstance is one in which we are not necessarily wicked, but, rather, is one in which we are so half-hearted and so lacking in enthusiasm for His cause—which is our cause, too! Download a short summary of each talk from October 2020 general conference. This servant of the Lord was encouraging the young people to choose, prepare, and become devoted disciples of the Savior. President Steven J. Lund. Russell M. Nelson. 12:48 pm MDT. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. By Sarah Jane Weaver. True Christianity, in which we strive to become like our Master, has always required our best efforts.”, “You are good enough, you are loved, but that does not mean that you are yet complete. Then what? Unity and diversity are not opposites. What if ‘even as I am’ is exactly and precisely what is meant by the Savior? Please do not let anyone dislike me or betray me, and above all, do not ever let me feel forsaken by Thee or those I love. We will be enabled to ‘gather together, and stand in holy places’ and ‘be not moved, until the day of the Lord come. Religious goodness and wisdom are needed in today’s cluttered, noisy, polluted world.”, “As we discover God, sometimes unexpected answers to prayers take us from the street, bring us to community, chase darkness from our souls, and guide us to find spiritual refuge and belonging in the goodness of His covenants and abiding love.”, “May we joyfully accept God’s invitation to receive and help fulfill His promised and prophesied blessings in all nations, kindreds, and tongues….”, “From the beginning of time, the Lord has provided direction to help His people prepare spiritually and temporally against the calamities and trials that He knows will come as part of this mortal experience. Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art Thou my best Thought, by day or by night Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. In this mortality, we may lose or wait for some things for a time, but in the end we will find what matters most. LDS leaders focused on timely topics such as unity, respect for all people, civility, and dealing with tribulation. Our daily choices will either help or hinder our progress. The Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You have not only the, “For decades, the Lord’s prophets have urged us to store food, water, and financial reserves for a time of need. And He will help clear away the bad as fast as the good does grow.”, “I believe the change we seek in ourselves and in the groups we belong to will come less by activism and more by actively trying every day to understand one another.”, “We have power to remove prejudice and build unity. It isn’t complicated to know what to do, but it often goes against our selfish interests, and we have to try. '”, “Church leaders have often encouraged Latter-day Saints ‘to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.’ At the same time, we are encouraged to ‘be wise’ and ‘not go to extremes’ in our efforts to establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.”, “It was not enough to know that challenging times would come. And I renew my invitation for you to increase your understanding of priesthood power and of temple covenants and blessings. General Conference. When will these burdens be lifted? Saturday Morning Session. However, that does not mean that we should permanently ignore principles of preparation—only that these principles should be applied ‘in wisdom and order’ so that in the future we might say, as did Joseph in Egypt, ‘There was bread.’ The Lord does not expect us to do more than we can do, but He does expect us to do what we can do, when we can do it. “This is the dispensation when no spiritual blessing will be withheld from the righteous. Furthermore, I acknowledge that even this long list of things for which we might wait personally does not attempt to address the large economic, political, and social concerns that confront us collectively. Early in this dispensation, the Prophet Joseph received a remarkable prophecy that Heavenly Father desires everyone everywhere to discover God’s love and experience His power to grow and change.”, “As we hearken to the Lord’s spirit of prophecy, we can become, in our own way, part of the fulfillment of His prophecies and promises—part of the gospel blessing the world.”, [Said in context of sharing the gospel around the world] “By small and simple means—in which we are each invited to participate—great things are brought to pass.”, “Brothers and sisters, as we increase our faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, receive the blessings found in living restored gospel truths and sacred covenants, and study, ponder, and share about the ongoing Restoration, we participate in fulfilling prophecy.”, “Heavenly Father invites us everywhere to feel His love, to learn and grow through education, honorable work, self-reliant service, and patterns of goodness and happiness we find in His restored Church. Saturday Afternoon Session. Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price.’ This we declare ‘in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness’…”, [After telling story of a young deacon who chose to pass the sacrament despite physical challenges] “I wonder at the unspoken miracle that had impelled him that morning to respond so bravely to that still, small call to serve, and about the strength and capacities of all of our emergent youth as they push themselves to respond to a prophet’s call to enlist in God’s battalions and join in the work of salvation and exaltation.”, “When the Savior said to His Apostles, ‘This do in remembrance of me,’ He was also speaking through the ages to each of us. ... October 2020. So, what can we give to Him, who paid the incalculable price for our sins? Elder Gary E. Stevenson speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 190th Annual General Conference on April 4, 2020. Credit: Screenshot, ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Can we gently tug a little here and hoist up a little there to help them heal while they enjoy our friendship?”, “If you are suffering an injury from a [spiritual] fall, please allow others to help you return to your covenants and the blessings they offer. There is more unity.”, “Unity is enhanced when people are treated with dignity and respect, even though they are different in outward characteristics.”, “Our desire is that our hearts and minds will be knit in righteousness and unity and that we will be one with [Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ].”, “…the Lord has promised that the righteous who are faithful ‘may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. Conferences. We can achieve greater unity as we foster an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for diversity.”, “Early in the Book of Mormon, approximately 550 years before the birth of Christ, we are taught the fundamental commandment regarding the relationship between Father in Heaven’s children. For John saw ‘a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, [who] stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, … [who] cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God. Saturday Morning Session Expand. ‘Sometimes they are so concentrated, so unrelenting, that you may feel they are beyond your capacity to control. Let us pour forth love—show forth our kindness unto all mankind. '”, “That you might taste this happiness now and be filled with it forever, I invite you to do what Alma did: let your mind catch hold on the, “An overfixation on one’s cultural identity may lead to the rejection of worthwhile—even godly—ideas, attributes, and behavior.”, “This culture espouses the concept of equal worth. '”, “Sustainability is not guaranteed, and a thriving society can fail in time if it abandons the cardinal virtues that uphold its peace and prosperity. Remember, this is the Church of Jesus Christ—He is at the helm.”. Updated. Perhaps you will learn that you need greater patience, humility, charity, love, hope, diligence, or obedience, to name a few.”, “It may also be helpful to honestly complete the Christlike attribute activity in chapter 6 of, “Becoming as Jesus Christ is will require changing our hearts and minds, indeed, our very character, and doing so is possible only through the saving grace of Jesus Christ.”, “Now that you have resolved to change and repent and have sought guidance through praying, pondering honestly, and possibly counseling with others, you will need to select an attribute that will keenly become your focus. But they are always answered at the time and in the way an omniscient and eternally compassionate parent should answer them. To help you carry the messages from our Church leaders with you, here is one invitation or promise given by each of the speakers during general conference. Look through this list of favorite talks and if one stands out to you, follow the link to read or watch the full message. That issue was settled in a very private garden and on a very public hill in Jerusalem long ago. But with unfathomable generosity He also clarifies that ‘I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent’….”, “But know this: there is One who understands perfectly what you are experiencing, who is ‘mightier than all the earth,’ and who is ‘able to do exceeding abundantly above all that [you] ask or think.’ The process will unfold in His way and on His schedule, but Christ stands ready, “…guard against the satanic whispering that if you were a better person, you would avoid [difficult] trials.”, “You must also resist the related lie that your sufferings somehow suggest you stand outside the circle of God’s chosen ones, who seem to glide from one blessed state to another. 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