April 2023 General Conference | Saturday Sessions

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomes all to join with millions of people worldwide to hear inspiring messages of hope and renewal from living prophets and apostles during the upcoming general conference on Saturday and Sunday, April 1–2, 2023.

 

Engaging with this religious broadcast helps individuals learn about Jesus Christ, strengthen their personal relationships with the Savior, and experience the peace, hope, and joy that come through following Him. All Latter-day Saints, friends of the Church, and others are encouraged and invited to participate on Palm Sunday weekend.

 

“General conference provides an opportunity to receive personal revelation as general Church leaders give counsel and direction,” the First Presidency of the Church wrote in a March 2 letter meant to be read in congregations. “We encourage members to listen to, study, ponder, and apply the counsel given.”

 

The global broadcast originates from the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, and consists of five unique, two-hour general sessions for all audiences over two days:

 

Sunday, April 2

 

Sunday Afternoon Session 

Music: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square

Hymn: (Hymn) – Hymn (#)

Conducting: President Henry B. Eyring – 2nd Counselor in the 1st Presidency

Hymn: Rejoice the Lord is King – Hymn (#)

Invocation: Elder John A. McCune – General Authority 70

Hymn: (Hymn) – Hymn (#)

Talk: President Dallin H. Oaks – 1st Counselor in the First Presidency

The Teachings of Jesus Christ

Major Themes: Scriptures. Words of Christ 

Notable Stories: 

Scripture References:  2 Nephi 28:30–32; John 3:3; Matthew 5-7; John 13-15; Matthew 11:28–30; John 10:16; John 21; Matthew 28:18–20; Matthew 22:25–28; 3 Nephi 11-20; 

  • We believe in Christ.
  • We are given the scriptures to direct our life.
  • Scriptural words written by God/Lord are almost always the words of Jehovah, the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. 
  • Scriptures are to direct our lives
  • Selections of the words of the Savior, what He said, written in the New Testament and Book of Mormon (see scripture references). 
  • Bible references
    • Blessed are the… blessed… 
    • Ye have heard …
    • It hath been said … 
    • IF ye forgive men their trespasses, He will also forgive you.
    • If ye are of the world the world would be your own. But ye are not of the world and I have chosen you.
    • Wherefore seek not … 
    • THerefore all things whatsoever ye would… 
    • Beware of false prophets… 
    • Gather stuff… 
    • Not everyone that saith Lord lord… 
    • Come unto me…
    • If any many will come after me … 
    • Forsake the world and save your souls 
    • If any man will do his will…
    • And I say unto you ask and it shall be given…
  • Other sheep… 
  • I am the resurrection and the life …
  • The great commandment in the law…
  • He that hath my commandments… 
  • Peace I leave with you…
  • This is my commandment…
  • Behold my hands and my feet…
  • Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
  • After his ministry in the Holy Land he appeared to people in the Americas…
  • Book of Mormon scriptures:
    • I was with the Father in the beginning and the Father in me…
    • I am the light and the life of the world
    • And ye shall offer up to me no more the shedding of blood…offer up a broken heart and contrite spirit … him will I baptize with fire and the Holy Ghost
    • Behold I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world…
    • And again I say unto you ye must repent and be baptized in my name and become as a little child…
    • Therefore I would that ye should be perfect…
    • Verily, verily I say unto you, ye must watch and pray always lest you be tempted by the devil
    • Always pray unto the Father in my name. Therefore whatsoever ye shall do….
    • Behold I have given unto you my gospel….
    • Now this is the commandment: repent all ye sons of the earth and come unto me…that you may stand spotless before me at the last day.
    • We believe in Christ.
  • How we should know and follow His teachings:
    • Comforter shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance 
  • Amen.
  • Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in Christ, worship Him and follow His teachings in the scriptures. 
  • Most of the scriptures reporting Jesus’ mortal ministries are descriptions of what He did.
  • “My message today consists of a selection of the words of our Savior — what He said,” including the following:
  • “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
  • “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).
  • “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28–30).
  • “This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you” (John 15:12)
  • “Behold, I have come unto the world to bring redemption unto the world, to save the world from sin” (3 Nephi 9:21).
  • “I affirm the truth of these teachings.”
  • We believe in Christ. 
  • As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we worship Him and follow His teachings in the scriptures.
  • We are given the scriptures to direct our lives.
  • I affirm the truth of these teachings in the name of Jesus Christ.

Talk: President M. Russell Ballard – Acting President, Quorum of the 12 Apostles

Remember What Matters Most

Major Themes: Relationships. Families.

Notable Stories: 4 years post-loss of wife, Barbara. Visiting widow in ward as a bishop 

Scripture References:  

  • What matters most:
    • Relationship w/ Heavenly Father and Christ
    • Family relationships 
    • Ward family 
    • Follow promptings of the Spirit in most important relationships;  including public and private ministerings
  • A choice to be part of a family requires commitment, love, patience, communication and forgiveness. 
  • Relationships require commitments and work
  • There may be times when we disagree, but we can do that without being disagreeable.
  • We don’t fall in and out of love like we are playing chess. We choose to love.. 
    • We treat family and close friends the same way, careful and with love.
  • As a bishop, he received prompting to visit a widow at the end of day. 
    • It was snowing and late, so decided to go home and visit in the morning 
    • Visited in the morning but she passed away 2 hours ago. . 
    • Missed opportunity to follow strong prompting from spirit. 
  • Do not reason away the strong promptings of the spirit.
  • Following the promptings of the spirit is one of the things that matter most in all our relationships.
  • Being converted to the Lord, testifying of Him, and serving Him are also among the things that matter most. 
    • Faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of our testimonies, a witness of confirmation of eternal truth impressed upon individual hearts and souls through the Holy Ghost. 
    • A testimony of Jesus Christ born of and strengthened by the spirit changes lives. 
    • It changes the way we think and live. 
  • Having a testimony alone is not enough. 
    • As our conversion to Jesus Christ grows, we naturally want to testify of Him, His goodness, love and kindness.
  • Bear your testimony of Jesus Christ more often, of what you know and believe, rather than what you feel and what you are thankful for. 
    • Testify of your experiences of coming to know and love the Savior, of living His teachings, and the redemptive power in your life. 
    • As you bear testimony of what you know, believe and feel, the Holy Ghost will bear truthfulness to those who listen.
    • They will do so because they’ve watched you become a peaceful follower of Jesus Christ. 
    • They will also feel something they may not have felt before.
    • A pure testimony comes from a changed heart and can be carried by the Holy Ghost to the hearts of those who are open to receive it. 
    • They may then pray to confirm the truthfulness of your testimony.
  • I pray that when I pass, I may do so with my testimony burning brightly.
  • Flame on President!
  • Written on his wife Barbara’s headstone is a lesson she wanted their children to remember: “What matters most is what lasts longest.” 
    • First, what matters most includes a relationship with Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. “This relationship matters most now and in eternity.”
    • Second, family relationships are among those things that matter most. These include extended family, friends and ward families, which are essential for emotional and physical health and can also offer love, happiness and a sense of belonging.
      • “Nurturing these important relationships is a choice. A choice to be part of a family requires commitment, love, patience, communication and forgiveness.”
    • Another thing that matters most is following the promptings of the Spirit.
      • I testify that following the promptings of the Spirit is one of the things that matters most in all our relationships.
    • Finally, I testify that being converted to the Lord, bearing testimony of Him and serving Him are also among the things that matter most.
  • Bear testimony of Jesus Christ more often. 
    • Bear testimony of what you know and believe and what you feel, not just of what you are thankful for.
    • Testify of the things that matter most and last the longest.
  • Today, I will share from my heart a few feelings and thoughts on what matters most.
  • I invite you to bear your testimony of Jesus Christ more often.
  • I pray that someday when I pass to the next world, I may do so with my testimony burning brightly.

Hymn: I Stand All Amazed – Hymn (#)

Talk: Elder Ronald A. Rasband – Quorum of the 12

Hosanna to the Most High God

Major Themes: 

Notable Stories: Takoradi Ghana stake formation on Palm Sunday

Scripture References:  Matthew 25:1–12

  • Join with Christians already the world to celebrate Palm Sunday. 
  • Palm Sunday began with throngs waiting to see the prophet with branches of palm trees, crying “Hosanna! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
  • King of Accra, Ghana  is a guest in attendance 
  • The “I love you” conference was filled with the glow of the Saints testimony of Jesus Christ and a desire to be counted, the choir singing like angels.
  • Pres Nelson admonished us to make Palm Sunday truly holy not just with the waving of palms but by remembering the palms of His hands 
    • (Isaiah: I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.)
  • Eternal doctrines that weave through Christ’s ministry
    • Prophecy
    • Companionship of the Holy Ghost
    • Discipleship – true discipleship is unfailing commitment, nothing wavering.
    • Seeking the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ
  • Are we continually grateful for the comparable atonement of Jesus Christ? 
    • Do we feel its purifying power right now?
  • Last week of life gave parable of 10 virgins
  • Does the procession move forward without us? 
    • How would we feel if he said to us, “I know you not.” 
    • We have lamps, but do we have oil? 
    • Too busy with worldly pressures to properly prepare. 
    • Oil comes from believing, fills our souls when we hear and heed the Holy Ghost. 
    • It comes from repenting and seeking His atonement.
  • We, like the ten virgins, have lamps; but do we have oil? 
    • I fear there are some who are just getting by on a thin skiff of oil, too busy with worldly pressures to properly prepare.
  • If you are looking to fill a bucket list, THIS is it. 
    • Fill with oil in the form of living water of Jesus Christ which is a representation of Jesus Christ and His teachings. 
    • That bucket list will take you back to your Father in Heaven.
  • Nearly 2,000 years ago, throngs of worshippers stood at the gates of Jerusalem, holding palms and crying “Hosanna!” to Jesus of Nazareth. This first Palm Sunday marked the beginning of the last week of the mortal ministry of Jesus Christ.
  • This most important week in human history would close with His Crucifixion and Resurrection, making it possible for everyone to live with Heavenly Father for eternity.
  • Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the events of the week that followed exemplify doctrine we can apply in our lives today. 
    • The lessons are to embrace prophecy and prophetic teachings, act on promptings of the Holy Ghost, become a true disciple and seek the healing power of our Lord’s Atonement.
  • The parable of the 10 virgins teaches that members of the Church have lamps representing the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
    • We, like the 10 virgins, have lamps; but do we have oil? …
  • If some of you are looking to fill what some call ‘a bucket list,’ this is it: Fill your bucket with oil in the form of the living water of Jesus Christ, which is a representation of His life and teachings. 
    • That bucket list will take you somewhere you want to go — back to your Father in Heaven.
  • Jesus Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the events of the week that followed exemplify doctrine we can apply in our lives today.
  • If some of you are looking to fill what some call ‘a bucket list,’ this is it: Fill your bucket with oil in the form of the living water of Jesus Christ, which is a representation of His life and teachings.
  • Embrace prophecy and prophetic teachings, act on promptings of the Holy Ghost, become a true disciple and seek the healing power of our Lord’s Atonement.
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Talk: Elder Vern P. Stanfill – General Authority 70

The Imperfect Harvest

Major Themes: 

Notable Stories: SW Montana season changes to fall/harvest

Scripture References:   Feed 5K, parable of sower

  • As a boy, he watched as his parents worried over things where we have little control (animals, weather, harvest, etc.).
  • Livelihood depended on harvest. 
    • Made sure grain wasn’t lost behind a tractor.
  • “It is good enough, and the best that this machine can do.”
  • Migrating birds would eat the leftover grain to nourish them on their journey. 
  • The Lord had perfected the process in His way. 
  • It is often a temptation in our world to obsess about perfection, within the church’s culture and on social media to have feelings of inadequacy. 
    • Don’t misunderstand “be ye therefore perfect.” 
    • Perfectionism is not the same as being perfect in Christ.
    • Perfectionism causes guilt, anxiety, and isolation/withdrawal.
    • Becoming perfect in Him relieves us of those burdens, emphasizing who we are in the sight of God. 
    • It lifts and pushes us to do better.
  • We are measured by our devotion to God. 
  • Our best is good enough.   
    • His grace will make up the difference. 
  • Example: Feeding the 5000. 
    • The Savior magnified the bread that was offered. 
    • And it was sufficient to feed all. 
    • The Savior perfected the humble offering. 
  • “Oh thou of little faith” may not be the end of the conversation. 
    • Perhaps they walked back arm in arm with the Savior saying, “Oh Peter, fear not and worry not. If you could see yourself as I see you, your doubt would fade and faith increase. You got out of the boat and I accept your offering which will make you perfect.” (review for accuracy)
  • Your potential is limitless. 
    • He gives power to the weary and increases strength.
  • Whatever our best, the Savior can make it perfect. 
    • Never underestimate the Savior’s power. 
  • Our clumsy efforts can lead to miracles and a perfect harvest. 
  • We may be put in situations where we need to stretch and don’t feel up to the task. 
    • If you feel that way, look behind me at the men and women. 
    • I feel your pain! 
    • Self-comparison is not the same as emulation. 
    • Two results: see ourselves as better than others or see ourselves as less than others, 
  • The Savior emulated the Father in His example.
  • Regardless of how insignificant our efforts seem, the Savior will use us. 
    • Trust Him to make up the difference when we do the best we can.
  • Emulating those that we respect can be uplifting. 
  • The Lord stands willing to accept our humble offering.
  • The Lord loves effort. 
  • With Christ there is no imperfect harvest. 
  • Parable of the sower.   
    • Different soils produced different amounts
    • But they were all perfect offerings in the Savior
  • There is a temptation in the world and even the culture of the Church to obsess about perfectionism. 
    • Remember that perfectionism is not the same as being perfected in Christ.
  • The latter is the process, guided by the Holy Ghost, of becoming more like the Savior. 
    • As we accept the Savior’s invitation to come unto Him, we soon realize that our best is good enough and that the grace of a loving Savior will make up the difference in ways we cannot imagine.
  • Never underestimate the Savior’s power. 
    • A simple word of kindness, a brief but sincere ministering visit, a Primary lesson lovingly taught can — with the Savior’s help — comfort, soften hearts and change eternal lives.
  • Self-comparison is not the same as emulation. 
    • While the former is rarely productive and can be spiritually destructive, “emulating those we respect who demonstrate Christlike attributes can be instructive, uplifting and can help us become better disciples of Jesus Christ.”
  • The Savior will use one’s sincere, though seemingly insignificant, efforts to accomplish His work. 
    • If we simply do the best we can and trust Him to make up the difference, we can become part of the miracles that surround us.
  • Remember that perfectionism is not the same as being perfected in Christ.
  • Our clumsy efforts can lead to miracles, and in the process, we can participate in a perfect harvest.
  • If we simply do the best we can and trust Him to make up the difference, we can become part of the miracles that surround us.
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Hymn: Called to Serve – Hymn (#)

Talk: Elder W. Mark Bassett – General Authority 70

After the Fourth Day

Major Themes: 

Notable Stories: Lazarus

Scripture References:  John 12;

  • Mary and Martha greet the Lord: “If ye had been here, my brother hath not died.” 
  • In that state of despair, He asked where they laid Him and He produced one of the greatest miracles. 
  • “Lazarus come forth, and he came forth bound hand and foot.” 
    • Like Mary & Martha, we have the opportunity to experience all of mortality, including sorry and weakness. 
  • Our mortal journey may include illness, depression, anxiety, mental health challenges, financial hardship, betrayal, sin, and feelings of hopelessness.
    • What does this account teach us about our relationship with Him?
  • It teaches principles that can be applied to our own lives.
  • Sometimes we feel the Savior arrived too late. 
    • The 4th day will always come, to raise our hopes back to life. 
  • “I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” 
    • Why so late? 
    • We learn and grow as we face and survive the trails through which we must pass. “O God where art thou?” (Joseph Smith) 
  • What is our own role in the divine intervention we seek? 
    • Take ye away the stone.” 
    • Could He not remove the stone on His own? 
    • The Lord cried “Lazarus come forth.” 
    • What if He placed Lazarus at the opening so he was visible? 
    • Third, when he came forth, he was bound with grave clothes and napkin, 
    • Loose him and let him go.
    • He could do so himself. 
    • What was the point?  
    • Each of these had something in common: none required the use of His divine power. 
    • If they could do it themselves, He had them do so.
    • He will do what only he can do
  • It was only Christ with the power and authority to raise Lazarus from the dead.
  • The Savior expects us to do all we can do, and He will do what only He can do.
  • Faith comes by righteousness. 
    • As we strive to live righteously by making and keeping covenants, our faith will not only be sufficient to make it to the 4th day, but we can move stones, arise in despair, and loose those things that bind us. 
    • He will provide needed help as we trust in Him.
  • How do we move stones and build upon his rock? 
    • Watch for miracles in our lives
    • Abide by the counsel of prophets. 
    • Joyfully repent daily and choose to obey commandments.
    • Intentionally bind ourselves to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through covenants.
      • God is the source of our power.   
  • Counsels, commandments, covenants. 
    • We can do this!
  • Wherefore, be of good cheer and do not fear.
  • Jesus Christ didn’t raise Lazarus from the dead until the fourth day. 
    • Before the miracle, Mary and Martha may have thought He came too late. 
    • Similarly, individuals sometimes feel like the Savior answers their prayers for divine intervention too late. 
    • However, “my witness and testimony is that as we move forward with faith in Jesus Christ, the fourth day will always come. 
    • He will always come to our aid or to raise our hopes back to life.”
  • Individuals also have a role to play in their own divine intervention. 
    • When raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus could have moved the tombstone and unbound Lazarus from the grave clothes Himself. 
    • Instead, He instructed others to move the tombstone and told Lazarus to come forth. 
    • My impression is that the Savior expects us to do all we can do, and He will do what only He can do.
  • Disciples do all they can do by making and keeping covenants, listening to prophets, repenting and obeying commandments. 
    • While the Lord expects us to ‘do all things that lie in our power,’ remember that He will provide needed help in all these things as we trust in Him.”
  • My witness and testimony is that as we move forward with faith in Jesus Christ, the fourth day will always come. 
    • He will always come to our aid or to raise our hopes back to life.
  • My impression is that the Savior expects us to do all we can do, and He will do what only He can do.
  • While the Lord expects us to ‘do all things that lie in our power,’ remember that He will provide needed help in all these things as we trust in Him.

Talk: Elder Ahmed S. Corbitt – General Authority 70

Do You Know Why I As a Christian Believe in Christ?

Major Themes: covenant path

Notable Stories: Commute home from NY to NJ “You believe in Christ”

Scripture References: John 3:16;  4th Article of Faith; 2 Nephi 25:20; Alma 33:19–21 

  • “Do you know why I, as a Christian, believe in Jesus Christ?” 
  • This is the why of Christianity explained to someone who was highly intelligent.
  • Ask your parents or leaders, “Why did Jesus have to die?” 
    • Despite all I thought I knew, the answer to this question did not come easily. 
  • We have a spirit in addition to our bodies and lived with Heavenly Father before our birth and made a plan for us to receive a body in his image, be part of a family (like His), but face two main obstacles: 
    • physical death 
    • spiritual death (separation from God due to sins, mistakes, flaws distancing us from His presence).
  • Law of justice demands eternal penalty for each of our sins to return to live in His presence. 
    • God cannot deny justice. 
  • God is merciful and eager to bring to pass our eternal life, but there is a cunning adversary.
  • “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son” is the good news! 
  • Steps we need to take are called the “doctrine of Christ” 
    • Recently taught by President Nelson that the pure doctrine of Christ is powerful and changes the life of everyone who understands and seeks to implement. 
    • Uchtdorf: FSY guide is bold in declaring the doctrine and inviting youth to make decisions. 
    • Renlund: invite missionaries to do what we ask investigators. 
    • Seek and get and stay on the covenant path. 
    • Christofferson: affirms Jesus Christ died for and loves me.
  • Parents, resist any evil speaking towards church and leaders. 
    • These can be lethal to long-term faithfulness of a child. 
    • It speaks well if you advocate for your child and show signs of solidarity with them. 
    • Turn them to Jesus who is the true advocate for them.
  • Serpent of Brass promised to heal all those who would simply look. 
    • By holding up the doctrine of Christ, the Lord’s prophet is doing the same, no matter the bites or struggles in our mortal wilderness. 
    • Let us not be like those who would not look because they believed it would not heal.
    • This is the way!
    • Jesus Christ had to suffer, die and rise again to redeem all from physical death and give eternal life to all who would follow Him. The steps one must take to follow Him and receive eternal life are called the doctrine of Christ — faith in Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end.
    • Prophets and apostles have recently taught how the doctrine of Christ can bless all God’s children, including youth. 
    • Teaching your beloved child why we all desperately need Jesus Christ and how to apply His joyful doctrine is what will strengthen and heal him or her. 
      • Let us turn them to Jesus who is their true advocate with the Father.
    • In holding up the doctrine of Christ, the Lord’s Prophet today is doing the same as Moses did in holding up a serpent of brass — “that he should heal the nations” . 
    • Whatever the bites or poison or struggles in this mortal wilderness, “let us not be as those who, anciently and presently, could have been healed but, sadly, ‘would not look … because they did not believe that it would heal them’”.
    • The doctrine of Christ empowers those who are struggling or feel they don’t belong in the Church because it helps them, as Elder D. Todd Christofferson stated, ‘affirm: Jesus Christ died for me (and) loves me.’
    • Parents, if your child struggles with a gospel principle or prophetic teaching, please resist any type of evil speaking, or activism, toward the Church or its leaders.
    • Whatever the bites or poison or struggles we experience in this mortal wilderness let us not be as those who, anciently and presently, could have been healed but, sadly, ‘would not look.’
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Talk: Elder David A. Bednar – Quorum of the 12

Abide in Me, and I in You; Therefore, Walk With Me

Major Themes: Abiding in Christ

Notable Stories: 

Scripture References: Moses 6:34; Matthew 11:28–30; Moroni 4-5; 2 Nephi 28:30; Alma 33:22–23

    • Enoch was instrumental in establishing the city of Zion. 
      • Enoch was called to call them to repentance. 
    • Acutely aware of inadequacies and limitations upon his call. 
      • The response was instructive and applies to each of us today.
    • Open thy mouth and it shall be filled. 
    • His capacity was increased as he abided in the Savior
    • Abide in Him
    • Abide: To Stay but to stay forever
      • Come but come to remain
      • Come permanently for your sake and the generations that follow. 
    • We take upon us His yoke through covenants. 
    • Praying sincerely deepens and fortifies our covenant connection
    • Feasting on the words of Christ. 
      • They tell us all the things that we should do. 
    • Worthily Participating in the ordinance of the sacrament
    • Serving God and ministering to others. 
    • Seek to understand other meaningful ways we can abide in Him. 
    • Alma compared the word to a seed. 
      • Begin to believe in the Son of God
      • He shall suffer and die for our sins
      • He shall rise again
      • All men shall stand before him. 
      • Plant this word in your hearts
      • Nourish it. 
      • It will become a tree
      • Burdens may be light. 
    • The Tree in Lehi’s vision
      • A representation of Jesus Christ. 
    • Are we becoming more like Him
    • Are we striving to become new creatures
    • Have been been spiritually begotten of God
    • Have we experienced this mighty change in our hearts?
    • Having the Savior abide in us is available to each of us. 
    • Walking in and with the Savior
      • Obeying His commandments
      • Honoring the covenants that connect us to Him.
      • We walk as He walked
      • We follow Him and walk with Him
      • We are blessed with power, protection and peace. 
    • Invitation to all. 
      • Repent and I will receive you
      • Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit 
    • He yearns to bless all that live. 
    • Do we have a covenant connection with the Savior?
    • This connection is for us
    • If we abide in Him, He will abide in us
    • As we walk with him, we will bring forth much fruit. 
    • Jesus Christ extends to all the same invitation He extended to the prophet Enoch: “abide in me, and I in you; therefore walk with me” 
      • The word ‘abide’ denotes remaining fixed or stable and enduring without yielding.”
    • Abiding in Christ is remaining firm and steadfast in devotion to the Redeemer and His holy purposes, taking upon one’s self His yoke through covenants and ordinances, strengthening one’s covenant bond with the Father and the Son, feasting upon the words of Christ, preparing to participate in the sacrament and serving God’s children. 
    • In the Book of Mormon, Alma compared the word to a seed that must be planted and nourished — “the word” being the life, mission and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ 
      • My beloved brothers and sisters, is the word in us? Are the truths of the Savior’s gospel written in the fleshy tables of our hearts?”
    • To walk in and with the Savior is to obey God’s commandments and remember and honor the covenants that connect one to the Father and the Son. 
      • If we abide in Him, He will abide in us. 
      • And as we walk in and with Him, we will be blessed to bring forth much fruit.
    • We abide in Christ as we are firm and steadfast in our devotion to the Redeemer and His holy purposes, in times both good and bad.
    • I testify the Savior’s promise to abide in us is true and available to every covenant-keeping member of His restored Church.
    • I testify that as we press forward in faith and walk in the meekness of the Lord’s spirit, we are blessed with power, guidance, protection and peace.
  • Are those temples on his tie? Swans? Whales? (My kids are having fun guessing!)
  • Looks like the Kirtland Temple. (Not that I would know personally, having only seen it in one picture
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Talk: President Russell M. Nelson – Prophet and President of the Church

The Answer Is Always Jesus Christ

Major Themes: Easter

Notable Stories: 

Scripture References:   

  • Seek for the Holy Ghost to guide you as you study what has been said on the pulpit.
  • Easter is the most important religious celebration for followers of Jesus Christ. 
  • Main reason we celebrate Christmas is because of Easter.
  • Because of Jesus Christ we can repent and be forgiven of our sins; because of Him each of us will be resurrected.
  • Come unto Him, and He will heal you, from sin, sadness, fear.
  • Turn to Christ, follow Him.
  • Jesus Christ invites that same invitation to you today.
  • Whatever questions or problems you have, the answers are found in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. 
    • Learn more of His atonement, love, mercy, doctrine, and restored gospel of healing and progression. 
    • Turn to Him
    • Follow Him. 
  • Jesus Christ is the reason we build temples. 
  • Temples are His holy house. 
    • Making covenants and seeking to draw closer to Him will bless your life in ways no other worship can. 
  • We are making the blessings of the temple more accessible to members around the world: 
    • Retalhuleu, Guatemala
    • Iquitos, Peru
    • Teresina, Brazil
    • Natal, Brazil
    • Tuguegarao City, Philippines
    • Iloilo, Philippines
    • Jakarta, Indonesia
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
    • San Jose, California
    • Bakersfield, California
    • Springfield, Missouri
    • Winchester, Virginia
    • Charlotte, North Carolina
    • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • Map Fifteen new temple locations were announced.
  • Easter Sunday is the most important religious observance for followers of Jesus Christ.
  • “Because of Jesus Christ, we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. Because of Him, each of us will be resurrected.”
  • The Book of Mormon records, in 3 Nephi 9, the Savior inviting the Nephites to return to Him, to repent and be converted so He could heal them.
  • “Jesus Christ extends that same invitation to you today. 
    • I plead with you to come unto Him so that He can heal you. 
    • He will heal you from sin as you repent. 
    • He will heal you from sadness and fear. 
    • He will heal you from the wounds of this world.
  • Whatever questions or problems you have, the answer is always found in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. 
    • Learn more about His Atonement, His love, His mercy, His doctrine and His restored gospel of healing and progression. 
    • Turn to Him. 
    • Follow Him.
  • “Jesus Christ is the reason we build temples. 
    • Each is His holy house. 
    • Making covenants and receiving essential ordinances in the temple, as well as seeking to draw closer to Him there, will bless your life in ways no other kind of worship can.”
  • Because of Jesus Christ, we can repent and be forgiven of our sins. 
    • Because of Him, each of us will be resurrected.
  • Whatever questions or problems you have, the answer is always found in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Making covenants and receiving essential ordinances in the temple, as well as seeking to draw closer to Him there, will bless your life in ways no other kind of worship can.

 

Hymn: I Know That My Redeemer Lives – Hymn (#)

Benediction: Adeyinka A.Ojediran – General Authority 70

THOUGHTS:

  • Do you think Pres. Oaks was tired of people criticizing his talks? Hard to complain when just quoting scriptures.
    • I don’t know. However, I also think that because it is Palm Sunday, he wanted to remind all to search the scriptures 
    • It’s definitely a talk that will require us to do our part in searching the scriptures!
  • YOWIE WOWIE! Temple in Winchester, Virginia! That is just to the west of where I am currently!
  • Hubby from MO – totally jumped out of his seat for Springfield! His dad’s family was from Lethbridge, and I’m from Philly, so big news all around for us <3
    • That was my reaction when I heard Winchester, Virginia mentioned

 

TO-DOs:

  • Read and prayerfully study Jesus’ words
  • Bear testimony more often
  • Make and keep sacred covenants
  • Make time to visit the temple
  • Diligently search the scriptures
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