Quotes, Thoughts From General Conference, Oct 2013

I remember while growing up my parents would often have conference playing on the radio on conference Saturday but I wasn’t usually very excited about it. My thought was basically, church/conference on Saturday? Who would do that? But my tastes and understanding have improved as I’ve gotten older.

I watched all 5 sessions of general conference this weekend and found them all to have valuable messages I needed to hear. However it was the Sunday morning session that I found to be the most powerful. I was eagerly watching, listening for quotes that would help me– the Lord gave me something more meaningful and more lasting through the Holy Ghost that I won’t forget. As I listened to the prophet speak Sunday morning I felt an overwhelming impression from the Holy Ghost that President Monson was indeed called of God to be a prophet, and that he was prepared and lived a life consistently in line with God’s commandments, that he is guided and directed today by God through revelation to lead the Lord’s church and that he is leading us by example. No force on Earth and no power of darkness can take that knowledge from me. The Holy Ghost has borne witness to me of this and left no doubt. I already knew it but the Lord deepened my testimony. What a great blessing!

Some favorite quotes:

“Only the Master knows the depths of our trials, our pain, and our suffering. He alone offers us eternal peace in times of adversity.”
–President Monson

“…your Heavenly Father loves you—each of you. That love never changes. It is not influenced by your appearance, by your possessions, or by the amount of money you have in your bank account. It is not changed by your talents and abilities. It is simply there. It is there for you when you are sad or happy, discouraged or hopeful. God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.”
–President Monson

“It is only with the companionship of the Holy Ghost that we can hope to be equally yoked in a marriage, free from discord…the miracle of becoming one requires the help of heaven and it takes time.
–President Eyring

Pres. Eyring explained how he has prayed for some members of his family that angels would attend them during difficult times in their relationships. This point of needing angels and the Holy Ghost to help overcome relationship struggles is one that was very timely for me. I really like how he went on to emphasize the reality of angels watching over us:

…There is not one of us, but what God’s love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that he has not been cared for and caressed. There is not one of us that he has not desired to save, and that he has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that he has not given his angels charge concerning us. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes, and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are the children of God and that he has actually given his angels, invisible beings of power and might, charge concerning us and they watch over us and have us in their keeping.”
–President Eyring quoting Pres. Canon

I don’t know a lot about Elder Vinson but I loved his talk from Sunday afternoon. I also felt bad for him having to deal with the fly buzzing around him as he spoke, how frustrating is that? But he handled it with dignity. I’m not sure but they may have edited that out in the recorded version of the video. This is the quote from him:

“[Speaking of the story of the brother of Jared] …the Lord not only left temporarily unsolved the challenge of how to provide light, but he then made it clear that he the lord would allow the buffetings and trials that necessitated its solving. He it would be, that would send forth the winds, the rains and the floods. Why would he do that? And why does he warn any of us to remove ourselves from the source of danger, when he could simply stop the danger from happening? …Rather than solve the problem himself, the Lord wants us to develop the faith that will help us rely upon him in solving our problems, and trust him. Then we can feel his love more constantly, more powerfully more clearly, and more personally. We become united with him, and we can become like him.”
–Elder Terence M. Vinson

Elder Holland is full of surprises. I certainly didn’t expect this talk from him, but I was pleasantly surprised that he would address such a difficult subject, depression, in a conference talk. To know he’s dealt with depression makes it seem more ok to have experienced it, and makes him that much more of hero to me for who he has become.

“Whatever your struggle, my brothers and sisters—mental or emotional or physical or otherwise—do not vote against the preciousness of life by ending it! Trust in God. Hold on in His love. Know that one day the dawn will break brightly and all shadows of mortality will flee. Though we may feel we are “like a broken vessel,” as the Psalmist says, we must remember, that vessel is in the hands of the divine potter. Broken minds can be healed just the way broken bones and broken hearts are healed. While God is at work making those repairs, the rest of us can help by being merciful, nonjudgmental, and kind.”
–Elder Holland

“Believe in miracles. I have seen so many of them come when every other indication would say that hope was lost. Hope is never lost. If those miracles do not come soon or fully or seemingly at all, remember the Savior’s own anguished example: if the bitter cup does not pass, drink it and be strong, trusting in happier days ahead”
–Elder Holland

More good quotes:

“The scriptures hold the keys to spiritual protection. They contain the doctrine and laws and ordinances that will bring each child of God to a testimony of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer.”
–President Packer

“The gospel teaches us to be happy, to have faith rather than fear, to find hope and overcome despair, to leave darkness and turn toward the light of the everlasting gospel.
…peace can be settled in the heart of each who turns to the scriptures and unlocks the promises of protection and redemption that are taught therein. ”
–President Packer

“It is a fundamental truth that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ we can be cleansed. We can become virtuous and pure. However, sometimes our poor choices leave us with long-term consequences. One of the vital steps to complete repentance is to bear the short- and long-term consequences of our past sins. Their past choices had exposed these Ammonite fathers to a carnal appetite that could again become a point of vulnerability that Satan would attempt to exploit.

Satan will try to use our memory of any previous guilt to lure us back into his influence. We must be ever vigilant to avoid his enticements.

…The joyful news for anyone who desires to be rid of the consequences of past poor choices is that the Lord sees weaknesses differently than He does rebellion. Whereas the Lord warns that unrepented rebellion will bring punishment, when the Lord speaks of weaknesses, it is always with mercy …repentance is not punishment. It is a hope-filled path to a brighter future.”
–Elder Scott

“There is no greater joy in life than being anxiously engaged in the service of the Lord.”
–Elder Ballard

“In recent decades the Church has largely been spared the terrible misunderstandings and persecutions experienced by the early Saints. It will not always be so. The world is moving away from the Lord faster and farther than ever before. The adversary has been loosed upon the earth. We watch, hear, read, study, and share the words of prophets to be forewarned and protected.

…“The only safety we have as members of this church is to … give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through His prophet. There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your [personal] views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord Himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; … and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory’.
–Elder Hales (second paragraph quoting Pres. Harold B. Lee)

Checkout out the archive page on LDS.org to watch or listen to the other talks given during the conference:
October 2013 LDS General Conference Archive

10 great LDS talks

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?”.
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