We will be enabled to ‘gather together, and stand in holy places’ and ‘be not moved, until the day of the Lord come. You simply will go wherever the current takes you. '”, “If enough of us and enough of our neighbors strive to make our decisions and guide our lives by the truth of God, the moral virtues needed in every society will abound.”, “‘Behold, doth he cry unto any, saying: Depart from me? Sister Sharon Eubank of Relief Society general presidency speaks during the general women’s session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 3, 2020. The conference is being held remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 5 Oct 2020. “The use of technology in sharing the gospel and doing the Lord’s work has spread throughout the Church.”, This was counsel specifically to the Relief Society. The Savior can help you heal and change while surrounded by those who love you.”, “As we travel the covenant path, sometimes we pick up stones in our shoes in the form of poor habits, sins, or bad attitudes. Those great gifts will not be destroyed, even by death. Don’t face the world alone. Faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf. I speak of the yearning of many who would like to be married and aren’t or who are married and wish the relationship were a little more celestial. President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, is seated in the Conference Center Theater during the Sunday afternoon session of the 190th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Oct. 4, 2020. We hope they will help you feel the peace that comes from Jesus Christ. It means believing that even though we do not understand all things, He does. It’s messy, sometimes uncomfortable, and happens gradually when we clear away the bad as fast as the good can grow. What if it is, to some degree, attainable in this life and, indeed, a prerequisite to being with Him again? The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of the Church. The path to holiness and happiness here and hereafter is a long and sometimes rocky one. October 2020 General Conference. Great for Relief Society and Elders Quorum lesson planning or study at home! See Numbers 32:13; Deuteronomy 2:7; Joshua 5:6. This blog summarizes the key points from each session. Here is one powerful quote from each talk given during the April 2020 general conference to help you remember the inspired words from our Church leaders and the wonderful experiences we had together. In the words of the Doctrine and Covenants, these were societies with ‘every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God. COVID and cancer, doubt and dismay, financial trouble and family trials. His peace is beyond all mortal understanding.”, “I bless you with an increased desire and ability to obey the laws of God.”, “May we go forward together to fulfill our divine mandate—that of preparing ourselves and the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.”. The consistency of prophetic counsel over time creates a powerful concert of clarity and a warning volume far louder than solo performances can ever produce.”, “We learn, for example, in the parable of the ten virgins that procrastinating preparation leads to unsuccessful proving.”, “Effective and timely preparation precedes successful proving.”, “‘Thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more. Instead, see yourself as John the Revelator surely saw you in his majestic revelation of the latter days. They want you to return to Them and become like Them. 04/09/2020 by lifeafterministry. He knows of your wants, your needs, and your fears. The point is that faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf.”, “The path to holiness and happiness here and hereafter is a long and sometimes rocky one.”, “COVID and cancer, doubt and dismay, financial trouble and family trials. '”, “Our work in the temple is tied to our eternal reward. This nation’s history of racism is not a happy one, and we must do better.”, [Quoting “two Yale University scholars”] “‘We have to remain united by and through the Constitution, regardless of our ideological disagreements. Thanks to His immediate goodness, the, “From direct, personal experience the Savior thus warns us, in modern scripture, that we have no idea how ‘exquisite’ our ‘sufferings’ will be if we do not repent. Can someone who is focusing deeply on charity not increase in love and humility? This has been a marvelous conference, but it is the second time that COVID-19 has altered our traditional proceedings. When will these burdens be lifted? To help you carry the messages from our Church leaders with you, here is one invitation or promise given by each of the speakers during general conference. '”, “I invite each of us to ‘consider [our] ways’ and ‘examine [ourselves], whether [we] be in the faith; [and] prove [our] own selves.’ What have we learned during these recent months of lifestyle adjustments and restrictions? 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. October 2020 general conference General Conference Talks. Look through this list of favorite talks and if one stands out to you, follow the link to read or watch the full message. '”, “Many years ago, a British foreign secretary gave this great counsel in a debate in the House of Commons: ‘We have no eternal, “Knowing that we are all children of God gives us a divine vision of the worth of all others and the will and ability to rise above prejudice and racism. It would please the Lord if every adult member would be worthy of—and carry—a current temple recommend.’ I would add that a limited-use recommend will set a clear path for our precious youth.”, “If you have yet to receive a recommend or if your recommend has lapsed, line up at the door of the bishop just as the early Saints lined up at the door of the Nauvoo Temple in 1846.”, “Begin the process now to become ‘recommended to the Lord’ so that His Spirit will be with you in abundance and His standards will bring you ‘peace of conscience. The quicker we shake them from our lives, the more joyful our mortal journey will be.”, “I testify that because of Jesus Christ, we, “Sisters and brothers, aren’t we all like this piano, a little broken, cracked, and damaged, feeling like we will never be the same again? It enlightens our minds and gives strength and confidence to our actions. Saturday afternoon session. So, what can we give to Him, who paid the incalculable price for our sins? '”, [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. '”, “We must never forget that the very purpose of repentance is to take certain misery and transform it into pure bliss. I urge you to take steps to be temporally prepared. He's the Founder of The Sunday Pews, and has experience writing for Mormon Newsroom Pacific, KBYU11, Classical 89 Radio, FamilyShare.com and plenty more. Remember, this is the Church of Jesus Christ—He is at the helm.”. Russell M. Nelson. You brought with you into mortal life a spiritual capacity to nurture others and to lift them higher toward the love and purity that will qualify them to live together in a Zion society.”, “You are daughters of a loving Heavenly Father, who sent you into the world with unique gifts that you promised to use to bless others.”, “The Lord has special love and concern for His precious daughters. All that is [hard and challenging] about life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.’ He has counseled us, ‘Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not’ (, “I testify that Jesus Christ is our loving Savior, our Redeemer, the Master Healer, and our faithful friend. We are so tired of this contagion, we feel like tearing our hair out. Elder Gary E. Stevenson speaks during the Saturday afternoon session of the 190th Annual General Conference on April 4, 2020. Credit: Screenshot, ChurchofJesusChrist.org. I have full spiritual confidence that, as we seek union of feeling, we will call down the power of God to make our efforts whole.”, “When the Church commemorated the 1978 revelation on priesthood, President Russell M. Nelson extended a powerful prophetic blessing: ‘It is my prayer, “As we show our gratitude to Him by diligently living His commandments, He immediately blesses us, leaving us always in His debt.”, “He gives us much, much more than the value of what we can ever return to Him. Are you willing to let God be the most important influence in your life?”, “The Lord is gathering those who will choose to let God be the most important influence in their lives.”, “When your greatest desire is to let God prevail, to be part of Israel, so many decisions become easier. This truth is taught clearly and persuasively in the 32nd chapter of Alma in the Book of Mormon. Our Father in Heaven clearly expects us to address these wrenching public issues as well as the personal ones, but there will be times in our lives when even our best spiritual effort and earnest, pleading prayers do not yield the victories for which we have yearned, whether that be regarding the large global matters or the small personal ones. Such honesty is vital if we are to progress in becoming like Him.”, “…those of us who are brave might consider asking a trusted family member, spouse, friend, or spiritual leader what attribute of Jesus Christ we are in need of—and we may need to brace ourselves for the response! Saturday Afternoon Session. We can achieve greater unity as we foster an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for diversity.”, “Early in the Book of Mormon, approximately 550 years before the birth of Christ, we are taught the fundamental commandment regarding the relationship between Father in Heaven’s children. Life, “The adversary never stops attacking. April 2020 General Conference General Conference Talks. Relief Society and Young Women are not simply classes. These calamities may be personal or general in nature, but the Lord’s guidance will provide protection and support to the extent that we heed and act upon His counsel.”, “In today’s environment, with a pandemic that has devastated whole economies as well as individual lives, it would be inconsistent with a compassionate Savior to ignore the reality that many are struggling and ask them to begin building a reserve of food and money for the future. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours’ (, “‘Fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail’ (, “With the Lord’s promises, we ‘lift up [our] heart[s] and rejoice’ (, “There is boundless power in the doctrine of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. While not easy, it is possible with the help of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Understanding the admonition to be like Him is good, but that understanding needs to be coupled with a yearning to transform ourselves, one step at a time, beyond the natural man. SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is holding its 190th Annual General Conference from April 4-5. He prayed for His disciples and for those who would believe in Christ: ‘That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.’ Oneness is what Christ prayed for prior to His betrayal and Crucifixion.”, “In the first year after the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ, recorded in, “The culture of the gospel of Jesus Christ is not a Gentile culture or a Judaic culture. That issue was settled in a very private garden and on a very public hill in Jerusalem long ago. '”, “Even in our busy lives, we can follow the example of Jesus and see individuals—their needs, their faith, their struggle, and who they can become.”, “As I pray for the Lord to open my eyes to see things I might not normally see, I often ask myself two questions and pay attention to the impressions that come: ‘What am I doing that I should stop doing?’ and ‘What am I not doing that I should start doing? The current pandemic has reinforced the wisdom of that counsel. He invites us to exercise faith in Him, which inspires us to repent—“which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart.” As we repent and turn our hearts to Him, we gain a greater desire to make and live sacred covenants. Isaiah 40:31; emphasis added; see also Isaiah 40:28–30. During the Saturday afternoon session of the October 2020 general conference, President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency announced the calls of a new General Authority Seventy, a new member of the Presiding Bishopric and four new Area Seventies. Because He has experienced all our pains, afflictions, and infirmities, He knows how to help us rise above our daily difficulties. Opening Message. As we begin to know more of Him, we will see His attributes reflected in others. We must be diligent in living the commandments, persevere in our attention to our temple covenants, and be grateful for what the Lord continues to teach about them and be patient as we wait for temples to reopen in their fulness.”, “When the Lord calls for us to ‘redouble’ our efforts, He is asking that we increase in righteousness. 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. Our daily choices will either help or hinder our progress. Religious goodness and wisdom are needed in today’s cluttered, noisy, polluted world.”, “As we discover God, sometimes unexpected answers to prayers take us from the street, bring us to community, chase darkness from our souls, and guide us to find spiritual refuge and belonging in the goodness of His covenants and abiding love.”, “May we joyfully accept God’s invitation to receive and help fulfill His promised and prophesied blessings in all nations, kindreds, and tongues….”, “From the beginning of time, the Lord has provided direction to help His people prepare spiritually and temporally against the calamities and trials that He knows will come as part of this mortal experience. Check out the table of contents (organized by session, in order of appearance) and click on whose counsel you’d like to jump to. It is not determined by the color of one’s skin or where one lives. Then He will heal our broken hearts. This is why we need God’s help to create lasting justice, equality, fairness, and peace in our homes and communities. With His help and our faithfulness and endurance, we will prevail.”, “Yet, in the midst of [current trials], we have that heavenly counsel to be of good cheer and to find joy in the principles and promises of the gospel and the fruits of our labors. ‘Most of us have not reached that stage of … love and forgiveness,’ President Gordon B. Hinckley observed, adding, ‘It requires a self-discipline almost greater than we are capable of.’ But it must be essential, for it is part of the Savior’s two great commandments to ‘love the Lord thy God’ and to ‘love thy neighbour as thyself’ (, “So, we are to follow the laws of men (render unto Caesar) to live peacefully under civil authority, and we follow the laws of God toward our eternal destination.”, “Anger is the way to division and enmity. Tested, Proved, and Polished October 2020. … I will see you for who you are at your best. Would you be willing to be one of these angels?”, “I promise, that if we are willing to serve, the Lord will give us opportunities to be ministering angels.”, “While we endure a season of physically distancing ourselves from others, we need never endure a season of spiritually distancing ourselves from Him who continually, with outstretched arms, entreats us, ‘Come unto me.’”, “With those around us, let us be more open, more willing to talk of Christ.”, “Let us kindly witness our faith in Christ.”, “Be more open on social media in talking about your trust in Christ.”, “We care more about being His followers than being ‘liked’ by our own followers.”, “I promise you that as we prepare ourselves as President Nelson did, we also will be different, thinking more about the Savior, speaking of Him more frequently and with less hesitation.”, “As we come to know and love Him more deeply, our words will flow more comfortably, as they do when we speak of one of our children or of a dear friend.”, “If the world is going to speak less of Him, who is going to speak more of Him? The change He requests from us is not for His benefit but for ours. And I renew my invitation for you to increase your understanding of priesthood power and of temple covenants and blessings. Please know that we do pray constantly for those who have been affected in any way, especially for any who have lost loved ones. It also helps if we are even willing to learn from them.”, “When we are trying to understand and relate to people of a different culture, we should try getting to know them. '”, “The institutions of family and religion have been crucial for endowing both individuals and communities with the virtues that sustain an enduring society. Small but steady, deliberate changes will help us improve. As expressed in the words of the hymn: ‘Faith of our fathers, we will love / Both friend and foe in all our strife, / And preach thee, too, as love knows how, / By kindly words and virtuous life. Saturday Morning Session. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Furthermore, I acknowledge that even this long list of things for which we might wait personally does not attempt to address the large economic, political, and social concerns that confront us collectively. But whatever the numbers, your contribution in creating unity among the people prepared for that Zion will be far greater than half.”, “My experience has taught me that Heavenly Father’s daughters have a gift to allay contention and to promote righteousness with their love of God and with the love of God they engender in those they serve.”, “Sisters, you were given the blessing of being daughters of God with special gifts. The middle of the road will be withdrawn. 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