Our covenantal assignment is to minister, to lift up the hands that hang down, to put struggling people on our backs or in our arms and carry them. SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its 190th Annual General Conference on April 4-5, 2020. Having places of security to which you can retreat will help you embrace the future with faith.”, “The Lord taught us how to increase our faith by seeking ‘, “Of course, our ultimate security comes as we yoke ourselves to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! 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! '”, “The Savior acknowledged that the Father had sent Him and that He, the Savior, had finished the work He was sent to do. At this 200-year hinge point in our Church history, let us commit ourselves as members of the Lord’s Church to live righteously and be united as never before. These attributes won’t come cheaply and suddenly, but through His grace they will come incrementally while endeavoring.”, “…our efforts to obtain these attributes will require heartfelt pleas for His divine assistance. With so many inspiring stories, profound insights, and spiritual promptings during conference weekend, it can be difficult to remember all we have learned and felt. After ten hours of general conference it can be difficult to keep track of all of the counsel our leaders give us. He can even help us know what changes we need to make. Let us pour forth love—show forth our kindness unto all mankind. The Lord is all powerful. There is not recognition of caste or class … There is no prejudice or ‘us versus them’ mentality in the greatest of all cultures … Charity, true Christlike caring, is the bedrock of our culture. '”, “Foretelling the widening divergence between the ways of the Lord and of the world, Elder Holland warned that the days of comfortably having one foot in the restored Church and one foot in the world were vanishing quickly. COVID and cancer, doubt and dismay, financial trouble and family trials. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. Please know that we do pray constantly for those who have been affected in any way, especially for any who have lost loved ones. 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. But they are always answered at the time and in the way an omniscient and eternally compassionate parent should answer them. ... October 2020. It is without envy or pride. That is anarchy, a condition that has no effective governance and no formal police, which undermines rather than protects individual rights.”, “This country should be better in eliminating racism not only against Black Americans, who were most visible in the recent protests, but also against Latinos, Asians, and other groups. We will be enabled to ‘gather together, and stand in holy places’ and ‘be not moved, until the day of the Lord come. 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 … It means believing that even though we do not understand all things, He does. 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. While asking such questions, we can, if we try, hear another’s cry echoing from a dank, dark prison cell during one of the coldest winters then on record in that locale. October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; All conferences (101) Speakers. As we humbly turn to Him, He will increase our capacity to change.”, “In addition to the transforming power of our Savior’s Atonement, the Holy Ghost will support and guide us as we put forth our effort. Let’s keep each other’s names safe and give the gift of mercy.”. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you’ (, “Loving our enemies and our adversaries is not easy. Some may have fallen from the safety of their covenants and need our help climbing back into the security of gospel branches. … It has no place for bigotry, hatred, or violence. October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; ... Jesus Christ; plan of salvation; Sabbath; All topics (175) April 2020 General Conference. I ask you to do the same for me because I am terrified, frankly, of letting you down. '”, “I invite each of us to ‘consider [our] ways’ and ‘examine [ourselves], whether [we] be in the faith; [and] prove [our] own selves.’ What have we learned during these recent months of lifestyle adjustments and restrictions? Sometimes the changes we need to make are associated with serious sin. 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. The Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Understanding the admonition to be like Him is good, but that understanding needs to be coupled with a yearning to transform ourselves, one step at a time, beyond the natural man. Based on survey results, here are the study guides and teaching helps we will be creating for October 2020 General Conference and the dates they will be posted: Quentin L. Cook: Hearts Knit in Righteousness and Unity - … I speak of those who have to deal with the unwanted appearance of a serious medical condition—perhaps an incurable one—or who face a lifelong battle with a genetic defect that has no remedy. And apparently, some of my Brethren have already taken that course of action. Recently we have been put to the test. “This is the dispensation when no spiritual blessing will be withheld from the righteous. Here is one powerful quote from each talk given during the April 2020 general conference to help you remember the inspired words from our Church leaders and the wonderful experiences we had together. 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 It takes time and tenacity to walk it. We are so tired of this contagion, we feel like tearing our hair out. 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. It is the model for us even today. '”, [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. This is why we need God’s help to create lasting justice, equality, fairness, and peace in our homes and communities. '”, “Sustainability is not guaranteed, and a thriving society can fail in time if it abandons the cardinal virtues that uphold its peace and prosperity. 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. He is pure love, gloriously personified, and Merciful Father is His name. It isn’t complicated to know what to do, but it often goes against our selfish interests, and we have to try. Tested, Proved, and Polished October 2020. 04/09/2020 by lifeafterministry. 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. The Lord has called us to work in the temples with ‘diligence, … perseverance, and patience.’ Being ‘recommended to the Lord’ requires those qualities. Key home storage principles include the storage of food, the storage of water, and the storage of other necessities based on individual and family needs, all because ‘the best storehouse’ is the home, which becomes the ‘most accessible reserve in times of need. '”, “[Elder Holland] answered: ‘We are witnessing an ever greater movement toward polarity. I speak of the yearning of many who would like to be married and aren’t or who are married and wish the relationship were a little more celestial. Never fear! '”, “I think it safe to say that when people turn from a sense of accountability to God and begin to trust instead in the ‘arm of flesh,’ disaster lurks. But that doesn’t mean we have to leave behind, “We can, indeed, all cherish the best of our individual earthly cultures and still be full participants in the oldest culture of them all—the original, the ultimate, the eternal culture that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ.”, “As a fighter pilot and airline captain, I learned that while I could not choose the adversity I would encounter during a flight, I could choose how I prepared and how I reacted. Elder Gary E. Stevenson speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 190th Annual General Conference on April 4, 2020. Credit: Screenshot, ChurchofJesusChrist.org. They want you to return to Them and become like Them. 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. “Come, Follow Me was provided as a home-centered, Church-supported tool to strengthen individuals and families. To qualify for the honor of a temple recommend, you must live in harmony with the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”, “In your interview you have the opportunity to search your soul about your personal faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. We extol but seldom emulate Him. How long do we wait for relief from hardships that come upon us? I pray that you will prepare to become that diligent missionary, loyal husband or wife, loving father or mother that you have been promised you may ultimately become by being a true disciple of Jesus Christ. As we ‘press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men,’ we are blessed with an eternal perspective and vision that stretches far beyond our limited mortal capacity. I am not now speaking of pandemics or prisons but of you, your family, and your neighbors who face any number of such challenges. General conferences are the semiannual worldwide gatherings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His peace is beyond all mortal understanding.”, “I bless you with an increased desire and ability to obey the laws of God.”, “May we go forward together to fulfill our divine mandate—that of preparing ourselves and the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.”. '”, “President Russell M. Nelson has urged us to ‘expand our circle of love to embrace the whole human family. 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. Saturday Afternoon Session. Never fear! When people love God with all their hearts and righteously strive to become like Him, there is less strife and contention in society. This guidance and enlightenment and power are promised gifts we have received from our Heavenly Father. If we seek these gifts to better serve others, He will bless us in our efforts. Our truest, deepest, most authentic narrative, place, and belonging come when we feel God’s redeeming love, seek grace and miracles through His Son’s Atonement, and establish lasting relationships by sacred covenants. What about enduring personal trials while we wait and wait, and help seems so slow in coming? Saturday Morning Session. 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.'”. 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