There’s certain talks from leaders of the LDS church that have influenced me in pretty significant ways. Some of these talks I listen to a lot, others just have messages that made a lasting impression and have stuck with me. Here’s 10 that have had a big influence on me, in no specific order.
- Mission of the Book of Mormon Elder Jefferey R. Holland, 2000
This talked has helped put into context for me the important role of the Book of Mormon while I was a missionary. I listened to it over and over. Elder Holland’s excitement and level of spirituality is inspiring. You have to hear it, I can’t host the audio here but if you’re interested and you can’t find it online, ask me and I’ll email it to you.
- Elijah’s Mission Truman G. Madsen, 1977
Amazing insights about Elijah’s mission of turning our hearts to family/ancestors– not only being grateful for the good we either inherit or learn from family but also being willing to forgive them for the challenges we inherit because of them, and how doing that can bless our family lines in both directions.
- See Others As They May Become President Thomas S. Monson, Oct. 2012
I love Pres. Monson’s words about how people can change and his own experiences that he shares about how he has seen people change miraculously through the power of Christ.
- Forgiveness President Gorden B. Hinckley, Oct. 2005
This talk is one of my favorites from Pres. Hinckley while he was the president of the church. It was given during his later years when it was evident that his time with us was limited so I think his insights were even more valued and had special meaning. It includes a great quote that “forgiveness may be the greatest virtue on earth”. His insights, along with the examples he gives makes this probably best sermon I can remember hearing on forgiveness.
- Born of God President Ezra Taft Benson, 1985
A few words from this talk stuck with me when I heard them as a missionary, about how Christ approaches problem-solving in an entirely different way than the world approaches it. Pres. Benson, says:“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature.”
- The First Great Commandment Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Oct. 2012
I can’t even begin to fully describe all the reasons why I like this one, Elder Holland just gets better and better. The image he paints of the remaining apostles going back to their lives as fisherman after the Savior’s crucifixion and then the the Lord visiting them and calling them back to the ministry. There’s so much symbolism in the scriptures he’s referencing but also the way Elder Holland expounds on the scripture is very inspired and powerful.
- Prayer Elder Henry B. Eyring, Oct. 2001
Elder, (now President) Eyring is one of my favorite speakers because of he is at the same time very bold and tender-hearted. He reminds us here to be diligent and sincere in our prayers even after the requested blessing comes. I like also that he quotes the scripture in Helaman 12:1-3.
- It’s True, Isn’t It? Elder Gorden B. Hinckley, 1971
President Hinckley was always so mild-mannered and wise, he also had a good sense of humor. I often looked forward to hearing him speak. I like this particular talk because of the experience he shares of the person he met who had to make the difficult choice of giving up everything in his life to join the church.
- The Challenge to Become Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Oct. 2000
Elder Oak’s provides a great insight into the Savior’s words to Peter, “when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren”. I had missed this scripture before hearing this talk back in the day, could an Apostle of Christ not be fully converted to Christ? What does that mean for the rest of us. It’s not just about belief or knowledge, it’s about what we do with what we know.
- Standing Together for the Cause of Christ Elder Jefferey R. Holland, 2012
Elder’s Holland speaking to a group of national Christian leaders, delving into such tender topics as cultivating unity among various Christian faiths in spite of differing theologies, and the need to work together to strengthen communities by building upon common ground.“Surely there is a way for people of goodwill who love God and have taken upon themselves the name of Christ to stand together for the cause of Christ and against the forces of sin. In this we have every right to be bold and believing, for “if God be for us, who can be against us?”.