Be Thou My Vision. Selfishly pursuing a gift from God will end in disappointment and frustration.”, “By focusing deeply on one needed attribute, as you progress in obtaining that attribute, other attributes begin to accrue to you. So, unlike the purchaser at the market who would take back the change we offer, our gracious Savior beckons us to, “The scriptures do not say that they immediately became perfect; rather, their desire to change compelled them to action. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (, “To heal brokenness by coming unto Him, we need to have faith in Jesus Christ. See Rankin Wilbourne and Brian Gregor, “Jesus Didn’t Suffer to Prove a Philosophical Point,” Christianity Today, Sept. 20, 2019, christianitytoday.com. '”, “As with all gifts the Father so willingly offers, seeing deeply requires us to, “Righteousness and unity are profoundly significant. If we seek these gifts to better serve others, He will bless us in our efforts. This guidance and enlightenment and power are promised gifts we have received from our Heavenly Father. But I am even more concerned about your spiritual and emotional preparation.”, “Even this year, when access to our temples has been seriously limited, your endowment has given you constant access to God’s power as you have honored your covenants with Him.”, “When the Holy Ghost is with you, you can teach truth, even when it runs counter to prevailing opinions. We face the facts and return to the fundamentals, to the basic gospel principles, to what matters most. Such teaching is not based on any one sect’s doctrines but comes directly from the Master Himself. Can someone who is focusing deeply on charity not increase in love and humility? We can give Him, “In return for His priceless payment for each of us, the Lord asks us for a change of heart. Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Saturday morning session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 3, 2020. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. By Church News Staff As we ‘press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men,’ we are blessed with an eternal perspective and vision that stretches far beyond our limited mortal capacity. Never fear! Yet we can be united in our love of and faith in Jesus Christ.”, “Paul’s Epistle to the Romans establishes the principle that we follow the culture and doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Can we gently tug a little here and hoist up a little there to help them heal while they enjoy our friendship?”, “If you are suffering an injury from a [spiritual] fall, please allow others to help you return to your covenants and the blessings they offer. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. By Sarah Jane Weaver. It felt significant to have a high-ranking Church leader openly make that statement in general conference and to point back to President Clark’s talk (which, to me, is one of the most significant talks given in the 20 th century in the Church). What if it is, to some degree, attainable in this life and, indeed, a prerequisite to being with Him again? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; but he saith: Come unto me all ye ends of the earth, buy milk and honey, without money and without price.’ This we declare ‘in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness’…”, [After telling story of a young deacon who chose to pass the sacrament despite physical challenges] “I wonder at the unspoken miracle that had impelled him that morning to respond so bravely to that still, small call to serve, and about the strength and capacities of all of our emergent youth as they push themselves to respond to a prophet’s call to enlist in God’s battalions and join in the work of salvation and exaltation.”, “When the Savior said to His Apostles, ‘This do in remembrance of me,’ He was also speaking through the ages to each of us. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you’ (, “Loving our enemies and our adversaries is not easy. It is the model for us even today. I speak of the continuing struggle with emotional and mental health challenges that weigh heavily on the souls of so many who suffer with them, and on the hearts of those who love and suffer with them. At the end of the 190th Semiannual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson looked to … It is without envy or pride. We’ve searched through every single talk from the October 2020 general conference and have compiled a comprehensive list of counsel from each speaker. You strengthen your private religious behavior—like prayer and scripture study and keeping God’s commandments. … I will never say anything about you that is unkind, that is not going to lift you. You will need to commit to exerting meaningful effort. Saturday Morning Session Expand. He will bestow upon us personal peace and comfort. Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work, and Count It All Joy! They want you to return to Them and become like Them. How long shall thy hand be stayed?”1 How long, O Lord, how long? The path to holiness and happiness here and hereafter is a long and sometimes rocky one. '”, “Our work in the temple is tied to our eternal reward. This servant of the Lord was encouraging the young people to choose, prepare, and become devoted disciples of the Savior. “We began a higher and holier way of ministering to all. The prophets have taught that it is necessary to leave behind anything in our old cultures that is inconsistent with the culture of Christ. … I will see you for who you are at your best. The views expressed by individual users are the responsibility of those users and do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. So, we are not the first nor will we be the last to ask such questions when sorrows bear down on us or an ache in our heart goes on and on. Saturday Afternoon Session. The Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. …Meanwhile, those in sustainable societies are seeking, as King Benjamin said, to ‘grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created [them], or in the knowledge of that which is just and true. A List of EVERYTHING Our Leaders Counseled Us to Do at General... By Union of Feeling We Obtain Power with God, Let Patience Have Her Perfect Work, and Count It All Joy, Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God, The 7 Best General Conference Stories of All Time, General Conference: Sunday Afternoon Session Recap, General Conference: Sunday Morning Session Recap, 7 Things Mormons Need to Seriously Chill Out About, 3 Mormon Moms Create Multi-Million Dollar Company, Home Dedication: Set Your Home Apart from the World, 27 More of the Funniest #ThugMormon Tweets, #MormonHarryPotter: What Hogwarts Looks Like Under a Mormon Spell, “I pray that we as a people are using this unique time to grow spiritually. You have not only the, “For decades, the Lord’s prophets have urged us to store food, water, and financial reserves for a time of need. The middle of the road will be withdrawn. Elder Carlos A. Godoy of the Presidency of the Seventy speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 4, 2020. Credit: Intellectual Reserve, Inc. By Church News Staff And then, when the rough sledding by everyone else is over, please let me come and dwell with Thee, where I can boast about how similar our strengths and our characters are as I float along on my cloud of comfortable Christianity.”12, My beloved brothers and sisters, Christianity is comforting, but it is often not comfortable. He invites us to find His ways of doing it, and they may differ from our past experiences.”, “As an Apostle of the Lord, I invite and bless you to ‘cheerfully do all things that lie in [your] power; and then may [you] stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.’ And I promise that the Lord will cause unimaginable things to come from your righteous labors.”, “On June 9, the Prophet ‘said he was going to preach mercy[.] And I renew my invitation for you to increase your understanding of priesthood power and of temple covenants and blessings. I am not now speaking of pandemics or prisons but of you, your family, and your neighbors who face any number of such challenges. He declared that ‘, “He who authored the plan of salvation described the very purpose of our mortal probation using the words, “…the Lord declared in 1833, ‘Therefore, be not afraid of your enemies, for I have decreed in my heart, saith the Lord, that I will, “The year 2020 has been marked, in part, by a global pandemic that has proved, examined, and tried us in many ways. Recently we have been put to the test. '”, [Quoting Joseph Smith] “‘… The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more are we dispos’d to look with compassion on perishing souls—[we feel that we want] to take them upon our shoulders and cast their sins behind our back. This principle is true for you and me today.”, “The clarion call to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is to strive to be a Zion people who are of one heart and one mind and dwell in righteousness. Sustaining of General Authorities, Area Seventies, and General Officers, By Union of Feeling We Obtain Power with God, Video: The Light That Shineth in Darkness. Conferences. Then He will heal our broken hearts. We will be enabled to ‘gather together, and stand in holy places’ and ‘be not moved, until the day of the Lord come. Instead, see yourself as John the Revelator surely saw you in his majestic revelation of the latter days. That is His promise.”, “As ‘fellowcitizens with the saints,’ we are invited to change the world for the better, from the inside out, one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time. An empty Conference Center is pictured during the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. In fact, Lord, be careful to keep me from all the experiences that made Thee divine. Pray for the leaders of nations.”, “Sincerely praying for those who may be considered our enemies demonstrates our belief that God can change our hearts and the hearts of others.”, “After we kneel in prayer, we need to get up from our knees and do what we can to help—to help both ourselves and others.”, “Prayer will lift us and draw us together as individuals, as families, as a Church, and as a world…Redouble your commitment to prayer.”, “It is in these rough stretches of our journey that our faith can be not only tried but fortified.”, “Regardless of our circumstances, we can intentionally make efforts to build and increase our faith in Jesus Christ.”, “Our faith increases as we choose to believe rather than doubt, forgive rather than judge, repent rather than rebel.”, “Our faith is refined as we patiently rely on the merits and mercy and grace of the Holy Messiah.”, “Waves of fear can distract us, causing us to forget God’s goodness, thus leaving our perspective short-sighted and out of focus.”, “Our current challenging circumstances are not our final eternal destination.”, “Seeking Christ in every thought and following Him with all our heart requires that we align our mind and desires with His.”, “As we exercise our moral agency in righteousness, choosing to have wholesome thoughts and pure desires, we can become more aligned with Jesus Christ.”, “Fighting against temptation takes a lifetime of diligence and faithfulness.”, “Please know that the Lord is ready to assist us in our personal efforts and promises remarkable blessings if we endure to the end.”, “Our mortal inclinations will not disappear on their own.”, “As we rely upon the rock of Salvation, the Savior of our souls, and follow Moroni’s counsel, our ability to control our thoughts will increase.”, “When we resist the little temptations, which often come unexpectedly in our life, we are better equipped to avoid serious transgressions.”, “Please, please, do not give up on your efforts to be part of this big family.”, “It is always worth the effort to keep trying.”, “I promise, He will send angels to help you.”, “The angels that walk among us in our everyday lives are powerful reminders of God’s love for us.”, “I hope and pray that we will recognize the importance of angels in our lives.”, “Would you be willing to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands? General Conference. 5 Oct 2020. How long do we wait for relief from hardships that come upon us? '”, “Jesus said: ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. But with unfathomable generosity He also clarifies that ‘I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent’….”, “But know this: there is One who understands perfectly what you are experiencing, who is ‘mightier than all the earth,’ and who is ‘able to do exceeding abundantly above all that [you] ask or think.’ The process will unfold in His way and on His schedule, but Christ stands ready, “…guard against the satanic whispering that if you were a better person, you would avoid [difficult] trials.”, “You must also resist the related lie that your sufferings somehow suggest you stand outside the circle of God’s chosen ones, who seem to glide from one blessed state to another. And you commit yourself to those standards when you sign your name to that sacred document.”, “Putting off our shoes at the door of the temple is letting go of worldly desires or pleasures that distract us from spiritual growth, setting aside those things which sidetrack our precious mortality, rising above contentious behavior, and seeking time to be holy.”, “By divine design, our physical body is a creation of God, a temple for our spirit, and should be treated with reverence. Look through this list of favorite talks and if one stands out to you, follow the link to read or watch the full message. It includes believing His teachings. Her hobbies include long walks through the ice cream aisle at the grocery store and correcting bad grammar. Now is the time to prepare and prove ourselves willing and able to do all things whatsoever the Lord our God shall command us.”, “Faithfulness is not foolishness or fanaticism. So true are the words of the Primary song: ‘My body is a temple [that] needs the greatest care.’ When the Lord appeared to the Nephites, He commanded, ‘Be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me.’ ‘What manner of men ought ye to be?’ asked the Lord and then answered, ‘Even as I am.’ To be ‘recommended to the Lord,’ we strive to be like Him.”, “I remember hearing President Howard W. Hunter in his first general conference address as the 14th President of the Church. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s modification of Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s text; see Neal A. Maxwell, “Lest Ye Be Wearied and Faint in Your Minds,” Ensign, May 1991, 88. As President Nelson reminded us in our last general conference, ‘The Lord loves effort. He is pure love, gloriously personified, and Merciful Father is His name. 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