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? This has been a marvelous conference, but it is the second time that COVID-19 has altered our traditional proceedings. Zoë Holyoak is currently a BYU student, photographer, and writer. Russell M. Nelson. They are not subservient to men, as in many cultures in today’s world, but full and equal partners here and in the world to come.”, “To be part of this, the greatest of all cultures, will require change. While we rejoice in distinctive cultures, we should leave behind aspects of those cultures that conflict with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”, “If we are to follow President Nelson’s admonition to gather scattered Israel, we will find we are as different as the Jews and Gentiles were in Paul’s time. As we begin to know more of Him, we will see His attributes reflected in others. Let’s not judge each other or let our words bite. '”, “President Russell M. Nelson has urged us to ‘expand our circle of love to embrace the whole human family. That counsel has always been so, for prophets and for all of us.”, “In the midst of hardships, the divine assurance is always ‘be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. Let’s keep each other’s names safe and give the gift of mercy.”. The Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That is anarchy, a condition that has no effective governance and no formal police, which undermines rather than protects individual rights.”, “This country should be better in eliminating racism not only against Black Americans, who were most visible in the recent protests, but also against Latinos, Asians, and other groups. Check out the table of contents (organized by session, in order of appearance) and click on whose counsel you’d like to jump to. If we seek these gifts to better serve others, He will bless us in our efforts. All are to keep the Lord’s commandments, and all are invited to partake of the Lord’s goodness; ‘and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile. Wherefore, be subject to the powers that be’ (, “‘We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law’ (, “…the United States Constitution guarantees the ‘right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.’ That is the authorized way to raise public awareness and to focus on injustices in the content or administration of the laws.”, “As citizens and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we must do better to help root out racism.”, “…the protests protected by the Constitution are, “All of us—police, protesters, supporters, and spectators—should understand the limits of our rights and the importance of our duties to stay within the boundaries of existing law.”, “Redress of grievances by mobs is redress by illegal means. Conferences. Truly, there is no other way to heal the wounds of broken relationships or of a fractured society than for each of us to more fully emulate the Prince of Peace.”, “The first step on this path to becoming like Jesus Christ is to have the desire to do so. Rather, it is trusting and placing our confidence in Jesus Christ as our Savior, on His name, and in His promises. “This is the dispensation when no spiritual blessing will be withheld from the righteous. '”, “We must never forget that the very purpose of repentance is to take certain misery and transform it into pure bliss. Great for Relief Society and Elders Quorum lesson planning or study at home! October 2020 General Conference. 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? … It has no place for bigotry, hatred, or violence. What if it is, to some degree, attainable in this life and, indeed, a prerequisite to being with Him again? … It seeks nothing in return. So while we work and wait together for the answers to some of our prayers, I offer you my apostolic promise that they are heard and they are answered, though perhaps not at the time or in the way we wanted. Each leader that stood at the Conference Center Theater pulpit testified of the Savior. 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.9 That can be difficult in our modern world when many have come to believe that the highest good in life is to avoid all suffering, that no one should ever anguish over anything.10 But that belief will never lead us to “the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”11, With apologies to Elder Neal A. Maxwell for daring to modify and enlarge something he once said, I too suggest that “one’s life … cannot be both faith-filled and stress-free.” It simply will not work “to glide naively through life,” saying as we sip another glass of lemonade, “Lord, give me all thy choicest virtues, but be certain not to give me grief, nor sorrow, nor pain, nor opposition. Don’t face the world alone. Enjoy! Lest Ye Be Wearied and Faint in Your Minds. What if ‘even as I am’ is exactly and precisely what is meant by the Savior? Everyone agrees that this has gone on much, much too long. We are!”, “In a world of work, worries, and worthy endeavors, we keep our heart, our mind, and our thoughts on Him who is our hope and salvation.”, “We all have our agency. The women of this Church have unlimited potential to change society. Only with His divine help can we all progress toward becoming like Him.”, “In these times, when ‘all things [appear to] be in commotion; and … fear [is seemingly] upon all people,’ the only antidote, the only remedy, is to strive to be like the Savior, the Redeemer of all mankind, the Light of the World, and to seek after He who declared, ‘I am the way. As we progress, we become more complete, finished, and fully developed. I pray that you will prepare to become that diligent missionary, loyal husband or wife, loving father or mother that you have been promised you may ultimately become by being a true disciple of Jesus Christ. To qualify for the honor of a temple recommend, you must live in harmony with the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”, “In your interview you have the opportunity to search your soul about your personal faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. It has a much higher and holier purpose. Such teaching is not based on any one sect’s doctrines but comes directly from the Master Himself. How long do we wait for relief from hardships that come upon us? October 2020; April 2020; October 2019; April 2019; All conferences (101) Speakers. Conferences. For John saw ‘a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, [who] stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, … [who] cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God. A recommend is not a checklist, a hall pass, or a ticket for special seating. “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 most important step of all is to begin.”, “As we seek to become temporally prepared, we can face the trials of life with increased confidence, peace in our hearts, and like Joseph in Egypt, we will be able to say, even in stressful circumstances, ‘There was bread. Topics. And the surest way to find joy in this life is to join Christ in helping others.”, “And so the urgent call from God’s battalions in fateful training is for ‘all hands on deck!’ Moms and dads, your sons need you to support them now as passionately as ever you have in the past when they have been about lesser things like badges and pins.”, “Mothers and fathers, priesthood and Young Women leaders, if your youth are struggling, Children and Youth will help bring them to the Savior, and the Savior will bring them peace.”, “Quorum and class presidencies, step up and take your rightful place in the Lord’s work.”, “Bishops, link your keys with those of quorum presidents, and your quorums—and your wards—will forever change.”, “As you rise to the majesty of your stations, with all of your hearts, might, mind, and strength, you will come to love God and keep your covenants and trust in His priesthood as you work to bless others, beginning in your own homes.”, “I pray that you will strive, with redoubled energy worthy of this time, to serve, exercise faith, repent, and improve each day, to qualify to receive temple blessings and the enduring joy that comes only through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord has called us to work in the temples with ‘diligence, … perseverance, and patience.’ Being ‘recommended to the Lord’ requires those qualities. We can choose to be of Israel, or not.”, “We can choose to let God prevail in our lives, or not. We can also find help and encouragement through priesthood blessings, prayer, fasting, and attending the temple. 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. We can choose to let God be the most powerful influence in our lives, or not.”, “The Lord is gathering those who are willing to let God prevail in their lives.”, “I assure you that your standing before God is not determined by the color of your skin.”, “God does not love one race more than another.”, “Favor or disfavor with God is dependent upon your devotion to God and His commandments, and not the color of your skin.”, “I plead with you to promote respect for all of God’s children.”, “Anytime we do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—to make and keep their covenants with God, we are helping to gather Israel.”, “Are you willing to let God prevail in your life? Never fear! Watch; Download Video. 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. Can someone who is focusing deeply on charity not increase in love and humility? In fact, Lord, be careful to keep me from all the experiences that made Thee divine. However, that does not mean that we should permanently ignore principles of preparation—only that these principles should be applied ‘in wisdom and order’ so that in the future we might say, as did Joseph in Egypt, ‘There was bread.’ The Lord does not expect us to do more than we can do, but He does expect us to do what we can do, when we can do it. Unity and diversity are not opposites. In a year when President Russell M. Nelson has encouraged us to “hear Him,” it truly was a conference focused on Him. But, of course, the reward for doing so is monumental. Change is a lifelong process.”, “Through Jesus Christ, we are given the strength to make lasting changes. The middle-ground options will be removed from us as Latter-day Saints. Join our weekly mailing list to receive the latest in LDS News. 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. Shouldn’t He send 21st-century seagulls winging in from somewhere to gobble up all of our pesky 21st-century crickets?”, The answer to such questions is “Yes, God can provide miracles instantaneously, but sooner or later we learn that the times and seasons of our mortal journey are His and His alone to direct.” He administers that calendar to every one of us individually. They had to act, and because of their effort, ‘there was bread.'”. 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. After ten hours of general conference it can be difficult to keep track of all of the counsel our leaders give us. Faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf. Those are bedrock principles of a life devoted to Jesus Christ and His work.”, “Your temple recommend reflects a deep, spiritual intent that you are striving to live the laws of the Lord and love what He loves: humility, meekness, steadfastness, charity, courage, compassion, forgiveness, and obedience. '”, “As we embrace spiritual principles and seek inspiration from the Lord, we will be guided to know the Lord’s will for us, individually and as families, and how best to apply the important principles of temporal preparedness. That issue was settled in a very private garden and on a very public hill in Jerusalem long ago. 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. 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