October 2019 General Conference – Saturday Sessions


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SAINTS. 2 C1 F1 F1 2 C1 F1 2 C1 ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE MORNING BREAKS,THE SHADOWS
FLEE; ♪ F1 2 C1 F1 2 C1 F1 2 C1 F1 2 C1
F1 2 C1 F1 F1 2 C1♪♪♪♪♪ THE MORNING BREAKS,THE SHADOWS FLEE;
♪ ♪♪♪ THE MORNING BREAKS,THE
SHADOWS FLEE; ♪ ♪ LO, ZION’S STANDARDIS
UNFURLED! ♪>>LLOYD NEWELL: FROM THE
CONFERENCE CENTER AT TEMPLE SQUARE IN SALT LAKE CITY, THIS
IS THE SATURDAY MORNING SESSION OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL
CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY
SAINTS WITH SPEAKERS SELECTED FROM THE GENERAL AUTHORITIES AND
GENERAL OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH. MUSIC FOR THIS SESSION IS
PROVIDED BY THE TABERNACLE CHOIR AT TEMPLE SQUARE. MEMBERS AND
OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH GATHER FROM ALL AREAS OF THE WORLD TO
RECEIVE COUNSEL AND INSTRUCTION FROM THEIR CHURCH LEADERS. THIS
BROADCAST IS FURNISHED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE BY BONNEVILLE
DISTRIBUTION. ANY REPRODUCTION, RECORDING, TRANSCRIPTION OR OTHER USE OF
THIS PROGRAM WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT IS PROHIBITED. ♪ TO
BRING HER RANSOMEDCHILDREN HOME. ♪♪ PRESIDENT HENRY B. EYRING,
SECOND COUNSELOR IN THE FIRST PRESIDENCY OF THE CHURCH, WILL
CONDUCT THIS SESSION. >>PRESIDENT HENRY B. EYRING:
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE WELCOME YOU TO THE SATURDAY MORNING
SESSION OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF
JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS AND EXTEND A WARM WELCOME
TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONFERENCE
THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON, WHO PRESIDES
AT THE CONFERENCE, HAS ASKED THAT I CONDUCT THIS SESSION. THE
MUSIC FOR THIS SESSION WILL BE BY THE TABERNACLE CHOIR AT TEMPLE SQUARE UNDER THE
DIRECTION OF MACK WILBERG AND RYAN MURPHY WITH ANDREW UNSWORTH
AT THE ORGAN. THE CHOIR OPENED THIS MEETING WITH “THE MORNING
BREAKS,” AND WILL NOW FAVOR US WITH “FROM ALL THAT DWELL BELOW THE SKIES.” THE INVOCATION WILL THEN BE
OFFERED BY ELDER LARRY Y. WILSON OF THE SEVENTY, AFTER WHICH, THE CHOIR WILL SING “AS I SEARCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.” ♪♪ ♪ FROM ALL THAT DWELLBELOW THE
SKIES, ♪ ♪ LET THE CREATOR’SPRAISE ARISE;
♪ ♪ LET THE REDEEMER’SNAME BE SUNG
♪ ♪ THROUGH EV’RY LAND,BY EV’RY
TONGUE. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ IN EV’RY LANDBEGIN THE SONG; ♪ ♪ TO EV’RY LANDTHE STRAINS
BELONG. ♪ ♪ IN CHEERFUL SOUNDSALL VOICES
RAISE ♪ ♪ AND FILL THE WORLDWITH LOUDEST
PRAISE. ♪♪♪ ♪ YOUR LOFTY THEMES,YE MORTALS,
BRING; ♪ ♪ IN SONGS OF PRAISEDIVINELY
SING. ♪ ♪ THE GREAT SALVATIONLOUD
PROCLAIM, ♪ ♪ AND SHOUT FOR JOYTHE SAVIOR’S
NAME. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ETERNAL ARE THYMERCIES, LORD;
♪ ♪ ETERNAL TRUTHSATTEND THY WORD.
♪ ♪ THY PRAISE SHALL SOUNDFROM
SHORE TO SHORE, ♪ ♪ TILL SUNS SHALL RISEAND SET NO
MORE. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ THY PRAISE SHALL SOUNDFROM
SHORE TO SHORE, ♪ ♪ TILL SUNS SHALL RISEAND SET NO
MORE. ♪ ♪ A-MEN! ♪♪ F1 2 C1>> ELDER LARRY Y. WILSON: OUR
HEAVENLY FATHER, AS DISCIPLES OF CHRIST WE GATHER IN THIS
CONFERENCE TO LEARN MORE OF HIM AND TO BE ABLE TO LIVE HIS
GOSPEL MORE FULLY. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR HIS WORD. FOR HIS ATONING SACRIFICE AND
RESURRECTION AND THE RESTORED F1 F1 2 C1 F1 2 C1 EVERY VALIANT MISSIONARY AND
FOR WONDERFUL LEADERS, ESPECIALLY LEAD PROPHETS. WE’RE
GRATEFUL TO BE PART OF THE BOD OF THE CHRIST AND TO BE ABLE TO
SERVE THEE. PLEASE HELP US TO RECEIVE THE LIGHT AND LOVE FROM
THEE THAT WOULD BE CONVEYED THROUGH THE MESSAGES OF THIS
CONFERENCE. HELP US TO CARRY THAT LIGHT AND LOVE INTO ALL
THE WORLD WHEREVER WE MAY BE THAT THERE MAY BE
GREATER FATHER AND GOODNESS AND HOLINESS IN OUR HOMES AND
COMMUNITIES. WE PRAFOR THOSE WHO ARE
SUFFERING, POUR OUT THY COMFORT, HOPE, HEALING AND BLESSING UPON
THEM. WE EXPRESS GRATITUDE FOR THY PLAN FOR WHICH WE CAN
RETURN TO THEE. HELP US AS WE STRIVE TO WALK THE PATH THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO DO SO, WE PRAY, IN THE SACRED NAME
OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. ♪ AS I SEARCHTHE HOLY
SCRIPTURES, ♪ ♪ LOVING FATHEROF MANKIND, ♪ ♪ MAY MY HEARTBE BLESSED WITH
WISDOM, ♪ ♪ AND MAY KNOWLEDGEFILL MY MIND.
♪ ♪♪ ♪ AS I SEARCHTHE HOLY
SCRIPTURES, ♪ ♪ TOUCH MY SPIRIT,LORD, I PRAY.
♪ ♪ MAY LIFE’S MYST’RIESBE
UNFOLDED ♪ ♪ AS I STUDYDAY BY DAY. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ AS I SEARCHTHE HOLY
SCRIPTURES, ♪ ♪ MAY THY MERCYBE REVEALED. ♪ ♪ SOOTHE MY TROUBLED HEARTAND
SPIRIT; ♪ ♪ MAY MY UNSEEN WOUNDSBE HEALED.
♪ ♪♪ ♪ AS I SEARCHTHE HOLY
SCRIPTURES, ♪ ♪ HELP ME PONDERAND OBEY. ♪ ♪ IN THY WORDIS LIFE ETERNAL; ♪ ♪ MAY THY LIGHTSHOW ME THE WAY.
♪ ♪♪ ♪ MAY THY LIGHTSHOW ME THE WAY.
♪ ♪ SHOW ME THE WAY. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ SHOW ME THE WAY. ♪♪>>PRESIDENT EYRING: WE WILL NOW
BE PLEASED TO HEAR FROM ELDER JEFFREY R. HOLLAND OF THE QUORUM
OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES. HE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY ELDER TERENCE M.
VINSON OF THE PRESIDENCY OF THE SEVENTY. BROTHER STEPHEN W.
OWEN, YOUNG MEN GENERAL PRESIDENT, WILL THEN ADDRESS US. >>ELDER JEFFREY R. HOLLAND: BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THIS IS
SAMMY HO CHING, SEVEN MONTHS OLD, WATCHING GENERAL CONFERENCE
ON TELEVISION IN HIS HOME LAST APRIL. AS TIME APPROACHED TO SUSTAIN
PRESIDENT NELSON AND THE OTHER GENERAL AUTHORITIES, SAMMY’S
ARMS WERE BUSY HOLDING HIS BOTTLE. SO HE DID THE NEXT BEST THING. [LAUGHTER] SAMMY GIVES ENTIRELY
NEW MEANING TO THE CONCEPT OF VOTING WITH YOUR FEET. WELCOME TO THIS SEMIANNUAL
CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY
SAINTS. TO SET THE STAGE FOR A DISCUSSION OF THE MEANING OF THESE TWICE-A-YEAR GATHERINGS, I INVOKE THIS SCENE FROM LUKE’S NEW TESTAMENT ACCOUNT: “IT CAME
TO PASS, THAT AS [JESUS] WAS COME NIGH UNTO JERICHO, A CERTAIN BLIND MAN SAT BY THE WAYSIDE BEGGING: “HEARING
[A] MULTITUDE PASS BY, HE ASKED WHAT IT MEANT. “THEY TOLD HIM, THAT JESUS OF NAZARETH PASSETH BY. “AND HE
CRIED, SAYING, JESUS, THOU SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME.” STARTLED AT HIS BOLDNESS, THE
CROWD TRIED TO SILENCE THE MAN, BUT “HE CRIED SO MUCH THE MORE.”
AS A RESULT OF HIS PERSISTENCE, HE WAS BROUGHT TO JESUS, WHO
HEARD HIS FAITH-FILLED PLEA FOR THE RESTORATION OF HIS SIGHT AND
HEALED HIM. I AM MOVED BY THIS VIVID LITTLE
VIGNETTE EVERY TIME I READ IT. WE CAN SENSE THE MAN’S DISTRESS.
WE CAN ALMOST HEAR HIM SHOUTING FOR THE SAVIOR’S ATTENTION. WE SMILE AT HIS REFUSAL TO BE SILENT–INDEED, HIS
DETERMINATION TO TURN THE VOLUME UP WHEN EVERYONE ELSE
WAS TELLING HIM TO TURN IT DOWN. IT IS, IN AND OF ITSELF, A SWEET
STORY OF VERY DETERMINED FAITH. BUT AS WITH ALL SCRIPTURE, THE
MORE WE READ IT, THE MORE WE FIND IN IT. ONE THOUGHT THAT STRUCK ME ONLY
RECENTLY IS THE GOOD SENSE THIS MAN HAD IN HAVING SPIRITUALLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE AROUND HIM. THE ENTIRE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS STORY HINGES ON A HANDFUL OF ANONYMOUS WOMEN AND MEN WHO, WHEN ASKED BY THEIR COLLEAGUE, “WHAT DOES THIS COMMOTION MEAN?”
HAD THE VISION, IF YOU WILL, TO IDENTIFY CHRIST AS THE REASON
FOR THE CLAMOR; HE WAS THE “MEANING PERSONIFIED.” THERE IS
A LESSON IN THIS LITTLE EXCHANGE FOR ALL OF US. IN MATTERS OF FAITH AND
CONVICTION, IT HELPS TO DIRECT YOUR INQUIRY TOWARD THOSE WHO
ACTUALLY HAVE SOME! “CAN THE BLIND LEAD THE BLIND?” JESUS ONCE ASKED. “[IF SO] SHALL
THEY NOT BOTH FALL INTO THE DITCH?” SUCH A QUEST FOR FAITH AND CONVICTION IS OUR PURPOSE IN
THESE CONFERENCES, AND BY JOINING WITH US TODAY YOU WILL
REALIZE THAT THIS SEARCH IS A BROADLY SHARED ENDEAVOR. LOOK AROUND YOU. HERE ON THESE
GROUNDS YOU WILL SEE FAMILIES OF ALL SIZES COMING FROM EVERY
DIRECTION. OLD FRIENDS EMBRACE IN JOYFUL REUNION, A MARVELOUS CHOIR IS
WARMING UP, AND PROTESTORS SHOUT FROM THEIR FAVORITE SOAPBOX.
MISSIONARIES OF AN EARLIER DAY LOOK FOR FORMER COMPANIONS,
WHILE RECENTLY RETURNED MISSIONARIES LOOK FOR ENTIRELY
NEW COMPANIONS. (IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN! ) AND MORE POWER TO YOU. AND
PHOTOS? HEAVEN HELP US! WITH CELL PHONES IN EVERY HAND, WE
HAVE MORPHED FROM “EVERY MEMBER A MISSIONARY” TO “EVERY MEMBER A PHOTOGRAPHER.” IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS
DELIGHTFUL COMMOTION, ONE COULD JUSTIFIABLY ASK, “WHAT DOES IT
ALL MEAN?” AS IN OUR NEW TESTAMENT STORY, THOSE BLESSED
WITH SIGHT WILL RECOGNIZE THAT, IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING ELSE THIS CONFERENCE TRADITION MAY OFFER US, IT WILL
MEAN LITTLE OR NOTHING UNLESS WE FIND JESUS AT THE CENTER OF IT
ALL. TO GRASP THE VISION WE ARE SEEKING, THE HEALING THAT HE PROMISES, THE SIGNIFICANCE WE
SOMEHOW KNOW IS HERE, WE MUST CUT THROUGH THE COMMOTION–
JOYFUL AS IT IS– AND FIX OUR ATTENTION ON HIM. THE PRAYER OF EVERY SPEAKER, THE HOPE OF ALL WHO SING, THE REVERENCE OF EVERY GUEST–
WE ARE ALL DEDICATED TO INVITING THE SPIRIT OF HIM WHOSE CHURCH
THIS IS, THE LIVING CHRIST, THE LAMB OF GOD, THE PRINCE OF PEACE. BUT WE DON’T HAVE TO BE IN A
CONFERENCE CENTER TO FIND HIM. WHEN A CHILD READS THE BOOK OF
MORMON FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IS ENAMORED WITH ABINADI’S COURAGE
OR THE MARCH OF 2,000 STRIPLING WARRIORS, WE CAN GENTLY ADD THAT
JESUS IS THE OMNIPRESENT CENTRAL FIGURE IN THIS MARVELOUS
CHRONICLE, STANDING LIKE A COLOSSUS OVER VIRTUALLY EVERY PAGE OF IT AND PROVIDING THE LINK TO ALL OF THE OTHER FAITH-PROMOTING FIGURES IN IT. LIKEWISE, WHEN A FRIEND IS
LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAITH, SHE OR HE CAN BE A BIT OVERWHELMED BY
SOME OF THE UNIQUE ELEMENTS AND UNFAMILIAR VOCABULARY OF OUR RELIGIOUS PRACTICE– DIETARY
RESTRICTIONS, SELF-RELIANCE SUPPLIES, PIONEER
TREKS, AND DIGITIZED FAMILY OF STAKE CENTERS, WHERE SOME TREES,
WITH AN UNTOLD NUMBER HAVE UNDOUBTEDLY EXPECTED TO BE
SERVED A FINE CHARBROILED SIRLOIN, MEDIUM-RARE. SO AS OUR
NEW FRIENDS EXPERIENCE A MULTITUDE OF NEW SIGHTS AND
SOUNDS, WE MUST POINT PAST THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE AND CONCENTRATE THEM ON THE MEANING OF IT ALL, ON THE BEATING HEART
OF THE ETERNAL GOSPEL: THE LOVE OF HEAVENLY PARENTS, THE ATONING GIFT OF A DIVINE
SON, THE COMFORTING GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY GHOST, THE LATTER-DAY RESTORATION OF ALL THESE TRUTHS,
AND SO MUCH MORE. WHEN ONE GOES TO THE HOLY TEMPLE FOR THE FIRST
TIME, HE OR SHE MAY BE SOMEWHAT AWESTRUCK BY THAT EXPERIENCE. OUR JOB IS TO
ENSURE THAT THE SACRED SYMBOLS AND REVEALED RITUALS, THE CEREMONIAL
CLOTHING, AND THE VISUAL PRESENTATIONS NEVER DISTRACT
FROM BUT RATHER POINT TOWARD THE SAVIOR, WHOM WE ARE THERE TO
WORSHIP. THE TEMPLE IS HIS HOUSE, AND HE SHOULD BE
UPPERMOST IN OUR MINDS AND HEARTS–THE MAJESTIC DOCTRINE OF CHRIST PERVADING OUR
VERY BEING AS IT PERVADES THE TEMPLE ORDINANCES–FROM THE TIME
WE READ THE INSCRIPTION OVER THE FRONT DOOR TO THE VERY LAST
MOMENT WE SPEND IN THE BUILDING. AMID ALL THE WONDER WE ENCOUNTER, WE ARE TO SEE, ABOVE
ALL ELSE, THE MEANING OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE. CONSIDER THE
SWIRL OF BOLD INITIATIVES AND NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS IN THE CHURCH IN THESE RECENT MONTHS. AS WE
MINISTER TO ONE ANOTHER OR REFINE OUR SABBATH EXPERIENCE OR
EMBRACE A NEW PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH, WE WILL MISS
THE REAL REASON FOR THESE REVELATORY ADJUSTMENTS IF WE SEE
THEM AS DISPARATE, UNRELATED ELEMENTS RATHER THAN AS AN INTERRELATED EFFORT TO HELP US BUILD MORE FIRMLY ON THE ROCK OF OUR SALVATION. SURELY,
SURELY THIS IS WHAT PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON INTENDS IN
HAVING US USE THE REVEALED NAME OF THE CHURCH. IF JESUS–HIS NAME, HIS DOCTRINE, HIS EXAMPLE, HIS DIVINITY–IF HE CAN BE AT THE CENTER OF OUR WORSHIP, WE
WILL BE REINFORCING THE GREAT TRUTH ALMA ONCE TAUGHT: “THERE
BE MANY THINGS TO COME; [BUT] BEHOLD, THERE IS ONE THING WHICH IS OF MORE IMPORTANCE THAN THEY
ALL … THE REDEEMER [WHO] LIVETH AND COMETH AMONG HIS
PEOPLE.” ONE CONCLUDING THOUGHT: JOSEPH SMITH’S 19TH-CENTURY
FRONTIER ENVIRONMENT WAS AFLAME WITH COMPETING CROWDS OF
CHRISTIAN WITNESSES. BUT IN THE TUMULT THEY CREATED, THESE EXUBERANT REVIVALISTS VERY
SAVIOR YOUNG JOSEPH SO WERE, IRONICALLY, OBSCURING THE EARNESTLY SOUGHT. BATTLING WHAT HE CALLED
“DARKNESS AND CONFUSION,” HE RETREATED TO THE SOLITUDE OF A
GROVE OF TREES, WHERE HE SAW AND HEARD A MORE GLORIOUS WITNESS OF THE SAVIOR’S CENTRALITY TO THE GOSPEL THAN ANYTHING WE’VE AVE MENTIONED HERE THIS MORNING.
WITH A GIFT OF SIGHT UNIMAGINED IN VISION HIS HEAVENLY FATHER,
AND UNANTICIPATED, JOSEPH BEHELD AND JESUS CHRIST, HIS PERFECT
THE GREAT GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, ONLY BEGOTTEN SON. THEN THE FATHER SET THE EXAMPLE
WE HAVE BEEN APPLAUDING THIS MORNING: HE POINTED TO JESUS,
SAYING, “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON. HEAR HIM!” NO GREATER EXPRESSION OF JESUS’S DIVINE IDENTITY, HIS PRIMACY IN
THE PLAN OF SALVATION, AND HIS STANDING IN THE EYES OF GOD
COULD EVER EXCEED THAT SHORT, SEVEN-WORD DECLARATION. COMMOTION AND CONFUSION? AND CROWDS, EVEN CONTENTION? THERE IS PLENTY OF ALL THAT IN
OUR WORLD. FAITHFUL STILL CONTEND OVER THIS INDEED,
SKEPTICS AND THE VISION AND VIRTUALLY ALL ELSE I HAVE
REFERRED TO TODAY. IN CASE YOU MAY BE STRIVING TO SEE MORE CLEARLY AND TO FIND
MEANING IN THE MIDST OF A MULTITUDE OF OPINIONS, I POINT YOU TOWARD THAT SAME JESUS AND
BEAR APOSTOLIC WITNESS OF JOSEPH SMITH’S EXPERIENCE, COMING AS IT DID SOME 1,800 YEARS AFTER OUR BLIND FRIEND
RECEIVED HIS SIGHT ON THE ANCIENT JERICHO ROAD. I TESTIFY
WITH THESE TWO AND A HOST OF OTHERS DOWN THROUGH TIME THAT SURELY THE MOST THRILLING SIGHT AND SOUND IN LIFE IS THAT OF JESUS NOT ONLY PASSING BY BUT HIS COMING TO US, STOPPING
BESIDE US, AND MAKING HIS ABODE WITH US. SISTERS AND BROTHERS, THROUGH THE INCESSANT DIN AND DRUMBEAT OF OUR DAY, MAY WE STRIVE TO SEE
CHRIST AT THE CENTER OF OUR LIVES, OF OUR FAITH, AND OF OUR
SERVICE. THAT IS WHERE TRUE MEANING LIES. AND IF SOME DAYS OUR VISION IS
LIMITED OR OUR CONFIDENCE HAS WANED OR OUR BELIEF IS BEING
TESTED AND REFINED–AS SURELY IT WILL BE–MAY WE CRY OUT THE LOUDER, “JESUS, THOU SON OF DAVID, HAVE MERCY ON ME.” I PROMISE WITH APOSTOLIC FERVOR AND PROPHETIC CONVICTION THAT HE WILL HEAR YOU AND WILL SAY, SOON OR LATE, “RECEIVE THY SIGHT: THY FAITH HATH SAVED THEE.” WELCOME TO GENERAL CONFERENCE,
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>ELDER TERENCE M. VINSON:
SOMEWHAT HIDDEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT BOOK OF HAGGAI IS A
DESCRIPTION OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO COULD HAVE USED ELDER
HOLLAND’S COUNSEL. THEY GOT IT WRONG BY NOT PLACING CHRIST AT
THE CENTER OF THEIR LIVES AND THEIR SERVICE. HAGGAI PAINTS
SOME THOUGHT-PROVOKING WORD PICTURES
AS HE REPRIMANDS THESE PEOPLE FOR STAYING IN THEIR COMFORTABLE
HOUSES INSTEAD OF BUILDING THE LORD’S TEMPLE: “IS IT TIME
FOR YOU, O YE, TO DWELL IN YOUR CEILED HOUSES, AND THIS HOUSE LIE WASTE? “NOW
THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD OF HOSTS; CONSIDER YOUR WAYS. “YE
HAVE SOWN MUCH, AND BRING IN LITTLE; YE EAT, BUT YE HAVE NOT
ENOUGH; YE DRINK, BUT YE ARE NOT FILLED WITH DRINK; YE CLOTHE
YOU, BUT THERE IS NONE WARM; AND HE THAT EARNETH WAGES EARNETH
WAGES TO PUT IT INTO A BAG WITH HOLES. “THUS SAITH THE LORD OF
HOSTS; CONSIDER YOUR WAYS.” DON’T YOU LOVE THOSE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE FUTILITY OF
PRIORITIZING THINGS OF NO ETERNAL CONSEQUENCE ABOVE THE
THINGS OF GOD? IN A RECENT SACRAMENT MEETING I ATTENDED, A
RETURNED MISSIONARY QUOTED A FATHER WHO SUMMED UP THIS IDEA
PERFECTLY WHEN HE SAID TO HIS CHILDREN, “WHAT WE NEED HERE IS
LESS WI-FI AND MORE NEPHI!” [LAUGHTER] HAVING LIVED IN WEST AFRICA FOR
FIVE YEARS, I SAW PLENTY OF EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE PRIORITIZING
THE GOSPEL NATURALLY AND UNASHAMEDLY. ONE SUCH EXAMPLE IS
THE NAME OF A TIRE REPAIR AND WHEEL BALANCING BUSINESS IN
GHANA. THE OWNER HAS NAMED IT “THY WILL ALIGNMENT.” WE CAN
FEEL ENDURING JOY WHEN OUR SAVIOR AND HIS GOSPEL BECOME
THE FRAMEWORK AROUND WHICH WE BUILD OUR LIVES. HOWEVER,
IT’S SO EASY FOR THAT FRAMEWORK TO BECOME, INSTEAD, THE THINGS OF THE WORLD, WHERE
THE GOSPEL SITS AS AN OPTIONAL EXTRA, OR AS SIMPLY ATTENDING
CHURCH FOR TWO HOURS ON SUNDAYS. WHEN THIS IS THE CASE, IT IS
TANTAMOUNT TO PUTTING OUR WAGES INTO “A BAG WITH HOLES.” HAGGAI
IS TELLING US TO BE COMMITTED–TO BE, AS WE SAY IN
AUSTRALIA, “FAIR DINKUM” ABOUT LIVING THE GOSPEL. PEOPLE ARE
FAIR DINKUM WHEN THEY ARE WHAT THEY SAY THEY ARE. I LEARNED A
LITTLE ABOUT BEING FAIR DINKUM AND BEING COMMITTED BY PLAYING
RUGBY. I LEARNED THAT WHEN I PLAYED MY HARDEST, WHEN I GAVE
MY ALL, MY ENJOYMENT OF THE GAME WAS GREATEST. MY FAVORITE YEAR
OF RUGBY WAS THE YEAR AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. THE TEAM OF WHICH I WAS
A MEMBER WAS BOTH TALENTED AND COMMITTED. WE WERE THE CHAMPION
TEAM THAT YEAR. HOWEVER, ONE DAY WE WERE
TO PLAY A LOWLY RANKED TEAM, AND AFTER THE GAME WE ALL HAD DATES
TO TAKE TO THE BIG, ANNUAL COLLEGE DANCE. I THOUGHT THAT
BECAUSE THIS WOULD BE AN EASY GAME, I SHOULD TRY TO PROTECT
MYSELF FROM INJURY SO I WOULD BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE DANCE FULLY.
IN THAT GAME, WE WERE NOT AS COMMITTED IN THE HARD CONTACTS
AS WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN, AND WE LOST. TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, I
ENDED THE MATCH WITH A VERY SWOLLEN, FAT LIP THAT DID NOT
ENHANCE MY APPEARANCE FOR MY BIG DATE. PERHAPS I NEEDED TO LEARN
SOMETHING. A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE OCCURRED IN A LATER
GAME IN WHICH I WAS TOTALLY COMMITTED. AT ONE POINT I RAN
WITH REAL INTENT INTO A CONTACT; IMMEDIATELY I FELT SOME PAIN IN MY FACE. HAVING BEEN TAUGHT
BY MY FATHER THAT I SHOULD NEVER LET THE OPPOSITION KNOW IF I WAS
HURT, I CONTINUED TO PLAY OUT THE GAME. THAT NIGHT, WHILE
TRYING TO EAT, I FOUND THAT I COULDN’T BITE. THE NEXT MORNING,
I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL, WHERE AN X-RAY
CONFIRMED THAT MY JAW WAS BROKEN. MY MOUTH WAS WIRED SHUT LESSONS
WERE LEARNED FROM THIS FOR THE NEXT SIX WEEKS. PARABLE OF THE
FAT LIP AND THE BROKEN JAW. DESPITE MY MEMORIES OF
UNSATISFIED CRAVINGS FOR SOLID FOOD DURING THE SIX WEEKS WHEN I
COULD INGEST ONLY LIQUIDS, I FEEL NO REGRETS ABOUT MY BROKEN
JAW BECAUSE IT RESULTED FROM MY GIVING MY ALL. BUT I DO
HAVE REGRETS ABOUT THE FAT LIP BECAUSE IT SYMBOLIZED MY HOLDING BACK.
GIVING OUR ALL DOESN’T MEAN THAT WE WILL BE CONTINUALLY ENVELOPED
IN BLESSINGS OR ALWAYS HAVE SUCCESS. BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT
WE WILL HAVE JOY. JOY IS NOT FLEETING PLEASURE OR EVEN TEMPORARY HAPPINESS. JOY IS
ENDURING AND IS FOUNDED ON OUR EFFORTS BEING ACCEPTED BY THE LORD. AN EXAMPLE OF SUCH
ACCEPTANCE IS THE STORY OF OLIVER GRANGER. AS PRESIDENT BOYD K. PACKER
STATED: “WHEN THE SAINTS WERE DRIVEN FROM KIRTLAND, … OLIVER
WAS LEFT BEHIND TO SELL THEIR PROPERTIES FOR WHAT LITTLE HE
COULD. THERE WAS NOT MUCH CHANCE THAT HE COULD SUCCEED. AND,
REALLY, HE DID NOT SUCCEED!” THE FIRST PRESIDENCY TO DO HE HAD
BEEN COMMISSIONED BY A TASK THAT WAS DIFFICULT, IF NOT
IMPOSSIBLE. BUT THE LORD COMMENDED HIM FOR
HIS APPARENTLY UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORTS IN THESE WORDS: “I
REMEMBER MY SERVANT OLIVER GRANGER; BEHOLD, VERILY I SAY
UNTO HIM THAT HIS NAME SHALL BE HAD IN SACRED REMEMBRANCE FROM
GENERATION TO GENERATION, FOREVER AND EVER, SAITH THE
LORD. “THEREFORE, LET HIM CONTEND EARNESTLY FOR THE
REDEMPTION OF THE FIRST PRESIDENCY OF MY CHURCH, … AND
WHEN HE FALLS HE SHALL RISE AGAIN, FOR HIS SACRIFICE SHALL BE MORE SACRED
UNTO ME THAN HIS INCREASE, SAITH THE LORD.” THAT MAY BE TRUE OF
ALL OF US– IT’S NOT OUR SUCCESSES BUT RATHER OUR
SACRIFICE AND EFFORTS, THAT MATTER TO THE LORD. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF
A TRUE DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST IS A DEAR FRIEND OF OURS IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE IN WEST AFRICA. THIS
WONDERFUL, FAITHFUL SISTER SUFFERED TERRIBLE EMOTIONAL–
AND EVEN SOME PHYSICAL–ABUSE FROM HER HUSBAND OVER A
SUSTAINED PERIOD OF TIME, AND EVENTUALLY THEY DIVORCED. SHE
NEVER WAVERED IN HER FAITH AND GOODNESS, BUT BECAUSE OF HIS
CRUELTY TO HER, SHE WAS DEEPLY HURT FOR A LONG TIME. IN HER OWN
WORDS, SHE DESCRIBES WHAT HAPPENED: “THOUGH I SAID I
FORGAVE HIM, I ALWAYS SLEPT WITH A WOUND; I SPENT MY DAYS WITH
THAT WOUND. IT WAS LIKE A BURN IN MY HEART. MANY TIMES I PRAYED TO THE LORD
HURT SO BAD THAT I STRONGLY TO TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME, BUT IT
BELIEVED I WAS GOING TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE WITH IT. IT
HURT MORE THAN WHEN I LOST MY MOM AT A YOUNG AGE; IT HURT MORE
THAN WHEN I LOST MY DAD AND EVEN MY SON. IT SEEMED TO EXPAND AND COVER MY HEART, GIVING ME THE IMPRESSION
I WAS GOING TO EVEN DIE AT ANY TIME. “SOME OTHER TIMES I ASKED
MYSELF WHAT THE SAVIOR WOULD HAVE DONE IN MY SITUATION, AND I
WOULD RATHER SAY, ‘THIS IS TOO MUCH, LORD.’ “THEN ONE MORNING I
LOOKED FOR THE PAIN THAT COMES FROM ALL THIS IN MY HEART AND
WENT DEEPER, LOOKING FOR IT IN MY SOUL. IT WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. MY MIND QUICKLY PASSED TO REVIEW ALL THE REASONS I [HAD] TO FEEL HURT, BUT I DID NOT FEEL THE PAIN. I WAITED THE WHOLE DAY TO
SEE IF I WAS GOING TO FEEL THE PAIN IN MY HEART; I DID NOT FEEL
IT. THEN I KNELT DOWN AND THANKED GOD FOR MAKING THE
ATONING SACRIFICE OF THE LORD WORK FOR ME.” THIS SISTER IS NOW
HAPPILY SEALED TO A WONDERFUL, FAITHFUL MAN, WHO LOVES HER
DEEPLY. SO WHAT SHOULD OUR ATTITUDE BE IF WE ARE TRUE
DISCIPLES OF CHRIST? AND WHAT IS THE GOSPEL WORTH TO US WHEN WE
DO “CONSIDER [OUR] WAYS,” AS HAGGAI SUGGESTED? I LOVE THE EXAMPLE SHOWN BY KING
LAMONI’S FATHER. YOU’LL REMEMBER HIS INITIAL ANGER AT FINDING HIS
SON BEING ACCOMPANIED BY AMMON, A NEPHITE–A PEOPLE WHOM THE
LAMANITES HATED. HE DREW HIS SWORD TO CONTEND WITH AMMON AND
SOON FOUND AMMON’S SWORD AT HIS OWN THROAT. “NOW THE KING,
FEARING HE SHOULD LOSE HIS LIFE, SAID: IF THOU WILT SPARE ME I
WILL GRANT UNTO THEE WHATSOEVER THOU WILT ASK, EVEN TO HALF OF
THE KINGDOM.” NOTE HIS OFFER–HALF HIS KINGDOM FOR HIS
LIFE. BUT LATER, AFTER UNDERSTANDING THE GOSPEL, HE
MADE ANOTHER OFFER. “THE KING SAID: WHAT SHALL I DO THAT I MAY
HAVE THIS ETERNAL LIFE OF WHICH THOU HAST SPOKEN?
YEA, WHAT SHALL I DO THAT I MAY BE BORN OF GOD, HAVING THIS
WICKED SPIRIT ROOTED OUT OF MY BREAST, AND RECEIVE HIS SPIRIT,
THAT I MAY BE FILLED WITH JOY, THAT I MAY NOT BE CAST OFF AT
THE LAST DAY? BEHOLD, SAID HE, I WILL GIVE UP ALL THAT I POSSESS,
YEA, I WILL FORSAKE MY KINGDOM, THAT I MAY RECEIVE THIS GREAT JOY.” THIS
TIME, HE WAS PREPARED TO GIVE UP ALL HIS KINGDOM BECAUSE THE
GOSPEL WAS WORTH MORE THAN ALL HE HAD! HE WAS FAIR DINKUM ABOUT
THE GOSPEL. SO, THE QUESTION FOR
EACH OF US IS: ARE WE ALSO FAIR DINKUM ABOUT THE GOSPEL? BECAUSE
BEING HALF-HEARTED IS NOT BEING FAIR DINKUM! AND GOD IS NOT
KNOWN FOR SHOWERING PRAISE ON THE
LUKEWARM. THERE IS NO TREASURE, NOR ANY HOBBY, NOR ANY STATUS,
NOR ANY SOCIAL MEDIA, NOR ANY VIDEO GAMES, NOR ANY SPORT, NOR
ANY ASSOCIATION WITH A CELEBRITY,
NOR ANYTHING ON EARTH THAT IS MORE PRECIOUS THAN ETERNAL LIFE.
SO THE LORD’S COUNSEL TO EVERY PERSON IS “CONSIDER YOUR WAYS.” MY FEELINGS ARE BEST EXPRESSED
IN THE WORDS OF NEPHI: “I GLORY IN PLAINNESS; I GLORY IN TRUTH;
I GLORY IN MY JESUS, FOR HE HATH REDEEMED MY SOUL FROM HELL.” ARE
WE TRUE FOLLOWERS OF HIM WHO GAVE HIS ALL FOR US; HE WHO IS
OUR REDEEMER AND OUR ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER; HE WHO WAS,
HIMSELF, ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED IN HIS ATONING SACRIFICE AND IS SO NOW IN HIS LOVE, HIS MERCY, AND
HIS DESIRE FOR US TO HAVE ETERNAL JOY? I PLEAD
WITH ALL WHO HEAR AND READ THESE WORDS: PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T PUT YOUR TOTAL COMMITMENT
OFF UNTIL YOU GET AROUND TO IT AT SOME NONEXISTENT FUTURE TIME.
GET FAIR DINKUM NOW AND FEEL THE JOY! IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>BROTHER STEPHEN W. OWEN NOT
LONG AGO I WOKE UP AND PREPARED TO STUDY THE SCRIPTURES. I
PICKED UP MY SMARTPHONE AND SAT IN A CHAIR NEXT TO MY BED WITH
THE INTENTION OF OPENING THE GOSPEL LIBRARY APP. I UNLOCKED MY PHONE AND WAS JUST
ABOUT TO BEGIN STUDYING WHEN I SAW A HALF DOZEN NOTIFICATIONS
FOR TEXT MESSAGES AND EMAILS THAT HAD COME DURING THE NIGHT.
I THOUGHT, “I’LL QUICKLY CHECK THOSE MESSAGES, AND THEN I’LL GET RIGHT TO THE SCRIPTURES.” WELL, TWO HOURS LATER I WAS
SITTING READING TEXT MESSAGES, EMAILS, NEWS BRIEFS, AND SOCIAL
MEDIA POSTS. WHEN I REALIZED WHAT TIME IT WAS, I FRANTICALLY
RUSHED TO GET READY FOR THE DAY. THAT MORNING I MISSED MY SCRIPTURE STUDY, AND
CONSEQUENTLY, I DIDN’T GET THE SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT I WAS
HOPING FOR. I’M SURE MANY OF YOU CAN RELATE. MODERN TECHNOLOGIES
BLESS US IN MANY WAYS. THEY CAN CONNECT
US WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WITH INFORMATION, AND WITH NEWS ABOUT
CURRENT EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD. HOWEVER, THEY CAN ALSO DISTRACT
US FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT CONNECTION: OUR CONNECTION WITH HEAVEN. I REPEAT WHAT OUR PROPHET,
PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON, HAS SAID: “WE LIVE IN A WORLD THAT
IS COMPLEX AND INCREASINGLY CONTENTIOUS. THE CONSTANT
AVAILABILITY OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND A 24-HOUR NEWS CYCLE BOMBARD US
WITH RELENTLESS MESSAGES. IF WE ARE TO HAVE ANY HOPE OF SIFTING
THROUGH THE MYRIAD OF VOICES AND THE PHILOSOPHIES OF MEN THAT
ATTACK TRUTH, WE MUST LEARN TO RECEIVE REVELATION.”
PRESIDENT NELSON WENT ON TO WARN THAT “IN COMING DAYS, IT WILL
NOT BE POSSIBLE TO SURVIVE SPIRITUALLY WITHOUT THE GUIDING,
DIRECTING, COMFORTING, AND CONSTANT INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY
GHOST.” YEARS AGO, PRESIDENT BOYD K. PACKER TOLD OF A HERD OF
DEER THAT, BECAUSE OF HEAVY SNOWFALL, WAS TRAPPED OUTSIDE
ITS NATURAL HABITAT AND FACED POSSIBLE STARVATION. SOME
WELL-MEANING PEOPLE, IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE THE DEER, DUMPED
TRUCKLOADS OF HAY AROUND THE AREA. IT WASN’T WHAT DEER WOULD
NORMALLY EAT, BUT THEY HOPED IT WOULD AT LEAST GET THE DEER
THROUGH THE WINTER. SADLY, MOST OF THE DEER WERE LATER FOUND
DEAD. THEY HAD EATEN THE HAY, BUT IT DID NOT NOURISH THEM, AND
THEY STARVED TO DEATH WITH THEIR STOMACHS FULL. MANY OF THE
MESSAGES THAT BOMBARD US IN THE INFORMATION AGE ARE THE
SPIRITUAL EQUIVALENT OF FEEDING HAY TO DEER– WE CAN EAT IT ALL
DAY LONG, BUT IT WILL NOT NOURISH US.
WHERE DO WE FIND TRUE SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT? MOST OFTEN, IT IS NOT TRENDING
ON SOCIAL MEDIA. WE FIND IT WHEN WE “PRESS [OUR] WAY FORWARD” ON
THE COVENANT PATH, “CONTINUALLY HOLDING FAST TO THE ROD OF IRON,” AND PARTAKE
OF THE FRUIT OF THE TREE OF LIFE. THIS MEANS THAT WE MUST
DELIBERATELY TAKE TIME EACH DAY TO DISCONNECT FROM THE WORLD AND
CONNECT WITH HEAVEN. IN HIS DREAM, LEHI SAW PEOPLE WHO
PARTOOK OF THE FRUIT BUT THEN ABANDONED IT BECAUSE OF THE
INFLUENCE OF THE GREAT AND SPACIOUS BUILDING, THE PRIDE OF THE WORLD. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR
YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE RAISED IN A LATTER-DAY SAINT HOME, ATTEND
ALL THE RIGHT CHURCH MEETINGS AND CLASSES, EVEN PARTICIPATE IN
ORDINANCES IN THE TEMPLE, AND THEN WALK AWAY “INTO FORBIDDEN
PATHS AND [BECOME] LOST.” WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN? IN MANY CASES
IT IS BECAUSE, WHILE THEY MAY HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH THE
MOTIONS OF SPIRITUALITY, THEY WERE NOT TRULY CONVERTED. THEY WERE FED BUT NOT NOURISHED.
BY CONTRAST, I HAVE MET MANY OF YOU YOUNG LATTER-DAY SAINTS WHO
ARE STRONG, BRIGHT, AND FAITHFUL. YOU KNOW THAT YOU
ARE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD AND THAT HE HAS A WORK FOR YOU
TO DO. YOU LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR “HEART, MIGHT, MIND AND
STRENGTH.” YOU KEEP YOUR COVENANTS AND SERVE OTHERS, BEGINNING AT HOME.
YOU EXERCISE FAITH, REPENT, AND IMPROVE EACH DAY, AND THIS
BRINGS YOU ENDURING JOY. YOU ARE PREPARING FOR TEMPLE BLESSINGS
AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES YOU WILL HAVE AS
TRUE FOLLOWERS OF THE SAVIOR. AND YOU ARE HELPING PREPARE THE
WORLD FOR THE SECOND COMING, INVITING ALL TO COME UNTO CHRIST
AND RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF HIS ATONEMENT. YOU ARE
CONNECTED WITH HEAVEN. YES, YOU FACE CHALLENGES. BUT SO DOES
EVERY GENERATION. THESE ARE OUR DAYS, AND WE NEED TO BE
FAITHFUL, NOT FAITHLESS. I TESTIFY THAT THE LORD KNOWS
ABOUT OUR CHALLENGES AND, THROUGH THE LEADERSHIP OF
PRESIDENT NELSON, HE IS PREPARING US TO MEET THEM. I
BELIEVE THAT THE PROPHET’S RECENT CALL FOR A HOME-CENTERED
CHURCH, SUPPORTED BY WHAT WE DO IN OUR BUILDINGS, IS DESIGNED TO
HELP US SURVIVE– EVEN THRIVE–IN THIS DAY OF SPIRITUAL
MALNUTRITION. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A HOME-CENTERED CHURCH?
HOMES CAN LOOK VERY DIFFERENT ACROSS THE WORLD. YOU MAY BELONG
TO A FAMILY WHO HAS BEEN IN THE CHURCH FOR MANY GENERATIONS. OR
YOU MAY BE THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE CHURCH IN YOUR FAMILY. YOU
MAY BE MARRIED OR SINGLE, WITH OR WITHOUT CHILDREN AT HOME.
REGARDLESS OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU CAN MAKE YOUR
HOME THE CENTER OF GOSPEL LEARNING AND LIVING. IT SIMPLY
MEANS TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR CONVERSION AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH.
IT MEANS FOLLOWING PRESIDENT NELSON’S COUNSEL “TO REMODEL
YOUR HOME INTO A SANCTUARY OF FAITH.” THE ADVERSARY WILL TRY
TO PERSUADE YOU THAT SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT ISN’T NECESSARY OR, MORE CUNNINGLY, THAT IT CAN
WAIT. HE IS THE MASTER OF DISTRACTION AND AUTHOR OF
PROCRASTINATION. HE WILL BRING THINGS TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT
SEEM URGENT BUT, IN REALITY, AREN’T THAT IMPORTANT. HE WOULD
HAVE YOU BECOME SO “TROUBLED ABOUT MANY THINGS” THAT YOU
NEGLECT THE “ONE THING [THAT] IS NEEDFUL.” HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR
MY “GOODLY PARENTS,” WHO RAISED THEIR FAMILY IN A HOME OF CONSTANT
SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT, LOVING RELATIONSHIPS, AND WHOLESOME
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. THE TEACHINGS THEY PROVIDED IN MY
YOUTH HAVE HELD ME IN GOOD STEAD. PARENTS, PLEASE BUILD
STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR CHILDREN. THEY NEED MORE OF YOUR
TIME, NOT LESS. AS YOU DO, THE CHURCH IS THERE TO SUPPORT YOU.
OUR EXPERIENCES AT CHURCH CAN REINFORCE THE SPIRITUAL
NOURISHMENT THAT HAPPENS AT HOME. SO FAR THIS YEAR, WE HAVE
SEEN THIS KIND OF CHURCH SUPPORT IN SUNDAY SCHOOL AND PRIMARY. WE
WILL SEE MORE OF IT IN AARONIC PRIESTHOOD AND YOUNG WOMEN
MEETINGS TOO. STARTING THIS JANUARY, THE CURRICULUM FOR
THESE MEETINGS WILL BE ADJUSTED SLIGHTLY. IT WILL STILL FOCUS ON
GOSPEL TOPICS, BUT THOSE TOPICS WILL BE ALIGNED WITH “COME,
FOLLOW ME– FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES.” THIS IS A SMALL
CHANGE, BUT IT CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT ON THE SPIRITUAL
NOURISHMENT OF THE YOUTH. WHAT OTHER KINDS OF SUPPORT DOES THE
CHURCH PROVIDE? AT CHURCH WE PARTAKE OF THE
SACRAMENT, WHICH HELPS US REESTABLISH OUR COMMITMENT TO
THE SAVIOR EACH WEEK. AND AT CHURCH WE GATHER WITH OTHER BELIEVERS WHO HAVE MADE
THAT SAME COMMITMENT. THE LOVING RELATIONSHIPS WE DEVELOP WITH
FELLOW DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST CAN BE A POWERFUL SUPPORT TO OUR
HOME-CENTERED DISCIPLESHIP. TO A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD. WHEN I
WAS 14, MY FAMILY MOVED THIS MAY NOT SEEM LIKE A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY
TO YOU, BUT IN MY MIND, AT THAT TIME, IT WAS DEVASTATING. IT
MEANT BEING SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE I DIDN’T KNOW. IT MEANT THAT ALL
THE OTHER YOUNG MEN IN MY WARD WOULD BE ATTENDING A DIFFERENT
SCHOOL THAN I WAS. IN MY 14-YEAR-OLD MIND, I THOUGHT,
“HOW COULD MY PARENTS DO THIS TO ME?” I FELT AS IF MY LIFE HAD
BEEN RUINED. HOWEVER, THROUGH OUR YOUNG MEN
ACTIVITIES, I WAS ABLE TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE OTHER
MEMBERS OF MY QUORUM, AND THEY BECAME MY FRIENDS. IN ADDITION,
MEMBERS OF THE BISHOPRIC AND AARONIC PRIESTHOOD ADVISERS BEGAN TO TAKE A SPECIAL
INTEREST IN MY LIFE. THEY ATTENDED MY ATHLETIC EVENTS. THEY WROTE ME ENCOURAGING NOTES
THAT I HAVE KEPT TO THIS DAY. THEY CONTINUED TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH ME AFTER I WENT TO COLLEGE
AND WHEN I LEFT FOR A MISSION. ONE OF THEM WAS EVEN AT THE AIRPORT WHEN I CAME HOME. I WILL
BE FOREVER GRATEFUL FOR THESE GOOD BROTHERS AND THEIR COMBINATION OF HIGH LOVE AND
HIGH EXPECTATIONS. THEY POINTED ME HEAVENWARD, AND LIFE BECAME
BRIGHT, HAPPY, AND JOYFUL. HOW DO WE, AS PARENTS AND LEADERS,
HELP THE YOUTH KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE AS THEY WALK THE COVENANT
PATH? IN ADDITION TO BUILDING PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, WE INVITE THEM TO
GATHERINGS LARGE AND SMALL– FROM FSY CONFERENCES AND YOUTH
CAMPS TO WEEKLY QUORUM OR CLASS ACTIVITIES. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE
THE STRENGTH THAT COMES FROM GATHERING WITH OTHERS WHO ARE
ALSO TRYING TO BE STRONG. BISHOPS AND OTHER LEADERS,
PLEASE FOCUS ON NOURISHING THE CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN YOUR WARD.
THEY NEED MORE OF YOUR TIME, NOT LESS. WHETHER YOU ARE A
LEADER, A NEIGHBOR, A QUORUM MEMBER, OR SIMPLY A FELLOW SAINT, IF YOU
HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUCH THE LIFE OF A YOUNG PERSON, HELP
HIM OR HER CONNECT WITH HEAVEN. YOUR INFLUENCE MIGHT BE EXACTLY
THE “CHURCH SUPPORT” THAT YOUNG PERSON NEEDS. BROTHERS AND
SISTERS, I TESTIFY THAT JESUS CHRIST IS AT THE HEAD OF THIS
CHURCH. HE IS INSPIRING OUR LEADERS AND GUIDING US TO THE
SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT WE NEED TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE LATTER
DAYS. THAT SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT WILL HELP US BE FAITHFUL AND NOT
FAITHLESS. IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>PRESIDENT EYRING: THE
CONGREGATION WILL NOW JOIN THE CHOIR IN SINGING “HOW FIRM A
FOUNDATION.” AFTER THE SINGING, WE WILL HEAR
FROM ELDER D. TODD CHRISTOFFERSON OF THE QUORUM OF
THE TWELVE APOSTLES. HE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SISTER MICHELLE
CRAIG, FIRST COUNSELOR IN THE YOUNG WOMEN GENERAL PRESIDENCY. ELDER DALE G. RENLUND OF THE
QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES, WILL THEN ADDRESS US. >>LLOYD NEWELL:THIS IS THE
189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OFTHE CHURCH
OF JESUS CHRISTOF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. ♪♪ ♪ HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION,YE
SAINTS OF THE LORD, ♪ ♪ IS LAID FOR YOUR FAITHIN HIS
EXCELLENT WORD! ♪ ♪ WHAT MORE CAN HE SAY THANTO
YOU HE HATH SAID, ♪ ♪ WHO UNTO THE SAVIOR,WHO UNTO
THE SAVIOR, ♪ ♪ WHO UNTO THE SAVIORFOR REFUGE
HAVE FLED? ♪ ♪ IN EV’RY CONDITION-INSICKNESS,
IN HEALTH, ♪ ♪ IN POVERTY’S VALE ORABOUNDING
IN WEALTH, ♪ ♪ AT HOME OR ABROAD, ONTHE LAND
OR THE SEA- ♪ ♪ AS THY DAYS MAY DEMAND,AS THY
DAYS MAY DEMAND, ♪ ♪ AS THY DAYS MAY DEMAND,SO THY
SUCCOR SHALL BE. ♪ ♪♪♪ FEAR NOT, I AM WITH THEE;OH,
BE NOT DISMAYED, ♪ ♪ FOR I AM THY GOD AND WILLSTILL
GIVE THEE AID. ♪ ♪ I’LL STRENGTHEN THEE, HELP
THEE, AND CAUSE THEE TO STAND, ♪ ♪ UPHELD BY MY RIGHTEOUS,UPHELD
BY MY RIGHTEOUS, ♪ ♪ UPHELD BY MY RIGHTEOUS,
OMNIPOTENT HAND ♪♪>>ELDER D. TODD CHRISTOFFERSON:
THE BOOK OF MORMON PROPHET ENOS, LEHI’S GRANDSON, WROTE OF A
SINGULAR EXPERIENCE THAT HAPPENED EARLIER IN HIS LIFE.
WHILE HUNTING ALONE IN THE FOREST, ENOS BEGAN PONDERING ON
THE TEACHINGS OF HIS FATHER, JACOB. HE RELATED, “THE WORDS
WHICH I HAD OFTEN HEARD MY FATHER SPEAK CONCERNING ETERNAL
LIFE, AND THE JOY OF THE SAINTS, SUNK DEEP INTO MY HEART.” IN THE SPIRITUAL HUNGER OF HIS SOUL, ENOS KNELT IN PRAYER, A REMARKABLE PRAYER THAT LASTED
THROUGH THE DAY AND INTO THE NIGHT, A PRAYER THAT BROUGHT HIM
CRUCIAL REVELATIONS, ASSURANCES, AND PROMISES. THERE IS MUCH TO
BE LEARNED FROM ENOS’ EXPERIENCE, BUT TODAY WHAT
STANDS OUT IN MY MIND IS ENOS’ MEMORY OF HIS FATHER SPEAKING
OFTEN OF “THE JOY OF THE SAINTS.” IN THIS CONFERENCE
THREE YEARS AGO, PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON SPOKE OF JOY. AMONG OTHER THINGS HE SAID, “THE JOY WE 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…FOR LATTER-DAY SAINTS, JESUS CHRIST IS JOY!” SAINTS ARE THOSE WHO HAVE ENTERED INTO THE GOSPEL COVENANT
THROUGH BAPTISM AND ARE STRIVING TO FOLLOW CHRIST AS HIS
DISCIPLES. THUS, THE “JOY OF THE SAINTS” DENOTES THE JOY OF
BECOMING CHRIST-LIKE. I WOULD LIKE TO
SPEAK OF THE JOY THAT COMES FROM KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS, THE
JOY THAT ARISES FROM OVERCOMING SORROW
THE JOY INHERENT IN SERVING AS AND WEAKNESS THROUGH HIM, AND HE
SERVED. THE JOY OF KEEPING CHRIST’S COMMANDMENTS. WE LIVE IN A HEDONISTIC AGE WHEN
MANY QUESTION THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LORD’S COMMANDMENTS OR
SIMPLY IGNORE THEM. NOT INFREQUENTLY, PEOPLE WHO FLOUT DIVINE DIRECTIVES SUCH AS
THE LAW OF CHASTITY, THE STANDARD OF HONESTY, AND THE
HOLINESS OF THE SABBATH SEEM TO PROSPER AND ENJOY THE GOOD
THINGS OF LIFE, AT TIMES EVEN MORE SO THAN THOSE WHO ARE
STRIVING TO BE OBEDIENT. SOME BEGIN TO WONDER IF THE EFFORT
AND SACRIFICES ARE WORTH IT. THE ANCIENT PEOPLE OF ISRAEL ONCE COMPLAINED: “IT IS VAIN TO
SERVE GOD: AND WHAT PROFIT IS IT THAT WE HAVE KEPT HIS ORDINANCE,
AND THAT WE HAVE WALKED MOURNFULLY BEFORE THE LORD OF
HOSTS? “AND NOW WE CALL THE PROUD HAPPY; YEA THEY THAT WORK
WICKEDNESS ARE SET UP; YEA, THEY THAT TEMPT GOD ARE EVEN DELIVERED.” JUST WAIT, SAID THE
LORD, UNTIL “THAT DAY WHEN I MAKE UP MY JEWELS.” “THEN SHALL YE … DISCERN
BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED, BETWEEN HIM THAT SERVETH
GOD AND HIM THAT SERVETH HIM NOT.” THE WICKED MAY “HAVE
JOY IN THEIR WORKS FOR A SEASON,” BUT
IT IS ALWAYS TEMPORARY. THE JOY OF THE SAINTS IS ENDURING. GOD SEES THINGS IN
THEIR TRUE PERSPECTIVE, AND HE SHARES THAT PERSPECTIVE WITH US
THROUGH HIS COMMANDMENTS, EFFECTIVELY GUIDING US AROUND
THE PITFALLS AND POTHOLES OF MORTALITY TOWARD ETERNAL JOY.
THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH EXPLAINED, “WHEN HIS
COMMANDMENTS TEACH US IT IS IN VIEW OF ETERNITY; FOR WE ARE
LOOKED UPON BY GOD AS THOUGH WE WERE IN ETERNITY. GOD DWELLS IN
ETERNITY AND DOES NOT VIEW THINGS AS WE DO.” I
HAVEN’T MET ANYONE WHO FOUND THE GOSPEL LATER IN LIFE THAT DIDN’T
WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN EARLIER. “OH, THE POOR CHOICES AND
MISTAKES I COULD HAVE AVOIDED,” THEY WILL SAY. THE LORD’S
COMMANDMENTS ARE OUR GUIDE TO BETTER CHOICES AND HAPPIER
OUTCOMES. HOW WE OUGHT TO REJOICE AND THANK HIM FOR
SHOWING US THIS MORE EXCELLENT WAY. AS A TEENAGER, SISTER KALOMBO
ROSETTE KAMWANYA FROM THE D.R. CONGO, NOW SERVING IN THE COTE
D’IVOIRE ABIDJAN WEST MISSION, FASTED AND PRAYED FOR
THREE DAYS TO FIND THE DIRECTION GOD WANTED HER TO TAKE. IN A
REMARKABLE NIGHT VISION, SHE WAS SHOWN TWO BUILDINGS, A CHAPEL
AND WHAT SHE NOW REALIZES WAS A TEMPLE. SHE BEGAN
TO SEARCH AND SOON FOUND THE CHAPEL SHE HAD SEEN IN HER
DREAM. THE SIGN SAID, THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY
SAINTS. SISTER KAMWANYA WAS BAPTIZED, AND THEN HER MOTHER
AND HER SIX BROTHERS. SISTER KAMWANYA SAID, “WHEN I RECEIVED
THE GOSPEL, I FELT LIKE A CAPTURED BIRD THAT HAD BEEN
LIBERATED. MY HEART WAS FILLED WITH JOY… I HAD THE ASSURANCE
THAT GOD LOVES ME.” KEEPING THE LORD’S COMMANDMENTS
ENABLES US MORE EASILY AND MORE FULLY TO FEEL HIS LOVE. THE
STRAIT AND NARROW PATH OF THE COMMANDMENTS LEADS DIRECTLY TO THE TREE OF LIFE. AND THE
TREE AND ITS FRUIT, THE SWEETEST “AND MOST DESIRABLE ABOVE ALL THINGS,” ARE A
REPRESENTATION OF THE LOVE OF GOD AND FILL THE SOUL WITH
EXCEEDINGLY GREAT JOY. SAID THE SAVIOR: “IF YE KEEP MY
COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE; EVEN AS I HAVE KEPT MY
FATHER’S COMMANDMENTS, AND ABIDE IN HIS LOVE. “THESE THINGS HAVE
I SPOKEN UNTO YOU, THAT MY JOY MIGHT REMAIN IN YOU, AND THAT
YOUR JOY MIGHT BE FULL.” 2ND, THE JOY OF OVERCOMING
THROUGH CHRIST. FAITHFULLY KEEPING THE EVEN WHEN WE ARE
FOUND COMMANDMENTS, THERE ARE TRIALS AND TRAGEDIES THAT COULD
INTERRUPT OUR JOY. BUT AS WE STRIVE TO OVERCOME THESE
CHALLENGES WITH THE SAVIOR’S HELP, IT PRESERVES BOTH THE JOY
WE FEEL NOW AND THE JOY WE ANTICIPATE. CHRIST REASSURED HIS
DISCIPLES, “IN THE WORLD YE SHALL HAVE TRIBULATION: BUT BE
OF GOOD CHEER; I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.” IT IS IN TURNING TO HIM,
OBEYING HIM, BINDING OURSELVES TO HIM, THAT TRIAL AND SORROW
ARE TURNED TO JOY. I MENTION ONE EXAMPLE: IN 1989,
JACK RUSHTON WAS SERVING AS PRESIDENT OF THE
IRVINE CALIFORNIA STAKE (USA). DURING A FAMILY VACATION ON THE
CALIFORNIA COAST, JACK WAS BODY SURFING WHEN A WAVE SWEPT HIM
INTO A SUBMERGED ROCK, BREAKING HIS NECK AND SEVERELY INJURING HIS SPINAL CORD. JACK SAID
LATER, “THE INSTANT I HIT, I KNEW I WAS PARALYZED.” HE
COULD NO LONGER TALK OR EVEN BREATHE ON HIS OWN. FAMILY,
FRIENDS, AND STAKE MEMBERS RALLIED AROUND BROTHER RUSHTON
AND HIS WIFE JO ANNE AND, AMONG OTHER THINGS, REMODELED A
SECTION OF THEIR HOME TO ACCOMMODATE JACK’S WHEELCHAIR.
JO ANNE BECAME JACK’S PRINCIPAL CAREGIVER FOR THE NEXT 23 YEARS.
REFERRING TO BOOK OF MORMON ACCOUNTS OF HOW THE LORD VISITED
HIS PEOPLE IN THEIR AFFLICTIONS AND MADE THEIR BURDENS LIGHT, JO ANNE SAID, “I AM OFTEN AMAZED
AT THE LIGHTNESS OF HEART I FEEL IN CARING FOR MY HUSBAND.” AN
ALTERATION TO HIS RESPIRATION SYSTEM RESTORED JACK’S ABILITY
TO SPEAK, AND WITHIN THE YEAR JACK WAS CALLED AS GOSPEL
DOCTRINE TEACHER AND STAKE PATRIARCH. WHEN HE WOULD GIVE A
PATRIARCHAL BLESSING, ANOTHER PRIESTHOOD HOLDER PLACED BROTHER
RUSHTON’S HAND ON THE HEAD OF THE PERSON RECEIVING THE
BLESSING AND SUPPORTED HIS HAND AND ARM DURING THE BLESSING. JACK PASSED
AWAY ON CHRISTMAS DAY 2012, AFTER 22 YEARS OF DEVOTED SERVICE. ONCE IN AN
INTERVIEW, JACK OBSERVED, “PROBLEMS WILL COME INTO ALL OF OUR LIVES; UPON THIS EARTH. IT’S JUST PART
OF BEING HERE AND SOME PEOPLE THINK THAT RELIGION OR HAVING
FAITH IN GOD WILL PROTECT YOU FROM BAD THINGS. I DON’T THINK
THAT’S THE POINT. I THINK THE POINT IS THAT IF OUR FAITH IS
STRONG, THAT WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN, WHICH THEY WILL,
WE’LL BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THEM … . MY FAITH NEVER WAVERED,
BUT THAT DIDN’T MEAN THAT I DIDN’T HAVE DEPRESSIONS. I THINK
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I WAS PUSHED TO THE LIMIT, AND
LITERALLY THERE WAS NOWHERE TO TURN, AND SO I TURNED TO THE
LORD, AND TO THIS DAY, I FEEL A SPONTANEITY OF JOY.” THIS IS A
DAY OF SOMETIMES MERCILESS ATTACKS IN SOCIAL MEDIA AND IN
PERSON AGAINST THOSE WHO SEEK TO UPHOLD THE LORD’S STANDARD IN
DRESS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND SEXUAL PURITY. IT IS OFTEN THE YOUTH
AND YOUNG ADULTS AMONG THE SAINTS, AS WELL AS WOMEN AND
MOTHERS, WHO BEAR THIS CROSS OF MOCKING AND PERSECUTION. IT IS
NOT EASY TO RISE ABOVE SUCH ABUSE, BUT REMEMBER THE WORDS OF
PETER: “IF YE BE REPROACHED FOR THE
NAME OF CHRIST, HAPPY ARE YE; FOR THE SPIRIT OF GLORY AND OF
GOD RESTETH UPON YOU: ON THEIR PART HE IS EVIL SPOKEN OF, BUT ON YOUR PART HE IS GLORIFIED.”
IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, ADAM AND EVE WERE IN A STATE OF
INNOCENCE, “HAVING NO JOY, FOR THEY KNEW NO MISERY.” NOW, AS
ACCOUNTABLE BEINGS, WE FIND JOY IN OVERCOMING MISERY IN WHATEVER FORM, WHETHER IT BE
SIN, TRIAL, WEAKNESS, OR ANY OTHER OBSTACLE TO HAPPINESS. THIS IS THE JOY OF SENSING
PROGRESS IN THE PATH OF DISCIPLESHIP; THE JOY OF “HAVING
RECEIVED A REMISSION OF SINS AND HAVING PEACE OF CONSCIENCE”; THE
JOY OF FEELING ONE’S SOUL EXPAND AND GROW THROUGH THE GRACE OF CHRIST. FINALLY, THE JOY OF SERVING AS
CHRIST. THE SAVIOR FINDS JOY IN BRINGING TO PASS OUR IMMORTALITY
AND ETERNAL LIFE. IN SPEAKING OF THE SAVIOR’S ATONEMENT,
PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON SAID: “AS IN ALL THINGS,
JESUS CHRIST IS OUR ULTIMATE EXEMPLAR, ‘WHO FOR THE JOY THAT
WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS’. THINK OF THAT! 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 WORTHY–TO LIVE WITH OUR TO
RETURN HOME–CLEAN AND HEAVENLY PARENTS AND FAMILIES.” SIMILARLY, THE JOY SET BEFORE US
IS THE JOY OF ASSISTING THE SAVIOR IN HIS WORK OF
REDEMPTION. AS THE SEED AND CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM, WE
PARTICIPATE IN BLESSING ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH “WITH THE
BLESSINGS OF THE GOSPEL, WHICH ARE THE BLESSINGS OF SALVATION,
EVEN OF LIFE ETERNAL.” THE WORDS OF ALMA COME TO MIND:
“THIS IS MY GLORY, THAT PERHAPS I MAY BE AN INSTRUMENT IN THE TO
REPENTANCE; AND THIS IS MY HANDS OF GOD TO BRING SOME SOUL JOY.
“AND BEHOLD, WHEN I SEE MANY OF MY BRETHREN TRULY PENITENT, AND
COMING TO THE LORD THEIR GOD, THEN IS MY SOUL FILLED WITH JOY;… “BUT I DO NOT JOY IN MY
OWN SUCCESS ALONE, BUT MY JOY IS MORE FULL BECAUSE OF THE SUCCESS
OF MY BRETHREN, WHO HAVE BEEN UP TO THE LAND OF NEPHI… “NOW
WHEN I THINK OF THE SUCCESS OF THESE MY BRETHREN MY SOUL IS
CARRIED AWAY, EVEN TO THE SEPARATION OF IT FROM THE BODY, AS IT WERE, SO GREAT IS MY JOY.”
THE FRUITS OF OUR SERVICE TO ONE ANOTHER IN THE CHURCH ARE PART
OF THE JOY “SET BEFORE US.” EVEN IN TIMES OF DISCOURAGEMENT OR
STRESS, WE CAN MINISTER PATIENTLY IF WE ARE FOCUSED ON
THE JOY OF PLEASING GOD AND BRINGING LIGHT, RELIEF, AND
HAPPINESS TO HIS CHILDREN, OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. WHEN IN
HAITI LAST MONTH FOR THE DEDICATION OF THE PORT-AU-PRINCE
TEMPLE, ELDER DAVID AND SISTER SUSAN BEDNAR MET WITH A
YOUNG SISTER WHOSE HUSBAND HAD BEEN KILLED A FEW DAYS EARLIER
IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT. THEY WEPT TOGETHER WITH HER. YET
ON SUNDAY THIS DEAR WOMAN WAS IN HER PLACE AS AN USHER AT SOFT, WELCOMING SMILE FOR ALL
THE DEDICATION SERVICES WITH A WHO ENTERED THE TEMPLE. I BELIEVE THAT THE ULTIMATE “JOY OF THE SAINTS” COMES IN KNOWING
THAT THE SAVIOR PLEADS THEIR CAUSE, “AND NO ONE CAN CONCEIVE
OF THE JOY WHICH [WILL FILL] OUR SOULS AS WE [HEAR JESUS] PRAY
FOR US UNTO THE FATHER.” WITH PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON, I
TESTIFY THAT JOY IS A GIFT FOR FAITHFUL SAINTS “WHO HAVE
ENDURED THE CROSSES OF THE WORLD” AND WHO ARE “INTENTIONALLY TRYING TO LIVE A
RIGHTEOUS LIFE, AS TAUGHT BY JESUS CHRIST.” MAY YOUR JOY BE
FULL I PRAY, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. WITH OUR HEAVENLY HOME. AT TIMES, WE STRUGGLE TO
DISTINGUISH BETWEEN OUR THOUGHTS AND THE SPIRIT. PROPHETS HAVE TAUGHT THAT
INSOMETHING INVITES AND THE TISE US TO DO GOOD, IT COMES FROM
CHRIST. PRESIDENT NELSON HAS EXTPDED A
POWERFUL INVITATION. MY BELOVED BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I PLEAD YOU TO INCREASE YOUR
SPIRITUAL CAPACITY TO RECEIVE REVELATION. CHOOSE TO DO THE SPIRITUAL WORK AND HEAR THE VOICE OF THE THE
SPIRIT MORE FREQUENTLY AND CLEARLY. MY DESIRE IS TO SPEAK
FROM MY HEART ABOUT FOUR WAYS TO
INCREASE YOUR SPIRITUAL CAPACITY TO RECEIVE REVELATION. ONE, BE INTENTIONAL. AS YOU USE YOUR AGENCY TO CARVE OUT TIME TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE, OVER TIME HIS VOICE WILL BE MORE CLEARER TO YOU. IN CONTRAST, THE NOISES THAT FILL OUR MINDS CAN SO OCCUPY OUR MINDS AND HEART THAT WE LEAVE NO
ROOM FOR PROMPTINGS OF THE HOLY GHOST. THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH
TAUGHT THAT MOST OFTEN GOD REVEALS HIMSELF IN PRIVATE AND WILDERNESS AND FIELD AND WITHOUT NOISE OR TUM LT. SATAN WANTS US
OUT OF THOSE QUIET PLACES. IF GOD SPEAKS IN THAT SMALL
VOICE, WE NEED TO GET CLOSER TO HIM. IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE TO BE CONNECTED TO HIM AS WE DO WIEIFY. PICK A TIME AND PLACE
TO LISTEN FOR GOD’S VOICE EVERY DAY. AND KEEP THIS SACRED
APPOINTMENT WITH EXACTNESS, FOR SO VERY MUCH DEPENDS ON IT! 2. ACT WITHOUT
DELAY. WHEN YOU RECEIVE PROMPTINGS AND THEN ACT WITH
INTENTION, THE LORD CAN USE YOU. THE MORE YOU ACT, THE MORE
FAMILIAR THE VOICE OF THE SPIRIT BECOMES. YOU WILL INCREASINGLY
RECOGNIZE GOD’S GUIDANCE AND THAT HE IS “WILLING … TO
REVEAL HIS MIND AND WILL.” IF YOU DELAY, YOU MIGHT FORGET THE
PROMPTING OR MISS THE CHANCE TO HELP SOMEONE FOR GOD. 3. GET YOUR ERRAND FROM THE LORD. THE PRAYER HEAVENLY FATHER SEEMS
EAGER TO ANSWER IS OUR PLEA TO BE LED TO SOMEONE WHO NEEDS OUR
HELP. PRESIDENT EYRING HAS TAUGHT US TO SEEK REVELATION BY
ASKING GOD WHO WE CAN HELP FOR HIM. “IF YOU ASK QUESTIONS LIKE THAT,
THE HOLY GHOST WILL COME AND YOU’LL FEEL NUDGES ABOUT THINGS
YOU CAN DO FOR OTHER PEOPLE. WHEN YOU GO AND DO THOSE THINGS,
YOU’RE ON THE LORD’S ERRAND, AND WHEN YOU’RE ON THE LORD’S
ERRAND, YOU QUALIFY FOR THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.” YOU CAN PRAY
AND ASK THE LORD FOR AN ERRAND. AS YOU DO, HE CAN USE YOUR
ORDINARY SKILLS TO ACCOMPLISH HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK. MY
MATERNAL GRANDFATHER, FRITZ HJALMAR LUNDGREN, IMMIGRATED
FROM SWEDEN WHEN HE WAS 19 YEARS OLD. HE ARRIVED IN AMERICA,
ALONE, WITH A SUITCASE AND ONLY SIX YEARS OF FORMAL SCHOOLING.
UNABLE TO SPEAK ANY ENGLISH, HE MADE HIS WAY TO OREGON AND
WORKED THERE AS A LUMBERJACK AND, WITH MY GRANDMOTHER AND MY
MOTHER, JOINED THE CHURCH. HE NEVER PRESIDED OVER A WARD, BUT
AS A FAITHFUL HOME TEACHER, HE BROUGHT MORE THAN 50 DIFFERENT
FAMILIES INTO CHURCH ACTIVITY. HOW DID HE DO THAT? AFTER GRANDPA’S DEATH, I WAS
GOING THROUGH A BOX OF HIS PAPERS AND CAME ACROSS A LETTER
WRITTEN BY A MAN WHO HAD COME BACK TO CHURCH BECAUSE OF
GRANDPA’S LOVE. THE LETTER READ, “BROTHER FRITZ’S SECRET, I
BELIEVE, IS THAT HE IS ALWAYS ON AN ERRAND FOR HEAVENLY FATHER.”
THAT LETTER WAS FROM BROTHER WAYNE SIMONIS. GRANDPA VISITED
HIM AND GOT TO KNOW EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY. IN TIME, GRANDPA
TOLD THEM THAT THEY WERE NEEDED, AND HE INVITED THEM TO ATTEND
CHURCH. BUT THAT SUNDAY, BROTHER SIMONIS AWOKE WITH A DILEMMA-HE
HAD NOT FINISHED REROOFING HIS HOUSE AND RAIN WAS EXPECTED THAT WEEK. HE
DECIDED THAT HE’D GO TO CHURCH, SHAKE HANDS WITH GRANDPA, BUT
THEN LEAVE AND GO HOME TO FINISH THE ROOF. HIS
FAMILY COULD ATTEND SACRAMENT MEETING WITHOUT HIM. HIS PLAN
WAS WORKING JUST FINE UNTIL, ON THE ROOF, HE HEARD SOMEONE
CLIMBING THE LADDER. IN HIS WORDS: “WHEN I LOOKED UP … STANDING AT THE TOP OF
THE LADDER WAS BROTHER FRITZ. HE JUST GAVE ME THAT BIG SMILE. AT
FIRST, I WAS EMBARRASSED AND FELT LIKE A LITTLE KID GETTING
CAUGHT FOR SKIPPING SCHOOL. THEN … I FELT ANGER. [BUT BROTHER
FRITZ JUST] TOOK OFF HIS SUIT COAT AND HUNG IT ON THE LADDER.
AS HE ROLLED UP THE SLEEVES OF HIS WHITE SHIRT, HE TURNED TO ME
AND SAID, ‘BROTHER SIMONIS, DO YOU HAVE ANOTHER HAMMER? THIS
WORK MUST BE VERY IMPORTANT OR YOU WOULDN’T HAVE LEFT YOUR
FAMILY, AND IF IT’S THAT IMPORTANT I WANT TO HELP YOU.’ AS I LOOKED INTO HIS EYES, I SAW
ONLY KINDNESS AND CHRIST-LIKE LOVE. MY ANGER LEFT. I LAID MY
TOOLS DOWN THAT SUNDAY AND FOLLOWED MY GOOD FRIEND DOWN THE
LADDER AND BACK TO THE CHAPEL.” GRANDPA HAD
OBTAINED HIS ERRAND FROM THE LORD, AND HE KNEW HE WAS TO SEEK
OUT LOST SHEEP. JUST AS THE FOUR MEN WHO CARRIED THEIR FRIEND
WITH PALSY ONTO A ROOF AND THEN LET HIM DOWN TO BE HEALED BY
JESUS CHRIST,SO TOO DID GRANDPA’S ERRAND TAKE HIM TO A
ROOFTOP. THE LORD SENDS REVELATION TO THOSE SEEKING TO HELP OTHERS.
AND 4. BELIEVE AND TRUST. RECENTLY, I READ IN THE
SCRIPTURES ABOUT ANOTHER GREAT MISSIONARY WHO OBTAINED HIS
ERRAND FROM THE LORD. AARON WAS TEACHING THE KING OF THE
LAMANITES, WHO WONDERED WHY AARON’S BROTHER AMMON HAD NOT
ALSO COME TO TEACH HIM. “AND AARON SAID UNTO THE KING:
BEHOLD, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD HAS CALLED HIM ANOTHER WAY.” THE
SPIRIT SPOKE TO MY HEART: EACH OF US HAS A DIFFERENT
MISSION TO PERFORM, AND AT TIMES THE SPIRIT MAY CALL US IN “ANOTHER WAY.” THERE ARE MANY
WAYS TO BUILD THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS COVENANT-MAKING,
COVENANT-KEEPING DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST. AS HIS FAITHFUL
DISCIPLE, YOU CAN RECEIVE PERSONAL INSPIRATION AND
REVELATION CONSISTENT WITH HIS COMMANDMENTS THAT IS TAILORED TO YOU. YOU HAVE UNIQUE MISSIONS AND
ROLES TO PERFORM IN LIFE AND WILL BE GIVEN UNIQUE GUIDANCE TO FULFILL THEM. NEPHI, THE BROTHER
OF JARED, AND EVEN MOSES ALL HAD A LARGE BODY OF WATER TO
CROSS-AND EACH DID IT DIFFERENTLY. NEPHI WORKED “TIMBERS OF CURIOUS
WORKMANSHIP,” THE BROTHER OF JARED BUILT BARGES THAT WERE
“TIGHT LIKE UNTO A DISH,” AND MOSES “WALKED UPON DRY LAND IN
THE MIDST OF THE SEA.” THEY EACH RECEIVED PERSONALIZED DIRECTION,
TAILORED TO THEM, AND EACH TRUSTED AND ACTED. THE
LORD IS MINDFUL OF THOSE WHO OBEY AND, IN THE WORDS OF NEPHI,
“WILL PREPARE A WAY FOR … [US TO] ACCOMPLISH THE THING WHICH HE COMMANDETH.” NOTE THAT NEPHI
SAYS, “A WAY”-NOT “THE WAY.” DO WE MISS OR DISMISS PERSONAL
ERRANDS FROM THE LORD BECAUSE HE HAS PREPARED “A WAY” DIFFERENT
THAN THE ONE WE EXPECT? MY GRANDPA WAS LED TO AN UNUSUAL
PLACE-IN A SUIT, ON A ROOFTOP, ON A SUNDAY. TRUST GOD TO LEAD
YOU, EVEN IF THAT WAY LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN YOU EXPECTED OR
IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS. LATTER-DAY SAINTS
COME IN MANY SHAPES AND SIZES, BUT “ALL ARE ALIKE UNTO
GOD”-“BLACK AND WHITE, BOND AND FREE, MALE AND FEMALE,” SINGLE
AND MARRIED, RICH AND POOR, YOUNG AND OLD, LIFELONG MEMBER
AND RECENT CONVERT. NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU’RE
DEALING WITH, YOU ARE INVITED TO THE LORD’S TABLE. AS SEEKING AND
DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER BECOMES THE CADENCE OF YOUR
DAILY LIFE, YOU WILL, OF COURSE, BE LED TO CHANGE AND REPENT. WELL THE CHURCH’S NEW
PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH IS BUILT ON THE FOUNDATION OF
LEARNING TO SEEK REVELATION, DISCOVERING WHAT THE LORD WOULD
HAVE US DO, AND THEN ACTING ON THAT DIRECTION. EACH ONE OF US,
REGARDLESS OF AGE OR CIRCUMSTANCE, CAN STRIVE TO
SEEK, RECEIVE, AND ACT. AS YOU FOLLOW THIS ETERNAL PATTERN ORDAINED FOR OUR DAY, YOU WILL DRAW NEARER TO JESUS
CHRIST–HIS LOVE, HIS LIGHT, HIS DIRECTION, HIS PEACE, AND HIS
HEALING AND ENABLING POWER. AND YOU WILL INCREASE YOUR SPIRITUAL CAPACITY TO BECOME AN EVERY-DAY INSTRUMENT OF HIS
HANDS IN ACCOMPLISHING HIS GREAT WORK. IN THE NAME OF JESUS
CHRIST, AMEN. >>ELDER DALE G. RENLUND: LAST
APRIL I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF DEDICATING THE KINSHASA
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO TEMPLE. WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS THE
JOY THE FAITHFUL CONGOLESE AND I FELT TO SEE A TEMPLE DEDICATED
IN THEIR LAND. INDIVIDUALS WHO ENTER THE KINSHASA TEMPLE SEE AN
ORIGINAL PAINTING ENTITLED “CONGO FALLS.”
IT UNIQUELY REMINDS TEMPLE GOERS OF THE UNWAVERING COMMITMENT
REQUIRED TO ANCHOR THEMSELVES TO JESUS CHRIST AND TO FOLLOW THE COVENANT PATH OF OUR HEAVENLY
FATHER’S PLAN. THE WATERFALLS DEPICTED IN THE PAINTING CALL TO
MIND A PRACTICE THAT WAS COMMON MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO AMONG
EARLY CONVERTS TO CHRISTIANITY IN CONGO. BEFORE
THEIR CONVERSION, THEY WORSHIPPED INANIMATE OBJECTS,
BELIEVING THAT THE ITEMS POSSESSED SUPERNATURAL POWERS.
AFTER CONVERSION, MANY MADE A PILGRIMAGE TO ONE OF THE
COUNTLESS WATERFALLS ALONG THE CONGO RIVER, SUCH AS THE NZONGO
FALLS. THESE CONVERTS THREW THEIR PREVIOUSLY IDOLIZED
OBJECTS INTO THE WATERFALLS AS A SYMBOL TO GOD AND OTHERS THAT
THEY HAD DISCARDED THEIR OLD TRADITIONS AND ACCEPTED JESUS
CHRIST. THEY INTENTIONALLY DID NOT THROW THEIR OBJECTS INTO
CALM, SHALLOW WATERS; THEY THREW THEM INTO THE CHURNING WATERS OF
A MASSIVE WATERFALL, WHERE THE ITEMS WOULD BECOME UNRECOVERABLE.
THESE ACTIONS WERE A TOKEN OF A NEW BUT UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO
JESUS CHRIST. PEOPLE IN OTHER PLACES AND AGES DEMONSTRATED
THEIR COMMITMENT TO JESUS CHRIST IN SIMILAR WAYS. THE BOOK OF
MORMON PEOPLE KNOWN AS THE ANTI-NEPHI-LEHIES “LAID DOWN THE
WEAPONS OF THEIR REBELLION,” BURYING THEM “DEEP IN THE EARTH”
AS “A TESTIMONY TO GOD … THAT THEY NEVER WOULD USE [THEIR] WEAPONS AGAIN.” IN DOING SO, THEY PROMISED TO
FOLLOW GOD’S TEACHINGS AND NEVER GO BACK ON THEIR COMMITMENT.
THIS ACTION WAS THE BEGINNING OF BEING “CONVERTED UNTO THE LORD”
AND NEVER FALLING AWAY. BEING “CONVERTED UNTO THE LORD” MEANS LEAVING ONE COURSE OF
ACTION DIRECTED BY AN OLD BELIEF SYSTEM AND ADOPTING A NEW ONE
BASED ON FAITH IN HEAVENLY FATHER’S PLAN AND IN JESUS
CHRIST AND HIS ATONEMENT. THIS CHANGE IS MORE THAN AN
INTELLECTUAL ACCEPTANCE OF GOSPEL TEACHINGS. IT SHAPES OUR
IDENTITY, TRANSFORMS OUR UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE’S MEANING,
AND LEADS TO UNCHANGING FIDELITY TO GOD. PERSONAL DESIRES THAT
ARE CONTRARY TO BEING ANCHORED TO THE SAVIOR AND TO FOLLOWING THE
COVENANT PATH FADE AWAY AND ARE REPLACED BY A DETERMINATION TO
SUBMIT TO THE WILL OF HEAVENLY FATHER. BEING CONVERTED UNTO THE
LORD STARTS WITH AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO GOD, FOLLOWED BY
MAKING THAT COMMITMENT PART OF WHO WE ARE. INTERNALIZING SUCH A COMMITMENT
IS A LIFELONG PROCESS THAT REQUIRES PATIENCE AND ONGOING REPENTANCE. EVENTUALLY, THIS
COMMITMENT BECOMES PART OF WHO WE ARE,
EMBEDDED IN OUR SENSE OF SELF AND EVER PRESENT IN OUR LIVES.
JUST AS WE NEVER FORGET OUR OWN NAME NO MATTER WHAT ELSE WE ARE
THINKING ABOUT, WE NEVER FORGET A COMMITMENT THAT IS ETCHED IN OUR HEARTS. GOD INVITES US TO CAST OUR OLD
WAYS COMPLETELY OUT OF REACH AND BEGIN A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST. THIS
HAPPENS AS WE DEVELOP FAITH IN THE SAVIOR, WHICH BEGINS BY
HEARING THE TESTIMONY OF THOSE WHO HAVE FAITH. THEREAFTER,
FAITH DEEPENS AS WE ACT IN WAYS THAT ANCHOR US MORE FIRMLY TO HIM. IT WOULD BE NICE IF INCREASED FAITH WERE TRANSMITTED LIKE THE
FLU OR THE COMMON COLD. THEN, A SIMPLE “SPIRITUAL” SNEEZE WOULD
BUILD FAITH IN OTHERS. BUT IT DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY. THE ONLY
WAY FAITH GROWS IS FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO ACT IN FAITH. THESE ACTIONS ARE OFTEN PROMPTED
BY INVITATIONS EXTENDED BY OTHERS, BUT WE CANNOT “GROW”
SOMEONE ELSE’S FAITH OR RELY SOLELY ON OTHERS TO BOLSTER OUR
OWN. FOR OUR FAITH TO GROW, WE MUST CHOOSE FAITH-BUILDING
ACTIONS, SUCH AS PRAYING, SCRIPTURE STUDY, PARTAKING OF
THE SACRAMENT, KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS, AND SERVING OTHERS. AS OUR FAITH IN JESUS
CHRIST GROWS, GOD INVITES US TO MAKE PROMISES WITH HIM. THESE
COVENANTS, AS SUCH PROMISES ARE KNOWN, ARE MANIFESTATIONS OF OUR CONVERSION. COVENANTS ALSO CREATE A SURE
FOUNDATION FOR SPIRITUAL PROGRESSION. AS WE CHOOSE TO BE
BAPTIZED, WE BEGIN TO TAKE UPON OURSELVES THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND CHOOSE
TO IDENTIFY OURSELVES WITH HIM. WE PLEDGE TO BECOME LIKE HIM AND
TO DEVELOP HIS ATTRIBUTES. COVENANTS ANCHOR US TO THE
SAVIOR AND PROPEL US ALONG THE PATH THAT LEADS TO OUR HEAVENLY
HOME. THE POWER OF COVENANTS HELPS US MAINTAIN THE MIGHTY
CHANGE OF HEART, DEEPEN OUR CONVERSION TO THE LORD, AND
RECEIVE CHRIST’S IMAGE MORE FULLY IN OUR COUNTENANCE. BUT A
HALF-HEARTED COMMITMENT TO OUR COVENANTS WILL NOT GUARANTEE US
ANYTHING. WE MAY BE TEMPTED TO EQUIVOCATE, THROW OUR OLD WAYS
IN CALM WATER, OR BURY OUR WEAPONS OF REBELLION WITH THE HANDLES STICKING OUT. BUT AN AMBIVALENT
COMMITMENT TO OUR COVENANTS WILL NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO THE
SANCTIFYING POWER OF HEAVENLY FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST. OUR
COMMITMENT TO KEEP OUR COVENANTS SHOULD NOT BE CONDITIONAL OR
VARY WITH CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES IN OUR LIVES. OUR CONSTANCY TO
GOD SHOULD BE LIKE THE DEPENDABLE CONGO RIVER THAT FLOWS NEAR THE KINSHASA TEMPLE. THIS RIVER, UNLIKE MOST
RIVERS IN THE WORLD, HAS CONSTANT FLOW ALL YEAR AND POURS
NEARLY 11 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER PER SECOND INTO THE
ATLANTIC OCEAN. THE SAVIOR INVITED HIS DISCIPLES TO BE THIS
DEPENDABLE AND STEADFAST. HE SAID, “WHEREFORE,
SETTLE THIS IN YOUR HEARTS, THAT YE WILL DO THE THINGS WHICH I
SHALL TEACH, AND COMMAND YOU.” A “SETTLED” DETERMINATION TO KEEP OUR COVENANTS ALLOWS FOR THE FULL REALIZATION OF GOD’S PROMISE OF ENDURING JOY. MANY
FAITHFUL LATTER-DAY SAINTS HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY ARE
“SETTLED” IN KEEPING THEIR COVENANTS WITH GOD AND ARE FOREVER CHANGED. LET ME TELL YOU
ABOUT THREE SUCH INDIVIDUALS, BROTHER BANZA MUCIOKO, SISTER
BANZA RÉGINE, AND BROTHER MBUYI NKITABUNGI. IN
1977, THE BANZAS LIVED IN KINSHASA IN THE COUNTRY OF
ZAIRE, NOW KNOWN AS THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO. THEY WERE HIGHLY
RESPECTED IN THEIR PROTESTANT CHURCH COMMUNITY. BECAUSE OF
THEIR TALENTS, THEIR CHURCH ARRANGED FOR THEIR YOUNG FAMILY
TO GO TO SWITZERLAND TO STUDY AND PROVIDED A UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP. WHILE IN GENEVA ON
THE BUS ROUTE TO SCHOOL, BROTHER BANZA FREQUENTLY SAW A SMALL
MEETINGHOUSE WITH THE NAME THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. HE
WONDERED, “DOES JESUS CHRIST HAVE SAINTS NOW IN THE LATTER-DAYS?” HE EVENTUALLY DECIDED TO GO AND
SEE. BROTHER AND SISTER BANZA WERE GREETED WARMLY AT THE
BRANCH. THEY ASKED SOME OF THE
PERSISTENT QUESTIONS THEY HAD ABOUT THE NATURE OF GOD, SUCH
AS, “IF GOD IS A SPIRIT, LIKE THE WIND, HOW COULD WE BE
CREATED IN HIS LIKENESS? HOW COULD HE SIT ON A THRONE?” THEY
HAD NEVER RECEIVED A SATISFACTORY ANSWER UNTIL THE MISSIONARIES EXPLAINED RESTORED
DOCTRINE IN A BRIEF LESSON. WHEN THE MISSIONARIES LEFT, THE BANZAS LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND
SAID, “ISN’T THIS THE TRUTH THAT WE HAVE HEARD?” THEY CONTINUED
COMING TO CHURCH AND MEETING WITH THE
MISSIONARIES. THEY KNEW THAT BAPTISM IN THE RESTORED CHURCH
OF JESUS CHRIST WOULD HAVE CONSEQUENCES. THEY WOULD BE
STRIPPED OF THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS, THEIR VISAS WOULD BE REVOKED,
AND THEY AND THEIR TWO YOUNG CHILDREN WOULD BE REQUIRED TO
LEAVE SWITZERLAND. THEY CHOSE TO BE BAPTIZED AND
CONFIRMED IN OCTOBER 1979. TWO WEEKS AFTER THEIR BAPTISM,
BROTHER AND SISTER BANZA RETURNED TO KINSHASA AS THE
FIRST AND SECOND MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH IN THEIR COUNTRY. THE
MEMBERS OF THE GENEVA BRANCH STAYED IN CONTACT WITH THEM AND
HELPED THEM CONNECT WITH CHURCH LEADERS. THE BANZAS WERE
ENCOURAGED TO FAITHFULLY AWAIT THE PROMISED TIME WHEN GOD WOULD
ESTABLISH HIS CHURCH IN ZAIRE. MEANWHILE,
ANOTHER EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM ZAIRE, BROTHER MBUYI, WAS STUDYING IN BELGIUM.
HE WAS BAPTIZED IN 1980 IN THE BRUSSELS WARD. SOON THEREAFTER, HE SERVED A
FULL-TIME MISSION TO ENGLAND. AND GOD WORKED HIS MIRACLES.
BROTHER MBUYI RETURNED TO ZAIRE AS THE THIRD MEMBER OF THE
CHURCH IN HIS COUNTRY. WITH PARENTAL PERMISSION, CHURCH
MEETINGS WERE HELD IN HIS FAMILY HOME. IN FEBRUARY 1986, A
PETITION WAS MADE FOR OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT RECOGNITION OF THE
CHURCH. THE SIGNATURES OF THREE CITIZENS OF ZAIRE WERE REQUIRED. THE
THREE HAPPY SIGNATORIES OF THE PETITION WERE BROTHER BANZA, SISTER BANZA, AND BROTHER MBUYI.
THESE STALWART MEMBERS KNEW THE TRUTH WHEN THEY HEARD IT; THEY
MADE A COVENANT AT BAPTISM THAT ANCHORED THEM TO THE SAVIOR.
THEY METAPHORICALLY THREW THEIR OLD WAYS INTO A CHURNING
WATERFALL WITH NO INTENTION OF RETRIEVING THEM. THE COVENANT
PATH WAS NEVER EASY. POLITICAL TURMOIL, INFREQUENT CONTACT WITH CHURCH LEADERS, AND
CHALLENGES INHERENT IN BUILDING DETERRED LESS-COMMITTED A
COMMUNITY OF SAINTS MIGHT HAVE INDIVIDUALS. BUT BROTHER AND
SISTER BANZA AND BROTHER MBUYI PERSEVERED IN THEIR FAITH. THEY WERE PRESENT
AT THE DEDICATION OF THE KINSHASA TEMPLE 33 YEARS AFTER
THEY SIGNED THE PETITION THAT LED TO THE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION
OF THE CHURCH IN ZAIRE. THE BANZAS ARE HERE IN THE
CONFERENCE CENTER TODAY. THEY ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR TWO
SONS, JUNIOR AND PHIL, AND DAUGHTERS-IN-LAW, ANNIE AND
YOUYOU. IN 1986, JUNIOR AND PHIL WERE THE FIRST TWO INDIVIDUALS
BAPTIZED INTO THE CHURCH IN ZAIRE. BROTHER MBUYI IS WATCHING
THESE PROCEEDINGS FROM KINSHASA WITH HIS WIFE, MAGUY, AND THEIR
FIVE CHILDREN. THESE PIONEERS UNDERSTAND THE
MEANING AND CONSEQUENCES OF COVENANTS, THROUGH WHICH THEY
HAVE BEEN BROUGHT “TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD THEIR GOD,
AND TO REJOICE IN JESUS CHRIST THEIR REDEEMER.” HOW DO WE
ANCHOR OURSELVES TO THE SAVIOR AND REMAIN FAITHFUL
LIKE THESE AND MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CONGOLESE SAINTS
WHO FOLLOWED THEM AND MILLIONS OF OTHERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD? THE SAVIOR TAUGHT US HOW. EACH
WEEK WE PARTAKE OF THE SACRAMENT AND MAKE A COVENANT WITH OUR
HEAVENLY FATHER. WE PROMISE TO LINK OUR IDENTITY
WITH THE SAVIOR’S BY PLEDGING OUR WILLINGNESS TO TAKE UPON US
HIS NAME, TO ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM, AND TO KEEP HIS
COMMANDMENTS. CONSCIENTIOUSLY PREPARING FOR
AND WORTHILY MAKING THESE COVENANTS EACH WEEK ANCHORS US
TO THE SAVIOR, HELPS US INTERNALIZE OUR COMMITMENT, AND POWERFULLY PROPELS US ALONG
THE COVENANT PATH. I INVITE YOU TO COMMIT TO A LIFELONG PROCESS
OF DISCIPLESHIP. MAKE AND KEEP COVENANTS. THROW
YOUR OLD WAYS INTO DEEP, CHURNING WATERFALLS. COMPLETELY
BURY YOUR WEAPONS OF REBELLION WITH NO HANDLES STICKING OUT. BECAUSE OF THE
ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST, MAKING COVENANTS WITH A REAL
INTENT TO RELIABLY HONOR THEM WILL BLESS YOUR LIFE FOREVER.
YOU WILL BECOME MORE LIKE THE SAVIOR AS YOU ALWAYS REMEMBER
HIM, FOLLOW HIM, AND ADORE HIM. I TESTIFY THAT HE IS THE FIRM
FOUNDATION. HE IS DEPENDABLE, AND HIS PROMISES ARE SURE, IN THE NAME
OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>PRESIDENT EYRING: WE THANK ALL WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED, AND EXPRESS GRATITUDE TO THE
TABERNACLE CHOIR AT TEMPLE SQUARE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
THEY HAVE PROVIDED THIS MORNING. THE CHOIR WILL NOW FAVOR US WITH
THE PRIMARY SONG ENTITLED “FAITH.” OUR CONCLUDING SPEAKER FOR THIS
SESSION WILL BE PRESIDENT DALLIN H. OAKS, FIRST COUNSELOR IN THE FIRST PRESIDENCY. FOLLOWING HIS REMARKS, THE CHOIR
WILL CLOSE THE MEETING BY SINGING “NOW LET US REJOICE.”
THE BENEDICTION WILL THEN BE OFFERED BY ELDER STEVEN R. BANGERTER OF THE SEVENTY. ♪♪ ♪ FAITH IS KNOWINGTHE SUN WILL
RISE, ♪ ♪ LIGHTING EACH NEW DAY. ♪ ♪ FAITH IS KNOWINGTHE LORD WILL
HEAR ♪ ♪ MY PRAYERS EACHTIME I PRAY. ♪ ♪ FAITH IS LIKEA LITTLE SEED: ♪ ♪ IF PLANTED,IT WILL GROW, ♪ ♪ FAITH IS A SWELLINGWITHIN MY
HEART. ♪ ♪ WHEN I DO RIGHT, I KNOW. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ FAITH IS KNOWINGI LIVED WITH
GOD ♪ ♪ BEFORE MY MORTAL BIRTH. ♪ ♪ FAITH IS KNOWINGI CAN RETURN ♪ ♪ WHEN MY LIFEENDS ON EARTH. ♪ ♪ FAITH IS TRUSTIN GOD ABOVE, ♪ ♪ IN CHRIST WHOSHOWED THE WAY. ♪ ♪ FAITH IS STRENGTHENED;I FEEL
IT GROW ♪ ♪ WHENEVER I OBEY. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ FAITH IS TRUSTIN GOD ABOVE, ♪ ♪ IN CHRIST WHOSHOWED THE WAY. ♪ ♪ FAITH IS KNOWINGTHE SUN WILL
RISE, ♪ ♪ LIGHTING EACH NEW DAY. ♪♪ ♪♪>>PRESIDENT DALLIN H. OAKS: MY DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, A
LETTER I RECEIVED SOME TIME AGO INTRODUCES THE SUBJECT OF MY
TALK. THE WRITER WAS CONTEMPLATING A TEMPLE MARRIAGE
TO A MAN WHOSE ETERNAL COMPANION HAD DIED. SHE WOULD BE A SECOND WIFE. SHE ASKED THIS QUESTION: WOULD SHE BE ABLE TO HAVE HER IS
OWN HOUSE IN THE NEXT LIFE, OR WOULD SHE HAVE TO LIVE WITH HER HUSBAND AND HIS FIRST WIFE? I
JUST TOLD HER TO TRUST THE LORD. I HEARD FROM A VALUED ASSOCIATE,
I CONTINUE WITH AN EXPERIENCE WHICH I SHARE WITH HIS PERMISSION. AFTER THE DEATH OF A
BELOVED WIFE AND MOTHER OF HIS CHILDREN, A FATHER REMARRIED. SOME GROWN CHILDREN STRONGLY
OBJECTED TO THE REMARRIAGE AND SOUGHT THE COUNSEL OF A CLOSE
RELATIVE WHO WAS A RESPECTED CHURCH LEADER. AFTER HEARING THE
REASONS FOR THEIR OBJECTIONS, WHICH FOCUSED ON CONDITIONS AND
RELATIONSHIPS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD OR IN THE KINGDOMS OF
GLORY THAT FOLLOW THE FINAL JUDGMENT, THIS LEADER SAID: “YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE
WRONG THINGS. YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER YOU WILL
GET TO THOSE PLACES. [LAUGHTER] CONCENTRATE ON THAT. IF YOU GET
THERE, ALL OF IT WILL BE MORE WONDERFUL THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.” WHAT A COMFORTING TEACHING! TRUST THE LORD! FROM LETTERS I
HAVE RECEIVED, I KNOW THAT OTHERS ARE TROUBLED BY QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE SPIRIT WORLD WE WILL INHABIT AFTER WE DIE AND BEFORE
WE ARE RESURRECTED. SOME ASSUME THAT THE SPIRIT
WORLD WILL CONTINUE MANY OF THE TEMPORAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND
ISSUES WE EXPERIENCE IN THIS MORTAL LIFE. WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT
CONDITIONS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD? I BELIEVE A BYU RELIGION
PROFESSOR’S ARTICLE ON THIS SUBJECT HAD IT RIGHT: “WHEN WE ASK OURSELVES WHAT WE
KNOW ABOUT THE SPIRIT WORLD FROM THE STANDARD WORKS, THE ANSWER
IS ‘NOT AS MUCH AS WE OFTEN THINK.'” OF COURSE WE KNOW FROM THE
SCRIPTURES THAT AFTER OUR BODIES DIE WE CONTINUE TO LIVE AS
SPIRITS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD. THE SCRIPTURES ALSO TEACH THAT THIS
SPIRIT WORLD IS DIVIDED BETWEEN THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN “RIGHTEOUS”
OR “JUST” DURING LIFE AND THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WICKED. THEY ALSO DESCRIBE HOW
SOME FAITHFUL SPIRITS TEACH THE GOSPEL TO THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN WICKED OR REBELLIOUS. MOST IMPORTANT, MODERN
REVELATION REVEALS THAT THE WORK OF SALVATION GOES FORWARD IN THE SPIRIT WORLD, AND ALTHOUGH WE ARE URGED NOT TO PROCRASTINATE
OUR REPENTANCE DURING MORTALITY, WE ARE TAUGHT THAT SOME REPENTANCE IS POSSIBLE THERE. THE WORK OF SALVATION IN THE
SPIRIT WORLD CONSISTS OF FREEING SPIRITS FROM WHAT THE SCRIPTURES
FREQUENTLY DESCRIBED AS “BONDAGE.” ALL IN THE SPIRIT
WORLD ARE UNDER SOME FORM OF BONDAGE. PRESIDENT JOSEPH F.
SMITH’S GREAT REVELATION, CANONIZED IN
SECTION 138 OF THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS, STATES
THAT THE RIGHTEOUS DEAD, WHO WERE IN A STATE OF “PEACE” AS THEY ANTICIPATED THE
RESURRECTION, “HAD LOOKED UPON THE LONG ABSENCE OF THEIR
SPIRITS FROM THEIR BODIES AS A BONDAGE.” THE WICKED ALSO SUFFER AN ADDITIONAL BONDAGE. BECAUSE OF
UNREPENTED SINS, THEY ARE IN WHAT THE APOSTLE PETER REFERRED
TO AS SPIRIT “PRISON.” THESE SPIRITS ARE DESCRIBED AS
“BOUND” OR AS “CAPTIVES” OR AS “CAST OUT INTO OUTER DARKNESS”
WITH “WEEPING, AND WAILING, AND GNASHING OF TEETH” AS THEY AWAIT RESURRECTION AND JUDGMENT. RESURRECTION FOR ALL IN THE
SPIRIT WORLD IS ASSURED BY THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST,
THOUGH IT OCCURS AT DIFFERENT TIMES FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS.
UNTIL THAT APPOINTED TIME, WHAT THE SCRIPTURES TELL US ABOUT
ACTIVITY IN THE SPIRIT WORLD PRINCIPALLY CONCERNS THE WORK OF
SALVATION. LITTLE ELSE IS REVEALED. THE
GOSPEL IS PREACHED TO THE IGNORANT, THE UNREPENTANT, AND
THE REBELLIOUS SO THEY CAN BE FREED FROM THEIR BONDAGE AND GO
FORWARD TO THE BLESSINGS A LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER HAS IN STORE FOR THEM. THE SPIRIT WORLD
BONDAGE THAT APPLIES TO RIGHTEOUS CONVERTED SOULS IS THEIR NEED TO AWAIT– AND PERHAPS TO EVEN BE ALLOWED
TO PROMPT–THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR PROXY ORDINANCES ON EARTH
SO THEY CAN BE BAPTIZED AND ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF THE HOLY
GHOST. THESE MORTAL PROXY ORDINANCES ALSO EMPOWER THEM TO GO FORWARD
UNDER PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY TO ENLARGE THE HOSTS OF THE
RIGHTEOUS WHO CAN PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE SPIRITS IN PRISON. BEYOND THESE BASICS, OUR CANON
OF SCRIPTURE CONTAINS VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE SPIRIT WORLD
THAT FOLLOWS DEATH AND PRECEDES THE FINAL JUDGMENT. SO WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW ABOUT
THE SPIRIT WORLD? MANY MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH HAVE HAD VISIONS
OR OTHER INSPIRATIONS TO INFORM THEM ABOUT HOW THINGS OPERATE OR ARE ORGANIZED IN THE SPIRIT WORLD,
BUT THESE PERSONAL SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES ARE NOT TO BE
UNDERSTOOD OR TAUGHT AS THE OFFICIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH.
AND, OF COURSE, THERE IS ABUNDANT SPECULATION BY MEMBERS
AND OTHERS IN PUBLISHED SOURCES LIKE BOOKS ON NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES. AS TO ALL OF THESE, THE WISE
CAUTIONS OF ELDERS D. TODD CHRISTOFFERSON AND NEIL L.
ANDERSEN IN EARLIER GENERAL CONFERENCE MESSAGES ARE IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER. ELDER CHRISTOFFERSON TAUGHT: “IT
SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT NOT EVERY STATEMENT MADE BY A CHURCH
LEADER, PAST OR PRESENT, NECESSARILY CONSTITUTES
DOCTRINE. IT IS COMMONLY UNDERSTOOD IN THE CHURCH THAT A
STATEMENT MADE BY ONE LEADER ON A SINGLE OCCASION OFTEN
REPRESENTS A PERSONAL, THOUGH WELL-CONSIDERED OPINION,
NOT MEANT TO BE OFFICIAL OR BINDING FOR THE WHOLE CHURCH.”
IN THE FOLLOWING CONFERENCE, ELDER ANDERSEN TAUGHT THIS
PRINCIPLE: “THE DOCTRINE IS TAUGHT BY ALL 15 MEMBERS OF THE
FIRST PRESIDENCY AND QUORUM OF THE TWELVE. IT IS NOT
HIDDEN IN AN OBSCURE PARAGRAPH OF ONE TALK.” THE FAMILY PROCLAMATION, SIGNED
BY ALL 15 PROPHETS, SEERS, AND REVELATORS, IS A WONDERFUL ILLUSTRATION OF THAT PRINCIPLE.
BEYOND SOMETHING AS FORMAL AS THE FAMILY PROCLAMATION, THE
PROPHETIC TEACHINGS OF THE PRESIDENTS OF THE CHURCH,
AFFIRMED BY OTHER PROPHETS AND APOSTLES, ARE ALSO AN EXAMPLE OF
THIS. AS TO CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE SPIRIT WORLD, THE PROPHET JOSEPH
SMITH GAVE TWO TEACHINGS NEAR THE CLOSE OF HIS MINISTRY THAT
HAVE BEEN FREQUENTLY TAUGHT BY HIS SUCCESSORS. ONE OF THESE IS
HIS TEACHING IN THE KING FOLLETT SERMON THAT FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE
RIGHTEOUS WILL BE TOGETHER IN THE WORLD OF SPIRITS. ANOTHER IS
THIS STATEMENT AT A FUNERAL IN THE LAST YEAR OF HIS LIFE: “THE
SPIRITS OF THE JUST ARE EXALTED TO A GREATER AND MORE GLORIOUS
WORK … [IN] THE WORLD OF SPIRITS. … THEY ARE NOT FAR
FROM US, AND KNOW AND UNDERSTAND OUR THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, AND MOTIONS, AND ARE OFTEN PAINED THEREWITH.”
SO, WHAT ABOUT A QUESTION LIKE I MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT WHERE SPIRITS LIVE? IF THAT QUESTION
SEEMS STRANGE OR TRIVIAL TO YOU, CONSIDER MANY OF YOUR OWN
QUESTIONS, OR EVEN THOSE YOU HAVE BEEN TEMPTED TO ANSWER ON
THE BASIS OF SOMETHING YOU HEARD FROM ANOTHER PERSON SOMETIME IN THE PAST. FOR ALL
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SPIRIT WORLD, I SUGGEST TWO ANSWERS. FIRST, REMEMBER THAT
GOD LOVES HIS CHILDREN AND WILL SURELY DO WHAT IS BEST FOR EACH
OF US. SECOND, REMEMBER THIS FAMILIAR
BIBLE TEACHING, WHICH HAS BEEN MOST HELPFUL TO ME ON A
MULTITUDE OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: “TRUST IN THE LORD
WITH ALL THINE HEART; AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. “IN ALL
THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL DIRECT THY PATHS.” SIMILARLY, NEPHI CONCLUDED HIS
GREAT PSALM WITH THESE WORDS: AND I WILL TRUST IN THEE “O
LORD, I HAVE TRUSTED IN THEE, FOREVER. I WILL NOT PUT MY TRUST IN THE ARM OF FLESH.” WE CAN ALL
WONDER PRIVATELY ABOUT CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE SPIRIT
WORLD OR EVEN DISCUSS THESE OR OTHER UNANSWERED QUESTIONS IN
FAMILY OR OTHER INTIMATE SETTINGS. BUT LET US NOT TEACH OR USE AS
OFFICIAL DOCTRINE WHAT DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARDS OF OFFICIAL
DOCTRINE. TO DO SO DOES NOT FURTHER THE WORK OF THE LORD AND
MAY EVEN DISCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS FROM SEEKING THEIR OWN COMFORT OR
EDIFICATION THROUGH THE PERSONAL REVELATION THE LORD’S PLAN PROVIDES FOR EACH OF US.
EXCESSIVE RELIANCE ON PERSONAL TEACHINGS OR SPECULATIONS MAY
EVEN DRAW US ASIDE FROM CONCENTRATING ON LEARNING AND EFFORTS THAT WILL FURTHER OUR
UNDERSTANDING AND HELP US GO FORWARD ON THE COVENANT PATH. TRUST IN THE LORD IS A FAMILIAR
AND TRUE TEACHING IN THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. THAT WAS JOSEPH SMITH’S TEACHING
WHEN THE EARLY SAINTS EXPERIENCED SEVERE PERSECUTIONS
AND SEEMINGLY INSURMOUNTABLE OBSTACLES. THAT IS STILL THE
BEST PRINCIPLE WE CAN USE WHEN OUR EFFORTS TO
LEARN OR OUR ATTEMPTS TO FIND COMFORT ENCOUNTER OBSTACLES IN
MATTERS NOT YET REVEALED OR NOT ADOPTED AS THE OFFICIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH. THAT SAME PRINCIPLE APPLIES TO
UNANSWERED QUESTIONS ABOUT SEALINGS IN THE NEXT LIFE OR
DESIRED READJUSTMENTS BECAUSE OF EVENTS OR TRANSGRESSIONS IN MORTALITY. THERE IS SO MUCH WE DO NOT KNOW
THAT OUR ONLY SURE RELIANCE IS TO TRUST IN THE LORD AND HIS LOVE FOR HIS CHILDREN.
IN CONCLUSION, WHAT WE DO KNOW ABOUT THE SPIRIT WORLD IS THAT THE FATHER’S AND THE SON’S WORK OF SALVATION CONTINUES THERE.
OUR SAVIOR INITIATED THE WORK OF DECLARING LIBERTY TO THE
CAPTIVES, AND THAT WORK CONTINUES AS WORTHY AND
QUALIFIED MESSENGERS CONTINUE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL, INCLUDING
REPENTANCE, TO THOSE WHO STILL NEED ITS CLEANSING EFFECT. THE
OBJECT OF ALL OF THAT IS DESCRIBED IN THE OFFICIAL
DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH, GIVEN IN MODERN REVELATION: “THE DEAD WHO REPENT WILL BE
REDEEMED, THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO THE ORDINANCES OF THE HOUSE OF
GOD, “AND AFTER THEY HAVE PAID THE PENALTY OF THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS, AND ARE WASHED
CLEAN, SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS, FOR THEY ARE HEIRS OF SALVATION.”
THE DUTY OF EACH OF US IS TO TEACH THE DOCTRINE OF THE RESTORED GOSPEL, KEEP THE
COMMANDMENTS, LOVE AND HELP ONE ANOTHER, AND DO THE WORK OF SALVATION IN THE HOLY TEMPLES. I
TESTIFY OF THE TRUTH OF WHAT I HAVE SAID HERE AND OF THE TRUTHS
TAUGHT AND TO BE TAUGHT IN THIS CONFERENCE. THIS IS ALL MADE
POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST. AS WE KNOW FROM MODERN REVELATION, HE “GLORIFIES THE
FATHER, AND SAVES ALL THE WORKS OF HIS HANDS.” IN THE NAME OF
JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. ♪♪ ♪ NOW LET US REJOICEIN THE DAY
OF SALVATION. ♪ ♪ NO LONGER AS STRANGERSON EARTH
NEED WE ROAM. ♪ ♪ GOOD TIDINGS ARE SOUNDINGTO US
AND EACH NATION, ♪ ♪ AND SHORTLY THE HOUROF
REDEMPTION WILL COME, ♪ ♪ WHEN ALL THAT WAS PROMISEDTHE
SAINTS WILL BE GIVEN, ♪ ♪ AND NONE WILL MOLEST THEMFROM
MORN UNTIL EV’N, ♪ ♪ AND EARTH WILL APPEARAS THE
GARDEN OF EDEN, ♪ ♪ AND JESUS WILL SAYTO ALL
ISRAEL, “COME HOME.” ♪ ♪♪ ♪ WE’LL LOVE ONE ANOTHERAND
NEVER DISSEMBLE, ♪ ♪ BUT CEASE TO DO EVILAND EVER
BE ONE. ♪ ♪ AND WHEN THE UNGODLYARE
FEARING AND TREMBLE, ♪ ♪ WE’LL WATCH FOR THE DAYWHEN
THE SAVIOR WILL COME, ♪ ♪ WHEN ALL THAT WAS PROMISEDTHE
SAINTS WILL BE GIVEN, ♪ ♪ AND NONE WILL MOLEST THEMFROM
MORN UNTIL EV’N, ♪ ♪ AND EARTH WILL APPEARAS THE
GARDEN OF EDEN, ♪ ♪ AND JESUS WILL SAYTO ALL
ISRAEL, “COME HOME.” ♪ ♪♪ ♪ IN FAITH WE’LL RELYON THE ARM
OF JEHOVAH ♪ ♪ TO GUIDE THRU THESE LAST DAYS
OF TROUBLE AND GLOOM, ♪ ♪ AND AFTER THE SCOURGESAND
HARVEST ARE OVER, ♪ ♪ WE’LL RISE WITH THE JUSTWHEN
THE SAVIOR DOTH COME. ♪ ♪ THEN ALL THAT WAS PROMISEDTHE
SAINTS WILL BE GIVEN, ♪ ♪ AND THEY WILL BE CROWN’DWITH
THE ANGELS OF HEAV’N, ♪ ♪ AND EARTH WILL APPEARAS THE
GARDEN OF EDEN, ♪ ♪ AND CHRIST AND HIS PEOPLEWILL
EVER BE ONE. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ AND CHRIST AND HIS PEOPLEWILL
EVER BE ONE. ♪ ♪♪♪ EVER ONE. ♪♪ ELDER STEVEN R. BANGERTER: OUR BELOVED FATHER IN HEAVEN,
WE BOW OUR HEADS BEFORE THEE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS GREAT
GENERAL CONFERENCE, AND GIVE THEE THANKS WITH ALL OF OUR
HEARTS FOR THIS HOLY SPIRIT THAT HAS BEEN HELD. AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE
WORDS OF INSPIRATION THAT HAVE HEALED OUR SOULS THIS DAY. WE ARE SO VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE
RECEIVED GUIDANCE AND COUNSEL FROM THY CHOSEN SERVANTS. DEAR
FATHER, WE UNITE TOGETHER AS THY CHILDREN ACROSS THIS
BEAUTIFUL EARTH, IN OUR SUPPLICATION UNTO THEE THAT THY
HOLY SPIRIT MAY BE FELT WITHIN THE HEARTS AND THE MINDS OF THY CHILDREN UPON THIS EARTH, THAT
OUR YOUTH AND OUR CHILDREN MAY FEEL WITHIN THEM THE TRUTH OF
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST AS TAUGHT BY THY SON, OUR BELOVED
SAVIOR AND REDEEMER. WE GIVE THEE THANKS, DEAR FATHER, FOR OUR SAVIOR, FOR HIS
SACRED BIRTH, FOR HIS PERFECT LIFE. WE ARE SO DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR HIS ATONING SACRIFICE, AND WE
JOY IN HIS RESURRECTION AND CONTINUING GUIDANCE OF THIS, HIS
CHURCH UPON THE EARTH. WE ARE THANKFUL FOR HIS CONTINUING
PARTICIPATION FOR THE CALL OF PROPHETS AND APOSTLES,
AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR OUR BELOVED PROPHET, PRESIDENT
RUSSELL M. NELSON. WILT THOU SUSTAIN HIM AND STRENGTHEN HIM.
DEAR FATHER, WE THANK THEE FOR ALL OF THESE BLESSINGS, AND DO SO IN THE NAME OF THY SON, OUR
SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>LLOYD NEWELL: THIS HAS BEEN A
BROADCAST OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. SPEAKERS WERE
SELECTED FROM THE GENERAL AUTHORITIES AND GENERAL OFFICERS
OF THE CHURCH. MUSIC WAS PROVIDED BY THE TABERNACLE CHOIR AT TEMPLE SQUARE. THIS BROADCAST
HAS BEEN FURNISHED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE BY BONNEVILLE
DISTRIBUTION. ANY REPRODUCTION, RECORDING, TRANSCRIPTION OR
OTHER USE OF THIS PROGRAM WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT IS PROHIBITED. CLOSED
CAPTIONING BYTHE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRISTOF LATTER-DAY SAINTS COMMENTS TO:[email protected] F1 F1 2 C1♪♪>>LLOYD NEWELL: FROM
THE CONFERENCE CENTER AT TEMPLE SQUARE IN SALT LAKE CITY, THIS
IS THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON SESSION OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL
GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY
SAINTS, WITH SPEAKERS SELECTED FROM THE GENERAL AUTHORITIES AND
GENERAL OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH. THE
MUSIC FOR THIS SESSION IS PROVIDED BY A COMBINED CHOIR OF
INDIVIDUALS RESIDING IN STAKES IN THE PROVO, UTAH, AREA. THIS
BROADCAST IS FURNISHED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE BY BONNEVILLE DISTRIBUTION. ANY
REPRODUCTION, RECORDING, TRANSCRIPTION OR OTHER USE OF
THIS PROGRAM WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT IS PROHIBITED. PRESIDENT
DALLIN H. OAKS, FIRST COUNSELOR IN THE FIRST PRESIDENCY OF THE
CHURCH, WILL CONDUCT THIS SESSION. >>PRESIDENT DALLIN H. OAKS:
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE WELCOME YOU TO THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON
SESSION OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH
OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY
SAINTS. PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON, WHO PRESIDES AT THE CONFERENCE, HAS ASKED THAT I
CONDUCT THIS SESSION. WE EXTEND OUR GREETINGS TO ALL WHO ARE IN
ATTENDANCE OR WHO ARE PARTICIPATING BY MEANS OF TELEVISION, RADIO, OR
THE INTERNET. WE LIKEWISE WELCOME THOSE WHO ARE VIEWING THE PROCEEDINGS
IN STAKE CENTERS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD WHERE THE
CONFERENCE IS BEING CARRIED BY SATELLITE TRANSMISSION. THE MUSIC FOR THIS
SESSION WILL BE PROVIDED BY A COMBINED CHOIR OF INDIVIDUALS
RESIDING IN STAKES IN THE PROVO, UTAH, AREA UNDER THE DIRECTION
OF JIM KASEN WITH JOSEPH PEEPLES AT THE ORGAN. THE
CHOIR WILL OPEN THIS MEETING BY SINGING “THE LORD IS MY LIGHT.”
THE INVOCATION WILL THEN BE OFFERED BY ELDER MATTHEW L. CARPENTER OF THE SEVENTY. ♪♪ ♪ THE LORDIS MY LIGHT; ♪♪ THEN
WHYSHOULD I FEAR? ♪♪ BY DAYAND BY NIGHT ♪♪ HIS PRESENCEIS NEAR.
♪♪ HE IS MY SALVATIONFROM SORROW AND SIN; ♪ ♪ THIS BLESSED ASSURANCETHE
SPIRIT DOTH BRING. ♪ ♪ THE LORDIS MY LIGHT. ♪ ♪ HE IS MY JOYAND MY SONG. ♪ ♪ BY DAYAND BY NIGHT, ♪ ♪ HE LEADS,HE LEADS ME ALONG. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE LORDIS MY LIGHT; ♪♪ THOUGH
CLOUDSMAY ARISE, ♪♪ FAITH, STRONGER THAN SIGHT, ♪ ♪ LOOKS UPTHROUGH THE SKIES ♪♪
WHERE JESUS FOREVERIN GLORY DOTH REIGN. ♪ ♪ THEN HOW CAN I EVERIN DARKNESS
REMAIN? ♪ ♪ THE LORDIS MY LIGHT; ♪ ♪ HE IS MY JOYAND MY SONG. ♪ ♪ BY DAYAND BY NIGHT, ♪ ♪ HE LEADS,HE LEADS ME ALONG. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE LORDIS MY LIGHT. ♪♪ THE
LORDIS MY STRENGTH. ♪ ♪ I KNOW IN HIS MIGHTI’LL
CONQUER AT LENGTH. ♪ ♪ MY WEAKNESS IN MERCYHE COVERS
WITH POW’R, ♪ ♪ AND WALKING IN FAITHI AM
BLESSED EV’RY HOUR. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE LORD IS MY LIGHT,MY ALL
AND IN ALL. ♪ ♪ THERE IS IN HIS SIGHTNO
DARKNESS AT ALL. ♪ ♪ HE IS MY REDEEMER,MY SAVIOR,
AND KING. ♪ ♪ WITH SAINTS AND WITH ANGELSHIS
PRAISES I’LL SING. ♪ ♪ THE LORDIS MY LIGHT ♪ ♪ HE IS MY JOYAND MY SONG. ♪ ♪ BY DAYAND BY NIGHT ♪ ♪ HE LEADS,HE LEADS ME ALONG ♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE LORD IS MY LIGHT;WITH
ANGELS I’LL SING. ♪ ♪ HE IS MY REDEEMER,MY SAVIOR
AND KING. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ MY KING! ♪♪ F1 2 C1 . >>ELDER MATTHEW CARPENTER: OUR
BE ABOVE ED HEAVENLY FATHER, WE LOVE THEE AND WE LOVE THY SON,
OUR REDEEMER. WE THANK THEE FOR THAT MAGNIFICENT MUSIC, FOR THE
ANGELS THAT WE FEEL ARE HERE. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO BE GATHERED
FOR THIS SESSION OF CONFERENCE. HEAVENLY FATHER, WE ASK THAT THE
HOLY GHOST WILL BE HERE IN ABUNDANCE, THAT THOSE WHO WILL
SPEAK TO US AND ALL OF US WHO WILL LISTEN MAY HAVE MESSAGES OF
ETERNAL TRUTH SINK DEEP INTO OUR HEARTS, THAT WE MAY BE BETTER
FOLLOWERS OF THEE AND THY SON. THIS IS THE DESIRE OF OUR
HEARTS, WE ASK FOR IT IN THE NAME OF THY SON, JESUS CHRIST,
AMEN. >>PRESIDENT OAKS: PRESIDENT
HENRY B. EYRING WILL NOW PRESENT THE GENERAL AUTHORITIES, AREA
SEVENTIES, AND GENERAL OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH FOR SUSTAINING
VOTE. >>PRESIDENT HENRY B. EYRING: BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I WILL NOW
PRESENT TO YOU THE GENERAL AUTHORITIES, AREA SEVENTIES, AND
GENERAL OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH FOR YOUR SUSTAINING VOTE. IT IS
PROPOSED THAT WE SUSTAIN RUSSELL MARION NELSON AS PROPHET, SEER,
AND REVELATOR AND PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS; DALLIN HARRIS OAKS AS FIRST
COUNSELOR IN THE FIRST PRESIDENCY; AND HENRY BENNION
EYRING AS SECOND COUNSELOR IN THE FIRST PRESIDENCY. THOSE IN FAVOR MAY MANIFEST IT.
THOSE OPPOSED, IF ANY, MAY MANIFEST IT. IT IS PROPOSED THAT
WE SUSTAIN DALLIN H. OAKS AS PRESIDENT OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES, AND M.
RUSSELL BALLARD AS ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE QUORUM OF THE
TWELVE APOSTLES. THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE SIGNIFY. ANY OPPOSED MAY MANIFEST IT. IT IS PROPOSED THAT WE SUSTAIN
THE FOLLOWING AS MEMBERS OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES:
M. RUSSELL BALLARD JEFFREY R. HOLLAND DIETER F.
UCHTDORF DAVID A. BEDNAR QUENTIN L. COOK D. TODD
CHRISTOFFERSON NEIL L. ANDERSEN RONALD A. RASBAND GARY E.
STEVENSON DALE G. RENLUND GERRIT W. GONG, AND ULISSES
SOARES THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE MANIFEST IT. ANY OPPOSED, MAY SO INDICATE. IT
IS PROPOSED THAT WE SUSTAIN THE COUNSELORS IN THE FIRST
PRESIDENCY AND THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES AS PROPHETS,
SEERS, AND REVELATORS. ALL IN FAVOR, PLEASE MANIFEST IT. CONTRARY, IF
THERE BE ANY, BY THE SAME SIGN. IT IS PROPOSED THAT WE RELEASE
WITH APPRECIATION FOR THEIR DEVOTED SERVICE, ELDERS WILFORD
W. ANDERSEN, KIM B. CLARK, LAWRENCE E. CORBRIDGE, CLAUDIO R.M. COSTA, BRADLEY D.
FOSTER, O. VINCENT HALECK, DONALD L. HALLSTROM, STEVEN E. SNOW, AND LARRY Y. WILSON AS GENERAL
AUTHORITY SEVENTIES, AND GRANT THEM EMERITUS STATUS. THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN WITH US
IN EXPRESSING GRATITUDE TO THESE BRETHREN AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR
THEIR REMARKABLE SERVICE, PLEASE SO MANIFEST. IT IS PROPOSED THAT
WE RELEASE THE FOLLOWING AS AREA SEVENTIES:
JULIO C. ACOSTA BLAKE R. ALDER ALAIN L. ALLARD OMAR A. ALVAREZ TAIICHI AOBA CARLOS F. ARREDONDO ALEY K. AUNA JR. GRANT C.
BENNETT MICHAEL H. BOURNE RÓMULO V. CABRERA WILSON B. CALDERÓN HERNANDO
CAMARGO JOSÉ C. F. CAMPOS NICOLÁS CASTAÑEDA WALTER CHATORA ZENO CHOW ROBERT J. DUDFIELD J.
KEVIN ENCE MELIULA M. FATA K. MARK FROST CLAUDE R. GAMIETTE MAURÍCIO G.
GONZAGA LEONARD D. GREER JOSE L. ISAGUIRRE TAE GUL JUNG
SERGIO L. KRASNOSELSKY MILAN F. KUNZ BRYAN R. LARSEN G. KENNETH LEE GERALDO LIMA W. JEAN-PIERRE LONO KHUMBULANI
MDLETSHE DALE H. MUNK NORMAN R. NEMROW
YUTAKA ONDA WOLFGANG PILZ RAIMUNDO PACHECO DE PINHO GENNADY N. PODVODOV ABRAHAM E.
QUERO MARCO A. RAIS STEVEN K. RANDALL FRANCISCO J. RUIZ DE MENDOZA
EDWIN A. SEXTON RAÚL H. SPITALE C. WALTER TREVIÑO ‘AISAKE K. TUKUAFU JUAN A. URRA
RAUL S. VILLANUEVA LEONARD WOO THOSE WHO WISH TO JOIN US IN
EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR THEIR EXCELLENT SERVICE, PLEASE
MANIFEST IT. IT IS PROPOSED THAT WE SUSTAIN THE FOLLOWING AS NEW
AREA SEVENTIES: MICHEL J. CARTER ALFRED KYUNGU R. PEPPER MURRAY
RYAN K. OLSEN IOTUA TUNE THOSE IN FAVOR MAY MANIFEST IT.
THOSE OPPOSED, IF ANY, MAY MANIFEST IT. IT IS PROPOSED THAT
WE SUSTAIN THE OTHER GENERAL AUTHORITIES, AREA SEVENTIES, AND
GENERAL OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH AS PRESENTLY CONSTITUTED. ALL IN
FAVOR, PLEASE MANIFEST IT. CONTRARY, IF
THERE BE ANY, BY THE SAME SIGN. THOSE WHO
OPPOSED ANY OF THE PROPOSALS SHOULD CONTACT THEIR STAKE PRESIDENT. BROTHERS AND
SISTERS, WE ARE EVER GRATEFUL FOR YOUR CONTINUED FAITH AND
PRAYERS IN BEHALF OF THE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH. >>PRESIDENT OAKS: THE CHOIR WILL NOW FAVOR US WITH “SWEET IS
THE WORK.” FOLLOWING THE SINGING, WE WILL HEAR FROM ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR
OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES. HE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY
ELDER RUBÉN V. ALLIAUD OF THE SEVENTY. WE WILL THEN HEAR FROM
OUR BELOVED PROPHET, PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON, WHO WILL BE
FOLLOWED BY ELDER QUENTIN L. COOK OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES. ♪♪ ♪ SWEET IS THE WORK,MY GOD, MY
KING, ♪ ♪ TO PRAISE THY NAME,GIVE THANKS
AND SING, ♪ ♪ TO SHOW THY LOVEBY MORNING
LIGHT, ♪ ♪ AND TALK OF ALLTHY TRUTHS AT
NIGHT. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ MY HEART SHALL TRIUMPHIN MY
LORD ♪ ♪ AND BLESS HIS WORKSAND BLESS
HIS WORD. ♪ ♪ THY WORKS OF GRACE,HOW BRIGHT
THEY SHINE! ♪ ♪ HOW DEEP THY COUNSELS,HOW
DIVINE! ♪ ♪♪ ♪ BUT, OH WHAT TRIUMPHSHALL I
RAISE ♪ ♪ TO THY DEAR NAMETHROUGH
ENDLESS DAYS, ♪ ♪ WHEN IN THE REALMSOF JOY I SEE
♪ ♪ THY FACEIN FULL FELICITY! ♪ ♪♪ ♪ THEN SHALL I SEEAND HEAR AND
KNOW ♪ ♪ ALL I DESIDRED ANDWISHED BELOW
♪ ♪ AND EVERY POW’RFIND SWEET
EMPLOY ♪ ♪ AND EVERY POW’RFIND SWEET
EMPLOY ♪♪ IN THAT ETERNALWORLD OF JOY ♪ ♪♪ ♪ IN THAT ETERNALWORLD OF JOY ♪ ♪ AMEN ♪♪ ♪♪>>ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR:>>
ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR: I EARNESTLY PRAY FOR THE ASSISTANCE OF F1 2 C1 F1 2 C1 >>ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR:
ASSISTANCE OF THE HOLY GHOST I EARNESTLY PRAY FOR THE FOR YOU
AND FOR ME AS WE REJOICE AND WORSHIP TOGETHER. IN APRIL OF
1976, ELDER BOYD K. PACKER SPOKE SPECIFICALLY TO THE YOUTH OF THE
CHURCH IN GENERAL CONFERENCE. IN HIS CLASSIC MESSAGE ENTITLED
“”SPIRITUAL CROCODILES,”” HE DESCRIBED HOW DURING AN
ASSIGNMENT IN AFRICA HE OBSERVED WELL-CAMOUFLAGED CROCODILES
PREYING ON UNSUSPECTING VICTIMS. HE THEN LIKENED THE CROCODILES
TO SATAN, WHO PREYS ON UNWARY YOUTH BY CAMOUFLAGING THE DEADLY NATURE OF SIN. I WAS 23 YEARS OLD WHEN ELDER
PACKER GAVE THAT TALK, AND SUSAN AND I WERE ANTICIPATING THE
BIRTH OF OUR FIRST CHILD IN JUST A FEW DAYS. WE WERE IMPRESSED
WITH THE CONTENT OF HIS MESSAGE ABOUT AVOIDING SIN AND THE
MASTERFUL WAY HE USED THE ORDINARY BEHAVIOR OF ANIMALS TO TEACH AN
IMPORTANT LESSON. SUSAN AND I ALSO HAVE TRAVELED TO AFRICA ON
MANY ASSIGNMENTS. AND WE HAVE HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE THE
MAGNIFICENT ANIMALS THAT LIVE ON THAT CONTINENT. REMEMBERING THE IMPACT OF ELDER
PACKER”S TALK IN OUR LIVES, WE HAVE TRIED TO OBSERVE AND LEARN
IMPORTANT LESSONS FROM THE BEHAVIOR OF AFRICAN WILDLIFE. I
WANT TO DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERISTICS AND TACTICS OF
TWO CHEETAHS SUSAN AND I WATCHED HUNTING THEIR PREY AND RELATE
SOME OF THE THINGS WE OBSERVED TO THE DAILY LIVING OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. CHEETAHS ARE THE FASTEST LAND
ANIMALS ON EARTH AND REACH RUNNING SPEEDS AS HIGH AS 75
MPH. THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS CAN ACCELERATE FROM A STANDSTILL POSITION TO RUNNING AS FAST AS 68 MPH IN LESS THAN THREE
SECONDS. CHEETAHS ARE PREDATORS THAT SNEAK UP ON THEIR PREY AND
SPRINT A SHORT DISTANCE TO CHASE AND ATTACK. SUSAN AND I SPENT
ALMOST TWO HOURS WATCHING TWO CHEETAHS STALKING A LARGE GROUP
OF TOPIS, AFRICA’S MOST COMMON AND WIDESPREAD ANTELOPES. THE
TALL, DRY GRASS OF THE AFRICAN SAVANNA WAS GOLDEN BROWN AND
ALMOST TOTALLY OBSCURED THE PREDATORS AS THEY PURSUED A
GROUP OF TOPIS. THE CHEETAHS WERE SEPARATED FROM EACH OTHER BY APPROXIMATELY 100 YARDS BUT WORKED IN TANDEM.
WHILE ONE CHEETAH SAT UPRIGHT IN THE GRASS AND DID NOT MOVE, THE OTHER CHEETAH CROUCHED LOW
TO THE GROUND AND SLOWLY CREPT CLOSER TO THE UNSUSPECTING
TOPIS. THEN THE CHEETAH THAT HAD BEEN SITTING UPRIGHT DISAPPEARED
IN THE GRASS AT EXACTLY THE SAME MOMENT THAT THE OTHER CHEETAH SAT UPRIGHT. THIS ALTERNATING
PATTERN OF ONE CHEETAH CROUCHING LOW AND CREEPING FORWARD WHILE
THE OTHER CHEETAH SAT UPRIGHT IN THE GRASS CONTINUED FOR A LONG
TIME. THE STEALTHY SUBTLETY OF THE STRATEGY WAS INTENDED TO
DISTRACT AND DECEIVE THE TOPIS AND THEREBY DIVERT THEIR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE APPROACHING DANGER. PATIENTLY AND STEADILY, THE TWO
CHEETAHS WORKED AS A TEAM TO SECURE THEIR NEXT MEAL.
POSITIONED BETWEEN THE LARGE GROUP OF TOPIS AND THE
APPROACHING CHEETAHS WERE SEVERAL OLDER AND STRONGER TOPIS
STANDING AS SENTINELS ON TERMITE MOUNDS. THE ENHANCED VIEW OF THE
GRASSLANDS FROM THE SMALL HILLS ENABLED THESE GUARDIAN TOPIS TO WATCH FOR SIGNS OF DANGER. THEN
SUDDENLY, AS THE CHEETAHS APPEARED TO BE WITHIN STRIKING
DISTANCE, THE ENTIRE GROUP OF TOPIS TURNED AND RAN AWAY. I DO
NOT KNOW IF OR HOW THE SENTINEL TOPIS COMMUNICATED WITH THE LARGER GROUP, BUT SOMEHOW A
WARNING WAS GIVEN, AND ALL THE TOPIS MOVED TO A PLACE OF
SAFETY. AND WHAT DID THE CHEETAHS DO NEXT? WITHOUT ANY DELAY, THE TWO
CHEETAHS RESUMED THEIR ALTERNATING PATTERN OF ONE
CHEETAH CROUCHING LOW AND CREEPING FORWARD WHILE THE OTHER
CHEETAH SAT UPRIGHT IN THE GRASS. THE PATTERN OF PURSUIT
CONTINUED. THEY DID NOT STOP. THEY DID NOT REST OR TAKE A
BREAK. THEY WERE RELENTLESS IN FOLLOWING THEIR STRATEGY OF DISTRACTION AND DIVERSION.
SUSAN AND I WATCHED THE CHEETAHS DISAPPEAR IN THE DISTANCE,
ALWAYS MOVING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE GROUP OF TOPIS. THAT NIGHT SUSAN AND I HAD A
MEMORABLE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT WE HAD OBSERVED AND
LEARNED. WE ALSO DISCUSSED THIS EXPERIENCE WITH OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND IDENTIFIED
MANY VALUABLE LESSONS. I NOW WILL DESCRIBE THREE OF THOSE
LESSONS. LESSON #1–BEWARE OF EVIL’S BEGUILING DISGUISES. TO ME,
CHEETAHS ARE SLEEK, ALLURING, AND CAPTIVATING CREATURES. A CHEETAH’S
YELLOWISH-TAN TO GREYISH-WHITE COAT WITH BLACK
SPOTS ACTS AS A BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE THAT MAKES THESE
ANIMALS ALMOST INVISIBLE AS THEY STALK THEIR PREY IN THE AFRICAN GRASSLANDS. IN A SIMILAR
WAY, SPIRITUALLY DANGEROUS IDEAS AND ACTIONS FREQUENTLY CAN
APPEAR TO BE ATTRACTIVE, DESIRABLE, OR PLEASURABLE. THUS,
IN OUR CONTEMPORARY WORLD, EACH OF US NEEDS TO BEWARE OF
BEGUILING BAD THAT PRETENDS TO BE GOOD. AS ISAIAH WARNED,
“WOE UNTO THEM THAT CALL EVIL GOOD, AND GOOD EVIL; THAT PUT
DARKNESS FOR LIGHT, AND LIGHT FOR DARKNESS; THAT PUT BITTER FOR SWEET, AND SWEET FOR BITTER!” IN A
PARADOXICAL PERIOD WHEN VIOLATING THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN
LIFE IS HERALDED AS A RIGHT AND CHAOS IS DESCRIBED AS LIBERTY,
HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO LIVE IN THIS LATTER-DAY DISPENSATION
WHEN RESTORED GOSPEL LIGHT CAN SHINE BRIGHTLY IN OUR LIVES AND HELP US TO DISCERN THE
ADVERSARY’S DARK DECEPTIONS AND DISTRACTIONS. “FOR THEY THAT ARE
WISE AND HAVE RECEIVED THE TRUTH, AND HAVE TAKEN THE HOLY
SPIRIT FOR THEIR GUIDE, AND HAVE NOT BEEN DECEIVED–VERILY I SAY
UNTO YOU, THEY SHALL NOT BE HEWN DOWN AND CAST INTO THE FIRE, BUT
SHALL ABIDE THE DAY.” LESSON #2–STAY
AWAKE AND BE ALERT. FOR A TOPI, A BRIEF MOMENT OF
CARELESSNESS OR INATTENTIVENESS COULD INVITE A SWIFT ATTACK FROM A CHEETAH. LIKEWISE, SPIRITUAL COMPLACENCY
AND CASUALNESS MAKE US VULNERABLE TO THE ADVANCES OF
THE ADVERSARY. SPIRITUAL THOUGHTLESSNESS INVITES GREAT DANGER INTO OUR LIVES. NEPHI DESCRIBED HOW
IN THE LATTER DAYS SATAN WOULD ATTEMPT TO PACIFY AND LULL THE
CHILDREN OF GOD INTO A FALSE SENSE OF
CARNAL SECURITY, “THAT THEY WILL SAY: ALL IS WELL IN ZION;
YEA, ZION PROSPERETH, ALL IS WELL–AND THUS THE DEVIL
CHEATETH THEIR SOULS, AND LEADETH THEM AWAY CAREFULLY DOWN
TO HELL.” CONSTANT VIGILANCE IS REQUIRED TO COUNTERACT COMPLACENCY AND CASUALNESS. TO BE VIGILANT IS THE STATE OR
ACTION OF KEEPING CAREFUL WATCH FOR POSSIBLE DANGER OR
DIFFICULTIES. AND KEEPING WATCH DENOTES THE ACT OF STAYING AWAKE TO GUARD AND PROTECT. SPIRITUALLY
SPEAKING, WE NEED TO STAY AWAKE AND BE ALERT TO THE
PROMPTINGS OF THE HOLY GHOST AND THE SIGNALS THAT COME FROM THE LORD’S WATCHMEN ON THE TOWERS. “YEA, AND I ALSO EXHORT YOU …
THAT YE BE WATCHFUL UNTO PRAYER CONTINUALLY, THAT YE MAY NOT BE
LED AWAY BY THE TEMPTATIONS OF THE DEVIL, … FOR BEHOLD, HE
REWARDETH YOU NO GOOD THING.” FOCUSING OUR LIVES IN AND ON THE
SAVIOR AND HIS GOSPEL ENABLES US TO OVERCOME THE TENDENCY OF THE
NATURAL MAN TO BE SPIRITUALLY SNOOZY AND LAZY.
AS WE ARE BLESSED WITH EYES TO SEE AND EARS TO HEAR, THE
HOLY GHOST CAN INCREASE OUR CAPACITY TO LOOK AND LISTEN WHEN
WE MAY NOT TYPICALLY THINK WE NEED TO LOOK OR LISTEN OR WHEN
WE MAY NOT THINK ANYTHING CAN BE SEEN OR HEARD. “WATCH,
THEREFORE, THAT YE MAY BE READY.” LESSON #3–UNDERSTAND
THE INTENT OF THE ENEMY. A CHEETAH IS A PREDATOR THAT
NATURALLY PREYS ON OTHER ANIMALS. ALL DAY, EVERY DAY, A CHEETAH IS A PREDATOR. SATAN “IS THE ENEMY OF
RIGHTEOUSNESS AND OF THOSE WHO SEEK TO DO THE WILL OF GOD.” ALL
DAY, EVERY DAY, HIS ONLY INTENT AND SOLE PURPOSE ARE TO MAKE THE
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD MISERABLE LIKE UNTO HIMSELF. THE
FATHER’S PLAN OF HAPPINESS IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE DIRECTION FOR HIS CHILDREN, TO HELP THEM EXPERIENCE ENDURING JOY, AND TO BRING THEM SAFELY HOME TO HIM WITH RESURRECTED, EXALTED
BODIES. THE DEVIL LABORS TO MAKE THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD
CONFUSED AND UNHAPPY AND TO HINDER THEIR ETERNAL
PROGRESSION. THE ADVERSARY WORKS RELENTLESSLY TO ATTACK THE ELEMENTS OF THE
FATHER’S PLAN HE HATES THE MOST. SATAN DOES NOT HAVE A BODY, AND
HIS ETERNAL PROGRESS HAS BEEN HALTED. JUST AS WATER FLOWING IN
A RIVERBED IS STOPPED BY A DAM, SO
THE ADVERSARY’S ETERNAL PROGRESS IS THWARTED BECAUSE HE DOES NOT
HAVE A PHYSICAL BODY. BECAUSE OF HIS REBELLION, LUCIFER HAS
DENIED HIMSELF ALL OF THE MORTAL BLESSINGS AND EXPERIENCES MADE
POSSIBLE THROUGH A TABERNACLE OF FLESH AND BONES. ONE OF THE POTENT
SCRIPTURAL MEANINGS OF THE WORD “DAMNED” IS ILLUSTRATED IN HIS
INABILITY TO CONTINUE PROGRESSING AND BECOMING LIKE
OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. BECAUSE A PHYSICAL BODY IS SO
CENTRAL TO THE FATHER’S PLAN OF HAPPINESS AND OUR SPIRITUAL
DEVELOPMENT, LUCIFER SEEKS TO FRUSTRATE OUR PROGRESSION BY
TEMPTING US TO USE OUR BODIES IMPROPERLY. PRESIDENT RUSSELL M.
NELSON HAS TAUGHT THAT SPIRITUAL SAFETY
ULTIMATELY LIES IN “‘NEVER TAKING THE FIRST ENTICING STEP
TOWARD GOING WHERE YOU SHOULD NOT GO AND DOING WHAT YOU SHOULD
NOT DO.’ … AS HUMAN BEINGS WE ALL HAVE [PHYSICAL] APPETITES
NECESSARY FOR OUR SURVIVAL. ‘THESE
APPETITES ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR THE PERPETUATION
OF LIFE. SO, WHAT DOES THE ADVERSARY DO? HE ATTACKS US
THROUGH OUR APPETITES. HE TEMPTS US TO EAT
THINGS WE SHOULD NOT EAT, TO DRINK THINGS WE SHOULD NOT
DRINK, AND TO LOVE AS WE SHOULD NOT LOVE!'” ONE OF THE ULTIMATE IRONIES OF
ETERNITY IS THAT THE ADVERSARY, WHO IS MISERABLE PRECISELY BECAUSE HE HAS NO PHYSICAL BODY, INVITES AND
ENTICES US TO SHARE IN HIS MISERY THROUGH THE IMPROPER USE
OF OUR BODIES. THE VERY TOOL HE DOES NOT HAVE
AND CANNOT USE IS THUS THE PRIMARY TARGET OF HIS ATTEMPTS
TO LURE US TO PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL DESTRUCTION.
UNDERSTANDING THE INTENT OF AN ENEMY IS VITAL TO EFFECTIVE
PREPARATION FOR POSSIBLE ATTACKS. PRECISELY BECAUSE
CAPTAIN MORONI KNEW THE INTENTION OF THE LAMANITES, HE WAS PREPARED TO MEET THEM AT THE TIME OF THEIR COMING AND WAS VICTORIOUS. AND
THAT SAME PRINCIPLE AND “IF YE ARE PREPARED YE SHALL PROMISE
APPLIES TO EACH OF US. NOT FEAR. “AND THAT YE MIGHT ESCAPE THE POWER OF THE ENEMY.” JUST AS
IMPORTANT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED BY OBSERVING THE BEHAVIOR OF
CHEETAHS AND TOPIS, SO EACH OF US SHOULD LOOK FOR THE LESSONS
AND WARNINGS FOUND IN THE SIMPLE EVENTS OF EVERYDAY LIFE. AS WE SEEK FOR A MIND AND HEART
OPEN TO RECEIVE HEAVENLY DIRECTION BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, THEN SOME OF
GREATEST INSTRUCTIONS THAT WE CAN RECEIVE AND MANY OF THE MOST POWERFUL WARNINGS THAT CAN
SAFEGUARD US WILL ORIGINATE IN OUR OWN ORDINARY EXPERIENCES.
POWERFUL PARABLES ARE CONTAINED IN BOTH THE SCRIPTURES AND IN
OUR DAILY LIVES. I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED ONLY THREE OF
THE MANY LESSONS THAT CAN BE IDENTIFIED IN THE ADVENTURE
SUSAN AND I HAD IN AFRICA. I INVITE AND ENCOURAGE YOU TO
REFLECT ON THIS EPISODE WITH THE CHEETAHS AND THE TOPIS AND
IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL LESSONS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. PLEASE REMEMBER ALWAYS THAT YOUR
HOME IS THE TRUE CENTER OF GOSPEL LEARNING AND LIVING. AS
YOU RESPOND IN FAITH TO THIS INVITATION, INSPIRED THOUGHTS
WILL COME TO YOUR MIND, SPIRITUAL FEELINGS WILL SWELL IN
YOUR HEART, AND YOU WILL RECOGNIZE ACTIONS THAT SHOULD BE
UNDERTAKEN OR CONTINUED SO THAT YOU CAN “TAKE UPON YOU [THE]
WHOLE ARMOR [OF GOD], THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND THE EVIL DAY, HAVING DONE ALL,
THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO STAND.” I PROMISE THAT THE BLESSINGS OF
EFFECTIVE PREPARATION AND SPIRITUAL PROTECTION WILL FLOW
INTO YOUR LIFE AS YOU ARE WATCHFUL UNTO PRAYER VIGILANTLY
AND CONTINUALLY. I TESTIFY THAT PRESSING FORWARD ON THE COVENANT
PATH PROVIDES SPIRITUAL SAFETY AND INVITES ENDURING JOY INTO OUR LIVES. AND
I WITNESS THAT THE RISEN AND LIVING SAVIOR WILL SUSTAIN AND
STRENGTHEN US IN TIMES BOTH GOOD AND BAD. OF THESE TRUTHS I
TESTIFY IN THE SACRED NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>ELDER RUBÉN V. ALLIAUD: WHILE
VISITING THEIR HOMES, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I FREQUENTLY LIKE TO
ASK CONVERTS IS HOW THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES LEARNED ABOUT THE
CHURCH AND HOW THEY CAME TO BE BAPTIZED. IT DOESN’T MATTER
IF THE PERSON IS IN THAT MOMENT AN ACTIVE MEMBER OR HASN’T
ATTENDED CHURCH FOR MANY YEARS, THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS THE SAME:
WITH A SMILE AND THEIR COUNTENANCE GLOWING, THEY BEGIN
TO TELL THE STORY OF HOW THEY WERE FOUND. IN FACT, IT
SEEMS THAT THE STORY OF CONVERSION IS ALWAYS THE STORY OF HOW WE ARE FOUND. JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF IS THE LORD
OF LOST THINGS. HE CARES FOR LOST THINGS. THAT IS SURELY WHY
HE TAUGHT THE THREE PARABLES THAT WE FIND IN THE FIFTEENTH
CHAPTER OF LUKE: THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP, THE LOST COIN,
AND FINALLY, THE PRODIGAL SON. ALL OF THESE STORIES HAVE A
COMMON DENOMINATOR: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHY THEY WERE LOST, IT
DOESN’T EVEN MATTER IF THEY WERE AWARE THAT THEY WERE LOST, IN
EACH CASE THERE REIGNS SUPREME A FEELING OF JOY THAT EXCLAIMS:
“REJOICE WITH ME; FOR I HAVE FOUND [THAT] WHICH WAS LOST.” IN
THE END, NOTHING IS TRULY LOST TO HIM. ALLOW ME TO SHARE THIS AFTERNOON
PRECIOUS THINGS TO ME–THE STORY WITH YOU ONE OF THE MOST OF HOW
I MYSELF WAS FOUND. JUST BEFORE I TURNED 15, I WAS INVITED BY MY
UNCLE, MANUEL BUSTOS, TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HIM AND HIS
FAMILY HERE IN THE UNITED STATES. THAT WOULD BE A
GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO LEARN SOME ENGLISH. MY UNCLE HAD
CONVERTED TO THE CHURCH MANY YEARS BEFORE, AND HE HAD A GREAT
MISSIONARY SPIRIT. THAT IS PROBABLY WHY MY MOTHER, WITHOUT
ME KNOWING, SPOKE WITH HIM AND SAID SHE WOULD AGREE TO THE
INVITATION ON ONE CONDITION: ME TO BECOME A MEMBER OF HIS THAT
HE DID NOT TRY TO CONVINCE CHURCH. WE WERE CATHOLIC, WE HAD
BEEN FOR GENERATIONS, AND THERE WAS NO REASON TO CHANGE. MY UNCLE
WAS IN COMPLETE AGREEMENT AND KEPT HIS WORD TO THE POINT THAT
HE DIDN’T WANT TO ANSWER EVEN SIMPLE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHURCH. OF COURSE,
WHAT MY UNCLE AND HIS SWEET WIFE MARJORIE COULD NOT AVOID WAS BEING WHO THEY WERE. I
WAS ASSIGNED A ROOM THAT CONTAINED A LARGE LIBRARY OF BOOKS. I COULD SEE THAT IN THIS LIBRARY THERE WERE ROUGHLY 200 COPIES OF
THE BOOK OF MORMON IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, WITH 20 OF THEM IN
SPANISH. ONE DAY, OUT OF CURIOSITY, I TOOK DOWN A COPY OF
THE BOOK OF MORMON IN SPANISH. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE COPIES WITH
A SKY-BLUE SOFT COVER, WITH THE FIGURE OF THE ANGEL MORONI ON
THE FRONT. UPON OPENING IT, THERE ON THE FIRST PAGE WAS
WRITTEN THE FOLLOWING PROMISE: “AND WHEN YE
SHALL RECEIVE THESE THINGS, I WOULD EXHORT YOU THAT YE WOULD
ASK GOD, THE ETERNAL FATHER, IN THE NAME OF CHRIST, IF THESE THINGS ARE NOT TRUE; AND IF YE
SHALL ASK WITH A SINCERE HEART, WITH REAL INTENT, HAVING FAITH
IN CHRIST, HE WILL MANIFEST THE TRUTH OF IT UNTO YOU, BY THE
POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST.” AND THEN IT ADDED: “AND BY THE POWER
OF THE HOLY GHOST YE MAY KNOW THE TRUTH OF ALL THINGS.”
IT IS DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN THE IMPACT THAT THESE SCRIPTURES HAD
ON MY MIND AND HEART. TO BE HONEST, I WAS NOT LOOKING FOR
“THE TRUTH”. I WAS JUST A TEENAGER, HAPPY WITH HIS LIFE,
ENJOYING THIS NEW CULTURE. NEVERTHELESS, WITH THAT PROMISE
IN MIND, I SECRETLY BEGAN READING THE BOOK. AS I READ
MORE, I UNDERSTOOD THAT IF I REALLY WANTED TO GET ANYTHING FROM THIS, I HAD BETTER START TO PRAY; AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DECIDE TO
NOT ONLY READ BUT ALSO PRAY ABOUT THE BOOK OF MORMON. WELL,
THAT IS JUST WHAT HAPPENED TO ME. IT WAS SOMETHING SO SPECIAL
AND SO UNIQUE, YES, JUST THE SAME AS
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MILLIONS OF OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD. I CAME
TO KNOW BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST THAT THE BOOK OF MORMON
WAS TRUE. I THEN WENT TO MY UNCLE TO HAPPENED, AND THAT I
WAS READY EXPLAIN TO HIM WHAT HAD TO BE BAPTIZED. MY UNCLE
COULD NOT CONTAIN HIS ASTONISHMENT. HE GOT IN HIS CAR,
DROVE TO THE AIRPORT, AND THEN RETURNED WITH MY PLANE TICKET TO
FLY BACK HOME, WITH A NOTE ADDRESSED TO MY MOTHER THAT
SIMPLY STATED: “I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS!” [LAUGHTER] IN A
WAY HE WAS RIGHT. I HAD BEEN FOUND DIRECTLY BY THE POWER OF
THE BOOK OF MORMON. THERE MAY BE MANY WHO HAVE BEEN FOUND THROUGH
OUR WONDERFUL MISSIONARIES AROUND THE WORLD, IN EVERY CASE
THROUGH MIRACULOUS WAYS; OR MAYBE THEY HAVE BEEN FOUND
THROUGH FRIENDS THAT GOD HAS DELIBERATELY PLACED IN THEIR
PATH. IT MIGHT EVEN BE THAT THEY HAVE BEEN FOUND BY SOMEONE FROM
THIS GENERATION OR THROUGH ONE OF THEIR ANCESTORS. WHATEVER THE
CASE, IN ORDER TO PROGRESS TOWARDS A TRUE PERSONAL
CONVERSION, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, THEY ALL MUST EXPERIENCE
AND BE FOUND BY THE POWER OF THE TRUTHS CONTAINED IN THE BOOK OF
MORMON. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY MUST PERSONALLY DECIDE TO MAKE A
SERIOUS COMMITMENT TO GOD THAT THEY WILL STRIVE TO KEEP HIS
COMMANDMENTS. UPON RETURNING TO BUENOS AIRES, MY MOTHER REALIZED
THAT I TRULY WANTED TO BE BAPTIZED. SINCE I
HAD A SOMEWHAT REBELLIOUS SPIRIT, INSTEAD OF OPPOSING ME, SHE VERY WISELY
TOOK MY SIDE, AND WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING IT, SHE DID MY BAPTISMAL INTERVIEW HERSELF. INDEED, I BELIEVE THAT HER
INTERVIEW WAS EVEN MORE IN-DEPTH THAN THOSE OUR MISSIONARIES
CONDUCT. SHE TOLD ME: “IF YOU WANT TO BE BAPTIZED, I WILL
SUPPORT YOU. BUT FIRST I’M GOING TO ASK YOU SOME QUESTIONS AND I
WANT YOU TO THINK VERY HARD AND ANSWER ME HONESTLY: “DO YOU
COMMIT TO ATTEND CHURCH ABSOLUTELY EVERY SUNDAY?” I TOLD
HER, “YES, OF COURSE, I’M GOING TO DO THAT.” “DO YOU HAVE ANY
IDEA HOW LONG CHURCH IS?” “YES I DO,” I SAID. SHE REPLIED:
“WELL, IF YOU GET BAPTIZED, I AM GOING TO MAKE
SURE THAT YOU ATTEND.” THEN SHE ASKED ME IF I WAS TRULY WILLING
TO NEVER DRINK ALCOHOL OR SMOKE. I ANSWERED HER: “YES, OF COURSE,
I AM GOING TO COMPLY WITH THAT AS WELL.” TO WHICH SHE ADDED:
“IF YOU GET BAPTIZED, I AM GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT IS THE
CASE.” AND SHE PROCEEDED ON IN THAT WAY WITH ALMOST EVERY COMMANDMENT.
MY UNCLE HAD CALLED MY MOTHER TO TELL HER NOT TO WORRY, THAT I
WOULD SOON GET OVER ALL THIS. FOUR YEARS LATER, WHEN I
RECEIVED MY CALL TO SERVE IN THE URUGUAY MONTEVIDEO MISSION, MY
MOTHER CALLED MY UNCLE TO ASK HIM WHEN EXACTLY I WAS GOING TO GET OVER ALL THIS. [LAUGHTER]
THE TRUTH IS THAT, FROM THE TIME I WAS BAPTIZED, SHE WAS A
HAPPIER MOTHER. I CAME TO KNOW THAT THE BOOK OF MORMON WAS CRUCIAL IN THE
CONVERSION PROCESS BY EXPERIENCING FIRSTHAND THE
PROMISE THAT “A MAN WOULD GET NEARER TO GOD BY ABIDING BY ITS PRECEPTS.” NEPHI EXPLAINED THE
CENTRAL PURPOSE OF THE BOOK OF MORMON IN
THIS WAY: “FOR WE LABOR DILIGENTLY TO WRITE, TO PERSUADE
OUR CHILDREN, AND ALSO OUR BRETHREN, TO BELIEVE IN CHRIST,
AND TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD …[AND SO] WE TALK OF CHRIST,
WE REJOICE IN CHRIST, WE PREACH OF CHRIST, [AND] WE PROPHESY OF
CHRIST…THAT OUR CHILDREN MAY KNOW TO WHAT SOURCE THEY MAY
LOOK FOR A REMISSION OF THEIR SINS.” THE ENTIRE BOOK OF
MORMON IS IMBUED WITH THAT SAME SACRED PURPOSE. FOR THIS REASON,
ANY READER WHO COMMITS TO A SINCERE STUDY OF
IT, WITH THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER, WILL NOT ONLY LEARN ABOUT
CHRIST, BUT THEY WILL BEGIN TO LEARN FROM CHRIST. ESPECIALLY IF
THEY MAKE THE DECISION TO TRY “THE VIRTUE OF THE WORD” AND NOT
REJECT IT PREMATURELY DUE TO PREJUDICED UNBELIEF BY WHAT
OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THINGS THEY HAVE NEVER READ. PRESIDENT
RUSSELL M. NELSON REFLECTED: “WHEN I THINK OF THE BOOK OF
MORMON, I THINK OF THE WORD POWER. THE TRUTHS OF
THE BOOK OF MORMON HAVE THE POWER TO HEAL, COMFORT, RESTORE,
SUCCOR, STRENGTHEN, CONSOLE, AND CHEER OUR SOULS.” MY INVITATION THIS AFTERNOON TO
EACH OF US, REGARDLESS HOW LONG WE’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE
CHURCH, TO ALLOW THE POWER OF THE TRUTHS OF THE BOOK OF MORMON
TO FIND US AND EMBRACE US ONCE AGAIN, AND DAY AFTER DAY AS WE
DILIGENTLY SEEK FOR PERSONAL REVELATION. IT WILL DO SO IF WE
ALLOW IT. I SOLEMNLY TESTIFY THAT THE BOOK OF MORMON CONTAINS
THE FULLNESS OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, AND THAT THE HOLY GHOST WILL
CONFIRM THE TRUTH OF IT TIME AFTER TIME TO ANYONE WHO, WITH A
SINCERE HEART, SEEKS KNOWLEDGE UNTO THE SALVATION OF THEIR
SOUL. IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON:
THANK YOU, ELDER BEDNAR AND ELDER ALLIAUD, FOR YOUR
MESSAGES. DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, IT IS
WONDERFUL TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN IN GENERAL CONFERENCE. EARLIER
THIS WEEK, ANNOUNCEMENTS WERE MADE TO MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH
ABOUT CHANGES IN POLICY REGARDING WHO MAY SERVE AS
WITNESSES TO BAPTISM AND SEALING ORDINANCES. I WOULD LIKE TO
HIGHLIGHT THOSE THREE POINTS: 1) A PROXY BAPTISM FOR A
DECEASED PERSON MAY BE WITNESSED BY ANYONE HOLDING A CURRENT
TEMPLE RECOMMEND, INCLUDING A LIMITED-USE RECOMMEND. 2) ANY ENDOWED MEMBER
WITH A CURRENT TEMPLE RECOMMEND MAY SERVE AS A WITNESS TO SEALING ORDINANCES, LIVING AND PROXY. 3) ANY BAPTIZED MEMBER OF THE CHURCH MAY SERVE AS A WITNESS OF
THE BAPTISM OF A LIVING PERSON. THIS CHANGE PERTAINS TO ALL
BAPTISMS OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE. THESE POLICY ADJUSTMENTS ARE PROCEDURAL. THE UNDERLYING
DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS ARE UNCHANGED AND ARE EQUALLY
EFFICACIOUS IN ALL ORDINANCES. THESE CHANGES SHOULD GREATLY
ENHANCE FAMILY PARTICIPATION IN THESE ORDINANCES. I ALSO WANTED
TO SPEAK WITH YOU AT THIS TIME TO INTRODUCE ADJUSTMENTS THAT
PERTAIN TO OUR YOUTH AND THEIR LEADERS. YOU
WILL REMEMBER THAT I HAVE INVITED THE YOUTH OF THE CHURCH
OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS TO ENLIST IN THE LORD’S
YOUTH BATTALION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GREATEST CAUSE ON EARTH TODAY–THE GATHERING OF ISRAEL.
I ISSUED THIS INVITATION TO OUR YOUTH BECAUSE THEY ARE UNUSUALLY
GIFTED IN REACHING OUT TO OTHERS AND SHARING WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN A CONVINCING FASHION. THE
CAUSE OF THE GATHERING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF HELPING TO
PREPARE THE WORLD AND ITS PEOPLE FOR THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD. IN EACH WARD, THE LORD’S YOUTH
BATTALION IS LED BY A BISHOP, A DEDICATED SERVANT OF GOD. HIS FIRST AND FOREMOST
RESPONSIBILITY IS TO CARE FOR THE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN OF
HIS WARD. THE BISHOP AND HIS COUNSELORS DIRECT THE WORK OF
THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD QUORUMS AND THE YOUNG WOMEN CLASSES IN THE WARD. THE
ADJUSTMENTS WE NOW ANNOUNCE ARE INTENDED TO HELP YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN DEVELOP THEIR SACRED PERSONAL POTENTIAL. WE
WANT ALSO TO STRENGTHEN AARONIC PRIESTHOOD QUORUMS AND
YOUNG WOMEN CLASSES AND PROVIDE SUPPORT TO BISHOPS AND OTHER ADULT LEADERS AS THEY SERVE THIS
RISING GENERATION. ELDER QUENTIN L. COOK WILL NOW DISCUSS THE
ADJUSTMENTS THAT RELATE TO THE YOUNG MEN. AND TONIGHT,
AT THE GENERAL WOMEN’S SESSION, SISTER
BONNIE H. CORDON, YOUNG WOMEN GENERAL PRESIDENT, WILL DISCUSS THE ADJUSTMENTS
THAT RELATE TO THE YOUNG WOMEN. THE FIRST PRESIDENCY AND THE
TWELVE ARE UNITED IN ENDORSING THESE EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN OUR
YOUTH. OH, HOW WE LOVE THEM AND PRAY FOR THEM! THEY ARE THE
“HOPE OF ISRAEL, ZION’S ARMY, CHILDREN OF THE PROMISED DAY.”
WE EXPRESS OUR COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN OUR YOUTH AND OUR
GRATITUDE FOR THEM, IN THE SACRED NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>ELDER QUENTIN L. COOK: THANK
YOU, PRESIDENT NELSON, FOR THAT JOYFUL REVELATORY GUIDANCE WITH
RESPECT TO WITNESSES AT BAPTISMS AND THE DIRECTION YOU HAVE ASKED
US TO SHARE TO HELP STRENGTHEN YOUTH AND DEVELOP THEIR SACRED POTENTIAL. BEFORE I
SHARE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS, WE EXPRESS OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION
FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL WAY MEMBERS HAVE RESPONDED TO DEVELOPMENTS
IN THE ONGOING RESTORATION OF THE GOSPEL. AS PRESIDENT NELSON
SUGGESTED LAST YEAR, YOU HAVE TAKEN YOUR VITAMINS! YOU
JOYFULLY STUDY “COME, FOLLOW ME” AT HOME. YOU HAVE ALSO RESPONDED TO
ADJUSTMENTS AT CHURCH. MEMBERS OF THE ELDERS QUORUM AND
RELIEF SOCIETY SISTERS UNITEDLY DO THE WORK OF SALVATION. OUR
GRATITUDE IS OVERFLOWING. WE ARE PARTICULARLY GRATEFUL THAT OUR
YOUTH CONTINUE TO REMAIN STRONG AND FAITHFUL. OUR YOUTH LIVE IN
AN EXCITING BUT ALSO CHALLENGING TIME. THE CHOICES AVAILABLE HAVE
NEVER BEEN MORE DRAMATIC. ONE EXAMPLE: THE MODERN
SMARTPHONE PROVIDES ACCESS TO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT AND UPLIFTING INFORMATION, INCLUDING
FAMILY HISTORY AND THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. ON THE OTHER HAND,
IT CONTAINS FOOLISHNESS, IMMORALITY, AND
EVIL NOT READILY AVAILABLE IN THE PAST. TO HELP OUR YOUTH NAVIGATE THIS
MAZE OF CHOICES, THE CHURCH HAS PREPARED THREE PROFOUND AND
COMPREHENSIVE INITIATIVES. FIRST, CURRICULUM HAS BEEN
STRENGTHENED AND EXPANDED TO THE HOME. SECOND, A CHILDREN AND
YOUTH PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES EXCITING
ACTIVITIES AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WAS PRESENTED JUST
LAST SUNDAY BY PRESIDENT NELSON, PRESIDENT BALLARD, AND THE
GENERAL OFFICERS. A THIRD INITIATIVE IS
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES TO MAKE YOUTH A MORE SIGNIFICANT FOCUS
OF OUR BISHOPS AND OTHER LEADERS. THIS FOCUS MUST BE
SPIRITUALLY POWERFUL AND HELP OUR YOUTH BECOME THE YOUTH
BATTALION PRESIDENT NELSON HAS ASKED THEM TO BECOME. THESE
EFFORTS, TOGETHER WITH THOSE ANNOUNCED DURING THE LAST
FEW YEARS, ARE NOT ISOLATED CHANGES. EACH OF THE ADJUSTMENTS
IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF AN INTERLOCKING PATTERN TO BLESS
THE SAINTS AND PREPARE THEM TO MEET GOD. ONE
PART OF THE PATTERN RELATES TO THE RISING GENERATION. OUR YOUTH
ARE BEING ASKED TO TAKE MORE INDIVIDUAL
RESPONSIBILITY AT YOUNGER AGES– WITHOUT PARENTS AND LEADERS
TAKING OVER WHAT YOUTH CAN DO FOR THEMSELVES. TODAY WE
ANNOUNCE ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES FOR YOUTH AT WARD AND STAKE
LEVELS. AS PRESIDENT NELSON EXPLAINED, SISTER BONNIE H.
CORDON WILL DISCUSS CHANGES FOR YOUNG WOMEN THIS EVENING. ONE
PURPOSE FOR THE CHANGES I WILL NOW DISCUSS IS TO STRENGTHEN
AARONIC PRIESTHOOD HOLDERS, QUORUMS, AND QUORUM
PRESIDENCIES. THESE CHANGES ALIGN OUR PRACTICE WITH DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS 107:15, WHICH READS, “THE
BISHOPRIC IS THE PRESIDENCY OF THIS [AARONIC] PRIESTHOOD, AND
HOLDS THE KEYS OR AUTHORITY OF THE SAME.” ONE OF THE SCRIPTURAL
DUTIES OF THE BISHOP IS TO PRESIDE OVER THE PRIESTS AND TO
SIT IN COUNCIL WITH THEM, TEACHING THEM THE DUTIES OF THEIR OFFICE. IN
ADDITION, THE FIRST COUNSELOR IN THE BISHOPRIC WILL HAVE SPECIFIC
RESPONSIBILITY FOR TEACHERS AND THE SECOND COUNSELOR FOR
DEACONS. ACCORDINGLY, TO ALIGN WITH THIS REVELATION IN THE DOCTRINE AND
COVENANTS, YOUNG MEN PRESIDENCIES AT THE WARD LEVEL
WILL BE DISCONTINUED. THESE FAITHFUL BRETHREN HAVE DONE MUCH
GOOD, AND WE EXPRESS APPRECIATION TO THEM. IT IS OUR
HOPE THAT BISHOPRICS WILL GIVE GREAT EMPHASIS AND FOCUS TO THE PRIESTHOOD
RESPONSIBILITIES OF YOUNG MEN AND HELP THEM IN THEIR QUORUM
DUTIES. CAPABLE ADULT YOUNG MEN ADVISERS WILL BE CALLED TO
ASSIST THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD QUORUM PRESIDENCIES AND THE
BISHOPRIC IN THEIR DUTIES. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT MORE YOUNG
MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN WILL RISE TO THE CHALLENGE AND STAY ON THE
COVENANT PATH WITH THIS LASER-LIKE FOCUS ON OUR YOUTH. IN THE LORD’S INSPIRED PATTERN,
THE BISHOP HAS RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVERYONE IN THE WARD. HE BLESSES THE PARENTS OF YOUTH AS WELL AS THE YOUTH. ONE BISHOP
FOUND THAT AS HE COUNSELED WITH A YOUNG MAN STRUGGLING WITH
PORNOGRAPHY, HE COULD HELP THE YOUNG MAN IN HIS REPENTANCE ONLY
AS HE HELPED THE PARENTS REACT WITH LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING. THE
YOUNG MAN’S HEALING WAS A HEALING FOR HIS FAMILY AND WAS
POSSIBLE THROUGH THE BISHOP WORKING IN BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE
FAMILY. THE YOUNG MAN HAS NOW BECOME A WORTHY MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD
HOLDER AND FULL-TIME MISSIONARY. AS THIS ACCOUNT SUGGESTS, THESE
ADJUSTMENTS WILL: HELP BISHOPS AND THEIR COUNSELORS FOCUS ON
THEIR CORE RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE YOUTH AND PRIMARY CHILDREN.
PLACE THE POWER AND DUTIES OF THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD AT THE
CENTER OF EVERY YOUNG MAN’S PERSONAL LIFE AND GOALS. THESE
ADJUSTMENTS ALSO: EMPHASIZE THE RESPONSIBILITIES
OF AARONIC PRIESTHOOD QUORUM PRESIDENCIES AND THEIR DIRECT
REPORTING LINE TO THE BISHOPRIC. MOTIVATE ADULT LEADERS TO ASSIST
AND MENTOR AARONIC PRIESTHOOD QUORUM PRESIDENCIES IN
MAGNIFYING THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF THEIR OFFICE. AS
NOTED, THESE ADJUSTMENTS DO NOT LESSEN THE BISHOPRICS’
RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUNG WOMEN. AS PRESIDENT NELSON JUST TAUGHT,
“[THE BISHOP’S] FIRST AND FOREMOST RESPONSIBILITY IS TO
CARE FOR THE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN OF HIS WARD. HOW WILL OUR
BELOVED AND HARDWORKING BISHOPS FULFILL THIS RESPONSIBILITY? AS
YOU REMEMBER, IN 2018, MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD QUORUMS
WERE ADJUSTED TO WORK EVEN MORE CLOSELY WITH RELIEF SOCIETIES SO
THAT ELDERS QUORUMS AND RELIEF SOCIETIES CAN, UNDER THE
DIRECTION OF THE BISHOP, HELP SHOULDER IMPORTANT
RESPONSIBILITIES THAT PREVIOUSLY CONSUMED MUCH OF HIS TIME. THESE
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE MISSIONARY WORK AND TEMPLE AND FAMILY HISTORY WORK IN THE
WARD–AS WELL AS MUCH OF THE MINISTERING TO WARD MEMBERS. THE BISHOP CANNOT DELEGATE SOME
RESPONSIBILITIES, SUCH AS THE YOUTH, BEING A COMMON JUDGE,
CARING FOR THOSE IN NEED, AND OVERSEEING FINANCES AND TEMPORAL
AFFAIRS. THESE ARE, HOWEVER, FEWER THAN WE MAY HAVE
UNDERSTOOD IN THE PAST. AS ELDER JEFFREY R.
HOLLAND EXPLAINED LAST YEAR WHEN THE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE
MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD QUORUMS WERE ANNOUNCED: “THE BISHOP
REMAINS, OF COURSE, THE PRESIDING HIGH PRIEST OF THE WARD. THIS NEW ALIGNMENT [OF
ELDERS QUORUMS AND RELIEF SOCIETIES] SHOULD LET HIM
PRESIDE OVER THE WORK OF THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD AND THE
RELIEF SOCIETY WITHOUT REQUIRING HIM TO DO THE WORK OF EITHER OF
THOSE BODIES.” FOR INSTANCE, A RELIEF SOCIETY
PRESIDENT AND AN ELDERS QUORUM PRESIDENT, AS ASSIGNED, CAN TAKE
A GREATER ROLE IN COUNSELING WITH ADULTS–AS CAN A YOUNG
WOMEN PRESIDENT IN COUNSELING WITH YOUNG WOMEN. WHILE ONLY THE
BISHOP CAN SERVE AS A COMMON JUDGE, THESE OTHER LEADERS ARE
ALSO ENTITLED TO REVELATION FROM HEAVEN TO HELP WITH CHALLENGES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A COMMON JUDGE OR
INVOLVE ABUSE OF ANY KIND. THAT DOESN’T MEAN A YOUNG WOMAN
CANNOT OR SHOULD NOT TALK TO THE BISHOP OR TO HER PARENTS. THEIR FOCUS IS THE YOUTH! BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT A YOUNG
WOMEN LEADER MAY BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF AN INDIVIDUAL YOUNG
WOMAN. THE BISHOPRIC IS AS CONCERNED FOR YOUNG WOMEN AS FOR
YOUNG MEN, BUT WE RECOGNIZE THE STRENGTH THAT COMES FROM HAVING
STRONG, ENGAGED, AND FOCUSED YOUNG WOMEN LEADERS WHO LOVE AND
MENTOR, NOT TAKING OVER THE ROLES OF CLASS PRESIDENCIES BUT
HELPING YOUTH SUCCEED IN THOSE ROLES. SISTER CORDON WILL SHARE
ADDITIONAL EXCITING CHANGES FOR YOUNG WOMEN TONIGHT. I, HOWEVER,
ANNOUNCE THAT WARD YOUNG WOMEN PRESIDENTS WILL NOW
REPORT TO AND COUNSEL DIRECTLY WITH THE BISHOP OF THE WARD. IN THE PAST, THIS ASSIGNMENT COULD BE DELEGATED TO A
COUNSELOR, BUT GOING FORWARD, YOUNG WOMEN WILL BE A DIRECT
RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ONE WHO HOLDS PRESIDING KEYS FOR THE
WARD. THE RELIEF SOCIETY PRESIDENT WILL CONTINUE TO
REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE BISHOP. AT THE GENERAL AND STAKE LEVELS,
WE WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE YOUNG MEN PRESIDENCIES. AT THE STAKE LEVEL, A HIGH COUNCILOR WILL BE THE YOUNG MEN
PRESIDENT AND WILL, WITH THE HIGH COUNCILORS ASSIGNED TO
YOUNG WOMEN AND PRIMARY, BE PART OF THE STAKE AARONIC
PRIESTHOOD–YOUNG WOMEN COMMITTEE. THESE BRETHREN WILL
WORK WITH THE STAKE YOUNG WOMEN PRESIDENCY ON THIS COMMITTEE.
WITH A COUNSELOR TO THE STAKE PRESIDENT AS CHAIR, THIS
COMMITTEE WILL HAVE INCREASED IMPORTANCE BECAUSE MANY OF THE
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES IN THE NEW CHILDREN AND YOUTH
INITIATIVE WILL BE AT THE STAKE LEVEL. THESE HIGH COUNCILORS,
UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE STAKE PRESIDENCY, CAN SERVE AS A
RESOURCE TO THE BISHOP AND AARONIC PRIESTHOOD QUORUMS IN A
MANNER SIMILAR TO THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY HIGH COUNCILORS TO
WARD ELDERS QUORUMS. AS A RELATED MATTER, ANOTHER HIGH
COUNCILOR WILL SERVE AS THE STAKE SUNDAY SCHOOL PRESIDENT
AND, AS NEEDED, COULD SERVE ON THE STAKE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD–
YOUNG WOMEN COMMITTEE. ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL
CHANGES WILL BE FURTHER EXPLAINED IN INFORMATION SENT TO
LEADERS. THESE CHANGES INCLUDE: THE BISHOPRIC YOUTH COMMITTEE
MEETING WILL BE REPLACED BY A WARD YOUTH COUNCIL. THE WORD
“MUTUAL” WILL BE RETIRED AND BECOME “YOUNG WOMEN ACTIVITIES,”
“AARONIC PRIESTHOOD QUORUM ACTIVITIES,” OR “YOUTH
ACTIVITIES” AND WILL BE HELD WEEKLY WHERE POSSIBLE. THE WARD
BUDGET FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES WILL BE DIVIDED EQUITABLY BETWEEN THE
YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN ACCORDING TO THE
NUMBER OF YOUTH IN EACH ORGANIZATION. A SUFFICIENT
AMOUNT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR PRIMARY ACTIVITIES. AT ALL
LEVELS–WARD, STAKE, AND GENERAL–WE WILL USE THE TERM “ORGANIZATION” RATHER THAN THE
TERM “AUXILIARY.” THOSE WHO LEAD THE GENERAL RELIEF SOCIETY,
YOUNG WOMEN, YOUNG MEN, PRIMARY, AND SUNDAY SCHOOL ORGANIZATIONS
WILL BE KNOWN AS “GENERAL OFFICERS.” THOSE WHO LEAD ORGANIZATIONS AT
THE WARD AND STAKE LEVELS WILL BE KNOWN AS “WARD OFFICERS” AND
“STAKE OFFICERS.” THE ADJUSTMENTS ANNOUNCED TODAY
MAY BEGIN AS SOON AS BRANCHES, WARDS, DISTRICTS, AND STAKES ARE
READY BUT SHOULD BE IN PLACE BY JANUARY 1, 2020. THESE
ADJUSTMENTS, WHEN COMBINED AND INTEGRATED WITH PREVIOUS
ADJUSTMENTS, REPRESENT A SPIRITUAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL
EFFORT CONSISTENT WITH DOCTRINE TO BLESS AND STRENGTHEN EVERY
MAN, WOMAN, YOUTH, AND CHILD, HELPING EACH TO FOLLOW THE
EXAMPLE OF OUR SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, AS WE PROGRESS ON THE
COVENANT PATH. DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I PROMISE AND TESTIFY
THAT THESE COMPREHENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS, UNDER THE DIRECTION
OF AN INSPIRED PRESIDENT AND PROPHET, RUSSELL M. NELSON, WILL
EMPOWER AND STRENGTHEN EVERY MEMBER OF
THE CHURCH. OUR YOUTH WILL DEVELOP GREATER FAITH IN THE
SAVIOR, BE PROTECTED FROM THE TEMPTATIONS OF THE ADVERSARY,
AND STAND PREPARED TO MEET LIFE’S CHALLENGES. IN THE SACRED
NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>PRESIDENT OAKS: THE
CONGREGATION WILL NOW JOIN THE CHOIR IN SINGING “REDEEMER OF
ISRAEL.” AFTER THE SINGING, WE WILL BE PLEASED TO HEAR FROM BROTHER MARK L. PACE, WHO WAS
SUSTAINED LAST APRIL AS SUNDAY SCHOOL GENERAL PRESIDENT. HE
WILL BE FOLLOWED BY ELDERS L. TODD BUDGE AND JORGE M. ALVARADO
OF THE SEVENTY. ♪♪>>LLOYD NEWELL: THIS IS THE
189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF
JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. ♪♪ ♪ REDEEMER OF ISRAEL,OUR ONLY
DELIGHT, ♪ ♪ ON WHOM FOR A BLESSINGWE CALL,
♪ ♪ OUR SHADOW BY DAYAND OUR
PILLAR BY NIGHT, ♪ ♪ OUR KING, OUR DELIV’RER,OUR
ALL! ♪ ♪♪♪ WE KNOW HE IS COMINGTO
GATHER HIS SHEEP ♪ ♪ AND LEAD THEMTO ZION IN LOVE,
♪ ♪ FOR WHY IN THE VALLEYOF DEATH
SHOULD THEY WEEP ♪ ♪ OR IN THE LONEWILDERNESS ROVE?
♪ ♪♪♪ HOW LONG WE HAVE WANDEREDAS
STRANGERS IN SIN, ♪ ♪ AND CRIED IN THE DESERTFOR
THEE! ♪ ♪ OUR FOES HAVE REJOICEDWHEN OUR
SORROWS THEY’VE SEEN, ♪ ♪ BUT ISRAEL WILL SHORTLYBE
FREE. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ AS CHILDREN OF ZION,GOOD
TIDINGS FOR US. ♪ ♪ THE TOKENS ALREADYAPPEAR. ♪ ♪ FEAR NOT, AND BE JUST,FOR THE
KINGDOM IS OURS. ♪ ♪ THE HOUR OF REDEMPTIONIS NEAR.
♪ ♪♪>>BROTHER MARK L. PACE: WE
REJOICE IN MEETING TOGETHER IN THIS GREAT GENERAL CONFERENCE OF
THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. IT IS A
BLESSING TO RECEIVE THE MIND AND WILL OF THE LORD THROUGH THE
TEACHINGS OF HIS PROPHETS AND APOSTLES. PRESIDENT RUSSELL M.
NELSON IS THE LORD’S LIVING PROPHET. AND HOW GRATEFUL WE ARE
FOR HIS INSPIRED COUNSEL AND DIRECTION RECEIVED TODAY. I ADD
MY WITNESS TO THOSE SHARED PREVIOUSLY. I BEAR TESTIMONY OF
GOD, OUR ETERNAL FATHER. HE LIVES AND LOVES US AND WATCHES
OVER US. HIS PLAN OF HAPPINESS PROVIDES FOR THE BLESSING OF
THIS MORTAL LIFE AND OUR EVENTUAL RETURN TO HIS PRESENCE.
I ALSO BEAR TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST. HE IS GOD’S ONLY
BEGOTTEN SON. HE SAVED US FROM DEATH, AND HE REDEEMS US FROM
SIN AS WE EXERCISE FAITH IN HIM AND REPENT.” HIS INFINITE
ATONING SACRIFICE IN OUR BEHALF BRINGS THE
BLESSING OF IMMORTALITY AND ETERNAL LIFE. INDEED, “GOD
BE THANKED FOR THE MATCHLESS GIFT OF HIS DIVINE SON.”
LATTER-DAY SAINTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE BLESSED TO WORSHIP
JESUS CHRIST IN HIS TEMPLES. ONE OF THOSE TEMPLES IS CURRENTLY
UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN WINNIPEG, CANADA. MY WIFE,
ANNE MARIE, AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE
CONSTRUCTION SITE IN AUGUST OF THIS YEAR. THE TEMPLE IS
BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED AND WILL CERTAINLY BE MAGNIFICENT WHEN
COMPLETED. HOWEVER, YOU CAN’T HAVE A MAGNIFICENT TEMPLE IN
WINNIPEG, OR ANYWHERE ELSE, WITHOUT A SOLID AND FIRM FOUNDATION. THE
FREEZE-THAW CYCLE AND WINNIPEG MADE IT CHALLENGING TO EXPANSIVE
SOIL CONDITIONS IN PREPARE THE TEMPLE FOUNDATION. THEREFORE, IT
WAS DETERMINED THAT THE FOUNDATION FOR THIS
TEMPLE WOULD CONSIST OF 70 STEEL PILES ENCASED IN CONCRETE. THESE
PILES ARE 60 FEET IN LENGTH AND 12 TO 20 INCHES IN DIAMETER. THEY ARE DRIVEN
INTO THE GROUND UNTIL THEY HIT BEDROCK, APPROXIMATELY 50 FEET
BELOW THE SURFACE. IN THIS WAY, THE 70 PILES PROVIDE A SOLID, FIRM FOUNDATION
FOR WHAT WILL BE THE BEAUTIFUL WINNIPEG TEMPLE. AS LATTER-DAY
SAINTS, WE SEEK A SIMILAR FIRM AND SURE FOUNDATION IN OUR
LIVES–A SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION NEEDED FOR OUR JOURNEY THROUGH
MORTALITY AND BACK TO OUR HEAVENLY HOME. THAT FOUNDATION
IS ESTABLISHED ON THE BEDROCK OF OUR CONVERSION TO THE LORD JESUS
CHRIST. WE RECALL THE TEACHINGS OF HELAMAN FROM THE BOOK OF
MORMON: “AND NOW, MY SONS, REMEMBER, REMEMBER THAT IT IS
UPON THE ROCK OF OUR REDEEMER, WHO IS
CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, THAT YE MUST BUILD YOUR FOUNDATION; THAT
WHEN THE DEVIL SHALL SEND FORTH HIS MIGHTY WINDS, YEA, HIS
SHAFTS IN THE WHIRLWIND, … IT SHALL HAVE NO POWER OVER YOU TO
DRAG YOU DOWN TO THE GULF OF MISERY AND ENDLESS WO, BECAUSE
OF THE ROCK UPON WHICH YE ARE BUILT, WHICH IS A SURE
FOUNDATION, A FOUNDATION WHEREON IF MEN BUILD THEY CANNOT FALL.”
GRATEFULLY, WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN PROPHETS AND APOSTLES TEACH
US OF THE SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. FOLLOWING THEIR COUNSEL HELPS US ESTABLISH A FIRM FOUNDATION IN CHRIST. A YEAR AGO, IN HIS OPENING
REMARKS OF THE OCTOBER 2018 GENERAL CONFERENCE, PRESIDENT
RUSSELL M. NELSON PROVIDED THIS DECLARATION AND WARNING: “THE
LONG-STANDING OBJECTIVE OF THE CHURCH IS TO ASSIST ALL MEMBERS
TO INCREASE THEIR FAITH IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND IN HIS
ATONEMENT, TO ASSIST THEM IN MAKING AND KEEPING THEIR
COVENANTS WITH GOD, AND TO STRENGTHEN AND SEAL THEIR
FAMILIES. IN THIS COMPLEX WORLD TODAY, THIS IS NOT EASY. THE ADVERSARY
IS INCREASING HIS ATTACKS ON FAITH AND UPON US AND OUR
FAMILIES AT AN EXPONENTIAL RATE. TO SURVIVE SPIRITUALLY, WE NEED
COUNTERSTRATEGIES AND PROACTIVE PLANS.” FOLLOWING PRESIDENT NELSON’S
MESSAGE, ELDER QUENTIN L. COOK, OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE
APOSTLES, INTRODUCED THE “COME, FOLLOW ME” RESOURCE FOR
INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. HIS REMARKS INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING
STATEMENTS: “THE NEW HOME-STUDY ‘COME, FOLLOW ME’ RESOURCE …
IS DESIGNED TO HELP MEMBERS LEARN THE GOSPEL IN THE HOME.”
“THIS RESOURCE IS FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY IN THE
CHURCH.” “OUR PURPOSE IS TO BALANCE THE CHURCH AND THE HOME
EXPERIENCES IN A WAY THAT WILL GREATLY INCREASE FAITH AND
SPIRITUALITY AND DEEPEN CONVERSION TO HEAVENLY FATHER
AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.” STARTING IN JANUARY OF THIS
YEAR, LATTER-DAY SAINTS WORLDWIDE BEGAN STUDYING THE NEW
TESTAMENT, WITH THE “COME, FOLLOW ME” RESOURCE AS OUR
GUIDE. WITH A WEEKLY SCHEDULE, “COME, FOLLOW ME” HELPS US STUDY
THE SCRIPTURES, THE DOCTRINE OF THE GOSPEL, AND THE TEACHINGS OF
THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES. IT IS A MARVELOUS RESOURCE FOR US ALL.
AFTER NINE MONTHS OF THIS WORLDWIDE SCRIPTURE STUDY
EFFORT, WHAT DO WE SEE? WE SEE LATTER-DAY SAINTS EVERYWHERE
GROWING IN FAITH AND DEVOTION TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. WE SEE
INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES SETTING ASIDE TIME THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
TO STUDY THE WORDS OF OUR SAVIOR. WE SEE IMPROVING GOSPEL INSTRUCTION IN OUR SUNDAY
CLASSES AS WE STUDY THE SCRIPTURES AT HOME AND SHARE OUR INSIGHTS AT CHURCH. AND WE SEE
GREATER FAMILY JOY AND UNITY AS WE HAVE MOVED FROM SIMPLY
READING THE SCRIPTURES TO STUDYING THE SCRIPTURES IN A
PROFOUND WAY. IT HAS BEEN MY PRIVILEGE TO VISIT WITH MANY LATTER-DAY
SAINTS AND HEAR FIRST-HAND OF THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH “COME,
FOLLOW ME.” THEIR EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH FILL MY HEART WITH JOY.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE COMMENTS I HAVE HEARD FROM VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH: IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD.
A FATHER SHARED, “I ENJOY ‘COME, FOLLOW ME’ AS IT PROVIDES AN
OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY OF THE SAVIOR TO MY CHILDREN.” IN
ANOTHER HOME, A CHILD SAID, “THIS IS A CHANCE TO HEAR MY
PARENTS BEAR THEIR TESTIMONIES.” A MOTHER SHARED: “WE HAVE BEEN
INSPIRED AS TO HOW TO PUT GOD FIRST. THE TIME WE [THOUGHT WE]
‘DIDN’T HAVE’ HAS BEEN [FILLED] WITH HOPE, JOY, PEACE, AND
SUCCESS IN WAYS WE DIDN’T KNOW WERE POSSIBLE.” A COUPLE
OBSERVED: “WE ARE READING THE SCRIPTURES ENTIRELY DIFFERENTLY
THAN WE HAVE EVER READ THEM BEFORE. WE ARE LEARNING SO MUCH
MORE THAN WE HAVE EVER LEARNED BEFORE. THE LORD IS WANTING US
TO SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY. THE LORD IS PREPARING US.” A
MOTHER REMARKED: “I LOVE THAT WE ARE LEARNING THE SAME THINGS
TOGETHER. BEFORE, WE WERE READING IT. TODAY, WE ARE
LEARNING IT.” A SISTER SHARED THIS INSIGHTFUL PERSPECTIVE:
“BEFORE, YOU HAD THE LESSON, AND THE SCRIPTURES SUPPLEMENTED IT.
NOW, YOU HAVE THE SCRIPTURES, AND THE LESSON SUPPLEMENTS IT.”
ANOTHER SISTER COMMENTED: “I FEEL A DIFFERENCE WHEN I DO IT
[COMPARED TO] WHEN I DON’T. I FIND IT EASIER TO TALK TO OTHERS
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST AND OUR BELIEFS.” A GRANDMOTHER
REMARKED, “I CALL MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN ON SUNDAYS,
AND WE SHARE INSIGHTS FROM ‘COME, FOLLOW ME’ TOGETHER.” A SISTER OBSERVED: ”
‘COME, FOLLOW ME’ FEELS LIKE THE SAVIOR IS PERSONALLY MINISTERING
TO ME. IT IS HEAVEN INSPIRED.” A FATHER
COMMENTED, “AS WE USE ‘COME, FOLLOW ME,’ WE ARE LIKE THE
CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, MARKING THE SIDE POSTS OF OUR DOORS,
PROTECTING OUR FAMILIES FROM THE INFLUENCE OF THE DESTROYER.”
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, IT IS A JOY TO VISIT WITH YOU AND HEAR
HOW YOUR EFFORTS WITH “COME, FOLLOW ME” ARE BLESSING YOUR
LIVES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DEVOTION.
STUDYING THE SCRIPTURES WITH “COME, FOLLOW ME” AS A GUIDE IS
STRENGTHENING OUR CONVERSION TO JESUS CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL. WE
ARE NOT SIMPLY TRADING ONE HOUR LESS IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY FOR ONE
HOUR MORE OF SCRIPTURE STUDY AT HOME. LEARNING THE GOSPEL IS A
CONSISTENT EFFORT THROUGHOUT THE WEEK. AS ONE SISTER SHARED WITH
ME, “THE GOAL IS NOT TO MAKE CHURCH ONE HOUR SHORTER; IT IS TO MAKE CHURCH SIX DAYS LONGER!” NOW, CONSIDER AGAIN THE WARNING
OUR PROPHET, PRESIDENT NELSON, GAVE AS HE OPENED THE OCTOBER
2018 GENERAL CONFERENCE: “THE ADVERSARY IS INCREASING HIS
ATTACKS ON FAITH AND UPON US AND OUR FAMILIES AT AN EXPONENTIAL
RATE. TO SURVIVE SPIRITUALLY, WE NEED COUNTERSTRATEGIES AND
PROACTIVE PLANS.” THEN (APPROXIMATELY 29
HOURS LATER) ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON, HE CLOSED THE
CONFERENCE WITH THIS PROMISE: “AS YOU DILIGENTLY WORK TO
REMODEL YOUR HOME INTO A CENTER OF GOSPEL LEARNING, … THE
INFLUENCE OF THE ADVERSARY IN YOUR LIFE AND IN YOUR HOME WILL
DECREASE.” HOW CAN THE ATTACKS OF THE ADVERSARY BE INCREASING EXPONENTIALLY WHILE AT THE SAME
TIME THE INFLUENCE OF THE ADVERSARY IS ACTUALLY
DECREASING? IT CAN HAPPEN, AND IT IS HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE
CHURCH, BECAUSE THE LORD PREPARES HIS PEOPLE AGAINST THE
ATTACKS OF THE ADVERSARY. “COME, FOLLOW ME” IS THE LORD’S
COUNTERSTRATEGY AND PROACTIVE PLAN. AS PRESIDENT NELSON
TAUGHT, “THE NEW HOME-CENTERED, CHURCH-SUPPORTED INTEGRATED
CURRICULUM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF FAMILIES.”
HOWEVER, IT DOES AND WILL REQUIRE OUR BEST EFFORTS; WE
NEED TO “[FOLLOW] THROUGH CONSCIENTIOUSLY AND CAREFULLY TO
TRANSFORM [OUR] HOME INTO A SANCTUARY OF FAITH.” AFTER ALL, AS PRESIDENT NELSON
ALSO SAID, “WE ARE EACH RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR INDIVIDUAL
SPIRITUAL GROWTH.” WITH THE “COME, FOLLOW ME” RESOURCE, THE
LORD IS PREPARING US “FOR THE PERILOUS TIMES THAT WE NOW
FACE.” HE IS HELPING US ESTABLISH THAT “SURE FOUNDATION,
A FOUNDATION WHEREON IF MEN BUILD THEY CANNOT FALL”–THE
FOUNDATION OF A TESTIMONY ANCHORED FIRMLY IN THE BEDROCK
OF OUR CONVERSION TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. MAY OUR DAILY
EFFORTS IN STUDYING THE SCRIPTURES FORTIFY US AND PROVE
US WORTHY OF THESE PROMISED BLESSINGS. I SO PRAY,
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>ELDER L. TODD BUDGE: OUR SON
DANIEL GOT VERY SICK ON HIS MISSION IN AFRICA AND WAS TAKEN
TO A MEDICAL FACILITY WITH LIMITED RESOURCES. AS WE READ
HIS FIRST LETTER TO US AFTER HIS ILLNESS, WE EXPECTED THAT HE
WOULD BE DISCOURAGED, BUT INSTEAD HE WROTE, “EVEN AS I LAY
IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM, I FELT PEACE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO
CONSISTENTLY AND RESILIENTLY HAPPY IN MY LIFE.” AS MY WIFE
AND I READ THESE WORDS, WE WERE OVERCOME WITH EMOTION.
“CONSISTENTLY AND RESILIENTLY HAPPY.” WE HAD NEVER HEARD
HAPPINESS DESCRIBED THAT WAY, BUT HIS
WORDS RANG TRUE. WE KNEW THAT THE HAPPINESS HE DESCRIBED WAS
NOT SIMPLY PLEASURE OR AN ELEVATED MOOD BUT A PEACE AND
JOY THAT COMES WHEN WE SURRENDER OURSELVES TO GOD
AND PUT OUR TRUST IN HIM IN ALL THINGS. WE TOO HAD HAD THOSE TIMES IN
OUR LIVES WHEN GOD SPOKE PEACE TO OUR SOULS AND CAUSED US TO
HAVE HOPE IN CHRIST EVEN WHEN LIFE WAS HARD AND UNCERTAIN. LEHI TEACHES THAT IF ADAM AND EVE HAD NOT FALLEN “THEY WOULD HAVE REMAINED IN A STATE OF
INNOCENCE, HAVING NO JOY, FOR THEY KNEW NO MISERY. … “BUT
BEHOLD, ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN DONE IN THE WISDOM OF HIM WHO KNOWETH ALL THINGS.
“ADAM FELL THAT MEN MIGHT BE; AND MEN ARE, THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE JOY.” IN A PARADOXICAL WAY,
AFFLICTIONS AND SORROW PREPARE US TO EXPERIENCE JOY IF WE WILL
TRUST IN THE LORD AND HIS PLAN FOR US. THIS TRUTH IS
BEAUTIFULLY EXPRESSED BY A 13TH-CENTURY POET: “SORROW
PREPARES YOU FOR JOY. IT VIOLENTLY SWEEPS EVERYTHING OUT
OF YOUR HOUSE, SO THAT NEW JOY CAN FIND SPACE TO ENTER. IT
SHAKES THE YELLOW LEAVES FROM THE BOUGH OF YOUR HEART, SO THAT
FRESH, GREEN LEAVES CAN GROW IN THEIR PLACE. IT PULLS UP THE ROTTEN ROOTS, SO
THAT NEW ROOTS HIDDEN BENEATH HAVE ROOM TO GROW. WHATEVER
SORROW SHAKES FROM YOUR HEART, FAR BETTER THINGS WILL TAKE
THEIR PLACE.” PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON TAUGHT, THE JOY THE SAVIOR
OFFERS US “IS CONSTANT, ASSURING US THAT OUR AFFLICTIONS SHALL BE
BUT A SMALL MOMENT AND BE CONSECRATED TO YOUR GAIN.” OUR
TRIALS AND AFFLICTIONS COULD MAKE SPACE FOR GREATER JOY. THE GOOD NEWS OF THE GOSPEL
IS NOT THE PROMISE OF A LIFE FREE OF SORROW AND TRIBULATION
BUT A LIFE FULL OF PURPOSE AND MEANING–A LIFE WHERE OUR
SORROWS AND AFFLICTIONS CAN BE “SWALLOWED UP IN THE JOY OF
CHRIST.” THE SAVIOR DECLARED, “IN THE WORLD YE SHALL HAVE
TRIBULATION: BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER; I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.” HIS
GOSPEL IS A MESSAGE OF HOPE. SORROW COUPLED WITH HOPE IN
JESUS CHRIST HOLDS THE PROMISE OF ENDURING JOY. THE ACCOUNT OF THE JAREDITES’
JOURNEY TO THE PROMISED LAND CAN BE USED AS A METAPHOR FOR OUR
JOURNEY THROUGH MORTALITY. THE LORD PROMISED THE BROTHER OF
JARED AND HIS PEOPLE THAT HE WOULD “GO BEFORE [THEM] INTO A
LAND WHICH IS CHOICE ABOVE ALL THE LANDS OF THE EARTH.” HE
COMMANDED THEM TO BUILD BARGES, AND THEY OBEDIENTLY WENT TO WORK
BUILDING THEM ACCORDING TO THE LORD’S INSTRUCTIONS.
HOWEVER, AS THE WORK PROGRESSED, THE BROTHER OF JARED DEVELOPED
CONCERNS THAT THE LORD’S DESIGN FOR THE BARGES WAS NOT
SUFFICIENT. HE CRIED OUT: “O LORD, I HAVE PERFORMED THE WORK
WHICH THOU HAST COMMANDED ME, AND I HAVE MADE THE BARGES
ACCORDING AS THOU HAST DIRECTED ME. “AND BEHOLD, O LORD, IN THEM THERE IS NO LIGHT. …
“… O LORD, WILT THOU SUFFER THAT WE SHALL CROSS THIS GREAT
WATER IN DARKNESS?” HAVE YOU EVER POURED OUT YOUR SOUL TO GOD IN SUCH A WAY? WHEN
STRIVING TO LIVE AS THE LORD COMMANDS AND RIGHTEOUS
EXPECTATIONS ARE NOT MET, HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED IF YOU MUST GO THROUGH THIS LIFE IN DARKNESS? THE BROTHER OF JARED THEN
EXPRESSED AN EVEN GREATER CONCERN ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO
SURVIVE IN THE BARGES. HE CRIED, “AND ALSO WE SHALL PERISH, FOR
IN THEM WE CANNOT BREATHE, SAVE IT IS THE AIR WHICH IS IN THEM.”
HAVE THE DIFFICULTIES OF LIFE EVER MADE IT HARD FOR YOU TO
BREATHE AND CAUSED YOU TO WONDER HOW YOU CAN MAKE IT THROUGH THE
DAY, LET ALONE MAKE IT BACK TO YOUR HEAVENLY HOME? AFTER THE
LORD WORKED WITH THE BROTHER OF JARED TO RESOLVE EACH OF HIS
CONCERNS HE THEN EXPLAINED, “YE CANNOT CROSS THIS GREAT DEEP
SAVE I PREPARE [A WAY FOR] YOU AGAINST THE WAVES OF THE SEA, AND THE WINDS WHICH
HAVE GONE FORTH, AND THE FLOODS WHICH SHALL COME.” THE LORD MADE
IT CLEAR THAT ULTIMATELY THE JAREDITES COULD NOT MAKE IT TO THE PROMISED LAND WITHOUT HIM. THEY WERE NOT IN
CONTROL, AND THE ONLY WAY THEY COULD MAKE IT
ACROSS THE GREAT DEEP WAS TO PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM. THESE
EXPERIENCES AND TUTORING FROM THE LORD SEEMED TO DEEPEN THE
BROTHER OF JARED’S FAITH AND STRENGTHEN HIS TRUST IN THE
LORD. NOTICE HOW HIS PRAYERS CHANGED FROM QUESTIONS AND
CONCERNS TO EXPRESSIONS OF FAITH AND TRUST: “I KNOW, O LORD, THAT THOU HAST
ALL POWER, AND CAN DO WHATSOEVER THOU WILT FOR THE BENEFIT OF
MAN. … “BEHOLD, O LORD, THOU CANST DO THIS. WE KNOW THAT THOU
ART ABLE TO SHOW FORTH GREAT POWER, WHICH LOOKS SMALL UNTO
THE UNDERSTANDING OF MEN.” IT IS RECORDED THAT THE JAREDITES THEN
“GOT ABOARD OF THEIR … BARGES, AND SET FORTH INTO THE SEA,
COMMENDING THEMSELVES UNTO THE LORD THEIR GOD.” TO “COMMEND” MEANS TO
ENTRUST OR TO SURRENDER. THE JAREDITES DID NOT GET INTO
THE BARGES BECAUSE THEY KNEW EXACTLY HOW THINGS WOULD WORK ON
THEIR JOURNEY. THEY GOT ABOARD BECAUSE THEY HAD LEARNED TO
TRUST IN THE LORD’S POWER, GOODNESS, AND MERCY, AND THEY
WERE THEREFORE WILLING TO SURRENDER THEMSELVES AND ANY
DOUBTS OR FEARS THEY MAY HAVE HAD TO THE LORD. RECENTLY, OUR
GRANDSON ABE WAS AFRAID TO RIDE ONE OF THE CAROUSEL ANIMALS THAT
MOVE UP AND DOWN. HE PREFERRED ONE THAT DIDN’T MOVE. HIS
GRANDMOTHER FINALLY PERSUADED HIM THAT IT WOULD BE SAFE, SO
TRUSTING HER HE GOT ABOARD. HE THEN SAID, WITH A BIG SMILE, “I
DON’T FEEL SAFE, BUT I AM “PERHAPS THAT IS HOW THE JAREDITES FELT.” TRUSTING GOD
MAY NOT ALWAYS FEEL SAFE AT FIRST, BUT JOY FOLLOWS.
THE JOURNEY WAS NOT EASY. “THEY WERE MANY TIMES BURIED IN THE
DEPTHS OF THE SEA, BECAUSE OF THE MOUNTAIN WAVES WHICH BROKE
UPON THEM.” YET IT IS RECORDED THAT “THE WIND DID NEVER CEASE
TO BLOW [THEM] TOWARDS THE PROMISED
LAND.” AS DIFFICULT AS IT IS TO UNDERSTAND, ESPECIALLY AT THE
TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN THE HEADWINDS ARE STRONG AND THE
SEAS ARE TURBULENT, WE CAN TAKE COMFORT IN KNOWING THAT GOD IN
HIS INFINITE GOODNESS IS ALWAYS BLOWING US TOWARDS HOME. THE
RECORD CONTINUES, “THEY WERE DRIVEN FORTH; AND NO MONSTER OF
THE SEA COULD BREAK THEM, NEITHER WHALE THAT COULD MAR
THEM; AND THEY DID HAVE LIGHT CONTINUALLY, WHETHER IT WAS
ABOVE THE WATER OR UNDER THE WATER.” WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE
THE MONSTER WAVES OF DEATH, PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ILLNESS, AND TRIALS
AND AFFLICTIONS OF EVERY KIND BREAK UPON US. YET, THROUGH
FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST AND CHOOSING TO TRUST IN HIM, WE TOO
CAN HAVE LIGHT CONTINUALLY WHETHER ABOVE THE WATER OR UNDER THE WATER. WE CAN
HAVE THE ASSURANCE THAT GOD NEVER DOES CEASE TO BLOW US
TOWARDS OUR HEAVENLY HOME. WHILE BEING TOSSED ABOUT IN THE BARGES
THE JAREDITES “DID SING PRAISES UNTO THE LORD; … AND [THEY]
DID THANK AND PRAISE THE LORD ALL THE DAY LONG; AND WHEN THE
NIGHT CAME, THEY DID NOT CEASE TO PRAISE THE LORD.” THEY
FELT JOY AND THANKSGIVING EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THEIR AFFLICTIONS. THEY HAD NOT YET
ARRIVED IN THE PROMISED LAND, YET THEY WERE REJOICING IN THE
PROMISED BLESSING BECAUSE OF THEIR CONSISTENT AND RESILIENT
TRUST IN HIM. THE JAREDITES WERE DRIVEN FORTH UPON THE WATER 344
DAYS. CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? TRUSTING IN THE LORD INCLUDES
TRUSTING IN HIS TIMING AND REQUIRES PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE
THAT OUTLASTS THE STORMS OF LIFE. ULTIMATELY, THE JAREDITES
“DID LAND UPON THE SHORE OF THE PROMISED LAND. AND WHEN THEY HAD
SET THEIR FEET UPON THE SHORES OF THE PROMISED LAND THEY BOWED
THEMSELVES DOWN UPON THE FACE OF THE LAND, AND DID HUMBLE
THEMSELVES BEFORE THE LORD, AND DID SHED TEARS OF JOY BEFORE THE
LORD, BECAUSE OF THE MULTITUDE OF HIS TENDER MERCIES OVER THEM.” IF WE ARE FAITHFUL IN KEEPING
OUR COVENANTS, WE TOO WILL ONE DAY ARRIVE SAFELY HOME AND WILL
BOW BEFORE THE LORD AND SHED TEARS OF JOY FOR THE MULTITUDE
OF HIS TENDER MERCIES IN OUR LIVES, INCLUDING THE SORROWS THAT MADE SPACE FOR MORE JOY. I
TESTIFY THAT AS WE COMMEND OURSELVES UNTO THE LORD AND
CONSISTENTLY AND RESILIENTLY TRUST IN JESUS CHRIST AND HIS
DIVINE PURPOSES IN OUR LIVES, HE WILL VISIT US WITH ASSURANCES,
SPEAK PEACE TO OUR SOULS, AND CAUSE US TO “HOPE FOR OUR DELIVERANCE IN HIM.” I WITNESS
THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. HE IS THE SOURCE OF ALL JOY. HIS
GRACE IS SUFFICIENT. HE IS THE LIGHT, THE LIFE, AND THE HOPE OF
THE WORLD. HE WILL NOT LET US PERISH. IN THE NAME OF JESUS
CHRIST, AMEN. >>ELDER JORGE M. ALVARADO: WHEN
I WAS A CHILD, A KIND MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OFFERED TO HELP MY
FAMILY FLY FROM PUERTO RICO TO SALT LAKE CITY SO WE COULD BE
SEALED IN THE TEMPLE, BUT SOON OBSTACLES BEGAN TO APPEAR. ONE
OF MY SISTERS, MARIVID, BECAME ILL. UNSETTLED, MY PARENTS
PRAYED ABOUT WHAT TO DO AND STILL FELT PROMPTED TO MAKE THE JOURNEY.
THEY TRUSTED THAT AS THEY FOLLOWED THE LORD’S PROMPTING,
OUR FAMILY WOULD BE WATCHED OVER AND BLESSED—AND WE WERE. NO
MATTER THE OBSTACLES WE FACE IN LIFE, WE CAN TRUST THAT JESUS CHRIST WILL PREPARE A WAY FORWARD AS WE WALK WITH FAITH. GOD HAS PROMISED THAT ALL WHO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE COVENANTS
THEY HAVE MADE WITH HIM WILL, IN HIS TIME, RECEIVE ALL HIS
PROMISED BLESSINGS. ELDER JEFFREY R. HOLLAND HAS TAUGHT, “SOME BLESSINGS COME
SOON, SOME COME LATE, AND SOME DON’T COME UNTIL HEAVEN; BUT FOR
THOSE WHO EMBRACE THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, THEY COME.” MORONI
TAUGHT THAT “FAITH IS THINGS WHICH ARE HOPED FOR AND NOT SEEN; WHEREFORE, DISPUTE NOT
BECAUSE YE SEE NOT, FOR YE RECEIVE NO WITNESS UNTIL AFTER
THE TRIAL OF YOUR FAITH.” OUR QUESTION SHOULD BE: “WHAT SHOULD
WE DO TO BEST MEET THE TRIALS THAT COME OUR WAY?” IN HIS FIRST
PUBLIC REMARKS AS PRESIDENT OF THE CHURCH, PRESIDENT RUSSELL M.
NELSON TAUGHT: “AS A NEW PRESIDENCY, WE WANT TO BEGIN
WITH THE END IN MIND. FOR THIS REASON, WE’RE SPEAKING TO YOU
TODAY FROM A TEMPLE. THE END FOR WHICH EACH OF US STRIVES IS TO
BE ENDOWED WITH POWER IN A HOUSE OF THE LORD,
SEALED AS FAMILIES, FAITHFUL TO COVENANTS MADE IN A TEMPLE THAT
QUALIFY US FOR THE GREATEST GIFT OF GOD–THAT OF ETERNAL LIFE. THE ORDINANCES OF THE TEMPLE AND
THE COVENANTS YOU MAKE THERE ARE KEY TO STRENGTHENING YOUR LIFE,
YOUR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY, AND YOUR ABILITY TO RESIST THE
ATTACKS OF THE ADVERSARY. YOUR WORSHIP IN THE TEMPLE AND YOUR SERVICE THERE FOR YOU AND
YOUR ANCESTORS WILL BLESS YOU WITH INCREASED PERSONAL
REVELATION AND PEACE AND WILL FORTIFY YOUR COMMITMENT TO STAY ON THE COVENANT PATH.” AS WE
FOLLOW GOD’S VOICE AND HIS COVENANT PATH, HE WILL
STRENGTHEN US IN OUR TRIALS. MY FAMILY’S TRIP TO THE TEMPLE
YEARS AGO WAS DIFFICULT, BUT AS WE APPROACHED THE SALT LAKE TEMPLE, MY MOTHER, FULL OF JOY AND FAITH, SAID, “WE ARE GOING
TO BE OK; THE LORD WILL PROTECT US.” WE WERE SEALED, AND MY
SISTER RECOVERED. THIS HAPPENED ONLY AFTER THE TRIAL OF MY
PARENTS’ FAITH AND IN FOLLOWING THE LORD’S PROMPTINGS. THIS
EXAMPLE OF MY PARENTS’ STILL INFLUENCES US AND OUR
LIVES TODAY. THEIR EXAMPLE TAUGHT US THE “WHY” OF GOSPEL
DOCTRINE AND HELPED US UNDERSTAND THE MEANING, PURPOSE,
AND BLESSINGS THAT THE GOSPEL BRINGS. UNDERSTANDING THE “WHY”
OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST CAN ALSO HELP US FACE OUR TRIALS
WITH FAITH. ULTIMATELY, EVERYTHING GOD INVITES AND COMMANDS US TO DO IS
AN EXPRESSION OF HIS LOVE FOR US AND HIS DESIRE TO GIVE US THE
BLESSINGS RESERVED FOR THE FAITHFUL. WE CANNOT ASSUME THAT
OUR CHILDREN WILL LEARN TO LOVE THE GOSPEL ON THEIR OWN; IT IS
OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TEACH THEM. AS WE HELP OUR CHILDREN
LEARN HOW TO USE THEIR AGENCY WISELY, OUR EXAMPLE CAN INSPIRE
THEM TO MAKE THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUS CHOICES. THEIR FAITHFUL LIVING WILL IN
TURN HELP THEIR CHILDREN TO KNOW THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL FOR THEMSELVES. YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN, HEAR THE PROPHET TODAY, SEEK TO
LEARN DIVINE TRUTHS, AND SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE GOSPEL FOR
YOURSELVES. PRESIDENT NELSON RECENTLY COUNSELED: “WHAT WISDOM
DO YOU LACK? … FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH.
FIND A QUIET PLACE. … HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD. POUR OUT
YOUR HEART TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER. TURN TO HIM FOR
ANSWERS.” AS YOU SEEK GUIDANCE FROM YOUR LOVING HEAVENLY
FATHER, LISTENING TO THE COUNSEL OF LIVING PROPHETS AND WATCHING THE
EXAMPLE OF RIGHTEOUS PARENTS, YOU TOO CAN BECOME A STRONG LINK OF FAITH IN YOUR FAMILY. TO
PARENTS WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE LEFT THE COVENANT PATH,
GENTLY, GO BACK, HELP THEM COMPREHEND THE GOSPEL’S TRUTHS.
START NOW; IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. OUR EXAMPLE OF RIGHTEOUS LIVING CAN MAKE A GREAT DIFFERENCE. PRESIDENT NELSON TAUGHT, “AS
LATTER-DAY SAINTS, WE HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO THINKING OF
‘CHURCH’ AS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS IN OUR MEETINGHOUSES,
SUPPORTED BY WHAT HAPPENS AT HOME. WE NEED AN ADJUSTMENT TO
THIS PATTERN. IT IS TIME FOR A HOME-CENTERED CHURCH, SUPPORTED
BY WHAT TAKES PLACE INSIDE OUR BRANCH, WARD, AND STAKE
BUILDINGS.” A STORY IS TOLD OF A WOMAN WHO WAS UPSET THAT HER SON WAS
EATING TOO MUCH CANDY. NO MATTER HOW MUCH SHE TOLD HIM TO STOP,
HE CONTINUED TO SATISFY HIS SWEET TOOTH. TOTALLY
FRUSTRATED, SHE DECIDED TO TAKE HER SON TO SEE A WISE MAN WHO HE
RESPECTED. SHE APPROACHED HIM AND SAID, “SIR, MY SON EATS TOO
MUCH CANDY. WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL HIM TO STOP EATING IT?” HE
LISTENED CAREFULLY, THEN SAID TO HER SON, “GO HOME AND COME BACK IN TWO WEEKS.” SHE TOOK HER
SON AND WENT HOME, PERPLEXED WHY HE HAD NOT ASKED THE BOY TO STOP EATING SO MUCH
CANDY. TWO WEEKS LATER THEY RETURNED. THE WISE MAN LOOKED DIRECTLY AT
THE BOY AND SAID, “BOY, YOU SHOULD STOP EATING SO MUCH
CANDY. IT IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.” THE BOY NODDED AND
PROMISED HE WOULD. THE BOY’S MOTHER ASKED, “WHY DIDN’T YOU
TELL HIM THAT TWO WEEKS AGO?” THE WISE MAN SMILED. “TWO WEEKS
AGO I WAS STILL EATING TOO MUCH CANDY MYSELF.”
[LAUGHTER] THIS MAN LIVED WITH SUCH INTEGRITY THAT HE KNEW HIS
ADVICE WOULD CARRY POWER ONLY IF HE WAS FOLLOWING HIS OWN COUNSEL. THE INFLUENCE WE HAVE ON OUR
CHILDREN IS MORE POWERFUL AS THEY SEE US WALKING FAITHFULLY
ON THE COVENANT PATH. THE BOOK OF MORMON PROPHET JACOB IS AN
EXAMPLE OF SUCH RIGHTEOUSNESS. HIS SON ENOS
WROTE OF THE IMPACT OF HIS FATHER’S TEACHINGS: “I, ENOS,
KNOWING MY FATHER THAT HE WAS A JUST MAN–FOR HE TAUGHT ME IN
HIS LANGUAGE, AND ALSO IN THE NURTURE AND ADMONITION OF THE
LORD–AND BLESSED BE THE NAME OF MY GOD FOR IT– “… AND THE
WORDS WHICH I HAD OFTEN HEARD MY FATHER SPEAK CONCERNING ETERNAL
LIFE, AND THE JOY OF THE SAINTS, SUNK DEEP INTO MY HEART.” THE MOTHERS OF THE STRIPLING
WARRIORS LIVED THE GOSPEL, AND THEIR CHILDREN WERE FILLED
WITH CONVICTION. THEIR LEADER REPORTED: “THEY HAD BEEN TAUGHT
BY THEIR MOTHERS, THAT IF THEY DID NOT DOUBT, GOD WOULD DELIVER
THEM. “AND THEY REHEARSED UNTO ME THE WORDS OF THEIR MOTHERS,
SAYING: WE DO NOT DOUBT OUR MOTHERS KNEW IT.” ENOS AND THE
STRIPLING WARRIORS WERE STRENGTHENED BY THE FAITH OF
THEIR PARENTS, WHICH HELPED THEM MEET THEIR OWN TRIALS OF FAITH. WE ARE BLESSED
WITH THE RESTORED GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN OUR DAYS, WHICH
LIFTS US WHEN WE FEEL DISCOURAGED OR TROUBLED. WE ARE
REASSURED THAT OUR EFFORTS WILL BEAR FRUIT IN THE LORD’S OWN DUE
TIME IF WE PRESS FORWARD THROUGH THE TRIALS OF OUR FAITH. MY WIFE AND I RECENTLY ACCOMPANIED ELDER DAVID A.
BEDNAR TO THE DEDICATION OF THE HAITI PORT-AU-PRINCE TEMPLE. OUR
SON JORGE, WHO CAME WITH US, SAID ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE:
“AMAZING, PAPA! AS SOON AS ELDER BEDNAR STARTED WITH THE
DEDICATORY PRAYER, I COULD FEEL THE ROOM FILL WITH WARMTH AND
LIGHT. THE PRAYER ADDED SO MUCH TO MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE
PURPOSE OF A TEMPLE. IT REALLY IS THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.” IN
THE BOOK OF MORMON, NEPHI TEACHES THAT AS WE DESIRE TO
KNOW THE WILL OF GOD, HE WILL STRENGTHEN US. HE WROTE, “I,
NEPHI, BEING EXCEEDINGLY YOUNG, … AND ALSO
HAVING GREAT DESIRES TO KNOW OF THE MYSTERIES OF GOD, WHEREFORE,
I DID CRY UNTO THE LORD; AND BEHOLD HE DID VISIT ME, AND DID SOFTEN MY HEART THAT I DID
BELIEVE ALL THE WORDS WHICH HAD BEEN SPOKEN BY MY FATHER;
WHEREFORE, I DID NOT REBEL AGAINST HIM LIKE UNTO MY
BROTHERS.” BROTHERS AND SISTERS, LET US HELP OUR CHILDREN AND ALL
AROUND US TO FOLLOW GOD’S COVENANT PATH SO THAT THE SPIRIT
MIGHT TEACH THEM AND SOFTEN THEIR HEARTS TO DESIRE TO FOLLOW
HIM THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE. AS I CONSIDER THE EXAMPLE OF MY PARENTS, I REALIZE THAT OUR
FAITH WILL SHOW US THE WAY BACK TO OUR HEAVENLY HOME. I KNOW
MIRACLES COME AFTER THE TRIAL OF OUR FAITH. I BEAR TESTIMONY OF
JESUS CHRIST AND HIS ATONING SACRIFICE. I
KNOW HE IS OUR SAVIOR AND DELIVERER. HE AND OUR HEAVENLY
FATHER CAME THAT MORNING IN THE SPRING OF 1820 TO YOUNG JOSEPH
SMITH, THE PROPHET OF THE RESTORATION.
PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON IS THE PROPHET OF OUR DAY. IN THE
NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>PRESIDENT OAKS: WE ARE
GRATEFUL FOR ALL WHO HAVE SPOKEN TO US THIS AFTERNOON, AND FOR
THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED. WE
REMIND THE PRIMARY GIRLS, YOUNG WOMEN AND RELIEF SOCIETY SISTERS OF THE WOMEN’S SESSION WHICH WILL COMMENCE IN THE CONFERENCE CENTER THIS EVENING
AT 6:00 P.M., MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME. THE NATIONWIDE BROADCAST
OF MUSIC AND THE SPOKEN WORD MAY BE VIEWED TOMORROW MORNING FROM
9:30 TO 10:00 A.M., MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME. THE SUNDAY
MORNING SESSION OF CONFERENCE WILL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW. THE
CONCLUDING SPEAKER FOR THIS SESSION WILL BE ELDER RONALD A.
RASBAND OF THE QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES. FOLLOWING HIS
REMARKS, THE CHOIR WILL CLOSE THIS MEETING BY SINGING “THY
SPIRIT, LORD, HAS STIRRED OUR SOULS.” THE BENEDICTION WILL
THEN BE OFFERED BY ELDER CRAIG C. CHRISTENSEN OF THE SEVENTY. >>ELDER RONALD A. RASBAND: DEAR
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AS WE CLOSE THIS SESSION, MAY WE EACH HOLD IN OUR HEARTS THE WITNESS
BORN TODAY OF THE TRUTHS OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. WE ARE
BLESSED TO HAVE THIS SACRED TIME TOGETHER TO REINFORCE OUR
PROMISE TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THAT WE ARE HIS SERVANTS AND HE
IS OUR SAVIOR. THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING
AND KEEPING PROMISES AND COVENANTS WEIGHS HEAVY ON MY
MIND. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO YOU TO KEEP YOUR WORD? TO BE
TRUSTED? TO DO WHAT YOU SAY YOU WILL DO? TO STRIVE TO HONOR YOUR SACRED COVENANTS? TO HAVE INTEGRITY? BY LIVING
TRUE TO OUR PROMISES TO THE LORD AND TO OTHERS, WE WALK THE
COVENANT PATH BACK TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN AND WE FEEL HIS LOVE IN OUR LIVES. OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST IS OUR
GREAT EXEMPLAR WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING AND KEEPING PROMISES AND
COVENANTS. HE CAME TO EARTH PROMISING TO DO THE WILL OF THE
FATHER. HE TAUGHT GOSPEL PRINCIPLES IN WORD AND IN DEED.
HE ATONED FOR OUR SINS THAT WE MIGHT LIVE AGAIN. HE HAS HONORED
EVERY ONE OF HIS PROMISES. CAN THE SAME BE SAID OF EACH OF US? WHAT ARE THE DANGERS IF WE
CHEAT A LITTLE, SLIP A LITTLE, OR DO NOT QUITE FOLLOW THROUGH
WITH OUR COMMITMENTS? WHAT IF WE WALK AWAY FROM OUR
COVENANTS? WILL OTHERS “COME UNTO CHRIST” IN LIGHT OF OUR
EXAMPLE? IS YOUR WORD YOUR BOND? KEEPING PROMISES IS NOT A HABIT,
IT IS A CHARACTERISTIC OF BEING A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST. EVER
MINDFUL OF OUR FRAILTIES IN MORTAL LIFE THE LORD PROMISED, “… BE OF GOOD CHEER, AND DO
NOT FEAR, FOR I THE LORD AM WITH YOU, AND WILL STAND BY YOU;…” I HAVE FELT HIS PRESENCE WHEN
NEEDING REASSURANCE, COMFORT, GREATER SPIRITUAL INSIGHT OR
STRENGTH, AND I HAVE BEEN DEEPLY HUMBLED AND AM GRATEFUL FOR HIS
DIVINE COMPANIONSHIP. THE LORD HAS SAID, “…EVERY SOUL WHO FORSAKETH HIS SINS AND COMETH UNTO ME, AND CALLETH ON MY NAME, AND OBEYETH MY VOICE,
AND KEEPETH MY COMMANDMENTS, SHALL SEE MY FACE AND KNOW THAT
I AM;” THAT IS PERHAPS HIS ULTIMATE PROMISE. I LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF
KEEPING MY WORD IN MY YOUTH. ONE SUCH EXAMPLE IS WHEN I STOOD AT
ATTENTION TO RECITE THE SCOUT OATH. OUR ASSOCIATION WITH THE
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, AS IT NOW CONCLUDES, WILL ALWAYS BE AN IMPORTANT LEGACY TO ME AND THE
CHURCH. TO THE SCOUTING ORGANIZATION, TO THE SCORES OF
MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED DILIGENTLY AS SCOUT LEADERS, TO THE MOMS–REAL CREDIT GOES THERE, YOU KNOW; AND
TO THE YOUNG MEN WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SCOUTING, WE
SAY, “THANK YOU.” IN THIS VERY SESSION, OUR DEAR
PROPHET, PRESIDENT NELSON, AND ELDER COOK HAVE ANNOUNCED ADJUSTMENTS THAT WILL REFOCUS
OUR ATTENTION ON YOUTH AND ALIGN OUR ORGANIZATIONS WITH REVEALED
TRUTH. IN ADDITION, JUST LAST SUNDAY, PRESIDENT NELSON AND
PRESIDENT BALLARD EXPLAINED THE NEW CHILDREN AND YOUTH OF THE
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS PROGRAM FOR
THE ENTIRE CHURCH. IT IS A WORLDWIDE INITIATIVE FOCUSED ON
OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. THE FIRST PRESIDENCY AND
QUORUM OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES ARE UNIFIED IN THIS NEW
DIRECTION AND I PERSONALLY BEAR MY WITNESS THAT THE LORD HAS
GUIDED US EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. I AM EXCITED FOR THE CHILDREN
AND YOUTH OF THE CHURCH TO EXPERIENCE THIS INTEGRATED FOCUS ON THEM BOTH AT HOME AND AT
CHURCH–THROUGH GOSPEL LEARNING, SERVICE AND ACTIVITIES, AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. THE YOUTH THEME FOR THIS COMING YEAR, 2020, SPEAKS OF NEPHI’S
CLASSIC PROMISE TO “GO AND DO.” HE WROTE: “AND IT CAME TO PASS
THAT I, NEPHI, SAID UNTO MY FATHER: I WILL GO AND DO THE
THINGS WHICH THE LORD HATH COMMANDED, FOR I KNOW THAT THE
LORD GIVETH NO COMMANDMENTS UNTO THE CHILDREN OF MEN, SAVE HE
SHALL PREPARE A WAY FOR THEM THAT THEY MAY ACCOMPLISH THE THING WHICH HE COMMANDETH THEM.” ALTHOUGH UTTERED LONG AGO, WE IN
THE CHURCH STAND ON THAT PROMISE TODAY. TO “GO AND DO” MEANS
RISING ABOVE THE WAYS OF THE WORLD,
RECEIVING AND ACTING ON PERSONAL REVELATION, LIVING RIGHTEOUSLY
WITH HOPE AND FAITH IN THE FUTURE, MAKING AND KEEPING COVENANTS TO FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST
AND THEREBY INCREASING OUR LOVE FOR HIM, THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD. A COVENANT IS A TWO-WAY PROMISE MADE BETWEEN US AND THE LORD. AS MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH WE COVENANT AT BAPTISM TO TAKE UPON
US THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, TO LIVE AS HE LIVED. LIKE THOSE
BAPTIZED AT THE WATERS OF MORMON, WE COVENANT TO
BECOME HIS PEOPLE, “… TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS, THAT THEY
MAY BE LIGHT;… “…TO MOURN WITH THOSE THAT MOURN;…
COMFORT THOSE THAT STAND IN NEED OF COMFORT, AND TO STAND AS
WITNESSES OF GOD AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL THINGS, AND IN ALL
PLACES. …” OUR MINISTERING ONE TO ANOTHER IN THE CHURCH
REFLECTS OUR COMMITMENT TO HONOR THOSE VERY PROMISES. WHEN WE PARTAKE OF THE
SACRAMENT, WE RENEW THAT COVENANT TO TAKE UPON US HIS
NAME AND MAKE ADDITIONAL PROMISES TO IMPROVE. OUR DAILY
THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS, BOTH LARGE AND SMALL, REFLECT OUR
COMMITMENT TO HIM. HIS SACRED PROMISE IN RETURN IS, “… IF YE
DO ALWAYS REMEMBER ME YE SHALL HAVE MY SPIRIT TO BE WITH YOU.” MY QUESTION TODAY IS DO WE STAND
BY OUR PROMISES AND COVENANTS OR ARE THEY SOMETIMES HALF-HEARTED
COMMITMENTS, CASUALLY MADE AND HENCE, EASILY BROKEN? WHEN WE SAY TO SOMEONE, “I WILL
PRAY FOR YOU,” DO WE? WHEN WE COMMIT, “I WILL BE THERE TO
HELP,” WILL WE? WHEN WE OBLIGATE OURSELVES TO PAY A DEBT, DO WE?
WHEN WE RAISE OUR HANDS TO SUSTAIN A FELLOW MEMBER IN A
NEW CALLING, WHICH MEANS GIVE SUPPORT, DO WE? ONE EVENING
IN MY YOUTH MY MOTHER SAT WITH ME AT THE FOOT OF HER BED AND
SPOKE FERVENTLY OF THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING THE WORD OF WISDOM. “I KNOW FROM THE EXPERIENCES OF
OTHERS, FROM YEARS AGO,” SHE SAID, “THE LOSS OF SPIRITUALITY
AND SENSITIVITY THAT COMES FROM NOT FOLLOWING THE WORD OF
WISDOM.” SHE LOOKED RIGHT INTO MY EYES
AND I FELT HER WORDS PENETRATE MY HEART: “PROMISE ME RONNIE,
TODAY, (SHE CALLED ME RONNIE), THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE THE
WORD OF WISDOM.” I SOLEMNLY MADE THAT PROMISE TO HER AND I HAVE
HELD TO IT ALL THESE YEARS. THAT COMMITMENT SERVED ME WELL WHEN I WAS IN MY YOUTH AND IN
LATER YEARS WHEN I WAS IN BUSINESS CIRCLES WHERE
SUBSTANCES FLOWED FREELY. I MADE AN IMPORTANT DECISION IN
ADVANCE TO FOLLOW GOD’S LAWS, AND, I NEVER HAD TO REVISIT IT. THE LORD HAS SAID, “I, THE LORD,
AM BOUND WHEN YE DO WHAT I SAY; BUT WHEN YE DO NOT WHAT I SAY, YE HAVE NO PROMISE.” WHAT IS HE
SAYING TO THOSE WHO ABIDE BY THE WORD OF WISDOM? THAT WE WILL
HAVE THE PROMISE OF HEALTH, STRENGTH, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE AND
ANGELS TO PROTECT US. SOME YEARS AGO, SISTER RASBAND
AND I WERE AT THE SALT LAKE TEMPLE FOR THE SEALING OF ONE OF
OUR DAUGHTERS. AS WE STOOD OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE WITH A
YOUNGER DAUGHTER, NOT YET OLD ENOUGH TO ATTEND THE
CEREMONY, WE SPOKE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SEALED IN THE HOLY TEMPLE OF GOD. AS MY
MOTHER HAD TAUGHT ME YEARS BEFORE, WE SAID TO OUR DAUGHTER,
“WE WANT YOU SAFELY SEALED IN THE TEMPLE, AND WE WANT YOU TO
PROMISE US THAT WHEN YOU FIND YOUR ETERNAL COMPANION, YOU WILL
MAKE A DATE WITH HIM TO BE SEALED IN THE TEMPLE.” SHE GAVE US HER WORD. SHE HAS SINCE STATED THAT OUR TALK AND HER PROMISE PROTECTED HER AND REMINDED HER “WHAT WAS
MOST IMPORTANT.” SHE LATER MADE SACRED COVENANTS AS SHE WAS
SEALED TO HER HUSBAND IN THE TEMPLE. PRESIDENT NELSON HAS
TAUGHT, “WE … INCREASE THE SAVIOR’S
POWER IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE MAKE SACRED COVENANTS AND KEEP THOSE
COVENANTS WITH PRECISION. OUR COVENANTS BIND US TO HIM AND GIVE US GODLY POWER.” WHEN WE KEEP PROMISES TO ONE
ANOTHER WE ARE MORE LIKELY TO KEEP PROMISES TO THE LORD.
REMEMBER THE LORD’S WORDS: “… INASMUCH AS YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO
ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE MY BRETHREN, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME.” REFLECT WITH ME ON
EXAMPLES OF PROMISES IN THE SCRIPTURES.
AMMON AND THE SONS OF MOSIAH IN THE BOOK OF MORMON COMMITTED
“… TO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD. …” WHEN AMMON WAS CAPTURED BY
LAMANITE FORCES HE WAS TAKEN BEFORE THE LAMANITE KING LAMONI. HE COMMITTED TO THE KING, “I
WILL BE THY SERVANT.” WHEN RAIDERS CAME TO STEAL THE KING’S
SHEEP, AMMON CUT OFF THEIR ARMS. SO ASTONISHED WAS THE KING, HE
LISTENED TO AMMON’S MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL AND WAS CONVERTED.
RUTH, IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, PROMISED HER MOTHER-IN-LAW, “…
WHITHER THOU GOEST, I WILL GO.” SHE LIVED TRUE TO HER WORD. THE
GOOD SAMARITAN, IN A PARABLE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, PROMISED THE
INNKEEPER IF HE WOULD CARE FOR THE INJURED TRAVELER, “…
WHATSOEVER THOU SPENDEST MORE, WHEN I COME AGAIN, I WILL
REPAY THEE.” ZORAM, IN THE BOOK OF MORMON, PROMISED TO GO INTO
THE WILDERNESS WITH NEPHI AND HIS BROTHERS. NEPHI RECOUNTED,
“… WHEN ZORAM HAD MADE AN OATH UNTO US, OUR FEARS DID CEASE
CONCERNING HIM.” WHAT OF THE ANCIENT PROMISE
“MADE TO THE FATHERS” AS DESCRIBED IN THE SCRIPTURES THAT
“THE HEARTS OF THE CHILDREN SHALL TURN TO THEIR FATHERS?” IN
THE PRE-EARTH LIFE WHEN WE CHOSE GOD’S PLAN, WE MADE A PROMISE TO HELP GATHER ISRAEL ON
BOTH SIDES OF THE VEIL. “WE WENT INTO A PARTNERSHIP WITH
THE LORD,” ELDER JOHN A. WIDTSOE EXPLAINED YEARS AGO. “THE
WORKING OUT OF THE PLAN BECAME THEN NOT MERELY THE FATHER’S
WORK, AND THE SAVIOR’S WORK, BUT ALSO OUR WORK.” “[THE]
GATHERING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TAKING PLACE ON EARTH TODAY,” PRESIDENT NELSON HAS SAID, AS HE HAS TRAVELED THE
WORLD. “WHEN WE SPEAK OF THE GATHERING, WE ARE SIMPLY SAYING THIS
FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH: EVERY ONE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER’S CHILDREN,
ON BOTH SIDES OF THE VEIL, DESERVES TO HEAR THE MESSAGE OF
THE RESTORED GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.” AS AN APOSTLE OF THE
LORD JESUS CHRIST, I CONCLUDE WITH AN
INVITATION AND PROMISE. FIRST THE INVITATION. I INVITE YOU TO CONSIDER THE
PROMISES AND COVENANTS YOU MAKE WITH THE LORD, AND OTHERS, WITH GREAT INTEGRITY, KNOWING THAT YOUR WORD IS YOUR BOND. SECOND, I PROMISE YOU, AS YOU DO
THIS, THE LORD WILL ESTABLISH YOUR WORDS AND SANCTION YOUR DEEDS AS YOU STRIVE WITH
UNWEARIED DILIGENCE TO BUILD UP THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF
YOUR LIVES, YOUR FAMILIES, AND LATTER-DAY SAINTS. HE WILL BE
WITH YOU MY DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND YOU CAN WITH CONFIDENCE, LOOK
FORWARD TO BEING “RECEIVED INTO HEAVEN, THAT THEREBY [YOU] MAY DWELL WITH GOD IN A STATE OF NEVER-ENDING HAPPINESS … FOR
THE LORD GOD HATH SPOKEN IT.” OF THIS I TESTIFY AND PROMISE, IN
THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. ♪♪ ♪♪♪ THY SPIRIT, LORD,HAS STIRRED
OUR SOULS, ♪ ♪ AND BY ITS INWARDSHINING GLOW
♪ ♪ WE SEE ANEWOUR SACRED GOALS ♪ ♪ AND FEEL THY NEARNESSHERE
BELOW. ♪ ♪ NO BURNING BUSHNEAR SINAI ♪ ♪ COULD SHOW THY PRESENCE,LORD,
MORE NIGH. ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ “DID NOT OUR HEARTSWITHIN US
BURN?” ♪ ♪ WE KNOW THE SPIRIT’SFIRE IS
HERE. ♪ ♪ IT MAKES OUR SOULSFOR SERVICE
YEARN; ♪ ♪ IT MAKES THE PATHOF DUTY
CLEAR. ♪ ♪ LORD, MAY IT PROMPT US,DAY BY
DAY, ♪ ♪ IN ALL WE DO,IN ALL WE SAY. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ IN ALL WE DO,IN ALL WE SAY. ♪ ♪ AMEN ♪♪ ♪♪ F1 2 C1>>ELDER CRAIG C. CHRISTENSEN:
OUR ETERNAL FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE LOVE THEE FATHER AND WE’RE
GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO FEEL AND TO LEARN AND TO LEARN
THE MESSAGES OF CONFERENCE. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE TESTIMONY
OF THOOSAVE WHERE ARE, THY SON AND REDEEMER. WE LOVE HIM. WE PARTICULARLY RECOGNIZE THE
F1 F1 2 C1 F1 2 C1 WE RECOGNIZE THEIR
VALIANT, THEIR DEDICATION AND DESIRES. WE RECOGNIZE THEIR PARENTS AND PRAY BLESSINGS UPON THEM, THEIR LEADERS WHO HAVE BEEN HILIGHTED
TODAY AND THEIR BISHOPS WILL NURTURE THEIR POTENTIAL OF THE
BATTALION. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THY SON AND
FOR THE PROMISED BLESSING OF THE SECOND COMING. MAY WE EVER BE FOCUSED ON OUR PREPARATION AND SPIRTALTY. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR ELDER NELSON
AND HIS LEADERSHIP. THESE BLESSINGS WE EXPRESS OUR
THANKS FOR RECOGNIZING THY HAND IN OUR LIFE AND DO SO IN THE
NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. ♪♪>>LLOYD NEWELL: THIS HAS BEEN A BROADCAST OF THE
189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH OF
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THE MUSIC FOR THIS SESSION WAS PROVIDED BY A COMBINED CHOIR OF
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F1 2 C1 ♪♪>>FROM THE CONFERENCE CENTER AT
TEMPLE SQUARE IN SALT LAKE CITY, WE BRING YOU THE WOMEN’S SESSION
OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCEOF THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. MUSIC FOR THIS SESSION IS
PROVIDED BY A CHOIR OF PRIMARY GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN FROM
STAKES IN THE WEST JORDAN, UTAH, AREA. WOMEN, YOUNG
WOMEN, AND GIRLS EIGHT YEARS OF AGE AND ABOVE ARE GATHERED
TOGETHER RECEIVE COUNSEL AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TO
INSTRUCTION FROM CHURCH LEADERS. JOY D. JONES, PRIMARY GENERAL
PRESIDENT, WILL CONDUCT THIS SESSION. ♪♪>>SISTER JOY D. JONES: WE WELCOME YOU TO THE WOMEN’S
SESSION OF THE 189TH SEMIANNUAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE CHURCH
OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. PRESIDENT RUSSELL M.
NELSON, WHO PRESIDES AT THE CONFERENCE, HAS ASKED ME TO
CONDUCT. MY NAME IS JOY D. JONES, AND I CURRENTLY SERVE AS PRIMARY GENERAL PRESIDENT. WE
ARE GRATEFUL TO BE GATHERED IN THE CONFERENCE CENTER IN SALT
LAKE CITY, UTAH, AND REJOICE IN KNOWING THAT THERE ARE SIMILAR
GATHERINGS IN MANY MEETING PLACES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. WE LIKEWISE WELCOME FRIENDS FROM
OTHER FAITHS WHO MAY BE JOINING US, AND HOPE YOU ENJOY OUR TIME TOGETHER. WE
RECOGNIZE IN ATTENDANCE THIS EVENING MEMBERS OF THE FIRST
PRESIDENCY AND MEMBERS OF THE PRIESTHOOD AND FAMILY EXECUTIVE
COUNCIL. ALSO SEATED ON THE STAND ARE THOSE SERVING IN THE
PRIMARY, YOUNG WOMEN, AND RELIEF SOCIETY GENERAL PRESIDENCIES,
ALONG WITH THE GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS FOR EACH ORGANIZATION. THE MUSIC FOR THIS
SESSION WILL BE BY A CHOIR OF PRIMARY GIRLS AND YOUNG THE WEST JORDAN, UTAH AREA WOMEN
FROM STAKES IN UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KASEY BRADBURY,
WITH LINDA MARGETTS AT THE ORGAN. THE CHOIR WILL OPEN THIS
MEETING BY SINGING “PRAISE TO THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY.” THE
INVOCATION WILL THEN BE OFFERED BY SISTER SALOTE
TUKUAFU, A MEMBER OF THE PRIMARY GENERAL BOARD. ♪♪ ♪ PRAISE TO THE LORD,THE
ALMIGHTY, ♪ THE KINGOF CREATION! ♪ ♪ O MY SOUL,PRAISE HIM, ♪♪ FOR
HE IS THY HEALTHAND SALVATION! ♪ ♪ JOINTHE GREAT THRONG, ♪♪
PSALTERY,ORGAN AND SONG, ♪ ♪ SOUNDINGIN GLAD ADORATION! ♪ ♪♪ ♪ PRAISE TO THE LORD! ♪♪ OVER
ALL THINGSHE GLORIOUSLY REIGNETH. ♪ ♪ BORNEAS ON EAGLE WINGS, ♪♪
SAFELY HIS SAINTSHE SUSTAINETH. ♪ ♪ HAST THOU NOT SEEN ♪ ♪ HOW ALL THOUNEEDEST HATH BEEN
♪ ♪ GRANTED IN WHATHE ORDAINETH? ♪ ♪♪ ♪ PRAISE TO THE LORD, ♪♪ WHO
DOTH PROSPER THY WAYAND DEFEND THEE. ♪ ♪ SURELY HIS GOODNESS AND MERCY
SHALL EVER ATTEND THEE. ♪ ♪ PONDER ANEWWHAT THE ALMIGHTY
CAN DO, ♪ ♪ WHO WITH HIS LOVEDOTH BEFRIEND
THEE. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ PRAISE TO THE LORD! ♪ ♪ OH, LET ALL THAT ISIN ME ADORE
HIM! ♪ ♪ ALL THAT HATH BREATH, ♪ ♪ JOIN WITH ABRAHAM’SSEED TO
ADORE HIM! ♪ ♪ LET THE “AMEN”SUM ALL OUR
PRAISES AGAIN, ♪ ♪ NOW AS WE WORSHIPBEFORE HIM. ♪ ♪♪ F1 F2 F1 2 C1>>SISTER SALOTE TUKUAFU: /OURB
FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, WE COME BEFORE THEE AT THE OPENING
OF THIS, GENERAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE. LIVING PROPHET, PRESIDENT WE
THANK THEE, FATHER, FOR A RUSSELL M. NELSON. WE LOVE AND
SUSTAIN HIM. WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO WILL BE
SPEAKING THIS EVENING, THAT THEY WILL F1 F2 F1 F2 F1 2 C1 TEACH US TRUTH AND LIGHT W PRAY FOR THE BEAUTIFUL CHOIR AS
THEY SING SONGS OF WORSHIP UNTO THEE. FATHER, MAY THY SPIRIT STIR OUR
SOULS AS WE LISTEN TO THE TRUTH THAT WILL BE TAUGHT THIS
EVENING, THAT WE WILL GO HOME AND BE BETTER SISTERS AND WOMEN
OF THE CHURCH. WE DEDICATE THIS MEETING UNTO
THEE, FATHER, AND PRAY THAT WE WILL ALWAYS KEEP THY
COMMANDMENTS ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES, AND WE HUMBLY SAY THIS IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>SISTER JONES: WE WILL NOW BE
PLEASED TO HEAR FROM SISTER REYNA ISABEL ABURTO, WHO SERVES
AS SECOND COUNSELOR IN THE RELIEF SOCIETY GENERAL
PRESIDENCY. SHE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY SISTER LISA HARKNESS, WHO
SERVES AS FIRST COUNSELOR IN THE PRIMARY GENERAL PRESIDENCY.
SISTER BONNIE H. CORDON, YOUNG WOMEN GENERAL PRESIDENT, WILL
THEN ADDRESS US. >>SISTER REYNA I. ABURTO: ONE OF OUR BELOVED HYMNS EXPRESSES THE PLEA: “THRU CLOUD
AND SUNSHINE, LORD, ABIDE WITH ME!” I WAS ONCE ON A PLANE AS IT
APPROACHED A LARGE STORM. LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW, I COULD
SEE A DENSE BLANKET OF CLOUDS BELOW US. THE RAYS OF THE
SETTING SUN REFLECTED OFF THE CLOUDS, CAUSING THEM TO SHINE
WITH INTENSE BRIGHTNESS. SOON THE
PLANE DESCENDED THROUGH THE HEAVY CLOUDS, AND WE WERE
SUDDENLY ENVELOPED IN A THICK DARKNESS THAT COMPLETELY BLINDED US TO THE INTENSE LIGHT WE HAD WITNESSED JUST MOMENTS EARLIER.
BLACK CLOUDS MAY ALSO FORM IN OUR LIVES, WHICH CAN BLIND US TO
GOD’S LIGHT AND EVEN CAUSE US TO QUESTION IF THAT LIGHT EXISTS
FOR US ANYMORE. SOME OF THOSE CLOUDS ARE OF
DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND OTHER FORMS OF MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL AFFLICTION. THEY CAN DISTORT THE
WAY WE PERCEIVE OURSELVES, OTHERS, AND EVEN GOD. THEY
AFFECT WOMEN AND MEN OF ALL AGES IN ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD. DESENSITIZING CLOUD OF LIKEWISE
DAMAGING IS THE SKEPTICISM THAT CAN AFFECT OTHERS WHO HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED
THESE CHALLENGES. LIKE ANY PART OF THE BODY, THE BRAIN IS
SUBJECT TO ILLNESSES, TRAUMA, AND CHEMICAL IMBALANCES.
WHEN OUR MINDS ARE SUFFERING, IT IS APPROPRIATE TO SEEK HELP FROM
GOD, FROM THOSE AROUND US, AND FROM MEDICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. “ALL HUMAN BEINGS–MALE AND
FEMALE–ARE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD. EACH IS A BELOVED SPIRIT
SON OR DAUGHTER OF HEAVENLY PARENTS, AND … EACH HAS A
DIVINE NATURE AND DESTINY.” LIKE OUR HEAVENLY PARENTS AND
OUR SAVIOR, WE HAVE A PHYSICAL BODY AND EXPERIENCE EMOTIONS. MY
DEAR SISTERS, IT IS NORMAL TO FEEL SAD OR WORRIED ONCE IN A
WHILE. SADNESS AND ANXIETY ARE NATURAL HUMAN EMOTIONS. HOWEVER, IF WE
ARE CONSTANTLY SAD, AND IF OUR PAIN BLOCKS OUR
ABILITY TO FEEL THE LOVE OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS SON AND
THE INFLUENCE OF THE HOLY GHOST, THEN WE MAY BE SUFFERING FROM
DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, OR ANOTHER EMOTIONAL CONDITION. MY DAUGHTER ONCE WROTE: “THERE
WAS A TIME … [WHEN] I WAS EXTREMELY SAD ALL OF THE TIME. I
ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT SADNESS WAS SOMETHING TO BE ASHAMED OF,
AND THAT IT WAS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS. SO I KEPT MY SADNESS
TO MYSELF. … I FELT COMPLETELY WORTHLESS.” A FRIEND DESCRIBED IT THIS WAY: “SINCE MY EARLY CHILDHOOD, I
HAVE FACED A CONSTANT BATTLE WITH FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS,
DARKNESS, LONELINESS, AND FEAR, AND THE SENSE THAT I AM BROKEN
OR DEFECTIVE. I DID EVERYTHING TO HIDE MY PAIN
AND TO NEVER GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT I WAS ANYTHING BUT THRIVING AND STRONG.” TO ANY OF
US–ESPECIALLY WHEN, MY DEAR FRIENDS, IT CAN HAPPEN AS
BELIEVERS IN THE PLAN OF HAPPINESS, WE PLACE UNNECESSARY
BURDENS ON OURSELVES BY THINKING WE NEED TO BE PERFECT NOW. SUCH
THOUGHTS CAN BE OVERWHELMING. ACHIEVING PERFECTION IS A
PROCESS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT OUR MORTAL LIFE AND
BEYOND–AND ONLY THROUGH THE GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST. IN
CONTRAST, WHEN WE OPEN UP ABOUT OUR EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES,
ADMITTING WE ARE NOT PERFECT, WE GIVE OTHERS PERMISSION TO SHARE THEIR STRUGGLES. TOGETHER
WE REALIZE THERE IS HOPE AND WE DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER ALONE. AS DISCIPLES OF
JESUS CHRIST, WE HAVE MADE A COVENANT WITH GOD THAT WE “ARE
WILLING TO BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS” AND “TO MOURN WITH
THOSE THAT MOURN.” THIS MAY INCLUDE BECOMING INFORMED ABOUT
EMOTIONAL ILLNESSES, FINDING RESOURCES THAT CAN HELP ADDRESS
THESE STRUGGLES, AND ULTIMATELY
BRINGING OURSELVES AND OTHERS TO CHRIST, WHO IS THE MASTER
HEALER. EVEN IF WE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO RELATE TO WHAT OTHERS ARE
GOING THROUGH, VALIDATING THAT THEIR PAIN IS REAL CAN BE AN
IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN FINDING UNDERSTANDING AND HEALING. IN
SOME CASES, THE CAUSE OF DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY CAN BE
IDENTIFIED, WHILE OTHER TIMES IT MAY BE HARDER TO DISCERN. OUR
BRAINS MAY SUFFER BECAUSE OF STRESS OR STAGGERING FATIGUE,
WHICH CAN SOMETIMES BE IMPROVED THROUGH ADJUSTMENTS IN DIET,
SLEEP, AND EXERCISE. OTHER TIMES THERAPY OR MEDICATION UNDER THE
DIRECTION OF TRAINED PROFESSIONALS MAY ALSO BE
NEEDED. UNTREATED MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL ILLNESS CAN LEAD TO
INCREASED ISOLATION, MISUNDERSTANDINGS, BROKEN
RELATIONSHIPS, SELF-HARM, AND EVEN SUICIDE. I KNOW THIS FIRSTHAND, AS MY OWN FATHER DIED BY SUICIDE MANY YEARS AGO. HIS DEATH WAS
SHOCKING AND HEARTBREAKING FOR MY FAMILY AND ME. IT HAS TAKEN ME YEARS TO WORK THROUGH MY GRIEF, AND IT WAS
ONLY RECENTLY THAT I LEARNED TALKING ABOUT SUICIDE IN APPROPRIATE WAYS ACTUALLY HELPS TO PREVENT IT RATHER THAN
ENCOURAGE IT. I HAVE NOW OPENLY DISCUSSED MY FATHER’S DEATH WITH
MY CHILDREN AND WITNESSED THE HEALING THAT
THE SAVIOR CAN GIVE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE VEIL. SADLY, MANY
WHO SUFFER FROM SEVERE DEPRESSION DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THEIR FELLOW SAINTS BECAUSE THEY FEEL THEY DO
NOT FIT SOME IMAGINARY MOLD. WE CAN HELP THEM KNOW AND FEEL THAT
THEY DO INDEED BELONG WITH US. IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE
THAT DEPRESSION IS NOT THE RESULT OF WEAKNESS, NOR IS IT
USUALLY THE RESULT OF SIN. IT “THRIVES IN SECRECY BUT SHRINKS
IN EMPATHY.” TOGETHER, WE CAN BREAK THROUGH THE CLOUDS OF ISOLATION AND
STIGMA SO THE BURDEN OF SHAME IS LIFTED AND MIRACLES OF HEALING
CAN OCCUR. JESUS CHRIST HEALED THE SICK AND DURING HIS MORTAL
MINISTRY, THE AFFLICTED, BUT EACH PERSON HAD TO EXERCISE
FAITH IN HIM AND ACT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE HIS HEALING. SOME WALKED FOR LONG DISTANCES,
OTHERS EXTENDED THEIR HAND TO TOUCH HIS GARMENT, AND OTHERS
HAD TO BE CARRIED TO HIM IN ORDER TO BE HEALED. WHEN IT
COMES TO HEALING, DON’T WE ALL NEED HIM DESPERATELY? “ARE WE NOT ALL BEGGARS?” LET US
FOLLOW THE SAVIOR’S PATH AND INCREASE OUR COMPASSION,
DIMINISH OUR TENDENCY TO JUDGE, AND STOP BEING THE INSPECTORS OF
THE SPIRITUALITY OF OTHERS. LISTENING WITH LOVE IS ONE OF
THE GREATEST GIFTS WE CAN OFFER, AND WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP CARRY OR LIFT THE HEAVY CLOUDS THAT SUFFOCATE OUR LOVED ONES AND
FRIENDS SO THAT, THROUGH OUR LOVE, THEY CAN ONCE AGAIN FEEL
THE HOLY GHOST AND PERCEIVE THE LIGHT THAT EMANATES FROM JESUS CHRIST. IF YOU ARE CONSTANTLY SURROUNDED
BY A “MIST OF DARKNESS,” TURN TO HEAVENLY FATHER. NOTHING THAT
YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED CAN CHANGE THE ETERNAL TRUTH THAT YOU ARE
HIS CHILD AND THAT HE LOVES YOU.
REMEMBER THAT CHRIST IS YOUR SAVIOR AND REDEEMER, AND GOD IS YOUR FATHER. THEY UNDERSTAND. PICTURE THEM CLOSE BY YOU, LISTENING AND OFFERING SUPPORT.
“[THEY] WILL CONSOLE YOU IN YOUR AFFLICTIONS.” DO ALL YOU CAN AND
TRUST IN THE LORD’S ATONING GRACE. YOUR STRUGGLES DO NOT
DEFINE YOU, BUT THEY CAN REFINE YOU.
BECAUSE OF A “THORN IN THE FLESH,” YOU MAY HAVE THE ABILITY TO FEEL MORE COMPASSION TOWARD
OTHERS. AS GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHARE YOUR STORY IN
ORDER TO “SUCCOR THE WEAK, LIFT UP THE HANDS WHICH HANG DOWN,
AND STRENGTHEN THE FEEBLE KNEES.” FOR THOSE OF US
CURRENTLY STRUGGLING OR SUPPORTING SOMEONE WHO IS
STRUGGLING, LET US BE WILLING TO FOLLOW GOD’S COMMANDMENTS SO WE
MAY ALWAYS HAVE HIS SPIRIT WITH US. LET US DO THE “SMALL AND
SIMPLE THINGS” THAT WILL GIVE US SPIRITUAL STRENGTH. AS PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON
SAID: “NOTHING OPENS THE HEAVENS QUITE LIKE THE
COMBINATION OF INCREASED PURITY, EXACT OBEDIENCE, EARNEST
SEEKING, DAILY FEASTING ON THE WORDS OF CHRIST IN THE BOOK OF
MORMON, AND REGULAR TIME COMMITTED TO TEMPLE AND FAMILY
HISTORY WORK.” LET US ALL REMEMBER THAT OUR
SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, “[HAS TAKEN] UPON HIM [OUR] INFIRMITIES, THAT HIS BOWELS MAY BE FILLED WITH MERCY, ACCORDING
TO THE FLESH, THAT HE MAY KNOW … HOW TO SUCCOR [US] ACCORDING
TO [OUR] INFIRMITIES.” HE CAME “TO BIND UP THE
BROKENHEARTED, … TO COMFORT ALL THAT MOURN; … TO GIVE UNTO
THEM BEAUTY FOR ASHES, THE OIL OF JOY FOR MOURNING, THE GARMENT
OF PRAISE FOR THE SPIRIT OF HEAVINESS.” I TESTIFY TO YOU
THAT “THRU CLOUD AND SUNSHINE” THE LORD WILL ABIDE WITH US, OUR
“AFFLICTIONS … [CAN BE] SWALLOWED UP IN THE JOY OF
CHRIST,” AND “IT IS BY GRACE THAT WE ARE SAVED, AFTER ALL WE
CAN DO.” I TESTIFY THAT JESUS CHRIST WILL RETURN TO THE EARTH
“WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS.”
ULTIMATELY, HE “SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM [OUR] EYES; AND
THERE SHALL BE NO MORE … SORROW.” FOR ALL WHO WILL “COME UNTO
CHRIST, AND BE PERFECTED IN HIM,” THE “SUN SHALL NO MORE GO
DOWN; … FOR THE LORD SHALL BE [OUR] EVERLASTING LIGHT, AND THE
DAYS OF [OUR] MOURNING SHALL BE ENDED.” IN THE NAME OF JESUS
CHRIST, AMEN. >>SISTER LISA L. HARKNESS: AS
PARENTS EXCITEDLY AWAIT THE BIRTH OF A CHILD, THEY HAVE THE
RESPONSIBILITY OF CHOOSING A NAME FOR THEIR NEW BABY. PERHAPS WHEN YOU WERE BORN YOU
RECEIVED A NAME THAT WAS PASSED DOWN IN YOUR FAMILY FOR
GENERATIONS. OR MAYBE THE NAME YOU WERE GIVEN WAS POPULAR IN THE YEAR OR AREA
IN WHICH YOU WERE BORN. THE PROPHET HELAMAN AND HIS WIFE
GAVE MEANINGFUL FAMILY NAMES TO THEIR INFANT SONS NEPHI AND
LEHI. HELAMAN TOLD HIS SONS: “I HAVE GIVEN UNTO YOU THE NAMES OF
OUR FIRST PARENTS … THAT WHEN YOU REMEMBER YOUR NAMES YE MAY
REMEMBER THEM; AND WHEN YE REMEMBER THEM YE MAY REMEMBER
THEIR WORKS; THAT IT IS SAID, AND ALSO WRITTEN, THAT THEY WERE
GOOD. “THEREFORE, MY SONS, I WOULD THAT YE SHOULD DO THAT
WHICH IS GOOD.” NEPHI’S AND LEHI’S NAMES HELPED THEM
REMEMBER THE GOOD WORKS OF THEIR ANCESTORS AND ENCOURAGED THEM TO DO GOOD AS WELL.
SISTERS, NO MATTER WHERE WE LIVE, WHAT LANGUAGE WE SPEAK, OR WHETHER WE ARE 8 YEARS OLD OR
108, WE SHARE A SPECIAL NAME THAT HAS THESE SAME PURPOSES.
“FOR AS MANY OF [US] AS HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE
PUT ON CHRIST. … FOR [WE] ARE ALL ONE IN CHRIST JESUS.” AS MEMBERS OF THE
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, “WE FIRST
PLEDGE[D] OUR WILLINGNESS TO TAKE UPON US THE NAME OF CHRIST
… BY THE ORDINANCE OF BAPTISM.” THROUGH THIS COVENANT,
WE PROMISED TO ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM, KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, AND
SERVE OTHERS. OUR WILLINGNESS TO KEEP THIS COVENANT IS RENEWED
EACH SABBATH DAY WHEN WE PARTAKE OF THE SACRAMENT AND REJOICE ONCE AGAIN
IN THE BLESSING OF “WALK[ING] IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.” THE NAME WE
WERE GIVEN AT BIRTH REFLECTS OUR INDIVIDUAL IDENTITY AND GIVES US BELONGING WITHIN OUR EARTHLY FAMILIES. HOWEVER, WHEN WE WERE “BORN
AGAIN” AT BAPTISM, OUR UNDERSTANDING OF WHO WE ARE WAS
ENLARGED. “BECAUSE OF THE COVENANT WHICH YE HAVE MADE YE
SHALL BE CALLED THE CHILDREN OF CHRIST … ; FOR BEHOLD, … HE HATH SPIRITUALLY BEGOTTEN YOU; FOR YE SAY THAT YOUR HEARTS ARE CHANGED THROUGH FAITH ON HIS NAME; THEREFORE, YE
ARE BORN OF HIM.” THUS, WITH COVENANT IDENTITY AND BELONGING,
WE ARE CALLED BY THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. AND “THERE [IS] NO
OTHER NAME GIVEN NOR ANY OTHER WAY NOR MEANS WHEREBY SALVATION
CAN COME UNTO THE CHILDREN OF MEN, ONLY IN AND THROUGH THE NAME OF
CHRIST, THE LORD OMNIPOTENT.” THE NAME OF JESUS WAS KNOWN LONG
BEFORE HIS BIRTH. TO KING BENJAMIN, AN ANGEL PROPHESIED,
“AND HE SHALL BE CALLED JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD … ; AND
HIS MOTHER SHALL BE CALLED MARY.” HIS WORK OF “REDEEMING LOVE” WAS ALSO MADE KNOWN TO GOD’S BEEN ON
THE EARTH, FROM THE DAYS CHILDREN WHENEVER THE GOSPEL HAS
OF ADAM AND EVE UNTIL OUR PRESENT DAY, SO THEY COULD “KNOW
TO WHAT SOURCE THEY MAY LOOK FOR A REMISSION OF THEIR SINS.” LAST
YEAR, PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON EXTENDED A PROPHETIC PLEA
TO THE SISTERS TO “SHAPE THE FUTURE BY HELPING TO GATHER
SCATTERED ISRAEL.” HE INVITED US TO READ THE BOOK OF MORMON AND
“MARK EACH VERSE THAT SPEAKS OF OR REFERS TO THE SAVIOR.” HE
ASKED THAT WE “BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT TALKING OF CHRIST,
REJOICING IN CHRIST, AND PREACHING OF CHRIST WITH [OUR]
FAMILY AND FRIENDS.” PERHAPS YOU HAVE BEGUN TO RECOGNIZE THE FRUITS OF HIS
PROMISE THAT “YOU AND THEY WILL BE DRAWN CLOSER TO THE SAVIOR.
… AND CHANGES, EVEN MIRACLES, WILL BEGIN TO HAPPEN.” OUR PROMISE TO ALWAYS REMEMBER
THE SAVIOR GIVES US STRENGTH TO STAND FOR TRUTH AND
RIGHTEOUSNESS–WHETHER WE ARE IN A LARGE CROWD OR IN OUR SOLITARY PLACES, WHERENO ONE KNOWS OUR ACTIONS EXCEPT FOR GOD. WHEN WE
REMEMBER HIM AND HIS NAME WE BEAR, WE HAVE NO PLACE FOR
SELF-DEGRADING COMPARISONS OR OVERBEARING JUDGMENTS. WITH OUR
EYES ON THE SAVIOR, WE SEE OURSELVES FOR WHO WE REALLY ARE–A CHERISHED CHILD OF GOD. OUR COVENANT REMEMBERING QUIETS
WORLDLY WORRIES, TURNS SELF-DOUBT INTO COURAGE, AND GIVES HOPE IN TIMES OF TRIAL.
AND WHEN WE STUMBLE AND FALL IN OUR PROGRESSION ALONG THE
COVENANT PATH, WE HAVE ONLY TO REMEMBER HIS NAME AND HIS LOVING-KINDNESS TOWARD US. “FOR HE HAS ALL POWER, ALL
WISDOM, AND ALL UNDERSTANDING; HE COMPREHENDETH ALL THINGS, AND
HE IS A MERCIFUL BEING … TO THOSE WHO WILL REPENT AND BELIEVE ON HIS NAME.” SURELY THERE IS NO SWEETER SOUND
THAN THE NAME OF JESUS TO ALL THOSE WHO, WITH A BROKEN HEART
AND A CONTRITE SPIRIT, SEEK TO “DO BETTER AND BE BETTER.”
PRESIDENT NELSON TAUGHT, “THE DAY IS GONE WHEN YOU CAN BE A QUIET AND COMFORTABLE CHRISTIAN.
YOUR RELIGION IS NOT JUST ABOUT SHOWING UP FOR CHURCH ON SUNDAY. IT IS ABOUT SHOWING UP AS A TRUE
DISCIPLE FROM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT. …
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PART-TIME DISCIPLE OF THE LORD
JESUS CHRIST.” OUR WILLINGNESS TO TAKE UPON US THE NAME OF
CHRIST IS MORE THAN A FORMAL EXCHANGE OF WORDS. CULTURAL CONTRIVANCE. IT IS NOT
A PASSIVE PROMISE OR A IT IS NOT A RITE OF PASSAGE OR A NAME TAG
THAT WE WEAR. IT IS NOT A SAYING THAT WE SIMPLY PLACE ON A SHELF
OR HANG ON A WALL. HIS IS A NAME THAT IS “PUT ON,” WRITTEN IN OUR HEARTS, AND
“ENGRAVEN UPON [OUR] COUNTENANCES.” THE SAVIOR’S
ATONING SACRIFICE SHOULD BE REMEMBERED ALWAYS THROUGH OUR
THOUGHTS, ACTIONS, AND INTERACTIONS WITH OTHERS. NOT
ONLY DOES HE REMEMBER OUR NAMES, BUT HE REMEMBERS US ALWAYS. THE SAVIOR DECLARED: “FOR CAN A
WOMAN FORGET HER SUCKING CHILD, THAT SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE
COMPASSION ON THE SON OF HER WOMB? YEA, THEY MAY FORGET, YET WILL I
NOT FORGET THEE, O HOUSE OF BEHOLD, I HAVE GRAVEN THEE UPON
ISRAEL. THE PALMS OF MY HANDS.” PRESIDENT GEORGE ALBERT SMITH TAUGHT, “HONOR THE NAMES THAT
YOU BEAR, BECAUSE SOME DAY YOU WILL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE AND THE
OBLIGATION OF REPORTING … TO YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN … WHAT
YOU HAVE DONE WITH [THOSE] NAMES.” LIKE THE CAREFULLY CHOSEN NAMES OF NEPHI AND LEHI, CAN IT BE
SAID AND WRITTEN OF US THAT WE ARE TRUE DISCIPLES OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? DO WE HONOR
THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST THAT WE HAVE WILLINGLY TAKEN UPON
OURSELVES? ARE WE BOTH “A MINISTER AND A
WITNESS” OF HIS LOVING-KINDNESS AND HIS REDEEMING POWER? NOT
LONG AGO, I WAS LISTENING TO THE BOOK OF MORMON. IN THE LAST
CHAPTER OF 2 NEPHI, I HEARD NEPHI SAY SOMETHING THAT I HAD
NEVER READ THE SAME WAY BEFORE. ALL THROUGHOUT HIS RECORD, HE
TEACHES AND TESTIFIES OF THE “REDEEMER,” THE “HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL,” THE “LAMB OF GOD,” AND THE “MESSIAH.” BUT AS HE CLOSED
HIS ACCOUNT, I HEARD HIM SAY THESE WORDS: “I GLORY IN PLAINNESS; I GLORY
IN TRUTH; I GLORY IN MY JESUS, FOR HE HATH REDEEMED MY SOUL.” WHEN I HEARD THESE WORDS, MY
HEART REJOICED, AND I HAD TO LISTEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN. I
RECOGNIZED AND RESPONDED TO THAT VERSE JUST LIKE I RECOGNIZE AND RESPOND TO MY OWN NAME. THE LORD HAS SAID, “YEA, BLESSED IS THIS PEOPLE WHO ARE WILLING TO BEAR MY NAME; FOR IN MY NAME SHALL THEY BE CALLED; AND THEY ARE MINE.” AS MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF
JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, MAY WE “GLADLY [TAKE
UPON US] THE NAME OF CHRIST” BY HONORING HIS NAME WITH LOVE,
DEVOTION, AND GOOD WORKS. I TESTIFY THAT HE IS “THE LAMB OF
GOD, YEA, EVEN THE SON OF THE ETERNAL FATHER.” IN THE NAME OF
HIS HOLY CHILD, JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>SISTER BONNIE H. CORDON: MY
DEAR SISTERS, IT IS A JOY TO BE WITH YOU! WE ARE WITNESSING
AN OUTPOURING OF REVELATION THAT IS BOTH SOUL-STRETCHING AND
EXHILARATING. AS WE BEGIN, I WOULD LIKE TO
INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME FRIENDS; THEY ARE YOUNG WOMEN UNIQUE IN
TALENT, CUSTOM, AND INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCE. EACH OF THEM, LIKE ALL OF YOU, HAVE CAPTURED MY HEART. FIRST,
MEET BELLA. SHE STANDS STRONG AS THE ONLY YOUNG WOMAN IN HER
BRANCH IN ICELAND. MEET DEVOTED JOSEPHINE
FROM AFRICA, WHO HAS RECOMMITTED TO STUDYING THE BOOK OF MORMON
EVERY DAY. THE BLESSINGS THAT COME FROM SHE
IS DISCOVERING THE POWER AND THIS SIMPLE, FAITHFUL ACT. AND FINALLY, MEET MY DEAR FRIEND ASHTYN, AN EXTRAORDINARY YOUNG
WOMAN WHO PASSED AWAY AFTER A SIX-YEAR BATTLE WITH CANCER. HER TESTIMONY, HER STRONG
TESTIMONY OF THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST STILL ECHOES IN MY
HEART. YOU ARE ALL REMARKABLE YOUNG WOMEN. YOU ARE UNIQUE, EACH WITH YOUR
OWN GIFTS AND EXPERIENCES, YET ALIKE IN A VERY IMPORTANT AND
ETERNAL WAY. YOU ARE LITERALLY THE SPIRIT
DAUGHTERS OF HEAVENLY PARENTS, AND NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU
FROM THEIR LOVE AND THE LOVE OF YOUR SAVIOR. AS YOU DRAW CLOSER
TO HIM, EVEN TAKING THE SMALLEST BABY STEPS FORWARD, YOU WILL DISCOVER THE
LASTING PEACE THAT SETTLES INTO YOUR SOUL AS A FAITHFUL DISCIPLE OF OUR SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST. PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON, OUR DEARLY BELOVED PROPHET, HAS
ASKED THAT I SHARE SOME INSPIRED CHANGES THAT WILL HELP YOU
“DEVELOP [YOUR] SACRED PERSONAL POTENTIAL” AND INCREASE YOUR RIGHTEOUS INFLUENCE. I WILL ADDRESS FOUR AREAS OF ADJUSTMENTS TONIGHT. FIRST, AT THE HEART OF ALL WE DO
IN YOUNG WOMEN IS OUR DESIRE TO HELP YOU GAIN UNSHAKABLE FAITH
IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND A SURE KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR DIVINE
IDENTITY AS A DAUGHTER OF GOD. TONIGHT, I WOULD LIKE TO
ANNOUNCE A REVISION TO THE YOUNG WOMEN THEME. I PRAY YOU WILL FEEL THE HOLY
GHOST TESTIFY THE TRUTH OF THESE WORDS AS I SAY THE NEW THEME: I AM A BELOVED DAUGHTER
OF HEAVENLY PARENTS, WITH A DIVINE NATURE AND ETERNAL DESTINY. AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST, I
STRIVE TO BECOME LIKE HIM. I SEEK AND ACT UPON PERSONAL
REVELATION AND MINISTER TO OTHERS IN HIS HOLY NAME. I WILL STAND AS A WITNESS OF GOD
AT ALL TIMES AND IN ALL THINGS AND IN ALL PLACES. AS I STRIVE TO QUALIFY FOR
EXALTATION, I CHERISH THE GIFT OF REPENTANCE AND SEEK TO IMPROVE EACH DAY. WITH FAITH, I
WILL STRENGTHEN MY HOME AND FAMILY, MAKE AND KEEP SACRED
COVENANTS, AND RECEIVE THE ORDINANCES AND BLESSINGS OF THE HOLY TEMPLE. NOTICE THE SHIFT FROM “WE” TO
“I.” THESE TRUTHS APPLY TO YOU INDIVIDUALLY. YOU ARE A BELOVED
DAUGHTER OF HEAVENLY PARENTS. YOU ARE A COVENANT DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST. I INVITE YOU TO EXERCISE YOUR
FAITH AND STUDY AND PONDER THESE WORDS. I KNOW AS YOU DO, YOU
WILL GAIN A TESTIMONY OF THEIR TRUTHFULNESS. UNDERSTANDING
THESE TRUTHS WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU FACE CHALLENGES. KNOWING
YOUR IDENTITY AND PURPOSE WILL HELP YOU ALIGN YOUR WILL WITH THE SAVIOR’S. PEACE
AND GUIDANCE WILL BE YOURS AS YOU FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST. THE
SECOND AREA OF CHANGE AFFECTS YOUNG WOMEN CLASSES.
ELDER NEAL A. MAXWELL SAID, “SO OFTEN WHAT PEOPLE NEED
SO MUCH IS TO BE SHELTERED FROM THE STORMS OF LIFE IN THE
SANCTUARY OF BELONGING.” OUR CLASSES MUST BE
SANCTUARIES FROM THE STORMS-SECURE PLACES OF LOVE AND BELONGING. IN AN EFFORT
TO BUILD GREATER UNITY, STRENGTHEN FRIENDSHIPS, AND INCREASE THAT FEELING OF WE ARE MAKING SOME ADJUSTMENTS
BELONGING WITHIN YOUNG WOMEN, TO CLASS STRUCTURE. DID YOU KNOW
FOR OVER 100 YEARS, YOUNG WOMEN HAVE BEEN DIVIDED INTO THREE CLASSES? BEGINNING
IMMEDIATELY, WE INVITE YOUNG WOMEN LEADERS AND BISHOPS TO
PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER THE NEEDS OF EACH YOUNG WOMAN AND ORGANIZE
THEM ACCORDING TO THE WARD’S SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES. NOW HERE ARE SOME
EXAMPLES OF HOW THIS MIGHT LOOK: IF YOU HAVE FEW YOUNG WOMEN, YOU
COULD HAVE ONE YOUNG WOMEN CLASS WITH EVERYONE MEETING TOGETHER.
PERHAPS YOU HAVE A LARGE GROUP OF YOUNG WOMEN AGE 12 AND THEN A
SMALL GROUP OF YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE OLDER. YOU MAY DECIDE TO HAVE TWO
CLASSES: YOUNG WOMEN 12 AND YOUNG WOMEN 13-18. OR IF YOU HAVE A LARGE WARD WITH 60 YOUNG WOMEN ATTENDING, YOU
MAY HAVE SIX CLASSES, ONE WITH EACH AGE, ORGANIZED BY YEAR.
HOWEVER YOUR CLASSES ARE ORGANIZED, YOU YOUNG WOMEN ARE VITAL IN BUILDING UNITY. BE A
LIGHT TO THOSE AROUND YOU. BE THE SOURCE OF LOVE AND CARE YOU
ARE HOPING TO RECEIVE FROM OTHERS. WITH A PRAYER IN YOUR
HEART, CONTINUE TO REACH OUT AND BE
THAT FORCE FOR GOOD. AS YOU DO SO, YOUR LIFE WILL BE FILLED WITH KINDNESS. YOU WILL
HAVE A BETTER FEELING TOWARD OTHERS AND WILL BEGIN TO SEE
THEIR GOODNESS IN RETURN. THIRD, WITH THIS NEW CLASS
ORGANIZATION, ALL CLASSES WILL BE REFERRED TO BY THE UNIFYING NAME OF YOUNG WOMEN. WE WILL RETIRE THE NAMES OF WE HAVE SO LOVED, BEEHIVE, MIA
MAID, AND LAUREL. THE FINAL AREA I WISH TO ADDRESS IS THE
IMPORTANCE OF CLASS PRESIDENCIES. NO MATTER HOW YOUNG WOMEN
CLASSES ARE ORGANIZED, EVERY CLASS SHOULD HAVE A CLASS PRESIDENCY! IT IS BY DIVINE
DESIGN THAT YOUNG WOMEN ARE CALLED TO LEAD IN THEIR YOUTH. THE ROLE AND PURPOSE OF CLASS
PRESIDENCIES HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED AND MORE CLEARLY
DEFINED. THE WORK OF SALVATION IS ONE OF THESE SIGNIFICANT
RESPONSIBILITIES, PARTICULARLY IN THE AREAS OF MINISTERING,
MISSIONARY WORK, ACTIVATION, AND TEMPLE AND FAMILY HISTORY WORK.
YES, THIS IS HOW WE GATHER ISRAEL–A GLORIOUS WORK FOR ALL YOUNG WOMEN AS MEMBERS OF THE LORD’S YOUTH BATTALION. AS YOU
KNOW, AT EVERY LEVEL OF THE CHURCH, THE LORD CALLS
PRESIDENCIES TO LEAD HIS PEOPLE. YOUNG WOMEN, BEING A MEMBER OF A
CLASS PRESIDENCY MAY BE YOUR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE
IN THIS INSPIRED PATTERN OF LEADERSHIP. ADULT LEADERS–THIS IS FOR
YOU–MAKE THE CALLING OF CLASS PRESIDENCIES A PRIORITY, AND
THEN LEAD SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEM, MENTORING AND GUIDING THEM
SO THEY CAN SUCCEED. WHATEVER LEVEL OF LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE A
CLASS PRESIDENCY HAS, START WHERE THEY ARE AND HELP THEM
DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE THAT WILL BLESS THEM AS LEADERS. STAY CLOSE TO THEM,
BUT DON’T TAKE OVER. THE SPIRIT WILL GUIDE
YOU AS YOU GUIDE THEM. TO ILLUSTRATE THE VITAL ROLE OF
PARENTS AND LEADERS AS MENTORS, LET ME TELL YOU A STORY. CHLOE
WAS CALLED TO SERVE AS A CLASS PRESIDENT. HER WISE
PRIESTHOOD LEADER ENCOURAGED HER TO SEEK THE LORD’S HELP IN
RECOMMENDING NAMES FOR HER PRESIDENCY. CHLOE PRAYED AND
RECEIVED INSPIRATION FOR WHOM TO RECOMMEND AS HER COUNSELORS
RATHER QUICKLY. AS SHE CONTINUED TO PONDER AND PRAY ABOUT A SECRETARY, THE
SPIRIT REPEATEDLY DREW HER FOCUS TO A YOUNG WOMAN THAT SURPRISED
HER-SOMEONE WHO RARELY CAME TO CHURCH OR ACTIVITIES. FEELING A
LITTLE INSECURE WITH THE PROMPTING, CHLOE TALKED WITH HER
MOTHER, WHO EXPLAINED THAT ONE OF THE WAYS WE CAN RECEIVE
REVELATION IS THROUGH RECURRING THOUGHTS. WITH RENEWED
CONFIDENCE, CHLOE FELT SHE SHOULD RECOMMEND THIS YOUNG
WOMAN. THE BISHOP EXTENDED THE CALL, AND THE YOUNG WOMAN ACCEPTED. AFTER BEING SET APART, THIS
SWEET SECRETARY SAID, “YOU KNOW, I’VE NEVER FELT AS THOUGH I HAD
A PLACE OR WAS NEEDED ANYWHERE. I DIDN’T FEEL THAT I FIT IN. BUT WITH THIS CALLING, I FEEL AS
THOUGH HEAVENLY FATHER HAS A PURPOSE AND A PLACE FOR ME.” AS CHLOE AND HER MOTHER LEFT THE
MEETING, CHLOE TURNED TO HER MOTHER AND SAID WITH TEARS IN HER EYES, “REVELATION IS REAL!
REVELATION REALLY WORKS!” CLASS PRESIDENCIES, YOU HAVE BEEN
CALLED OF GOD AND TRUSTED TO LEAD A GROUP OF HIS DAUGHTERS. “THE LORD KNOWS YOU.
… HE CHOSE YOU.” YOU HAVE BEEN SET APART BY ONE WHO HAS
PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY; THIS MEANS AS YOU PERFORM THE DUTIES OF
YOUR CALLING YOU EXERCISE PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY. YOU HAVE
AN IMPORTANT WORK TO DO. BE SENSITIVE TO AND ACT ON THE
PROMPTINGS OF THE HOLY GHOST. AS YOU DO SO, YOU CAN SERVE WITH
CONFIDENCE, FOR YOU DO NOT SERVE ALONE! CLASS PRESIDENTS, WE NEED
YOUR WISDOM, VOICE, AND ENERGY IN THE
NEW WARD YOUTH COUNCIL THAT ELDER QUENTIN L. COOK ANNOUNCED
TODAY. YOU ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE SOLUTION TO MEETING THE
NEEDS OF YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. THESE CHANGES IN CLASS
ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP MAY BEGIN AS SOON AS WARDS AND BRANCHES ARE READY, BUT SHOULD
BE IN PLACE BY JANUARY 1, 2020. MY DEAR SISTERS, I BEAR WITNESS THAT THESE ADJUSTMENTS I HAVE
SPOKEN OF TODAY ARE INSPIRED DIRECTION FROM THE LORD. AS WE DILIGENTLY IMPLEMENT THESE ADJUSTMENTS, MAY WE NEVER LOSE
SIGHT OF OUR PURPOSE: TO STRENGTHEN OUR RESOLVE TO FOLLOW
JESUS CHRIST AND HELP OTHERS COME UNTO HIM. I TESTIFY THAT
THIS IS HIS CHURCH. HOW GRATEFUL I AM THAT HE ALLOWS US TO BE A VERY IMPORTANT PART
OF THIS SACRED WORK. I PRAY THAT THE SAME SPIRIT THAT HAS GUIDED
THESE ADJUSTMENTS WILL GUIDE YOU AS YOU PRESS FORWARD ON THE
COVENANT PATH. I SO TESTIFY IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>SISTER JONES: THE
CONGREGATION WILL NOW JOIN THE CHOIR IN SINGING “WE THANK THEE,
O GOD, FOR A PROPHET.” AFTER THE SINGING, WE WILL BE PLEASED TO
HEAR FROM PRESIDENT HENRY B. EYRING AND PRESIDENT DALLIN H.
OAKS. ♪♪ ♪ WE THANK THEE, O GOD,FOR A
PROPHET ♪ ♪ TO GUIDE USIN THESE LATTER
DAYS. ♪ ♪ WE THANK THEEFOR SENDING THE
GOSPEL ♪ ♪ TO LIGHTEN OUR MINDSWITH ITS
RAYS. ♪ ♪ WE THANK THEEFOR EVERY
BLESSING ♪ ♪ BESTOWED BYTHY BOUNTEOUS HAND.
♪ ♪ WE FEEL IT A PLEASURETO SERVE
THEE ♪ ♪ AND LOVE TO OBEYTHY COMMAND. ♪ ♪ WHEN DARK CLOUDS OF TROUBLE
HANG O’ER US ♪ ♪ AND THREATEN OUR PEACETO
DESTROY, ♪ ♪ THERE IS HOPE SMILINGBRIGHTLY
BEFORE US, ♪ ♪ AND WE KNOW THAT DELIV’RANCEIS
NIGH. ♪ ♪ WE DOUBT NOT THE LORDNOR HIS
GOODNESS. ♪ ♪ WE’VE PROVED HIMIN DAYS THAT
ARE PAST. ♪ ♪ THE WICKEDWHO FIGHT AGAINST
ZION ♪ ♪ WILL SURELY BE SMITTENAT LAST.
♪ ♪ WE’LL SING OF HIS GOODNESSAND
MERCY. ♪ ♪ WE’LL PRAISE HIMBY DAY AND BY
NIGHT, ♪ ♪ REJOICE IN HISGLORIOUS GOSPEL,
♪ ♪ AND BASK IN ITSLIFE-GIVING
LIGHT. ♪ ♪ THUS ON TOETERNAL PERFECTION ♪ ♪ THE HONEST AND FAITHFULWILL
GO, ♪ ♪ WHILE THEY WHO REJECTTHIS GLAD
MESSAGE ♪ ♪ SHALL NEVERSUCH HAPPINESS
KNOW. ♪♪>>PRESIDENT HENRY B. EYRING: I
AM GRATEFUL FOR THE BLESSING OF ADDRESSING YOU, THE COVENANT DAUGHTERS OF GOD. TONIGHT, MY PURPOSE IS TO
ENCOURAGE YOU IN THE GREAT SERVICE TO WHICH YOU ARE CALLED.
YES, EVERY DAUGHTER OF GOD LISTENING TO MY VOICE HAS RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE LORD,
JESUS CHRIST. YOUR CALL BEGAN WHEN YOU WERE PLACED INTO
MORTALITY, IN A PLACE AND TIME CHOSEN FOR YOU BY A GOD WHO KNOWS YOU PERFECTLY
AND LOVES YOU AS HIS DAUGHTER. IN THE SPIRIT WORLD, HE KNEW YOU
AND TAUGHT YOU AND PLACED YOU WHERE YOU WOULD HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY, RARE IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD, TO BE INVITED INTO A BAPTISMAL FONT. THERE YOU WOULD HEAR THESE WORDS SPOKEN BY A CALLED SERVANT OF
JESUS CHRIST: “HAVING BEEN COMMISSIONED OF JESUS CHRIST,
FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF I BAPTIZE YOU IN THE NAME OF THE
THE HOLY GHOST. AMEN.” WHEN YOU CAME OUT OF THE WATER,
YOU HAD ACCEPTED ANOTHER CALL TO SERVE. AS A NEW COVENANT DAUGHTER OF
GOD, YOU MADE A PROMISE AND RECEIVED AN ASSIGNMENT IN THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF
LATTER-DAY SAINTS, OF WHICH YOU WERE CONFIRMED A MEMBER. YOU COVENANTED WITH GOD TO TAKE
UPON YOURSELF THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, AND TO SERVE HIM. FOR EACH ONE WHO MAKES THESE COVENANTS, THE SERVICE THAT THE
LORD CALLS HIM OR HER TO DO WILL BE SUITED PERFECTLY TO THAT
PERSON. THE COVENANT DAUGHTERS AND SONS
OF GOD, HOWEVER, ALL SHARE ONE IMPORTANT AND JOYFUL CALL. IT IS TO SERVE OTHERS FOR HIM.
SPEAKING TO SISTERS, PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON GAVE A
WONDERFUL SUMMARY OF THE LORD’S CALL TO YOU TO JOIN HIM IN HIS
WORK. PRESIDENT NELSON DESCRIBED YOUR CALL IN THIS WAY: “THE LORD SAID, ‘MY WORK AND MY GLORY [IS] TO BRING TO PASS THE IMMORTALITY
AND ETERNAL LIFE OF MAN.’ SO HIS DEVOTED DAUGHTER-DISCIPLE MAY TRULY SAY, ‘MY WORK AND MY GLORY IS TO HELP MY LOVED ONES REACH THAT HEAVENLY GOAL.’ HE
WENT ON, “TO HELP ANOTHER HUMAN BEING REACH ONE’S CELESTIAL
POTENTIAL IS PART OF THE DIVINE MISSION OF WOMAN. AS MOTHER, TEACHER, OR NURTURING SAINT, SHE MOLDS LIVING CLAY TO THE SHAPE OF HER HOPES. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD, HER
SPIRITS LIVE AND SOULS BE DIVINE MISSION IS TO HELP LIFTED. THIS
IS THE MEASURE OF HER CREATION. EXALTING.” IT IS ENNOBLING,
EDIFYING, AND YOU CANNOT KNOW WHEN, OR FOR WHAT LENGTH OF TIME, YOUR
PERSONAL MISSION WILL BE FOCUSED ON SERVICE IN CALLS SUCH AS
MOTHER, LEADER, OR MINISTERING SISTER. THE LORD, OUT OF LOVE, DOES NOT
LEAVE US THE CHOICE OF THE TIMING, DURATION, OR SEQUENCE OF
OUR ASSIGNMENTS. YET YOU KNOW FROM SCRIPTURE AND
LIVING PROPHETS THAT ALL OF THESE ASSIGNMENTS WILL COME, EITHER IN THIS LIFE OR IN THE
NEXT, TO EVERY DAUGHTER OF GOD. AND ALL OF THEM ARE PREPARATION
FOR ETERNAL LIFE IN LOVING FAMILIES–THE GREATEST OF ALL THE GIFTS OF GOD. YOU WILL BE WISE TO BEND EVERY EFFORT TO PREPARE NOW WITH THE
END IN MIND. THAT TASK IS MADE SIMPLER BECAUSE EACH OF THESE
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRE MUCH OF THE SAME PREPARATION. LET’S START
WITH THE ASSIGNMENT TO BE A MINISTERING SISTER.
WHETHER YOU HAVE THAT ASSIGNMENT AS A 10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IN A FAMILY WHERE THE FATHER HAS
DIED, OR AS A RELIEF SOCIETY PRESIDENT WHOSE TOWN WAS RECENTLY AFFECTED BY FIRE, OR
WHEN YOU ARE IN A HOSPITAL RECOVERING FROM SURGERY–YOU
HAVE A CHANCE TO FULFILL YOUR CALL FROM THE LORD TO BE HIS
MINISTERING DAUGHTER. THOSE APPEAR TO BE VERY DIFFERENT
MINISTERING ASSIGNMENTS. YET THEY ALL REQUIRE THE PREPARATION
OF A POWERFUL, LOVING HEART, A FEARLESS FAITH THAT THE LORD
GIVES NO COMMAND SAVE HE PREPARES A WAY, AND A DESIRE TO GO AND DO FOR HIM. BECAUSE SHE IS PREPARED, THE
10-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER PUT HER ARMS AROUND HER WIDOWED MOTHER
AND PRAYED TO KNOW HOW TO HELP HER FAMILY. AND SHE KEEPS AT IT.
THE RELIEF SOCIETY PRESIDENT HAD PREPARED TO MINISTER BEFORE THE UNEXPECTED FIRE IN HER AREA. SHE
HAD COME TO KNOW AND LOVE THE PEOPLE. HER FAITH IN JESUS
CHRIST HAD GROWN OVER THE YEARS FROM HAVING
RECEIVED ANSWERS TO HER PRAYERS FOR THE LORD TO HELP HER IN
SMALL SERVICES FOR HIM. BECAUSE OF HER LONG PREPARATION,
SHE WAS READY AND EAGER TO ORGANIZE HER SISTERS TO MINISTER
TO PEOPLE AND FAMILIES IN DISTRESS. A SISTER RECOVERING IN
A HOSPITAL FROM SURGERY WAS PREPARED TO MINISTER TO HER
FELLOW PATIENTS. SHE HAD SPENT A LIFETIME MINISTERING FOR THE
LORD TO EVERY STRANGER AS IF HE OR SHE WAS A NEIGHBOR AND A FRIEND.
WHEN SHE FELT IN HER HEART THE CALL TO MINISTER IN THE HOSPITAL, SHE SERVED OTHERS SO
BRAVELY AND WITH SUCH LOVE THAT THE OTHER PATIENTS BEGAN TO HOPE SHE WOULD NEVER RECOVER, OR AT
LEAST NOT SOON. IN THE SAME WAY THAT YOU PREPARE TO MINISTER,
YOU CAN AND MUST PREPARE FOR YOUR CALL TO BE A LEADER FOR THE
LORD WHEN IT COMES. IT WILL REQUIRE FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
ROOTED IN YOUR DEEP LOVE OF THE SCRIPTURES TO LEAD PEOPLE AND TO
TEACH HIS WORD WITHOUT FEAR. THEN YOU WILL BE PREPARED TO
HAVE THE HOLY GHOST AS YOUR CONSTANT COMPANION. YOU WILL BE
EAGER TO SAY “I WILL” WHEN YOUR COUNSELOR IN THE YOUNG WOMEN
PRESIDENCY SAYS, WITH PANIC IN HER VOICE, “SISTER ALVAREZ IS
SICK TODAY. WHO WILL TEACH HER CLASS?” IT TAKES MUCH THE SAME
PREPARATION FOR THE WONDERFUL DAY WHEN THE LORD CALLS YOU TO AN ASSIGNMENT AS A MOTHER. BUT
IT WILL ALSO TAKE AN EVEN MORE LOVING HEART THAN YOU NEEDED
EARLIER. IT WILL TAKE FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST BEYOND WHAT HAS
EVER BEEN IN YOUR HEART. AND IT WILL TAKE A CAPACITY TO
PRAY FOR THE INFLUENCE, DIRECTION, AND COMFORT OF THE HOLY GHOST BEYOND WHAT YOU MAY
HAVE FELT WAS EVEN POSSIBLE. NOW YOU MIGHT REASONABLY ASK– I
CAN JUST HEAR YOU THINKING–HOW A MAN OF ANY AGE CAN KNOW WHAT
MOTHERS NEED. [LAUGHTER] IT’S A VALID QUESTION. [LAUGHTER] MEN
CAN’T KNOW EVERYTHING, BUT WE CAN LEARN SOME LESSONS BY
REVELATION FROM GOD. AND WE CAN ALSO LEARN MUCH BY OBSERVATION,
WHEN WE TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK THE SPIRIT TO HELP US
UNDERSTAND WHAT WE OBSERVE. I HAVE BEEN OBSERVING KATHLEEN
JOHNSON EYRING FOR THE 57 YEARS THAT WE HAVE BEEN MARRIED. SHE
IS THE MOTHER OF FOUR BOYS AND TWO GIRLS. TO DATE, SHE HAS
ACCEPTED THE CALL TO BE A MOTHERING INFLUENCE
ON MORE THAN A HUNDRED DIRECT FAMILY MEMBERS AND HUNDREDS MORE
WHOM SHE HAS ADOPTED INTO HER MOTHER HEART. YOU REMEMBER PRESIDENT NELSON’S
PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF A WOMAN’S DIVINE MISSION–INCLUDING HER MISSION OF MOTHERING: “AS MOTHER, TEACHER, OR NURTURING SAINT, SHE MOLDS
LIVING CLAY TO THE SHAPE OF HER HOPES. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD,
HER DIVINE MISSION IS TO HELP SPIRITS LIVE AND SOULS BE
LIFTED. THIS IS THE MEASURE OF HER CREATION.” AS NEARLY AS I CAN
DISCERN, THAT CHARGE, GIVEN TO OUR MY WIFE, KATHLEEN, HAS
FOLLOWED FATHER’S DAUGHTERS. THE KEY APPEARS TO BE THE WORDS
“SHE MOLDS LIVING CLAY TO THE SHAPE OF HER HOPES … IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD.” KATHLEEN DID NOT FORCE, SHE
MOLDED. AND SHE HAD A TEMPLATE FOR HER HOPES TO WHICH SHE TRIED
TO MOLD THOSE SHE LOVED AND MOTHERED. HER TEMPLATE WAS THE GOSPEL OF
JESUS CHRIST–AS I COULD SEE THROUGH PRAYERFUL OBSERVATION
OVER THE YEARS. BECOMING A COVENANT WOMAN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD IS HOW GREAT AND GOOD DAUGHTERS OF GOD HAVE ALWAYS MOTHERED, LED,
MINISTERED, SERVED IN WHATEVER WAY AND PLACE HE HAS PREPARED
FOR THEM. I PROMISE THAT YOU WILL FIND JOY IN YOUR JOURNEY TO
YOUR HEAVENLY HOME AS YOU RETURN TO HIM AS A COVENANT-KEEPING
DAUGHTER OF GOD. I TESTIFY THAT GOD THE FATHER LIVES AND HE LOVES YOU. HIS
BELOVED SON LEADS, IN EVERY DETAIL, THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.
PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON IS HIS LIVING PROPHET, AND JOSEPH
SMITH SAW AND SPOKE WITH GOD THE FATHER AND JESUS CHRIST IN A
GROVE OF TREES IN PALMYRA, NEW YORK. I KNOW THAT IS TRUE. I ALSO TESTIFY THAT HE WILL ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS. F1 F2 F1 2
C1 YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES YOU.
JESUS CHRIST IS YOUR SAVIOR, LOVES YOU, AND THROUGH HIS
ATONEMENT YOU CAN BE PURIFIED AND LISTED TO THE HIGH AND HOLY
CALLINGS WHICH WILL COME TO YOU, I SO TESTIFY, IN THE NAME, THE SACRED CAME OF JESUS CHRIST,
AMEN. >>PRESIDENT DALLIN H. OAKS: F1
F2 F1 F2 F1 2 C1 >>PRESIDENT DALLIN H. OAKS: MY
DEAR SISTERS IN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, I GREET YOU AS
DIVINELY ASSIGNED GUARDIANS OF THE ETERNAL FAMILY. PRESIDENT
RUSSELL M. NELSON HAS TAUGHT US, “THIS CHURCH WAS RESTORED SO
THAT FAMILIES COULD BE FORMED, SEALED, AND EXALTED ETERNALLY.” THAT TEACHING HAS IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS FOR PERSONS WHO
IDENTIFY AS LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL OR TRANSGENDER,
COMMONLY REFERRED TO AS LGBT. PRESIDENT NELSON HAS ALSO
REMINDED US THAT WE DON’T “HAVE TO ALWAYS AGREE WITH EACH OTHER TO LOVE EACH OTHER.” IMPORTANT FOR FAMILY DISCUSSIONS
THESE PROPHETIC TEACHINGS ARE TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS OF CHILDREN
AND YOUTH. I HAVE PRAYERFULLY SOUGHT INSPIRATION TO SPEAK TO THIS
AUDIENCE BECAUSE YOU ARE UNIQUELY AFFECTED BY THESE
QUESTIONS, WHICH DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY AFFECT EVERY FAMILY IN THE CHURCH. I BEGIN WITH WHAT JESUS TAUGHT
WERE THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS. “THOU SHALT LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THY HEART, AND WITH
ALL THY SOUL, AND WITH ALL THY MIND, “THIS IS THE FIRST AND
GREAT COMMANDMENT. “AND THE SECOND IS LIKE UNTO IT,
THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR AS THYSELF.” THIS MEANS WE ARE COMMANDED TO
LOVE EVERYONE, SINCE JESUS’ PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN
TEACHES THAT EVERYONE IS OUR NEIGHBOR. BUT OUR ZEAL TO KEEP
THIS SECOND COMMANDMENT MUST NOT CAUSE US TO FORGET THE FIRST, TO
LOVE GOD WITH ALL OUR HEART, SOUL, AND MIND. WE SHOW THAT
LOVE BY “KEEP[ING] [HIS] COMMANDMENTS.” GOD REQUIRES US TO OBEY HIS
COMMANDMENTS BECAUSE ONLY THROUGH THAT OBEDIENCE,
INCLUDING REPENTANCE, CAN WE RETURN TO LIVE IN HIS PRESENCE AND BECOME PERFECT AS HE IS. IN
HIS RECENT TALK TO THE YOUNG ADULTS OF THE CHURCH, PRESIDENT
RUSSELL M. NELSON SPOKE OF WHAT HE CALLED THE “STRONG CONNECTION
BETWEEN GOD’S LOVE AND HIS LAWS.” THE LAW THAT APPLIES MOST
SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE ISSUES RELATING TO THOSE IDENTIFYING AS
LGBT IS GOD’S LAW OF MARRIAGE AND ITS COMPANION LAW OF CHASTITY. BOTH ARE ESSENTIAL IN OUR FATHER
IN HEAVEN’S PLAN OF SALVATION FOR HIS CHILDREN. AS PRESIDENT
NELSON TAUGHT, “GOD’S LAWS ARE MOTIVATED
ENTIRELY BY HIS INFINITE LOVE FOR US AND HIS DESIRE FOR US TO BECOME ALL WE CAN BECOME.” PRESIDENT NELSON TAUGHT: “[M]ANY
COUNTRIES … HAVE AS MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH, WE
LEGALIZED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. RESPECT THE LAWS OF THE LAND
…, INCLUDING CIVIL MARRIAGE. THE TRUTH IS, HOWEVER, THAT IN
THE BEGINNING, MARRIAGE WAS ORDAINED BY GOD! AND TO THIS DAY
IT IS DEFINED BY HIM AS BEING BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. GOD
HAS NOT CHANGED HIS DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE. PRESIDENT NELSON CONTINUED, “GOD
HAS ALSO NOT CHANGED THE LAW OF CHASTITY. REQUIREMENTS TO ENTER
THE TEMPLE HAVE NOT CHANGED.” PRESIDENT
NELSON REMINDED ALL OF US THAT “OUR COMMISSION AS APOSTLES IS
TO TEACH NOTHING BUT TRUTH. THAT COMMISSION DOES NOT
GIVE US THE AUTHORITY TO MODIFY DIVINE LAW.” THUS, THE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH
MUST ALWAYS TEACH THE UNIQUE IMPORTANCE OF MARRIAGE BETWEEN A
MAN AND A WOMAN AND THE RELATED LAW OF CHASTITY. THE WORK OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS IS ULTIMATELY CONCERNED WITH
PREPARING THE CHILDREN OF GOD FOR THE CELESTIAL KINGDOM, AND
MOST PARTICULARLY FOR ITS HIGHEST GLORY, EXALTATION OR
ETERNAL LIFE. THAT HIGHEST DESTINY IS ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH
MARRIAGE FOR ETERNITY. ETERNAL LIFE INCLUDES
THE CREATIVE POWERS INHERENT IN THE COMBINATION OF MALE AND
FEMALE–WHAT MODERN REVELATION DESCRIBES AS “THE CONTINUATION OF THE SEEDS FOREVER AND EVER.”
IN HIS BYU TALK PRESIDENT NELSON TAUGHT,
“ABIDING BY GOD’S LAWS WILL KEEP YOU SAFE AS YOU PROGRESS TOWARD EVENTUAL EXALTATION.” THAT IS TO BECOME LIKE GOD, WITH
THE EXALTED LIFE AND DIVINE POTENTIAL OF OUR HEAVENLY
PARENTS. THAT IS THE DESTINY WE DESIRE FOR ALL WE LOVE. BECAUSE OF THAT LOVE, WE CANNOT LET OUR LOVE SUPERSEDE THE
COMMANDMENTS AND THE PLAN AND BRING THOSE WE LOVE THEIR WORK
OF GOD, WHICH WE KNOW WILL GREATEST HAPPINESS. BUT THERE
ARE MANY WE LOVE, INCLUDING SOME WHO HAVE THE RESTORED GOSPEL, WHO DO NOT
BELIEVE IN OR CHOOSE NOT TO FOLLOW GOD’S COMMANDMENTS ABOUT
MARRIAGE AND THE LAW OF CHASTITY. WHAT ABOUT THEM? GOD’S DOCTRINE SHOWS THAT ALL OF
US ARE HIS CHILDREN AND THAT HE HAS CREATED US TO HAVE JOY. MODERN REVELATION TEACHES THAT
GOD HAS PROVIDED A PLAN FOR A MORTAL EXPERIENCE IN WHICH ALL
CAN CHOOSE OBEDIENCE TO SEEK HIS HIGHEST BLESSINGS OR MAKE
CHOICES THAT LEAD TO ONE OF THE LESS GLORIOUS KINGDOMS. BECAUSE
OF GOD’S GREAT LOVE FOR ALL OF HIS CHILDREN, THOSE LESSER
KINGDOMS ARE STILL MORE WONDERFUL THAN MORTALS CAN COMPREHEND. THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST MAKES ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE, AS
HE “GLORIFIES THE FATHER, AND SAVES ALL THE WORKS OF HIS HANDS.” I HAVE SPOKEN OF THE
FIRST COMMANDMENT, BUT WHAT OF THE SECOND? HOW DO WE KEEP THE
COMMANDMENT TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS? WE SEEK TO PERSUADE OUR MEMBERS
THAT THOSE WHO FOLLOW LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, OR TRANSGENDER TEACHINGS AND ACTIONS SHOULD BE
TREATED WITH THE LOVE OUR SAVIOR COMMANDS US TO SHOW TOWARD ALL
OUR NEIGHBORS. THUS, WHEN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WAS DECLARED
LEGAL, THE FIRST PRESIDENCY AND QUORUM OF THE TWELVE DECLARED: “THE GOSPEL
OF JESUS CHRIST TEACHES US TO LOVE AND TREAT ALL PEOPLE WITH
KINDNESS AND CIVILITY–EVEN WHEN WE DISAGREE. WE AFFIRM THAT THOSE WHO AVAIL
THEMSELVES OF LAWS OR COURT RULINGS AUTHORIZING SAME-SEX
MARRIAGE SHOULD NOT BE TREATED DISRESPECTFULLY.” FURTHER, WE MUST NEVER PERSECUTE
THOSE WHO DO NOT SHARE OUR BELIEFS AND COMMITMENTS. REGRETFULLY, SOME PERSONS FACING
THESE ISSUES CONTINUE TO FEEL MARGINALIZED AND REJECTED BY
SOME MEMBERS AND LEADERS IN OUR FAMILIES, WARDS, AND STAKES. WE
MUST ALL STRIVE TO BE KINDER AND MORE CIVIL. FOR REASONS WE
DO NOT UNDERSTAND WE HAVE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES IN OUR MORTAL EXPERIENCES. BUT WE DO KNOW THAT GOD WILL
HELP EACH OF US OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES IF WE SINCERELY SEEK HIS HELP. AFTER SUFFERING AND
REPENTING FOR VIOLATIONS OF LAWS WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT, WE ARE ALL
DESTINED FOR A KINGDOM OF GLORY. THE ULTIMATE AND FINAL JUDGMENT WILL BE BY THE LORD, WHO ALONE
HAS THE REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM, AND GRACE TO JUDGE EACH OF US. MEANWHILE, WE MUST TRY TO
KEEP BOTH OF THE GREAT COMMANDMENTS.
TO DO SO WE WALK A FINE LINE BETWEEN LAW AND LOVE–KEEPING
THE COMMANDMENTS AND WALKING THE COVENANT PATH, WHILE LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS ALONG THE WAY. THIS
WALK REQUIRES US TO SEEK DIVINE INSPIRATION ON WHAT TO SUPPORT
AND WHAT TO OPPOSE AND HOW TO LOVE AND LISTEN RESPECTFULLY AND
TEACH IN THE PROCESS. OUR WALK DEMANDS THAT
WE NOT COMPROMISE ON COMMANDMENTS BUT SHOW FORTH A FULL MEASURE OF
UNDERSTANDING AND LOVE. OUR WALK MUST BE CONSIDERATE OF CHILDREN WHO ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT
THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, BUT IT DISCOURAGES PREMATURE LABELING
BECAUSE IN MOST CHILDREN SUCH UNCERTAINTY DECREASES SIGNIFICANTLY OVER TIME. OUR WALK OPPOSES RECRUITMENT
AWAY FROM THE COVENANT PATH AND IT DENIES SUPPORT TO ANY WHO LEAD PEOPLE AWAY FROM THE LORD. IN ALL OF THIS WE REMEMBER THAT
GOD PROMISES HOPE AND ULTIMATE JOY AND BLESSINGS FOR ALL WHO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. MOTHERS AND FATHERS AND ALL OF
US ARE RESPONSIBLE TO TEACH BOTH OF THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS. FOR THE WOMEN OF THE CHURCH
PRESIDENT SPENCER W. KIMBALL DESCRIBED THAT DUTY IN THIS GREAT PROPHECY: “MUCH OF
THE MAJOR GROWTH THAT IS COMING TO THE CHURCH IN THE
LAST DAYS WILL COME BECAUSE MANY OF THE GOOD WOMEN OF THE WORLD
… WILL BE DRAWN TO THE CHURCH IN LARGE NUMBERS. THIS WILL
HAPPEN TO THE DEGREE THAT THE WOMEN OF THE CHURCH
REFLECT RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ARTICULATENESS IN THEIR LIVES
AND TO THE DEGREE THAT THE WOMEN OF THE CHURCH ARE SEEN AS
DISTINCT AND DIFFERENT … FROM THE WOMEN OF THE WORLD…THUS IT WILL BE THAT FEMALE EXEMPLARS OF THE CHURCH WILL BE A SIGNIFICANT
FORCE IN BOTH THE NUMERICAL AND THE SPIRITUAL GROWTH OF THE CHURCH IN THE LAST DAYS.” SPEAKING OF THAT PROPHECY,
PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON DECLARED THAT “THE DAY THAT
PRESIDENT KIMBALL FORESAW IS TODAY. YOU ARE THE WOMEN HE FORESAW.” LITTLE DID WE WHO HEARD THAT
PROPHECY 40 YEARS AGO REALIZE THAT AMONG THOSE THE WOMEN OF
THIS CHURCH MAY SAVE WILL BE THEIR OWN DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE CURRENTLY
INFLUENCED BY WORLDLY PRIORITIES AND DEVILISH DISTORTIONS. MY
PRAYER AND BLESSING IS THAT YOU WILL TEACH AND ACT TO FULFILL
THAT PROPHECY, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. >>SISTER JONES: DEAR SISTERS,
WE EXPRESS SINCERE APPRECIATION TO EACH ONE OF YOU FOR SHARING
THIS EVENING WITH US. WE THANK THE CHOIR AND ALL OTHERS FOR
THEIR PARTICIPATION, AND GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THOSE WHO
HAVE ASSISTED IN PREPARING FOR THIS MEETING IN ANY WAY. THE
CHOIR WILL NOW FAVOR US WITH “I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE.”
OUR CONCLUDING SPEAKER WILL THEN BE OUR BELOVED PROPHET, PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON.
FOLLOWING HIS REMARKS, THE BY SINGING “HE SENT HIS SON.” CHOIR
WILL CLOSE THIS MEETING THE BENEDICTION WILL THEN BE OFFERED
BY SISTER CAROL COSTLEY, A MEMBER OF THE YOUNG WOMEN
GENERAL BOARD. ♪♪ ♪ I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE.I’M
GOING THERE SOMEDAY ♪ ♪ TO FEEL THE HOLY SPIRIT,TO
LISTEN AND TO PRAY. ♪ ♪ FOR THE TEMPLE ISA HOUSE OF
GOD, ♪ ♪ A PLACE OF LOVEAND BEAUTY. ♪ ♪ I’LL PREPARE MYSELFWHILE I AM
YOUNG; ♪ ♪ THIS IS MYSACRED DUTY. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ I LOVE TO SEE THE TEMPLE.I’LL
GO INSIDE SOMEDAY. ♪ ♪ I’LL COV’NANT WITH MY FATHER;
I’LL PROMISE TO OBEY. ♪ ♪ FOR THE TEMPLE IS A HOLY PLACE
WHERE WE ARE SEALED TOGETHER. ♪ ♪ AS A CHILD OF GOD,I’VE LEARNED
THIS TRUTH: ♪ ♪ A FAM’LY ISFOREVER. ♪ ♪ A FAM’LY ISFOREVER. ♪♪ A
FAM’LY ISFOREVER. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ GOD’S FAM’LY ISFOREVER. ♪♪ ♪♪>>PRESIDENT RUSSELL M. NELSON:
F1 F2 F1 2 C1 THANK YOU FOR THAT BEAUTIFUL
MUSIC. AS WE ALL STOOD TO SING THE
INTERMEDIATE HYMN, WE THANK THEE OH GOD FOR A PROPHET, I HAD TWO OVERWHELMING THOUGHTS COME ME.
ONE WAS BY THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH, THE PROPHET OF THIS
ASPIRATION. MY LOVE AND ADMIRATION FOR HIM GROWS EVERY
DAY. AND THE SECOND THOUGHT OCCURRED AS I LOOKED AT MY WIFE, MY
DAUGHTERS, GRANDDAUGHTERS, GREAT GRANDDAUGHTERS. I FELT LIKE I’D
LIKE TO CLAIM EVERY ONE OF YOU AS PART OF MY FAMILY. SO IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN EXTRA GRANDPA, GIVE ME A CALL. SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, AT THE END OF A TEMPLE ENDOWMENT SESSION, I SAID TO MY WIFE, “WENDY, I
HOPE THE SISTERS UNDERSTAND THE SPIRITUAL TREASURES THAT ARE
THEIRS IN THE TEMPLE.” SISTERS, I OFTEN FIND MYSELF THINKING
ABOUT YOU, INCLUDING TWO MONTHS AGO WHEN WENDY AND I VISITED
HARMONY, PENNSYLVANIA. THIS WAS OUR SECOND TRIP THERE.
BOTH TIMES WE HAVE BEEN DEEPLY MOVED AS WE WALKED ON THAT SACRED GROUND. IT WAS IN HARMONY
THAT JOHN THE BAPTIST APPEARED TO JOSEPH SMITH
F1 F2 F1 F2 F1 2 C1 AND RESTORED THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD. IT WAS
THERE THAT THE APOSTLES PETER, JAMES, AND JOHN APPEARED TO
RESTORE THE MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD. IT WAS IN HARMONY
THAT EMMA HALE SMITH SERVED AS HER
HUSBAND’S FIRST SCRIBE WHILE THE PROPHET JOSEPH TRANSLATED THE
BOOK OF MORMON. IT WAS ALSO IN HARMONY THAT JOSEPH RECEIVED A
REVELATION MANIFESTING THE LORD’S WILL TO EMMA. THE LORD INSTRUCTED EMMA TO
EXPOUND THE SCRIPTURES, TO EXHORT THE CHURCH, TO RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST, AND TO SPEND HER TIME “LEARNING MUCH.” EMMA WAS
ALSO COUNSELED TO LAY ASIDE THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD AND SEEK FOR THE THINGS OF A BETTER, AND TO HOLD FAST TO HER
COVENANTS WITH GOD. THE LORD CONCLUDED HIS INSTRUCTION WITH
THESE COMPELLING WORDS: “THIS IS MY VOICE UNTO ALL.” EVERYTHING
THAT HAPPENED IN HARMONY HAS PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR LIVES. THE
RESTORATION OF THE PRIESTHOOD, ALONG WITH THE
LORD’S COUNSEL TO EMMA, CAN GUIDE AND BLESS EACH OF YOU. HOW
I YEARN FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE RESTORATION
OF THE PRIESTHOOD IS JUST AS RELEVANT TO YOU AS A WOMAN AS IT IS TO ANY MAN. BECAUSE THE
MELCHIZEDEK PRIESTHOOD HAS BEEN RESTORED,
BOTH COVENANT-KEEPING WOMEN AND MEN HAVE ACCESS TO “ALL THE
SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS OF THE CHURCH,” OR, WE MIGHT SAY, TO ALL THE SPIRITUAL TREASURES THE LORD HAS FOR HIS CHILDREN. EVERY
WOMAN AND EVERY MAN WHO MAKES COVENANTS WITH GOD AND KEEPS THOSE COVENANTS, AND WHO
PARTICIPATES WORTHILY IN PRIESTHOOD ORDINANCES, HAS
DIRECT ACCESS TO THE POWER OF GOD. THOSE WHO ARE ENDOWED IN THE
HOUSE OF THE LORD RECEIVE A GIFT OF GOD’S PRIESTHOOD POWER BY
VIRTUE OF THEIR COVENANT, ALONG WITH A GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE TO KNOW HOW TO DRAW UPON THAT POWER. THE HEAVENS ARE JUST AS OPEN TO WOMEN WHO ARE ENDOWED WITH GOD’S POWER, THAT POWER FLOWING FROM
THEIR PRIESTHOOD COVENANTS AS THEY ARE TO MEN WHO BEAR THE
PRIESTHOOD. UPON EACH OF YOUR HEARTS BECAUSE I PRAY THAT TRUTH
WILL REGISTER I BELIEVE IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. SISTERS, DEAR SISTERS, YOU
HAVE THE RIGHT TO DRAW LIBERALLY UPON
THE SAVIOR’S POWER TO HELP YOUR FAMILY AND OTHERS YOU LOVE. YOU MAY BE SAYING TO YOURSELF,
“THIS SOUNDS WONDERFUL, BUT HOW DO I DO IT? HOW DO I DRAW THE SAVIOR’S POWER
INTO MY LIFE?” YOU WON’T FIND THIS PROCESS
SPELLED OUT IN ANY MANUAL. THE HOLY GHOST WILL BE YOUR PERSONAL TUTOR AS YOU SEEK TO
UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LORD WOULD HAVE YOU KNOW AND DO. THIS
PROCESS IS NEITHER QUICK NOR EASY, BUT IT IS SPIRITUALLY
INVIGORATING. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE MORE EXCITING THAN
TO LABOR WITH THE SPIRIT TO UNDERSTAND PRIESTHOOD POWER–GOD’S POWER? WHAT I CAN
TELL YOU IS THAT ACCESSING THE POWER OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE
REQUIRES THE SAME THINGS THAT THE LORD INSTRUCTED EMMA AND EACH OF YOU TO DO. SO, I INVITE YOU TO STUDY PRAYERFULLY SECTION 25 OF THE
DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS AND DISCOVER WHAT THE HOLY GHOST WILL TEACH YOU. YOUR PERSONAL,
SPIRITUAL ENDEAVOR WILL BRING YOU JOY AS YOU GAIN, UNDERSTAND, AND USE
THE POWER WITH WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN ENDOWED. PART OF THIS ENDEAVOR WILL
REQUIRE YOU TO PUT ASIDE MANY THINGS OF THIS WORLD. SOMETIMES
WE SPEAK ALMOST CASUALLY ABOUT WALKING AWAY FROM THE WORLD WITH ITS CONTENTION,
PERVASIVE TEMPTATIONS, AND FALSE PHILOSOPHIES. BUT TRULY
DOING SO REQUIRES YOU TO EXAMINE YOUR LIFE METICULOUSLY AND REGULARLY. AS YOU DO SO, THE HOLY GHOST
WILL PROMPT YOU ABOUT WHAT IS NO LONGER NEEDFUL, WHAT IS NO
LONGER WORTHY OF YOUR TIME AND ENERGY. AS YOU SHIFT YOUR FOCUS AWAY
FROM WORLDLY DISTRACTIONS, SOME THINGS THAT SEEM IMPORTANT TO YOU NOW WILL RECEDE IN PRIORITY. YOU WILL NEED TO SAY “NO” TO
SOME THINGS, EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY SEEM HARMLESS. AS YOU EMBARK
UPON AND CONTINUE THIS LIFE-LONG PROCESS OF CONSECRATING YOUR LIFE TO THE
LORD, THE CHANGES IN YOUR PERSPECTIVE, FEELINGS, AND
SPIRITUAL STRENGTH WILL AMAZE YOU! NOW, A LITTLE WORD OF WARNING.
THERE ARE THOSE WHO WOULD UNDERMINE YOUR ABILITY TO CALL UPON THE POWER OF GOD. THERE ARE
SOME WHO WOULD HAVE YOU DOUBT YOURSELF AND MINIMIZE YOUR
STELLAR SPIRITUAL CAPACITY AS A RIGHTEOUS WOMAN. MOST CERTAINLY, THE ADVERSARY
DOES NOT WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE COVENANT YOU MADE AT
BAPTISM, OR THE PROFOUND ENDOWMENT OF KNOWLEDGE AND POWER
YOU HAVE RECEIVED OR WILL RECEIVE IN THE TEMPLE–THE HOUSE OF THE LORD. AND SATAN CERTAINLY DOES NOT
WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVERY TIME YOU WORTHILY SERVE
AND WORSHIP IN THE TEMPLE, YOU LEAVE ARMED WITH GOD’S POWER AND
WITH HIS ANGELS HAVING “CHARGE OVER” YOU. SATAN AND HIS MINIONS
WILL CONSTANTLY CONTRIVE ROADBLOCKS
TO PREVENT YOU FROM UNDERSTANDING THE SPIRITUAL
GIFTS WITH WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN AND CAN BE BLESSED. UNFORTUNATELY, SOME ROADBLOCKS MAY BE THE RESULT OF ANOTHER’S MISBEHAVIOR. IT GRIEVES ME TO THINK THAT ANY
OF YOU HAVE FELT MARGINALIZED OR HAVE NOT BEEN BELIEVED BY A
PRIESTHOOD LEADER, OR HAVE BEEN ABUSED OR BETRAYED BY A HUSBAND, FATHER, OR A SUPPOSED FRIEND. I
FEEL DEEP SORROW THAT ANY OF YOU HAVE FELT SIDE-LINED, DISRESPECTED, OR MISJUDGED. SUCH
OFFENSES HAVE NO PLACE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD. CONVERSELY, IT THRILLS ME WHEN I
EAGERLY SEEK THE PARTICIPATION LEARN OF PRIESTHOOD LEADERS THAT
OF WOMEN IN WARD AND STAKE COUNCILS. I AM INSPIRED BY EACH HUSBAND
IMPORTANT PRIESTHOOD WHO DEMONSTRATES THAT HIS MOST
RESPONSIBILITY IS TO CARE FOR HIS WIFE. I PRAISE THAT MAN WHO
DEEPLY RESPECTS HIS WIFE’S ABILITY TO RECEIVE REVELATION AND HE
TREASURES HER AS AN EQUAL PARTNER IN THEIR MARRIAGE. WHEN A MAN UNDERSTANDS THE MAJESTY AND POWER OF A
RIGHTEOUS-SEEKING, ENDOWED LATTER-DAY SAINT WOMAN, IS IT
ANY WONDER THAT HE FEELS LIKE STANDING WHEN SHE ENTERS THE ROOM? FROM THE DAWNING OF TIME, WOMEN
HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH A UNIQUE MORAL COMPASS–THE ABILITY TO
DISTINGUISH RIGHT FROM WRONG. THIS GIFT IS ENHANCED IN THOSE WHO MAKE AND KEEP COVENANTS. AND
IT DIMINISHES IN THOSE WHO WILLFULLY IGNORE THE
COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. I HASTEN TO ADD THAT I DO NOT ABSOLVE MEN IN ANY WAY FROM
GOD’S REQUIREMENT FOR THEM ALSO TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG. BUT MY DEAR SISTERS, YOUR
ABILITY TO DISCERN TRUTH FROM ERROR, TO BE SOCIETY’S GUARDIANS
OF MORALITY, IS CRUCIAL IN THESE LATTER DAYS. AS WE DEPEND UPON YOU TO TEACH
OTHERS TO DO LIKEWISE, LET ME BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THIS: IF THIS WORLD LOSES THE MORAL
RECTITUDE OF ITS WOMEN, THE WORLD WILL NEVER RECOVER. WE LATTER-DAY SAINTS ARE NOT OF
THE WORLD; WE ARE OF COVENANT ISRAEL. WE ARE CALLED TO PREPARE
A PEOPLE FOR THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD. NOW MAY I CLARIFY SEVERAL
ADDITIONAL POINTS WITH RESPECT TO WOMEN AND PRIESTHOOD. WHEN
YOU ARE SET APART TO SERVE IN A CALLING UNDER THE DIRECTION OF
ONE WHO HOLDS PRIESTHOOD KEYS–SUCH AS YOUR BISHOP OR STAKE PRESIDENT–YOU ARE GIVEN
PRIESTHOOD AUTHORITY TO FUNCTION IN THAT CALLING. SIMILARLY, IN
THE HOLY TEMPLE, YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO PERFORM AND
OFFICIATE IN PRIESTHOOD ORDINANCES EVERY TIME YOU
ATTEND. YOUR TEMPLE ENDOWMENT PREPARES YOU TO DO SO. IF YOU ARE ENDOWED
BUT NOT CURRENTLY MARRIED TO A MAN WHO BEARS THE PRIESTHOOD AND SOMEONE
SAYS TO YOU, “I’M SORRY THAT YOU DON’T HAVE THE PRIESTHOOD IN YOUR HOME,” PLEASE UNDERSTAND
THAT STATEMENT IS INCORRECT. YOU MAY NOT HAVE A PRIESTHOOD-BEARER IN YOUR HOME,
BUT YOU HAVE RECEIVED AND MADE SACRED COVENANTS WITH GOD IN HIS
TEMPLE. FROM THOSE COVENANTS FLOWS AN ENDOWMENT OF HIS
PRIESTHOOD POWER UPON YOU. AND REMEMBER, IF YOUR HUSBAND SHOULD
DIE, YOU WOULD PRESIDE IN YOUR HOME. AS A RIGHTEOUS, ENDOWED
LATTER-DAY SAINT WOMAN, YOU SPEAK AND TEACH WITH POWER AND AUTHORITY FROM GOD. WHETHER BY
EXHORTATION OR CONVERSATION, WE NEED YOUR VOICE TEACHING THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST.
WE NEED YOUR INPUT IN FAMILY, WARD, AND STAKE COUNCILS. YOUR
PARTICIPATION IS ESSENTIAL AND NEVER ORNAMENTAL! MY DEAR SISTERS, YOUR POWER WILL INCREASE AS YOU SERVE OTHERS. YOUR PRAYERS, FASTING, TIME IN
THE SCRIPTURES, AND SERVICE IN TEMPLE AND FAMILY HISTORY WORK
WILL OPEN THE HEAVENS TO YOU. I ENTREAT YOU TO STUDY PRAYERFULLY ALL THE TRUTHS YOU
CAN FIND ABOUT PRIESTHOOD POWER. YOU MIGHT BEGIN WITH DOCTRINE
AND COVENANTS SECTIONS 84 AND 107. THOSE SECTIONS WILL LEAD
YOU TO OTHER PASSAGES. THE SCRIPTURES AND TEACHINGS BY
MODERN PROPHETS, SEERS, AND REVELATORS ARE FILLED WITH THESE
TRUTHS. AS YOUR UNDERSTANDING INCREASES
AND AS YOU EXERCISE FAITH IN THE LORD’S PRIESTHOOD POWER AND THE
LORD HIMSELF, YOUR ABILITY TO DRAW UPON THIS SPIRITUAL
TREASURE THAT THE LORD HAS MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU WILL INCREASE.
AS YOU DO SO, YOU WILL FIND YOURSELVES BETTER ABLE TO HELP
CREATE ETERNAL FAMILIES THAT ARE UNITED, SEALED IN THE TEMPLE OF
THE LORD, AND FULL OF LOVE FOR OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND JESUS
CHRIST. ALL OUR EFFORTS TO MINISTER TO EACH OTHER, PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL, PERFECT THE SAINTS, AND REDEEM THE DEAD, THEY ALL CONVERGE IN
THE HOLY TEMPLE. WE NOW HAVE 166 TEMPLES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD,
AND MORE ARE COMING. AS YOU KNOW, THE SALT LAKE TEMPLE, TEMPLE SQUARE, AND THE
ADJOINING PLAZA NEAR THE CHURCH OFFICE BUILDING WILL BE RENEWED
IN A PROJECT THAT WILL BEGIN AT THE CLOSE OF THIS YEAR. THIS
SACRED TEMPLE MUST BE PRESERVED AND PREPARED TO INSPIRE FUTURE
GENERATIONS, JUST AS IT HAS INFLUENCED US IN THIS GENERATION. AS THE CHURCH
GROWS, MORE TEMPLES WILL BE BUILT SO THAT MORE FAMILIES CAN
HAVE ACCESS TO THAT GREATEST OF ALL BLESSINGS, THAT OF ETERNAL
LIFE. WE REGARD A TEMPLE AS THE MOST SACRED STRUCTURE IN THE CHURCH.
WHENEVER PLANS ARE ANNOUNCED TO CONSTRUCT A NEW TEMPLE, IT
BECOMES AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR HISTORY. AS WE HAVE DISCUSSED
HERE TONIGHT, YOU SISTERS ARE VITAL
TO THE WORK OF THE TEMPLE, AND THE TEMPLE IS WHERE YOU WILL
RECEIVE YOUR HIGHEST SPIRITUAL TREASURES. F1 F2 F1 2 C1 PLEASE, LISTEN
CAREFULLY AND REVERENTLY AS I WILL NOW
ANNOUNCE PLANS TO BUILD EIGHT NEW TEMPLES. IF ONE IS ANNOUNCED IN A PLACE THAT IS MEANINGFUL TO YOU, I ASK
THAT YOU JUST BOW YOUR HEAD WITH GRATITUDE IN YOUR HEART. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE PLANS FOLLOWING LOCATIONS, FREE TOWN S
TO CONSTRUCT TEMPLES IN THE SIERRALEONE. PAPPA, NEW GUINEA. BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS, THE
PHILIPPINES, MCGOWAN, TEXAS. GUATAMALA, TAYLORSVILLE, UTAH.
THANK YOU, DEAR SISTERS, WE APPRECIATE YOUR RECEIPT OF THESE PLANS AND YOUR RESPONSE. IN CLOSING,
I WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE A BLESSING UPON YOU, THAT YOU MAY
UNDERSTAND THE PRIESTHOOD POWER WITH WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN ENDOWED
AND THAT YOU WILL AUGMENT THAT POWER BY EXERCISING YOUR FAITH
IN THE LORD AND IN HIS POWER. DEAR SISTERS, WITH DEEPEST
RESPECT AND GRATITUDE, I EXPRESS F1 F2 F1 2 C1 MY LOVE FOR YOU. I
HUMBLY DECLARE THAT GOD LIVES! JESUS IS THE CHRIST. THIS IS HIS CHURCH. I SO TESTIFY
IN THE SACRED NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. ♪♪ ♪ HOW COULD THE FATHERTELL THE
WORLD ♪ ♪♪ ♪ HOW COULD THE FATHERTELL THE
WORLD ♪♪ OF LOVE ANDTENDERNESS? ♪ ♪ HE SENT HIS SON,A NEWBORN
BABE, ♪ ♪ WITH PEACEAND HOLINESS, ♪ ♪ HOW COULD THE FATHERSHOW THE
WORLD ♪♪ THE PATHWAYWE SHOULD GO? ♪ ♪ HE SENT HIS SONTO WALK WITH
MEN ♪♪ ON EARTH,THAT WE MAY KNOW. ♪ ♪ HOW COULD THE FATHERTELL THE
WORLD ♪ ♪ OF SACRIFICE,OF DEATH? ♪ ♪ HE SENT HIS SONTO DIE FOR US ♪ ♪ AND RISEWITH LIVING BREATH, ♪ ♪ WITH LIVING BREATH. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ WHAT DOES THE FATHERASK OF US?
♪ ♪ WHAT DOTHE SCRIPTURES SAY? ♪ ♪ HAVE FAITH, HAVE HOPE,LIVE
LIKE HIS SON, ♪ ♪ HELP OTHERSON THEIR WAY. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ WHAT DOES HE ASK? ♪ ♪ LIVE LIKE HIS SON, ♪ ♪ LIVE LIKE HIS SON, ♪♪ LIVE
LIKE HIS SON. ♪♪ ♪♪ F1 F2 F1 2 C1>>SISTER CAROL COSTLEY: OUR
FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE HUMBLY BOW OUR HEADS THIS DAY TO EXPRESS
OUR GRATITUDE FOR THE SPIRIT THAT HAS BEEN WITH US. FATHER IN
HEAVEN, WE ARE SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR DIVINE
NATURE, AND FOR THE ABILITY THAT WE HAVE TO TAP INTO THY
POWER. WE PRAY, FATHER, THAT AS WE LEAVE THIS DAY, THAT THESE
TRUTHS MIGHT BE IMBEDDED UPON OUR HEARTS, AND THAT WE MIGHT
LIVE WITH DETERMINATION TO UNDERSTAND THY WILL FOR US AS WE
COME TO UNDERSTAND THESE TRUTHS AND TO HAVE FAITH IN THEM FOR
OUR INDIVIDUAL SELFS. WE ARE SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR OUR
PROPHET, THE APOSTLES AND THOSE WHO HAVE SPOKEN TO US TODAY. WE
HAVE BEEN SO GRATEFUL FOR THE WORDS THAT HAVE BEEN SHARED WITH US AND WE PRAY THAT WE MIGHT
MOVE FORWARD WITH A DEEPER COMMITMENT TO LIVE LIKE OUR LORD
AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, AND WE SAY THESE THINGS IN THE NAME OF
THY BELOVED NAME OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, AMEN. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ CLOSED CAPTIONING BYTHE CHURCH
OF JESUS CHRISTOF LATTER-DAY SAINTSCOMMENTS TO:
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