In 10 days, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host the 191st Annual General Conference on April 3-4, the third straight virtual conference.
Here are quotes on 10 topics from last October’s conference to help get yourself prepared.
1. ‘Let God prevail’
Church President Russell M. Nelson, “Embrace the Future With Faith,” Women’s session: “Life without God is a life filled with fear. Life with God is a life filled with peace.”
In his talk, “Let God Prevail,” President Nelson said: “My dear brothers and sisters, as you choose to let God prevail in your lives, you will experience for yourselves that our God is ‘a God of miracles.’”
2. ‘Root out racism’
President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency, “Love Your Enemies,” Saturday morning session: “As citizens and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we must do better to help root out racism.”
3. God’s love
President Henry B. Eyring, second counselor in the First Presidency, “Tested, Proved, and Polished,” Sunday afternoon session: “Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know and love you. They want you to return to them and become like them. Your success is their success.”
4. ‘Pray always’
President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Watch Ye Therefore, and Pray Always,” Sunday morning session: “Today I expand my call for prayer to all people from every country around the world. No matter how you pray or to whom you pray, please exercise your faith — whatever your faith may be — and pray for your country and for your national leaders. ... We stand today at a major crossroads in history, and the nations of the earth are in desperate need of divine inspiration and guidance.
“I invite you to pray always. Pray for your family. Pray for the leaders of nations. Pray for the courageous people who are on the front lines in the current battles against social, environmental, political and biological plagues that impact all people throughout the world, the rich and the poor, the young and the old.”
5. Endurance and blessings
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Waiting on the Lord,” Sunday afternoon session: “Christianity is comforting, but it is often not comfortable. The path to holiness and happiness here and hereafter is a long and sometimes rocky one. It takes time and tenacity to walk it. But, of course, the reward for doing so is monumental.”
Speaking on a similar theme in his talk, “Highly Favored of the Lord,” Elder Gary E. Stevenson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Times of affliction and disappointment do not change the watchful eye of the Lord as he favorably looks upon us, blessing us.”
In his talk, “All Nations, Kindreds, and Tongues,” Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Truly, for those with faithful hearts and eyes to see, the Lord’s tender mercies are manifest amidst life’s challenges. Faithfully met challenges and sacrifice do bring the blessings of heaven.”
6. Protection and growth
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “God Will Do Something Unimaginable,” Saturday afternoon session: “My dear friends, my beloved brothers and sisters, God will watch over and shepherd you during these times of uncertainty and fear. He knows you. He hears your pleas. He is faithful and dependable. He will fulfill his promises.
“The day will come when we will look back and know that during this time of adversity, God was helping us to find better ways — his ways — to build his kingdom on a firm foundation.”
7. Prophetic counsel
Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “We Will Prove Them Herewith,” Saturday morning session: “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.”
Elder Quentin L. Cook, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Hearts Knit in Righteousness and Unity,” Saturday morning session: “With our all-inclusive doctrine, we can be an oasis of unity and celebrate diversity. Unity and diversity are not opposites. We can achieve greater unity as we foster an atmosphere of inclusion and respect for diversity.”
In her talk, “By Union of Feeling We Obtain Power With God,” Sister Sharon Eubank, of the Relief Society general presidency, also spoke on unity: “Unity doesn’t magically happen; it takes work. It’s messy, sometimes uncomfortable, and happens gradually when we clear away the bad as fast as the good can grow.”
9. God’s plan
Elder D. Todd Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Sustainable Societies,” Saturday afternoon session: “There is much we can do as neighbors and fellow citizens to contribute to the sustainability and success of the societies we live in, and surely our most fundamental and enduring service will be to teach and live by the truths inherent in God’s great plan of redemption.
“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.”
10. Jesus Christ
Elder Neil L. Andersen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “We Talk of Christ,” Sunday morning session: “As the world speaks less of Jesus Christ, let us speak more of him.”