If we seek these gifts to better serve others, He will bless us in our efforts. In countless circumstances, strangers’ suspicion or even hostility give way to friendship or even love when personal contacts produce understanding and mutual respect.”, “An even greater help in learning to love our adversaries and our enemies is to seek to understand the power of love. Don’t face the world alone. Wherefore, be subject to the powers that be’ (, “‘We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law’ (, “…the United States Constitution guarantees the ‘right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’ That is the authorized way to raise public awareness and to focus on injustices in the content or administration of the laws.”, “As citizens and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we must do better to help root out racism.”, “…the protests protected by the Constitution are, “All of us—police, protesters, supporters, and spectators—should understand the limits of our rights and the importance of our duties to stay within the boundaries of existing law.”, “Redress of grievances by mobs is redress by illegal means. We are all aware that we can do better, and that is our challenge in this day. He suffered what you suffer so that He would know how to lift you up.”, “When we lift another’s burden, even a little, that our backs are strengthened and we sense a light in the darkness.”, “Our Heavenly Father may be allowing us time to reflect and consider our understanding of patience and our conscious decision to choose joy.”, “Of all the zealous social, religious, and political endeavors of our day, let disciple of Jesus Christ be our most pronounced and affirming affiliation.”, “Even in the most trying circumstance, we knew that our Heavenly Father was mindful of us and helping us find joy.”, “I witness that when we pray to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus, He will answer us.”, “Even as the world begins to normalize and we return to chapels, we will want to retain our home-centered patterns of gospel study and learning developed during the pandemic.”, “I believe that in this life, and in the life to come, your afflictions, your Ammonihah, your Liberty Jail, will be consecrated for your gain.”, “I pray that, along with Nephi, we can acknowledge the afflictions in the course of our days while at the same time recognizing that we are highly favored of the Lord.”, “An important part of Heavenly Father’s plan is the opportunity to communicate with Him anytime we want.”, “But as we open our hearts in prayer, we will feel the comfort that comes from our Father in Heaven and the assurance that He loves and values us.”, “It takes time and patience to learn to understand the voice of the Lord.”, “We seek because we trust the Lord’s promises.”, “When we seek, we are humbly acknowledging that we still have much to learn, and the Lord will expand our understanding, preparing us to receive more.”, “We learn that prayer requires spiritual labor, and it does not always lead to the outcome we hope for.”, “When we actively follow Him, the Lord opens the way before us.”, “When we feel discouraged or weighed down with sorrow, the Lord gives us comfort and strength in different ways.”, “If we then speedily align our plan with His plan, He will open the way for us, as He did for Alma.”, “We have direct access to our own revelation so the Lord can comfort and guide us personally.”, “As followers of Jesus Christ, and as Latter-day Saints, we strive—and are encouraged to strive—to do better and to be better.”, “Without the blessings that come from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we can never do enough or be enough by ourselves.”, “Loving mercy means that we do not just love the mercy God extends to us, we delight that God extends the same mercy to others.”, “He taught the joy of keeping God’s commandments and sought to lift rather than condemn those who struggled.”, “To be Christlike, a person does justly, behaving honorably with both God and other people.”, “A just person is civil in words and action and recognizes that differences in outlook or belief do not preclude genuine kindness and friendship.”, “To be Christlike, a person chooses God, walks humbly with Him, seeks to please Him, and keeps covenants with Him.”, “Individuals who walk humbly with God remember what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have done for them.”, “We assimilate the attributes of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ into our character and we love one another.”, “Your souls will be infused with the glory of God and with the light of everlasting life.”, “Understanding what we must do to access God’s power in our lives is not easy, but I have found it is doable by studying it out in our minds and praying for the Holy Ghost to enlighten us.”, “Filling our heart and even our soul with the word of God and the foundation of faith in Jesus Christ is crucial to drawing upon the power of God to help us in these challenging times.”, “Only faith and the word of God that fill our inner soul are sufficient to sustain us—and to allow us to access His power.”, “Likewise, those who have faith and the word of God deep in their hearts will be able to absorb and overcome the fiery darts, which the adversary will surely send to destroy us.”, “As we follow the Savior’s example and prepare through studying the word of God and deepening our faith, we also can draw upon the power of God to resist temptations.”, “I invite you to seek the power God wants to give you.”, “We are not the first nor will we be the last to ask such questions when sorrows bear down on us or an ache in our heart goes on and on.”, “There will be times in our lives when even our best spiritual effort and earnest, pleading prayers do not yield the victories for which we have yearned.”, “So while we work and wait together for the answers to some of our prayers, I offer you my apostolic promise that they are heard and they are answered.”, “My beloved brothers and sisters, Christianity is comforting but often it is not comfortable.”, “The point? To develop the desire, we must know who Jesus Christ is. You brought with you into mortal life a spiritual capacity to nurture others and to lift them higher toward the love and purity that will qualify them to live together in a Zion society.”, “You are daughters of a loving Heavenly Father, who sent you into the world with unique gifts that you promised to use to bless others.”, “The Lord has special love and concern for His precious daughters. '”, [Quoting Joseph Smith] “‘… The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more are we dispos’d to look with compassion on perishing souls—[we feel that we want] to take them upon our shoulders and cast their sins behind our back. The more you understand your true identity and purpose, soul deep, the more it will influence everything in your life.”, “Columnist David Brooks said: ‘Many of our society’s great problems flow from people not feeling seen and known. “Key principles to manage your finances include the payment of tithes and offerings, eliminating and avoiding debt, preparing and living within a budget, and saving for the future. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” [, “It is all part of the plan of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, of which I testify, as I pray that we will all persist to our heavenly destination….”, “You are more than eight million strong. President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, is seated in the Conference Center Theater during the Sunday afternoon session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 4, 2020. In this case, yielding to the temptations of the devil, the people ‘began to be divided into classes; and they began to build up churches unto themselves to get gain, and began to deny the true church of Christ. Our daily choices will either help or hinder our progress. 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. 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. And the surest way to find joy in this life is to join Christ in helping others.”, “And so the urgent call from God’s battalions in fateful training is for ‘all hands on deck!’ Moms and dads, your sons need you to support them now as passionately as ever you have in the past when they have been about lesser things like badges and pins.”, “Mothers and fathers, priesthood and Young Women leaders, if your youth are struggling, Children and Youth will help bring them to the Savior, and the Savior will bring them peace.”, “Quorum and class presidencies, step up and take your rightful place in the Lord’s work.”, “Bishops, link your keys with those of quorum presidents, and your quorums—and your wards—will forever change.”, “As you rise to the majesty of your stations, with all of your hearts, might, mind, and strength, you will come to love God and keep your covenants and trust in His priesthood as you work to bless others, beginning in your own homes.”, “I pray that you will strive, with redoubled energy worthy of this time, to serve, exercise faith, repent, and improve each day, to qualify to receive temple blessings and the enduring joy that comes only through the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is work to be done in this life and the next. April 2020 General Conference General Conference Talks. Then what? Relief Society and Young Women are not simply classes. Opening Message. But they are always answered at the time and in the way an omniscient and eternally compassionate parent should answer them. “And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place? As we begin to know more of Him, we will see His attributes reflected in others. '”, “Two basic principles can guide and strengthen us as we face proving and trying circumstances in our lives, whatever they may be: (1) the principle of preparation and (2) the principle of pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ.”, “As disciples of the Savior, we are commanded to ‘, “Our efforts to prepare for the proving experiences of mortality should follow the example of the Savior, who incrementally ‘increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man’—a blended balance of intellectual, physical, spiritual, and social readiness.”, “Some Church members opine that emergency plans and supplies, food storage, and 72-hour kits must not be important anymore because the Brethren have not spoken recently and extensively about these and related topics in general conference. We can be a force to lift and bless society as a whole. Contents. “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. When will these burdens be lifted? We are so tired of this contagion, we feel like tearing our hair out. 24 of the Best General Conference Talks of All Time. The point is that faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf.9 That can be difficult in our modern world when many have come to believe that the highest good in life is to avoid all suffering, that no one should ever anguish over anything.10 But that belief will never lead us to “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”11, With apologies to Elder Neal A. Maxwell for daring to modify and enlarge something he once said, I too suggest that “one’s life … cannot be both faith-filled and stress-free.” It simply will not work “to glide naively through life,” saying as we sip another glass of lemonade, “Lord, give me all thy choicest virtues, but be certain not to give me grief, nor sorrow, nor pain, nor opposition. Sometimes we see ourselves with distorted fun-house mirrors that show us either much more round or much more lean than we really are.”, “…it is vital that we also ask our loving Heavenly Father what we are in need of and where we should focus our efforts. Elder Gerrit W. … Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. A rendering of the Salt Lake Temple’s base isolation system. Elder Gary E. Stevenson speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 190th Annual General Conference on April 4, 2020. Credit: Screenshot, ChurchofJesusChrist.org. And I renew my invitation for you to increase your understanding of priesthood power and of temple covenants and blessings. October 2020 General Conference Schedule: Thank you to all who completed the survey! 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! [My talk is intended for] all this Society—if you would have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another.’. That counsel has always been so, for prophets and for all of us.”, “In the midst of hardships, the divine assurance is always ‘be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. This blog summarizes the key points from each session. “Let us not spin our wheels in the memories of yesterday. General Conference. They want you to return to Them and become like Them. ... October 2020. As we now hear our beloved prophet close this conference, may we remember, as Russell Nelson has demonstrated all of his life, that those who “wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength [and] shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; … they shall walk, and not faint.”18 I pray that “by and by”—soon or late—those blessings will come to every one of you who seeks relief from your sorrow and freedom from your grief. October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; ... Jesus Christ; plan of salvation; Sabbath; All topics (175) April 2020 General Conference. …Meanwhile, those in sustainable societies are seeking, as King Benjamin said, to ‘grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created [them], or in the knowledge of that which is just and true. This nation’s history of racism is not a happy one, and we must do better.”, [Quoting “two Yale University scholars”] “‘We have to remain united by and through the Constitution, regardless of our ideological disagreements. 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. Pray for your family. Remember, this is the Church of Jesus Christ—He is at the helm.”. Download a short summary of each talk from October 2020 general conference. You make the decisions based on best proven practices.”, “Focus on the things you can do and not on the things you cannot do. 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. Recently we have been put to the test. It felt significant to have a high-ranking Church leader openly make that statement in general conference and to point back to President Clark’s talk (which, to me, is one of the most significant talks given in the 20 th century in the Church). General Conference Talk Summaries April 2020 04/07/2020 by lifeafterministry 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Conferences. Enjoy! October 2020 general conference General Conference Talks. Tested, Proved, and Polished October 2020. But most often, we strive to refine our character to align ourselves with the attributes of Jesus Christ. 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 We’ve searched through every single talk from the October 2020 general conference and have compiled a comprehensive list of counsel … When one has no higher god than himself and seeks no greater good than satisfying his own appetites and preferences, the effects will be manifest in due course.”, “…our joyous message to our children and to all humanity is that ‘the truth of God’ points a better way, or as Paul said, ‘a more excellent way,’ a way to personal happiness and community well-being now and to everlasting peace and joy hereafter.”, “There is much we can do as neighbors and fellow citizens to contribute to the sustainability and success of the societies we live in, and surely our most fundamental and enduring service will be to teach and live by the truths inherent in God’s great plan of redemption. 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. 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